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PostSubject: History of the Title Belts   Mon Jun 21, 2010 9:32 am

For WWE fans, here is a rundown on the history of the different title belts.

The Intercontinental Title
Current Champion: Kofi Kingston

The Intercontinental Championship has been viewed as one of the most prestigious awards in the world of wrestling. Since its inception in September 1979, many greats have captured the Intercontinental Championship, including Hall of Famers Pat Patterson, Don Muraco, Tito Santana and Greg Valentine. Additionally, many of today's top Superstars have enjoyed reigns as Intercontinental Champion, including Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Chris Jericho and Triple H. Below is the complete list of Intercontinental Champions. Click on each name for more information on the champion.

World Heavyweight Title
Current Champion: Jack Swagger

The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It is the world title of the SmackDown brand and one of two in WWE, complementing the WWE Championship of the Raw brand. It was established under the Raw brand in 2002, after Raw and SmackDown became distinct brands under WWE, and has moved between both brands on different occasions, mainly as a result of the WWE Draft. It is one of a number of world titles represented by the historic Big Gold Belt. The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition. The World Heavyweight Championship was introduced in 2002 with Triple H becoming the inaugural champion on September 2.

The World Heavyweight Championship was brought to Raw by then-General Manager Eric Bischoff after WWE Champion Brock Lesnar became exclusive to SmackDown. Bischoff awarded the championship to Triple H, but he had to defend it against his then-best friend, Ric Flair. Triple H was successful and has held the championship on five different occasions. Other holders of this prestigious championship include Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio and more

WWE Championship
Current Champion: John Cena

The WWE Championship is widely recognized as the most historic championship in WWE. Dating back to 1963, the WWE Championship was first awarded to Buddy Rogers after he defeated Antonino Rocca in the finals of a tournament in April. Since that time, the biggest names in the business have held the WWE Championship, including Bruno Sammartino, Andre the Giant, Bret Hart, The Rock, Stone Cold and many more. It is the world title of the Raw brand and one of two in WWE, complementing the World Heavyweight Championship of the SmackDown brand.

World Tag Team Championship
Current Chmapions: Hart Dynasty

The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship contested for in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The title is currently unified with the WWE Tag Team Championship, which is referred to by WWE as the "Unified WWE Tag Team Championship". Because of this distinction, the title is accessible to both brands of WWE. The championship is generally contested in professional wrestling matches, in which participants execute scripted finishes rather than contend in direct competition.
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