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Champion history

Wrestlers: Reigns: Date: Location: Notes:
Ric Flair 1 January 11, 1991 East Rutherford, NJ Flair defeated Sting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and was also recognized as the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion. The "Big Gold Belt" simultaneously represented both championships.
The title was vacated on July 1, 1991 when Flair leaves for The World Wrestling Federation and was split from the NWA Title.
Lex Luger 1 July 14, 1991 Baltimore, MD Defeated Barry Windham for the vacant title in a cage match at The Great American Bash.
Sting 1 February 29, 1992 Milwaukee, MI Won at SuperBrawl II.
Big Van Vader 1 July 12, 1992 Albany, GA Won at The Great American Bash.
Ron Simmons 1 August 2, 1992 Baltimore, MD Became first African American World Heavyweight Champion. 
Big Van Vader 2 December 30, 1992 Baltimore, MD N/A
Sting 2 March 11, 1993 London, England N/A
Ric Flair 2 December 27, 1993 Charlotte, NC Won at Starrcade.
The title was vacated on April 17, 1994 following a double pin between Flair and Rick Steamboat at Spring Stampede (1994). This occurrence is unrecognized by WWE, who considers Flair a six-time WCW Champion, his first reign being an NWA reign extended to WCW.
Ric Flair 3 April 21, 1994 Atlanta, GA Won on WCW Saturday Night. Aired on May, 14, 1994
Hulk Hogan 1 July 17, 1994 Orlando, FL Won at Bash at the Beach.
The Giant 1 October 29, 1995 Detroit, MI Won at Halloween Havoc by disqualification after Jimmy Hart interfered due to a stipulation in the match that the title can change by DQ.
Vacated on November 6, 1995 due to the controversial finish of the Halloween Havoc match.
Randy Savage 1 November 26, 1995 Norfolk, VA Won at World War 3 in a World War 3 battle royal.
Ric Flair 4 December 27, 1995 Nashville, TN Won at Starrcade.
Randy Savage 2 January 22, 1996 Las Vegas, NV Won on Monday Nitro.
Ric Flair 5 February 11, 1996 St. Petersburg, FL Won in a cage match at SuperBrawl VI.
The Giant 2 April 22, 1996 Albany, GA Won on Nitro.
Hollywood Hogan 2 August 10, 1996 Sturgis, SD Won at Hog Wild.
Lex Luger 2 August 4, 1997 Auburn Hills, MI Won on Nitro.
Hollywood Hogan 3 August 9, 1997 Albany, GA Won at Road Wild.
Sting 3 December 28, 1997 Washington, D.C. Won at Starrcade. Hogan had pinned Sting but Bret Hart declared the referee Nick Patrick had executed a fast count and restarted the match. Sting made Hogan tap to the Scorpion Death Lock and was declared the winner.
Vacated on January 8, 1998 due to the controversy surrounding the end of the Starrcade match.
Sting 4 February 22, 1998 San Francisco, CA Defeated Hogan in a rematch at SuperBrawl VIII to win the vacant title.
Randy Savage 3 April 19, 1998 Denver, CO Won at Spring Stampede.
Hollywood Hogan 4 April 20, 1998 Colorado Springs, CO Won in a no disqualification match on Nitro.
Bill Goldberg 1 July 6, 1998 Atlanta, GA Won on Nitro.
Kevin Nash 1 December 28, 1998 Washington, D.C. Won at Starrcade.
Hollywood Hogan 5 January 4, 1999 Atlanta, GA This was the so-called Fingerpoke of Doom on Nitro.
Ric Flair 6 March 14, 1999 Loiusville, KY Won in a first blood steel cage match at Uncensored.
Diamond Dallas Page 1 April 11, 1999 Tacoma, WA Won in a four-way match also involving Hulk Hogan and Sting atSpring Stampede.
Sting 5 April 26, 1999 Fargo, ND Won on Nitro.
Diamond Dallas Page 2 April 26, 1999 Fargo, ND Won in a no disqualification four-way match also involving Kevin Nash and Goldberg on Nitro.
Kevin Nash 2 May 9, 1999 St. Louis, MO Won at Slamboree.
Randy Savage 4 July 11, 1999 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Teamed with Sid Vicious and defeated Nash and Sting in a tag match with the stipulation that whoever makes the pinfall wins the title at Bash at the Beach.
Hollywood Hogan 6 July 12, 1999 Jacksonville, FL Won on Nitro.
Sting 6 September 12, 1999 Winston-Salem, NC Won at Fall Brawl.
Sting is stripped of the title on October 25, 1999 after attacking a referee.
Bret Hart 1 November 21, 1999 Toronto, Ontario Defeated Chris Benoit in a tournament final at Mayhem to win the vacant title.
The title is vacated on December 20 after the Starrcade main event between Hart and Bill Goldberg ends with the referee stopping the match due to submission without Goldberg actually submitting.
Bret Hart 2 December 20, 1999 Baltimore, MD Defeated Bill Goldberg in a rematch on Nitro.
Title vacated on January 16, 2000 due to injury.
Chris Benoit 1 January 16, 2000 Cincinnati, OH Defeats Sid Vicious at Souled Out for the vacant title.
Title vacated on January 17 when Benoit leaves for the World Wrestling Federation.
Sid Vicious 1 Las Vegas, NV January 24, 2000 Defeated Kevin Nash for the vacant title on Nitro.
Title stripped that night by Kevin Nash, who is WCW Commisioner.
Kevin Nash 3 January 25, 2000 Las Vegas, NV Nash awards himself the title.
Sid Vicious 2 January 25, 2000 Las Vegas, NV Aired January 26 on Thunder.
All WCW Championships are declared vacant on April 10, 2000 by Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo.
Jeff Jarrett 1 April 16, 2000 Chicago, IL Defeated Diamond Dallas Page in a tournament final at Spring Stampede.
Diamond Dallas Page 3 April 24, 2000 Rochester, NY Won in a cage match on Nitro.
David Arquette 1 April 25, 2000 Syracuse, NY Arquette, a non-wrestling actor, teamed with Page and defeated Jeff Jarrett and Eric Bischoff in a match where the first person to win gets the title. Aired April 26 on Thunder.
Jeff Jarrett 2 May 7, 2000 Kansas City, MO Won in a triple cage match at Slamboree that also involved Diamond Dallas Page.
Ric Flair 7 May 15, 2000 Biloxi, MS Won on Nitro.
Flair is stripped of the title by Vince Russo on May 22.
Jeff Jarrett 3 May 22, 2000 Grand Rapids, MI Awarded by Russo on Nitro.
Kevin Nash 4 May 23, 2000 Saginaw, MI Defeats Jarrett and Scott Steiner in a triple threat match. Aired May 24 on Thunder.
Ric Flair 8 May 29, 2000 Salt Lake City, UT Awarded by Nash on Nitro.
Jeff Jarrett 4 May 29, 2000 Grand Rapids, MI Won on Nitro.
Booker T 1 July 9, 2000 Daytona Beach, FL Won at Bash at the Beach.
Kevin Nash 5 August 28, 2000 Las Cruces, NM Won on Nitro.
Booker T 2 September 17, 2000 Buffalo, NY Won in a Caged Heat match at Fall Brawl.
Vince Russo 1 September 25, 2000 Uniondale, NY Won in a cage match on Nitro.
Russo vacates the title on October 2 claiming he is not a wrestler.
Booker T 3 October 2, 2000 San Francisco, CA Defeats Jeff Jarrett in a San Francisco 49er's match on Nitro.
Scott Steiner 2 November 26, 2000 Milwaukee, WI Won in a straight-jacket match at Mayhem.
Booker T 4 March 26, 2001 Panama City, FL Won on the final edition of WCW Monday Nitro.
The assets, trademarks and selected wrestler contracts of World Championship Wrestling (but not the promotion itself, which is retained by Time Warner and renamed the Universal Wrestling Corporation) are bought out by the World Wrestling Federation on March 26, 2001. The WCW Championship is brought over to the WWF where it is still referred to as the WCW Championship and defended among both WCW and WWF wrestlers.
Kurt Angle 1 July 24, 2001 Pittsburgh, PA Won on the July 26 edition of WWF SmackDown!. Became the first person to win the WCW Championship on World Wrestling Federation programing.
Booker T 5 July 30, 2001 Philadelphia, PA Won on WWF Raw is War.
The Rock 1 August 19, 2001 San Jose, CA Won at SummerSlam.
Chris Jericho 1 October 21, 2001 St. Louis, MO Won at No Mercy.
The Rock 2 November 5, 2001 Uniondale, NY Won on Raw is War. Referred to as simply the "World Championship" on November 19 after the demise of The Alliance.
Chris Jericho 2 December 9, 2001 San Diego, CA Won at Vengeance. The title was then unified with the WWF Championship.
The WWF and WCW Titles are unified with Jericho's WWF Championship victory over Stone Cold Steve Austin.
(See WWE Undisputed Championship)

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