The Grand Slam Championship is an accomplishment in professional wrestling. It is a distinction made to a professional wrestler who has won four specific championships in World Wrestling Entertainment. The four titles typically feature three levels of singles championships and a tag team championship. As a result, a Grand Slam Champion is also inherently a Triple Crown Champion, which consists of only two levels of singles titles and a tag team title.
World Wrestling EntertainmentEdit
In World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the World Wrestling Federation) the term "Grand Slam Champion" was originally used by Shawn Michaels to describe himself upon winning the European Championship on September 20, 1997. Michaels previously held the WWF Champion and Intercontinental Championship and the Tag Team Championship with Diesel.
In 2001, WWF.com indicated that the Hardcore Championship was an acceptable substitute for the European Championship in the Grand Slam. Kane, who had defeated Triple H for the Intercontinental Championship at Judgment Day on May 20, 2001, was acknowledged as a Grand Slam Champion as he had "become the only superstar in World Wrestling Federation history that has held the Intercontinental title as well as the Hardcore, Tag Team and WWF titles".
In April 2006, Kurt Angle was noted as being a former Grand Slam Champion on WWE.com, having won the WWE, WWE Tag Team, Intercontinental, and European Championship, indicating that WWE considers the WWE Tag Team Championship to be an acceptable substitute for the World Tag Team Championship. In August 2007, WWE.com published an article listing Shawn Michaels' championship reigns that completed the Grand Slam Championship. They included the WWE, World Heavyweight, World Tag Team, Intercontinental, and European Championship. The inclusion of the World Heavyweight Championship indicated that WWE considers the title to be an acceptable substitute for the WWE Championship in completing the Grand Slam.
At ECW One Night Stand in 2006, Rob Van Dam became the first superstar acquired by WWE after the purchase of World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling in 2001 to complete the Grand Slam. Booker T became the second star acquired by the purchase to complete the Grand Slam when he defeated Rey Mysterio for the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Great American Bash 2006. Booker has held the World Tag Team, Intercontinental, and Hardcore titles
As of July 31, 2014, ten wrestlers have held a combination of the four championships to complete the Grand Slam (six of them holding a modified version, as compared to the original definition). As the European Championship and Hardcore Championships were unified with the Intercontinental Championship on July 22 and August 27, 2002, respectively, the number of future potential Grand Slam Champions is limited to wrestlers who have held the European or Hardcore Championships.
List of WWE Grand Slam ChampionsEdit
|Champion||Primary Championships||Tag Team Championships||Secondary Championships||Tertiary Championships|
|Shawn Michaels||March 31, 1996||November 17, 2002||August 28, 1994|
|December 13, 2009|
(with Triple H)
|October 27, 1992||September 20,1997||no future reign possible1|
|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||December 11, 1997||no future reign possible1|
|Kane||June 28, 1998||July 18, 2010||July 13, 1998|
|not needed||May 20, 2001||no future reign possible2||April 1, 2001|
|Chris Jericho||December 9, 2001||September 7, 2008||May 21, 2001|
(with Chris Benoit)
|June 28, 2009|
|December 12, 1999||April 2, 2000||May 28, 2001|
|Kurt Angle||October 22, 2000||January 10, 2006||no future reign possible3||October 20, 2002|
(with Chris Benoit)
|February 27, 2000||February 8, 2000||September 10, 2001|
|Eddie Guerrero||February 15, 2004||no future reign possible4||no future reign possible4||November 17, 2002|
(with Chavo Guerrero)
|September 5, 2000||April 3, 2000||no future reign possible4|
|Rob Van Dam||June 11, 2006||no future reign possible3||March 31, 2003|
|December 7, 2004|
(with Rey Mysterio)
|March 17, 2002||July 22, 20022||July 22, 2001|
|Booker T||no future reign possible3||July 23, 2006||October 30, 2001|
|no future reign possible3||July 7, 2003||no future reign possible2||May 4, 2002|
|Jeff Hardy||December 14, 2008||June 7, 2009||June 29, 1999|
(with Matt Hardy)
|no future reign possible3||April 10, 2001||July 8, 2002||July 12, 2001|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield||June 27, 2004||no future reign possible3||May 25, 1999|
|no future reign possible3||March 9, 2009||October 22, 2001||June 3, 2002|
|Championships in italics||The title is an alternate title from the original definition of a Grand Slam Championship.|
|Dates||A date indicates the wrestlers first reign with that championship.|
|Dates in bold||The date the wrestler became a Grand Slam champion.|
|Dates in italics||The wrestler has won that title, but does not contribute to their Grand Slam because they had already won the Grand Slam or they had already won a title at that the same level.|
|no future reign possible||The wrestler cannot have a reign with this championship belt.|
|Won the Grand Slam under the original definition.|
|Won the Grand Slam with an alternate title.|
|Won the Grand Slam with an alternate title but has won all the titles under the original definition.|
|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.|
|1 ^ The Hardcore Championship was unified with the Intercontinental Championship on August 27, 2002, so future reigns with this championship are not possible.|
|2 ^ The European Championship was unified with the Intercontinental Championship on July 22, 2002, so future reigns with this championship are not possible.|
|3 ^ The wrestler is no longer employed by World Wrestling Entertainment, so future reigns are not currently possible.|
|4 ^ The wrestler is deceased, so future reigns are not possible.|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/shows/summerslam/history/2007/exclusives/superstarturningpoints. Retrieved 2007-07-17. "He would also become the first-ever WWE “Grand Slam” Champion, winning the WWE, World Heavyweight, European, Intercontinental and World Tag Team Title gold."
- ↑ "Kane's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/intercontinental/322668. Retrieved 2007-04-16.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "WWF.com Headlines". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2001-05-26. Archived from the original on 2001-05-26. http://web.archive.org/web/20010526174428/http://www.wwf.com/news/headlines/. Retrieved 2009-03-11. "In a rare interview with WWF.com, Kane discussed the chain match Sunday at Judgment Day and his feelings on being the only "Grand Slam Champion" of his variety."
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Big Red Grand Slam". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.kanenite-central.com/print/200106bigredgrand.html. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 "Kurt Angle...". WWE.com. http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:ET8-c0RZBIQJ:auction.wwe.com/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/ProductDisplay%3Fprrfnbr%3D64226926%26prmenbr%3D37460399%26aunbr%3D64573636/. Retrieved 2007-07-17. "While most fans of this former Grand Slam Champion..."
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Rob Van Dam". wwe.com. Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. http://web.archive.org/web/20080331135747/http://www.wwe.com/superstars/wwealumni/rvd/bio/. Retrieved 2008-06-28. "At ECW One Night Stand 2006, Rob Van Dam became the only person out of ECW, after its 2001 purchase to become a WWE Grand Slam Champion. At WWE Great American Bash 2006, Booker T became the second"
- ↑ "Triple H". WWE.com. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/raw/tripleh/bio/. Retrieved 2007-07-17. "Such dedication has provided him with the fortitude to become a Grand Slam champion."
World Wrestling Entertainment championships and accomplishments
Grand Slam and Triple Crown Champions