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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. A "multiple triple crown" distinction also exists, with having won the three constituent titles at least a specified number of times.

WWF/E Triple Crown

In World Wrestling Entertainment, the term Triple Crown Champion has traditionally been used to describe a wrestler who has won the WWF/E Championship, the WWF/E Intercontinental Championship, and the Tag Team Championship. For a span of nearly eighteen 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, in the most general form. Only the WWE-era World Heavyweight Championship reigns are considered as part of the WWE Triple Crown.

Text
Championships in italics Indicates the title is an alternate title from the original definition of a Triple Crown Championship.
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.
no future reign possible The wrestler cannot have a reign with this championship belt.
Name colors

Won the Triple Crown under the original definition.

Won the Triple Crown with an alternate title.

Won the Triple Crown with an alternate title, but has since won it under the original definition.
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 no longer employed by World Wrestling Entertainment or retired from professional wrestling, so future reigns are not possible.
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.
Name World Championship Tag Team Championship Second-Tier Championship
WWE World
Heavyweight
World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Intercontinental
Pedro Morales February 8, 1971 no future reign possible1


August 9, 1980
(with Bob Backlund)
no future reign possible1


December 8, 1980
Bret Hart October 12, 1992 January 26, 1987
(with Jim Neidhart)
August 26, 1991
Diesel November 26, 1994 August 28, 1994
(with Shawn Michaels)
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 possible1


May 26, 1997
(with Shawn Michaels)
no future reign possible1


August 3, 1997
The Rock November 15, 1998 no future reign possible1


August 30, 1999
(with Mankind)
no future reign possible1


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)
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 possible1


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 possible1


December 14, 2003
(with Batista)
no future reign possible1


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 possible1


March 31, 2003
(with Kane)
December 7, 2004
(with Rey Mysterio)
March 17, 2002
Booker T July 23, 2006 November 1, 2001
(with Test)
July 7, 2003
Randy Orton October 7, 2007 August 15, 2004 November 13, 2006
(with Edge)
December 14, 2003
Jeff Hardy December 15, 2008 June 7, 2009 June 29, 1999
(with Matt Hardy)
no future reign possible1


April 10, 2001
CM Punk July 17, 2011 June 30, 2008 October 27, 2008
(with Kofi Kingston)
January 19, 2009
John "Bradshaw" Layfield June 27, 2004 no future reign possible 1


May 25, 1999
(with Faarooq)
no future reign possible 1


March 9, 2009
Rey Mysterio July 26,2011 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 December 13, 2008 (with John Morrison) November 16, 2007 (with John Morrison) July 23, 2012

Potential champions

As of September 2012, the following active (or semi-active) wrestlers are potential Triple Crown Champions, all having previously possessed two major titles:

TNA Triple Crown

In Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the TNA Triple Crown was an accolade bestowed upon those who won (not necessarily concurrently) all three championships regularly contested in TNA between 2002 and 2007 - the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA X Division Championship and (one-half of) the NWA World Tag Team Championship.

In May 2007, TNA lost the rights to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship and introduced the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA World Tag Team Championship. On July 8 2007, TNA stated that, should the then-TNA X Division Champion win the TNA World Tag Team Championship, this would leave them "just one step shy of becoming only the second Triple Crown Champion". This indicates that the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA World Tag Team Championship are part of the existing Triple Crown accolade.

List of TNA Triple Crown winners

As of April 2008, there have been three TNA Triple Crown winners: A.J. Styles, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe. In TNA, it is possible to be a multi-time Triple Crown Champion, as evidenced by commentators Mike Tenay and Don West referring to Styles as 3-time Triple Crown Champion. Styles is a 3-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time TNA X Division Champion, 4-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, and 1-time TNA World Tag Team Champion, making him a three-time Triple Crown winner. He completed his first Triple Crown on June 11 2003 upon winning his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

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
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, 2004 February 4, 2004 (with Styles) May 16, 2011
Austin Aries July 8 2012 January 25, 2013 (with Bobby Roode September 11, 2011

Potential champions

As of August 2012, the following TNA-contracted wrestlers required one more title in order to be awarded a Triple Crown:

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