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WWE United States Championship

Unlike most other championships currently defended on Raw and SmackDown, the United States Championship did not start out as a recognized WWE Championship. Rather, the title first emerged in WCW.


Many of the ring's greatest names have staked claim to the U.S. Title during the title's early years, including WWE Hall of Famers Sgt. Slaughter and Greg Valentine. Years later, the U.S. Championship regained the glory it held in years past when competitors like Eddie Guerrero, Booker T and John Cena fought over it in many memorable battles. Theory is the current champion in his first reign.


  1. Current & Former WWE United States Championship Holders
  2. Combined Reigns for WWE United States Championship
  3. FAQs on WWE United States Championship





Current & Former WWE United States Championship Holders


ChampionDateEventDays (Rec. by WWE)
Harley RaceJanuary 1, 1975House show183
Johnny ValentineJuly 3, 1975House show93
VacatedOctober 4, 1975โ€”โ€”
Terry FunkNovember 9, 1975House show19
Paul JonesNovember 27, 1975House show107
Blackjack MulliganMarch 13, 1976House show218
Paul JonesOctober 16, 1976House show43
Blackjack MulliganNovember 28, 1976House showโ€”
Paul JonesDecember 9, 1976House showโ€”
Blackjack MulliganDecember 15, 1976House show204
Bobo BrazilJuly 7, 1977House show22
Ric FlairJuly 29, 1977House show84
Ricky SteamboatOctober 21, 1977House show73
Blackjack MulliganJanuary 1, 1978House show78
Mr. WrestlingMarch 19, 1978House show22
Ric FlairApril 9, 1978House show253
Ricky SteamboatDecember 17, 1978House show105
Ric FlairApril 1, 1979House show134
VacatedAugust 12, 1979โ€”โ€”
Jimmy SnukaSeptember 1, 1979House show233
Ric FlairApril 19, 1980House show98
Greg ValentineJuly 26, 1980House showโ€”
Ric FlairNovember 24, 1980House showโ€”
Roddy PiperJanuary 27, 1981House show194
Wahoo McDanielAugust 8, 1981House show32
VacatedSeptember 8, 1981โ€”โ€”
Sgt. SlaughterOctober 4, 1981House show229
Wahoo McDanielMay 21, 1982House show18
Sgt. SlaughterJune 7, 1982House show76
Wahoo McDanielAugust 22, 1982House show75
Greg ValentineNovember 4, 1982House show163
Roddy PiperApril 16, 1983House show15
Greg ValentineApril 30, 1983House show229
Dick SlaterDecember 14, 1983House show129
Ricky SteamboatApril 21, 1984House show64
Wahoo McDanielJune 24, 1984House show7
VacatedJuly 1, 1984โ€”โ€”
Wahoo McDanielOctober 7, 1984House show168
Magnum T.A.March 23, 1985Worldwide Wrestling120
Tully BlanchardJuly 21, 1985House show130
Magnum T.A.November 28, 1985Starrcade154
VacatedMay 29, 1986โ€”โ€”
Nikita KoloffAugust 17, 1986House show328
Lex LugerJuly 11, 1987Great American Bash138
Dusty RhodesNovember 26, 1987Starrcade141
VacatedApril 15, 1988โ€”โ€”
Barry WindhamMay 13, 1988House show283
Lex LugerFebruary 20, 1989Chi-Town Rumble76
Michael HayesMay 7, 1989WrestleWar15
Lex LugerMay 22, 1989House show523
Stan HansenOctober 27, 1990Halloween Havoc50
Lex LugerDecember 16, 1990Starrcade210
VacatedJuly 14, 1991The Great American Bashโ€”
StingAugust 25, 1991House show86
Rick RudeNovember 19, 1991Clash of the Champions XVII378
VacatedDecember 1, 1992โ€”โ€”
Dustin RhodesJanuary 11, 1993Saturday Night138
VacatedMay 29, 1993WCW Saturday Nightโ€”
Dustin RhodesAugust 30, 1993Saturday Night119
Steve AustinDecember 27, 1993Starrcade '93: 10th Anniversary240
Ricky SteamboatAugust 24, 1994Clash of the Champions XXVIII25
Steve AustinSeptember 18, 1994Fall Brawl 1994: War Games<1
Jim DugganSeptember 18, 1994Fall Brawl 1994: War Games100
VaderDecember 27, 1994Starrcade88
VacatedMarch 25, 1995Saturday Nightโ€”
StingJune 18, 1995The Great American Bash148
Kensuke SasakiNovember 13, 1995WCW World in Japan44
One Man GangDecember 27, 1995Starrcade: World Cup of Wrestling33
KonnanJanuary 29, 1996Main Event160
Ric FlairJuly 7, 1996Bash at the Beach141
VacatedNovember 25, 1996โ€”โ€”
Eddie GuerreroDecember 29, 1996Starrcade77
Dean MalenkoMarch 16, 1997Uncensored85
Jeff JarrettJune 9, 1997Nitro73
Steve McMichaelAugust 21, 1997Clash of the Champions XXXV25
Curt HennigSeptember 15, 1997Nitro104
Diamond Dallas PageDecember 28, 1997Starrcade112
RavenApril 19, 1998Spring Stampede1
GoldbergApril 20, 1998Nitro90
VacatedJuly 6, 1998Nitroโ€”
Bret HartJuly 20, 1998Nitro21
Lex LugerAugust 10, 1998Nitro3
Bret HartAugust 13, 1998Thunder74
Diamond Dallas PageOctober 26, 1998Nitro35
Bret HartNovember 30, 1998Nitro70
Roddy PiperFebruary 8, 1999Nitro13
Scott HallFebruary 21, 1999SuperBrawl IX25
VacatedMarch 18, 1999Thunderโ€”
Scott SteinerApril 11, 1999Spring Stampede85
VacatedJuly 5, 1999Nitroโ€”
David FlairJuly 5, 1999Nitro35
Chris BenoitAugust 9, 1999Nitro34
Sid ViciousSeptember 12, 1999Fall Brawl42
GoldbergOctober 24, 1999Halloween Havoc<1
Bret HartOctober 25, 1999Nitro14
Scott HallNovember 8, 1999Nitro41
Chris BenoitDecember 19, 1999Starrcade1
Jeff JarrettDecember 20, 1999Nitro27
VacatedJanuary 16, 2000Souled Outโ€”
Jeff JarrettJanuary 17, 2000Nitro84
VacatedApril 10, 2000Nitroโ€”
Scott SteinerApril 16, 2000Spring Stampede84
VacatedJuly 9, 2000Bash at the Beachโ€”
Lance StormJuly 18, 2000Nitro66
Terry FunkSeptember 22, 2000House show1
Lance StormSeptember 23, 2000House show36
Gen. RectionOctober 29, 2000Halloween Havoc15
Lance StormNovember 10, 2000Nitro13
Gen. RectionNovember 26, 2000Mayhem49
Shane DouglasJanuary 14, 2001Sin22
Rick SteinerFebruary 5, 2001Nitro41
Booker TMarch 18, 2001Greed128
Chris KanyonJuly 24, 2001SmackDown!46
TajiriSeptember 10, 2001Raw13
RhynoSeptember 23, 2001Unforgiven29
Kurt AngleOctober 22, 2001Raw21
EdgeNovember 12, 2001Raw6
UnifiedNovember 18, 2001Survivor Seriesโ€”
Eddie GuerreroJuly 27, 2003Vengeance84
Big ShowOctober 19, 2003No Mercy147
John CenaMarch 14, 2004WrestleMania XX114
VacatedJuly 6, 2004SmackDown!โ€”
Booker TJuly 27, 2004SmackDown!66
John CenaOctober 3, 2004No Mercy4
Carlito Caribbean CoolOctober 5, 2004SmackDown!42
John CenaNovember 16, 2004SmackDown!105
Orlando JordanMarch 1, 2005SmackDown!171
Chris BenoitAugust 21, 2005SummerSlam61
Booker TOctober 18, 2005SmackDown!35
VacatedNovember 22, 2005SmackDown!โ€”
Booker TJanuary 10, 2006SmackDown!37
Chris BenoitFebruary 19, 2006No Way Out42
John Bradshaw LayfieldApril 2, 2006WrestleMania 2254
Bobby LashleyMay 23, 2006SmackDown!48
FinlayJuly 11, 2006SmackDown!48
Mr. KennedyAugust 29, 2006SmackDown!42
Chris BenoitOctober 10, 2006SmackDown!219
Montel Vontavious PorterMay 20, 2007Judgment Day343
Matt HardyApril 27, 2008Backlash84
Shelton BenjaminJuly 20, 2008The Great American Bash243
Montel Vontavious PorterMarch 17, 2009SmackDown73
Kofi KingstonJune 1, 2009Raw126
The MizOctober 5, 2009Raw224
Bret HartMay 17, 2010Raw7
VacatedMay 24, 2010Rawโ€”
R-TruthMay 24, 2010Raw20
The MizJune 14, 2010Raw97
Daniel BryanSeptember 19, 2010Night of Champions177
SheamusMarch 14, 2011Raw47
Kofi KingstonMay 1, 2011Extreme Rules49
Dolph ZigglerJune 19, 2011Capitol Punishment182
Zack RyderDecember 18, 2011TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs29
Jack SwaggerJanuary 16, 2012Raw50
Santino MarellaMarch 5, 2012Raw167
Antonio CesaroAugust 19, 2012SummerSlam240
Kofi KingstonApril 15, 2013Raw34
Dean AmbroseMay 19, 2013Extreme Rules351
SheamusMay 5, 2014Raw182
RusevNovember 3, 2014Raw Backstage Pass145
John CenaMarch 29, 2015WrestleMania 31147
Seth RollinsAugust 23, 2015SummerSlam29
John CenaSeptember 20, 2015Night of Champions35
Alberto Del RioOctober 25, 2015Hell in a Cell79
KalistoJanuary 11, 2016Raw3
Alberto Del RioJanuary 12, 2016SmackDown10
KalistoJanuary 24, 2016Royal Rumble119
RusevMay 22, 2016Extreme Rules126
Roman ReignsSeptember 25, 2016Clash of Champions107
Chris JerichoJanuary 9, 2017Raw83
Kevin OwensApril 2, 2017WrestleMania 3328
Chris JerichoApril 30, 2017Payback2
Kevin OwensMay 2, 2017SmackDown66
AJ StylesJuly 7, 2017WWE Live16
Kevin OwensJuly 23, 2017Battleground2
AJ StylesJuly 25, 2017SmackDown75
Baron CorbinOctober 8, 2017Hell in a Cell70
Dolph ZigglerDecember 17, 2017Clash of Champions9
VacatedDecember 26, 2017SmackDownโ€”
Bobby RoodeJanuary 16, 2018SmackDown54
Randy OrtonMarch 11, 2018Fastlane28
Jinder MahalApril 8, 2018WrestleMania 348
Jeff HardyApril 16, 2018Raw90
Shinsuke NakamuraJuly 15, 2018Extreme Rules163
RusevDecember 18, 2018SmackDown32
Shinsuke NakamuraJanuary 27, 2019Royal Rumble2
R-TruthJanuary 29, 2019SmackDown35
Samoa JoeMarch 5, 2019SmackDown74
Rey MysterioMay 19, 2019Money in the Bank15
Samoa JoeJune 3, 2019Raw19
RicochetJune 23, 2019Stomping Grounds21
AJ StylesJuly 14, 2019Extreme Rules134
Rey MysterioNovember 25, 2019RAW30
AndradeDecember 26, 2019WWE Live150
Apollo CrewsMay 25, 2020RAW96
Bobby LashleyAugust 30, 2020Payback175
RiddleFebruary 21, 2021Elimination Chamber49
SheamusApril 11, 2021WrestleMania 37131
Damian PriestAugust 21, 2021SummerSlam191
Finn BalorFebruary 28, 2022RAW49
TheoryApril 18, 2022RAW1+


Combined Reigns for WWE United States Championship


WrestlerNo. of ReignsCombined Days (Rec. by WWE)
Lex Luger5950
Ric Flair5709
Greg Valentine2392
Blackjack Mulligan3500
Montel Vontavious Porter2419
John Cena5405
Rick Rude1378
Sheamus3360
Chris Benoit5357
Dean Ambrose1351
Nikita Koloff1328
The Miz2321
Rusev3303
Sgt. Slaughter2305
Magnum T.A.2274
Wahoo McDaniel5300
Barry Windham1283
Booker T4266
Ricky Steamboat4267
Dustin Rhodes2257
Steve Austin2240
Shelton Benjamin1243
Antonio Cesaro1239
Sting2234
Jimmy Snuka1233
AJ Styles3225
Bobby Lashley2223
Roddy Piper3222
Kofi Kingston3209
Dolph Ziggler2189
Bret Hart5186
Jeff Jarrett3184
Harley Race1183
Daniel Bryan1177
Orlando Jordan1171
Scott Steiner2169
Santino Marella1167
Eddie Guerrero2161
Konnan1160
Shinsuke Nakamura2165
Paul Jones2150
Andrade1150
Diamond Dallas Page2147
Big Show1147
Dusty Rhodes1141
Tully Blanchard1130
Dick Slater1129
Kalisto2122
Lance Storm3115
Damian Priest1111+
Roman Reigns1107
Curt Hennig1104
Jim Duggan1100
Apollo Crews196
Kevin Owens396
Samoa Joe293
Johnny Valentine193
Alberto Del Rio289
Jeff Hardy189
Big Van Vader188
Chris Jericho285
Dean Malenko185
Matt Hardy184
Goldberg290
Baron Corbin170
Scott Hall266
Gen. Rection264
R-Truth255
Bobby Roode154
John Bradshaw Layfield154
Stan Hansen150
Jack Swagger150
Finn Balor149
Finlay148
Riddle148
Chris Kanyon146
Rey Mysterio245
Kensuke Sasaki144
Carlito Caribbean Cool142
Mr. Kennedy142
Sid Vicious142
Rick Steiner141
David Flair135
One Man Gang133
Rhyno129
Zack Ryder129
Randy Orton128
Seth Rollins128
Steve McMichael125
Bobo Brazil122
Shane Douglas122
Kurt Angle121
Mr. Wrestling122
Ricochet122
Terry Funk220
Michael Hayes115
Tajiri113
Jinder Mahal18
Edge16
Theory11+
Raven11


FAQs on WWE United States Championship



Q. Who was the first WWE United States Champion?

Harley Race was the first WWE United States Champion.


Q. Who is the current WWE United States Champion?

Theory is the current WWE United States Champion who is in his first reign.


Q. Who has the longest single reign as the WWE United States Champion?

Lex Luger has had the longest single reign as the WWE United States Champion of 523 days (as recognized by WWE).


*Last Updated: 18th April 2022

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