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This article deals with the achievement as understood in professional wrestling in the United States. For the Japanese championship, which is counted as a single title, see AJPW Triple Crown Championship.

In professional wrestling, a Triple Crown Champion is a term describing a wrestler who has won the three most prestigious belts of their promotion - typically a heavyweight belt, a tag team belt, and a second-tier belt. It is considered a great accomplishment to have won a triple crown. A "multiple triple crown" distinction also exists, with having won the three constituent titles at least a specified number of times. Only five wrestlers have managed to be a triple crown champion in multiple companies (six if you count CM Punk in OVW). Kurt Angle has accomplished this in WWE and TNA while Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Bret Hart and Booker T are triple crown champions in WCW and WWE.

WWE Triple Crown

In World Wrestling Entertainment, the term Triple Crown Champion has traditionally been used to describe a wrestler who has won the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the Tag Team Championship. For a span of nearly 18 years, from 1979 up through 1997, these were the three championships of the WWF, and a wrestler who had won all three championships (not necessarily concurrently) was considered a "triple crown champion."

In 1997, a fourth title, the European Championship was introduced. The European Championship, a singles title beneath the world and intercontinental titles, did not count for the purposes of designating triple crown champions, although a wrestler who had won all three primary titles and the European Championship would be recognized as a Grand Slam Champion.

Following the brand extension in 2002, the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship are alternate titles that can compose part of the Triple Crown.

Official List of WWE Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of WWE Triple Crown Champions with dates indicating the wrestler's first reign with the respective championship.

Text
Championships in italics Indicates the title is an alternate title from the original definition of the Triple Crown.
Dates in italics The wrestler has won that title, but does not contribute to their Triple Crown because they had already won the Triple Crown or they had already won a title at that the same level.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler became a Triple Crown Champion.
Names in bold Indicates the wrestler is also a Grand Slam Champion.
Name colors

Won the Triple Crown under the original definition.

Won the Triple Crown with one or more alternate titles.

Won the Triple Crown with an alternate title, but then went on to win all the titles under the original definition.

Won every Triple Crown eligible championship.
Date colors

Won title as a member of the Raw brand.

Won title as a member of the ECW brand.

Won title as a member of the SmackDown brand.
Won title before the WWE Brand Extension.
Notes
1 ^ The wrestler is not currently employed by WWE or is retired from professional wrestling, so future reigns are not probable.
2 ^ The wrestler is deceased, so future reigns are not possible.
3 ^ The World Tag Team Championship was unified with the WWE Tag Team Championship on April 5, 2009, so future reigns with this title are not possible.
4 ^ The World Heavyweight Championship was unified with the WWE Championship on December 15, 2013, therefore future reigns with this title are not possible.
Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships
WWE World
Heavyweight
World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Intercontinental
Pedro Morales February 8, 1971 no future reign probable1 August 9, 1980
(with Bob Backlund)
no future reign probable1 December 8, 1980
Bret Hart October 12, 1992 no future reign probable1 January 26, 1987
(with Jim Neidhart)
no future reign probable1 August 26, 1991
Diesel November 26, 1994 no future reign probable1 August 28, 1994
(with Shawn Michaels)
no future reign probable1 April 13, 1994
Shawn Michaels March 31, 1996 November 17, 2002 August 28, 1994
(with Diesel)
December 13, 2009
(with Triple H)
October 27, 1992
Stone Cold Steve Austin March 29, 1998 no future reign probable1 May 26, 1997
(with Shawn Michaels)
no future reign probable1 August 3, 1997
The Rock November 15, 1998 no future reign possible4 August 30, 1999
(with Mankind)
February 13, 1997
Triple H August 23, 1999 September 2, 2002 April 29, 2001
(with Stone Cold Steve Austin)
December 13, 2009
(with Shawn Michaels)
October 21, 1996
Kane June 28, 1998 July 18, 2010 July 13, 1998
(with Mankind)
April 19, 2011
(with Big Show)
May 20, 2001
Chris Jericho December 9, 2001 September 7, 2008 May 21, 2001
(with Chris Benoit)
June 28, 2009
(with Edge)
December 12, 1999
Kurt Angle October 22, 2000 January 10, 2006 no future reign possible3 October 20, 2002
(with Chris Benoit)
February 27, 2000
Eddie Guerrero February 15, 2004 no future reign possible2 no future reign possible2 November 17, 2002
(with Chavo Guerrero)
September 5, 2000
Chris Benoit no future reign possible2 March 14, 2004 May 21, 2001
(with Chris Jericho)
October 20, 2002
(with Kurt Angle)
April 2, 2000
Ric Flair January 19, 1992 no future reign probable1 December 14, 2003
(with Batista)
no future reign probable1 September 18, 2005
Edge January 8, 2006 May 8, 2007 April 2, 2000
(with Christian)
November 5, 2002
(with Rey Mysterio)
July 24, 1999
Rob Van Dam June 11, 2006 no future reign possible4 March 31, 2003
(with Kane)
December 7, 2004
(with Rey Mysterio)
March 17, 2002
Booker T no future reign probable1 July 23, 2006 November 1, 2001
(with Test)
no future reign probable1 July 7, 2003
Randy Orton October 7, 2007 August 15, 2004 November 13, 2006
(with Edge)
December 14, 2003
Jeff Hardy December 14, 2008 June 7, 2009 June 29, 1999
(with Matt Hardy)
no future reign probable1 April 10, 2001
CM Punk July 17, 2011 June 30, 2008 October 27, 2008
(with Kofi Kingston)
no future reign probable1 January 19, 2009
John "Bradshaw" Layfield June 27, 2004 no future reign probable1 May 25, 1999
(with Faarooq)
no future reign probable1 March 9, 2009
Rey Mysterio July 25, 2011 April 2, 2006 no future reign possible3 November 5, 2002
(with Edge)
April 5, 2009
Dolph Ziggler February 15, 2011 April 3, 2006
(with the Spirit Squad)
July 28, 2010
Christian May 1, 2011 April 2, 2000
(with Edge)
September 23, 2001
Big Show November 14, 1999 December 18, 2011 August 22, 1999
(with The Undertaker)
July 26, 2009
(with Chris Jericho)
April 1, 2012
The Miz November 22, 2010 no future reign possible4 December 13, 2008
(with John Morrison)
November 16, 2007
(with John Morrison)
July 23, 2012
Daniel Bryan August 18, 2013 December 18, 2011 no future reign possible3 September 16, 2012
(with Kane)
March 29, 2014

United States Championship

After the brand extension, the Intercontinental Championship was re-introduced on RAW as the second tier championship exclusive to that brand, while the United States Championship was introduced on SmackDown as the second tier championship belonging to that brand. Despite the fact that it is a second tier championship, its status as a substitute in the Triple Crown Championship is unconfirmed due to the fact that neither the WWE nor PWI have ever explicitly stated that it is equal to the Intercontinental Championship.

Potential Champions

As of February 12, 2007, the following active (or semi-active) wrestlers are potential Triple Crown Champions. Those who would be considered potential Triple Crown Champions if the United States Championship is considered an equivalent to the Intercontinental Championship are not included in this list:

Wrestlers currently working for or making appearances in WWE:

WCW Triple Crown 

The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Triple Crown consisted of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (now WWE United States Championship) and the WCW World Tag Team Championship. When Bret Hart and Goldberg won the WCW World Tag Team Championship, they both became Triple Crown Champions at the same time.

List of WCW Triple Crown Champions

Name WCW World Heavyweight WCW World Tag Team WCW United States Heavyweight
Ric Flair January 11, 1991 December 26, 1976
(with Greg Valentine)
July 29, 1977
Lex Luger July 14, 1991 March 27, 1988
(with Barry Windham)
July 11, 1987
Sting February 29, 1992 January 22, 1996
(with Lex Luger)
August 25, 1991
Diamond Dallas Page April 11, 1999 May 31, 1999
(with Bam Bam Bigelow and Kanyon)
December 28, 1997
Goldberg July 6, 1998 December 7, 1999
(with Bret Hart)
April 20, 1998
Bret Hart November 21, 1999 December 7, 1999
(with Goldberg)
July 20, 1998
Chris Benoit January 16, 2000 March 14, 1999
(with Dean Malenko)
August 9, 1999
Scott Steiner November 26, 2000 November 1, 1989
(with Rick Steiner)
April 11, 1999
Booker T July 9, 2000 May 3, 1995
(with Stevie Ray)
March 18, 2001

ECW Triple Crown

The Extreme Championship Wrestling version of the Triple Crown consists of the ECW World Championship, ECW Tag Team Championship, and the ECW World Television Championship.

List of ECW Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of ECW Triple Crown Champions. Only the date in which the wrestler's first title was won is indicated. Dates in bold indicate the title that was used to complete the Triple Crown.

Name ECW World Championship ECW Tag Team Championship ECW World Television Championship
Johnny Hotbody April 26, 1992 April 3, 1993 (with Chris Candido and Chris Michaels) August 12, 1992
Sabu October 2, 1993 February 4, 1995 (with The Tazmaniac) November 13, 1993
Mikey Whipwreck October 28, 1995 August 27, 1994 (with Cactus Jack) May 13, 1994
Taz January 10, 1999 December 4, 1993 (with Kevin Sullivan) March 6, 1994

Note:Rob Van Dam's eligibility as an ECW Triple Crown Champion is debated because he won the ECW World Championship under the WWE brand and not the original promotion.

TNA Triple Crown

In Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the TNA Triple Crown is an accolade bestowed upon those who win (not necessarily concurrently) all three championships regularly contested in TNA - the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA X Division Championship and (one-half of) the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

List of TNA Triple Crown winners

As of December 2006, there has been only one Triple Crown winner, A.J. Styles. In TNA Wrestling, it is possible to be a multi-time Triple Crown Champion, as noted by Mike Tenay and Don West alluding to Styles as a 2-Time, then a 3-time Triple Crown Champion. Styles is a 3-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time TNA X Division Champion and 4-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, making him a three-time Triple Crown winner. He completed his first Triple Crown in June 11, 2003 by winning his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship. To become a four-time TNA Triple Crown Champion, A.J. Styles needs to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship again.

Name World championship Tag team championship X Division championship
NWA World
Heavyweight
Championship
TNA World
Heavyweight
Championship
NWA World
Tag Team
Championship
TNA World
Tag Team
Championship
TNA X Division
Championship
A.J. Styles June 11, 2003 July 3, 2002 (with Jerry Lynn) June 19, 2002
A.J. Styles April 21, 2004 February 4, 2004 (with Abyss) October 23, 2002
A.J. Styles May 15, 2005 June 18, 2006 (with Christopher Daniels June 9, 2004
A.J. Styles September 20, 2009 October 14, 2007 (with Tomko) October 24, 2006
Kurt Angle June 17, 2007 August 12, 2007 August 12, 2007
Samoa Joe April 13, 2008 July 15, 2007 December 11, 2005
Abyss November 19. 2006 February 4, 2004 May 16, 2011
Austin Aries July 8 2012 January 26, 2013 (with Bobby Roode) September 11, 2011
Chris Sabin July 18, 2013 July 11, 2010 (with Alex Shelley) May 14, 2003
Eric Young April 10, 2014 October 12, 2004 (with Bobby Roode) May 4, 2010 (with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall) December 7, 2008

Potential Champions

The following wrestlers require one more title in order to be awarded a Triple Crown. It should be noted that this list excludes NWA World Heavyweight Champions who held a pre-1975 version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

The following wrestlers are potential Triple Crown Champions:


ROH Triple Crown

The Ring of Honor (ROH) Triple Crown originally was defined as the ROH World Championship, the ROH World Tag Team Championship, and the ROH World Television Championship.It was later amended so that the World Title and any combination of the TV, Tag Team or defunct ROH Pure Championship would qualify.

Current ROH wrestlers who are one title away from the Triple Crown include:

List of ROH Triple Crown Champions

Name ROH World ROH World Tag Team ROH World Television ROH Pure
Eddie Edwards March 19, 2011 April 10, 2009
(with Davey Richards)
March 5, 2010 N/A
(Title Defunct)
Roderick Strong September 11, 2010 December 12, 2005
(with Austin Aries)
March 31, 2012 N/A
(Title Defunct)


Ohio Valley Wrestling

Ohio Valley Wrestling has a hierarchy similar to WWE, with a Heavyweight, Television, and Tag Team titles. This is a less notable triple crown, because it is technically on the independent circuit, but is possible to make an impressive resume for a wrestler.

List of OVW Triple Crown Champions

The following is a list of individuals who have won the OVW Heavyweight, Television, and Tag Team titles.

Name OVW Heavyweight Championship OVW Southern Tag Team Championship OVW Television Championship
Brent Albright April 25, 2005 March 31, 2004 (with Chris Masters) January 5, 2005
CM Punk May 3, 2006 July 28, 2006 (with Seth Skyfire) November 9, 2005
Idol Stevens March 14, 2007 October 10, 2003 (with Nova) January 4, 2006
Cody Runnels February 17, 2007 October 18, 2006
(with Shawn Spears)
July 6, 2007
James "Moose" Thomas January 6, 2010 September 27, 2009
(with Tilo)
September 9, 2009
Mike Mondo May 29, 2010 November 11, 2009
(with Turcan Celik)
February 4, 2009
Rudy Switchblade November 2, 2011 February 22, 2012
(with Jessie Godderz & Rob Terry)
August 27, 2008
Rob Terry May 12, 2012 February 22, 2012
(with Jessie Godderz & Rudy Switchblade)
April 21, 2012
Cliff Compton January 8, 2011 March 19, 2006
(with Deuce)
October 17, 2012
Jason Wayne July 1, 2011 January 16, 2013
(with Crimson)
September 21, 2011
Jamin Olivencia April 10, 2013 August 1, 2007
(with T.J. Dalton)
February 20, 2008

References

[1] WWE's Championship Chart.

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