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WWE United States Championship

WWE United States Championship belt
Details
Current champion(s) The Miz
Date won October 5, 2009
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand Raw
Date established January 1, 1975
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic)
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship
  • WCW United States Championship
Past design(s) Belt Cena US-1-.jpg
WCW United States Championship.jpg
NWA United States Championship (Mid-Atlantic Version).jpg

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. It was originally a National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) championship, and is currently the secondary championship of the Raw brand. WWE United States Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling matches, in which competitors are involved in scripted rivalries. These narratives create feuds between the various competitors, which cast them as villains and heroes.

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History

The WWE United States Championship was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship and began as a regional championship created by and defended in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett, Jr.. Following the title's introduction in 1975, Harley Race became the inaugural champion on January 1. The title quickly replaced the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship as the top singles title in the promotion. While the National Wrestling Alliance recognized only one World Heavyweight Champion, there was no single and undisputed U.S. Champion as a number of NWA regional promotions recognized their own version of the title and champion. That all changed, however, in January 1981 when the NWA territory based out of San Francisco, the only other promotion that recognized its own U.S. Champion, went out of business. The title remained the primary championship within the Mid-Atlantic territory until 1986 when Crockett gained control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The U.S. Title then became the secondary championship of the promotion. After Ted Turner bought the company and renamed it World Championship Wrestling in November 1988, the title continued to be used and recognized as secondary to the World Championship. WCW eventually began to slowly pull itself away from the NWA, demonstrated by the company changing the name of the title to the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) United States Heavyweight Championship in January 1991.

In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling. Soon after, "The Invasion" took place in which the WCW/ECW Alliance was ultimately dismantled. During this time, the title was referred to as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series 2001, the title was unified with the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The United States Champion, Edge, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Test, becoming the new Intercontinental Champion while causing the United States Championship to become inactive.

In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship by SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon, and was commissioned to be a secondary championship to the SmackDown! brand. This was done shortly after the WWE Intercontinental Championship was recommissioned by the Raw brand, making the title its equal counterpart. However, WWE has yet to declare whether the United States Championship can be an acceptable substitute to complete the Triple Crown and/or the Grand Slam. The title remained SmackDown property until April 13, 2009, On April 13, 2009, when reigning champion Montel Vontavious Porter was drafted from SmackDown to Raw during the 2009 WWE Draft, the title became property of the Raw brand.

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Reigns

The inaugural champion was Harley Race. There have been 68 different champions, with Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, Lex Luger, and Wahoo McDaniel having the most official reigns at five (WWE ignores one of Flair's title reigns).[1] The longest reigning champion was Lex Luger who held the title for 523 days from May 22, 1989 to October 27, 1990. The shortest reigning champion was Steve Austin who held the title for approximately five minutes. During John Cena's last reign as the United States Champion, he made a custom "spinner" version of the belt. On an episode of SmackDown, the "spinner" version was destroyed, with the help of John Bradshaw Layfield, after Orlando Jordan defeated Cena at a previous event for the title, in which after destroying the belt, they returned the traditional style belt. The current champion is The Miz, who is in his first reign.[2] He defeated Kofi Kingston on the October 5, 2009 episode of Raw.[2]

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Simple English

WWE United States Championship
File:WWE United States Championship
WWE United States Championship belt
Details
Current
champion(s)
Daniel Bryan/ Brian Danielson
Date won June 14, 2010
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Brand Raw
Date created March 6, 1961[1]
Other name(s)
  • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic)
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship
  • WCW United States Championship

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship[1][2] is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. It was originally a National Wrestling Alliance and World Championship Wrestling title. Currently, it is the second highest ranked championship on the Raw brand.[1][2]

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History

The WWE United States Championship was originally known as the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling run by Jim Crockett Promotions. Following the title's introduction in 1975, Harley Race became the inaugural champion on January 1. The title became "Undisputed" in January 1981 when no other United States title was recognized in other promotions governed by the National Wrestling Alliance. In 1986, the title became a secondary championship in Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling when Jim Crockett Promotions gained control of the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The title was renamed the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) United States Heavyweight Championship in 1991 when Jim Crockett Promotions became World Championship Wrestling.[1][2]

In March 2001, the World Wrestling Federation purchased World Championship Wrestling from AOL Time Warner.[3] Soon after, "The Invasion" took place in which the WCW/ECW Alliance was ultimately dismantled. During this time, the title was referred to as the WCW United States Championship. At Survivor Series 2001, the title was unified with the WWF Intercontinental Championship. The United States Champion, Edge, defeated the Intercontinental Champion, Test, becoming the new Intercontinental Champion while causing United States Championship to become inactive. [1][2]

In July 2003, the title was reactivated as the WWE United States Championship by SmackDown General Manager, Stephanie McMahon, and was commissioned to be a secondary championship to the SmackDown brand. This was done shortly after the WWE Intercontinental Championship was recommissioned by the Raw brand, making the title its equal counterpart.[1][2]

The United States Championship was drafted to ECW as part of the 2008 WWE Draft on June 23, 2008 when then champion Matt Hardy was drafted to ECW.[4] It then followed Shelton Benjamin back to SmackDown the following Sunday at The Great American Bash.[1][2] One year later it was brought to the Raw brand when then champion Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE Draft.

Current champion

The current champion is The Miz, who is in his second reign. He pinned R-Truth in a Fatal Four Way match also involving Zack Ryder, and John Morrison on the June 14, 2010 episode of Raw Daniel Bryan won the championship from Miz on Night of Champions 2010.

Other pages

  • List of WWE United States Champions
  • List of WWE United States Championship reigns by length

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