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Champion history

Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes: Defences:
Low Ki 1 July 27, 2002 Philadelphia, PA Defeated Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Doug Williams in a four-way 60 minute iron Man match to become the first ROH Champion at Crowning a Champion. 1
Xavier 1 September 21, 2002 Philadelphia, PA Won the title at Unscripted. 4
Samoa Joe 1 March 22, 2003 Philadelphia, PA Won the title at Night of Champions. Became the ROH World Championship on May 17, 2003 after Joe defeated The Zebra Kid at Frontiers of Honor in London, England. 29
Austin Aries 1 December 26, 2004 Philadelphia, PA Won the title at Final Battle 2004. 16
CM Punk 1 June 18, 2005 Morristown, NJ Won the title at ROH Death before Dishonor III. 16
James Gibson 1 August 12, 2005 Dayton, OH Won the title in a four-way elimination match at Redemption, also featuring Samoa Joe and Christopher Daniels. 4
Bryan Danielson 1 September 17, 2005 Long Island, NY Won the title at Glory by Honor IV. Danielson unified the World title with the ROH Pure Championship on August 12, 2006 by defeating Nigel McGuinness in Liverpool, England. 38
Homicide 1 December 23, 2006 Manhattan, NY Won the title at Final Battle 2006. 3
Takeshi Morishima 1 February 17, 2007 Philadelphia, PA Won the title at Fifth Year Festival: Philly. 20
Nigel McGuinness 1 October 6, 2007 Edison, NJ Won the title at Undeniable. 38
Jerry Lynn 1 April 3, 2009 Housten, TX Won the title at Supercard of Honor IV. 6
Austin Aries 2 June 13, 2009 Manhattan, NY Won the title at Manhattan Mayhem III . 13
Tyler Black 1 February 13, 2010 New York City, New York Won the title at ROH 8th Anniversary Show. 7
Roderick Strong 1 September 11, 2010 New York City, New York Won at ROH Glory by Honor IX. 5
Eddie Edwards 1 March 19, 2011 New York City, New York Won at ROH Manhattan Mayhem IV. 3
Davey Richards 1 June 26, 2011 New York City, New York Won at ROH Best in the World 2011. 10
Kevin Steen 1 May 12, 2012 Toronto, Ontario Won at ROH Border Wars 2012. 20
Jay Briscoe 1 April 5, 2013 New York City, New York Won at ROH Supercard of Honor VII. 6
Vacated - July 3, 2013 - Title was vacated after Briscoe suffered a storyline injury. -
Adam Cole 1 September 20, 2013 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Won at ROH Death Before Dishonor XI. 13
Michael Elgin 1 June 22, 2014 Nashville, Tennessee Won at ROH Best In The World 2014. 7
Jay Briscoe 2 September 6, 2014 Toronto, Ontario Won at ROH All Star Extravaganza VI. 13
Jay Lethal 1 June 19, 2015 New York City, New York &00000000000000000000000

Won at ROH Best In The World 2015. This match was also for Lethal's ROH World Television Championship.

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List of reign lengths

As of December 3, 2016.
Wrestler Days Held Date Won Date Lost
Samoa Joe 645 March 22, 2003 December 26, 2004
Nigel McGuinness 545 October 6, 2007 April 3, 2009
Bryan Danielson 462 September 17, 2005 December 23, 2006
Jay Lethal 533+ June 19, 2015 Current champion
Kevin Steen 328 May 12, 2012 April 5, 2013
Davey Richards 321 June 26, 2011 May 12, 2012
Jay Briscoe (2) 286 September 6, 2014 June 19, 2015
Adam Cole 275 September 20, 2013 June 22, 2014
Austin Aries (2) 245 June 13, 2009 February 13, 2010
Takeshi Morishima 231 February 17, 2007 October 6, 2007
Tyler Black 210 February 13, 2010 September 11, 2010
Roderick Strong 189 September 11, 2010 March 19, 2011
Xavier 182 September 21, 2002 March 22, 2003
Austin Aries 174 December 26, 2004 June 18, 2005
Eddie Edwards 99 March 19, 2011 June 26, 2011
Jay Briscoe 89 April 5, 2013 July 3, 2013
Michael Elgin 76 June 22, 2014 September 6, 2014
Jerry Lynn 71 April 3, 2009 June 13, 2009
Low Ki 56 July 27, 2002 September 21, 2002
Homicide 56 December 23, 2006 February 17, 2007
CM Punk 55 June 18, 2005 August 12, 2005
James Gibson 36 August 12, 2005 September 17, 2005

Trivia

  • Takeshi Morishima is the largest ROH World Champion to date at 6 ft 3 in (190 cm) and 308 lbs (140 kg)
  • Low Ki is the smallest ROH World Champion to date at 5 ft 8 in (173 cm) and 180 lbs (82 kg)
  • Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness have had the most title defenses to date with 39 (33 wins, 2 losses, 3 time limit draws and 1 double disqualification for Danielson and 34 wins, 4 losses and 1 time limit draw for McGuinness)
    • One of Bryan Danielson's losses was a count out loss to Nigel McGuinness. Since the ROH World Title doesn't change hands on a count out, he kept the title. The other was when he lost the title to Homicide.
  • McGuinness lost three times by disqualification. This makes him the champion with more disqualification losses to date. The fourth loss was when he dropped the belt to Jerry Lynn.
  • Only three champions to date have gone to 60 minute time limit draws.
  • Nigel McGuinness also has gone to a time limit draw that was officially announced as a 60-minutes time limit draw, against Tyler Black. By the way, ROH Wrestling later announced that that was a time keeper's mistake, as the match ended shortly after the 45 minutes mark.
  • Low Ki, Xavier, Samoa Joe, Austin Aries, James Gibson, Takeshi Morishima and Jerry Lynn all won the title in under one year following their debuts (Low Ki and Xavier both won the title during the first year of Ring of Honor's existence).
  • Takeshi Morishima holds the record for shortest amount of time in ROH before winning the World Title, winning the title in only his second match in the promotion.
  • Bryan Danielson is the only person to ever hold the ROH World title while also holding another ROH title (as World Champion he defeated Nigel McGuinness to win, and unify, the ROH Pure Championship on August 12, 2006. On August 25 he officially retired the Pure Title before returning the physical belt back to McGuinness)
  • To date, Austin Aries holds the record for defending the title in the most countries. Besides defending it in the United States on a regular basis, he also defended in these countries:
    • Canada: defeating Kevin Steen in Montreal, Quebec in January 22, 2005
    • Switzerland: defeating Marc Roudin in Weesen, Switzerland on March 12, 2005
    • Austria: defeating Are$ and Steve Douglas in Krems, Austria on March 13, 2005.
    • Mexico: defeating Super Crazy and Ricky Marvin in Tulancingo, Mexico on May 15, 2005
  • Low Ki is the youngest ROH World Champion to date, as he won the title at 23 years of age.
  • Jerry Lynn is the oldest ROH World Champion to date, as he won the title at 45 years of age.

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