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The Triple Crown Championship is an accomplishment in professional wrestling. It is a distinction made to a professional wrestler who has won three specific championships in World Wrestling Entertainment. The three titles typically feature two levels of singles championships and a tag team championship.

World Wrestling EntertainmentEdit

In World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the World Wrestling Federation) the term Triple Crown Champion has traditionally been used to describe a wrestler who has won the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the World Tag Team Championship.[1] For a span of nearly eighteen years, from 1979 up through 1997, these were the three championships of the company, and a competitor who had won all three championships (not necessarily concurrently) was considered a "Triple Crown Champion."[1][2]

On January 19, 2009, CM Punk defeated William Regal for the Intercontinental Championship in Chicago, Illinois on WWE Raw.[3] When CM Punk defeated Regal, Punk became a Triple Crown Champion, having won the World Heavyweight Championship on June 30, 2008[4] and the World Tag Team Championship on October 27, 2008.[5] CM Punk broke the record for completing the Triple Crown Championship (203 days), breaking Kevin Nash's (then known as Diesel) previous record of 227 days.[6][7]

Following the brand extension in 2002, the World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship became alternate titles that can compose part of the Triple Crown. WWE has yet to declare the WWE United States Championship to be an acceptable substitute for secondary championships in order to complete the Grand Slam or Triple Crown Championships.

List of WWE Triple Crown ChampionsEdit

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 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.
Champion Primary Championships Tag Team Championships Secondary Championships
WWE World
Heavyweight
World
Tag Team
WWE
Tag Team
Intercontinental
Pedro Morales[1][8] 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[6] November 26, 1994 no future reign possible1 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[9] 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 no future reign possible1 July 23, 2006 November 1, 2001
(with Test)
no future reign possible1 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 possible1 April 10, 2001
CM Punk[6][7] 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 April 2, 2006 no future reign possible3 November 5, 2002
(with Edge)
April 5, 2009

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Brian Shields (4th Edition 2006). Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s. Pocket Books. p. 199. ISBN 9781416532576. 
  2. "Pedro Morales". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/wwechampionship/30445418. Retrieved 2007-06-03. "Pedro Morales [defeated] Ivan Koloff for the [WWF] Championship...Morales would also go on to become the first Triple Crown winner [upon winning] the Intercontinental Championship and World Tag Team Championship." 
  3. "Official Intercontinental Championship title history". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/intercontinental/9155998. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  4. "CM Punk's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldheavyweight/200806011. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  5. "Punk and Kingston's first reign". WWE. http://www.wwe.com/inside/titlehistory/worldtagteam/20081027WorldTagChamps. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Punk rocks! C.M. is WWE's triple threat". Daily News. 2009-01-22. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2009/01/22/2009-01-22_punk_rocks_cm_is_wwes_triple_threat.html. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Baines, Tim (2009-01-24). "Rey's ready to Rumble again". Canadian Online Explorer. http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Wrestling/2009/01/24/8133176.html. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 
  8. "Pedro Morales Hall of Fame biography". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/superstars/halloffame/pedromorales/bio/. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  [dead link]
  9. "WWE Legends: Skysports.com looks back at Stone Cold Steve Austin's distinguished career in the first of a series of superstar reviews". Sky Sports. http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,14204_3851751,00.html. Retrieved 2009-03-13. 

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