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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.[1]

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,[2] 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".[3][4]

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.[5] 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.[1]

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[6]

As of September 1, 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
WWE World
Heavyweight
World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Intercontinental European Hardcore
Shawn Michaels[1] March 31, 1996 November 17, 2002 August 28, 1994
(with Diesel)
December 13, 2009
(with Triple H)
October 27, 1992 September 20,1997 no future reign possible1
Triple H[7] 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[3][4] June 28, 1998 July 18, 2010 July 13, 1998
(with Mankind)
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
(with Edge)
December 12, 1999 April 2, 2000 May 28, 2001
Kurt Angle[5] 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[6] June 11, 2006 no future reign possible3 March 31, 2003
(with Kane)
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
(with Test)
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
(with Faarooq)
no future reign possible3 March 9, 2009 October 22, 2001 June 3, 2002
Text
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.
Name colors

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.
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 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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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." 
  2. "Kane's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/intercontinental/322668. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 
  3. 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. 4.0 4.1 "Big Red Grand Slam". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.kanenite-central.com/print/200106bigredgrand.html. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Kurt Angle...". WWE.com. http://216.239.59.104/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. 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" 
  7. "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." 

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