When the WWE Championship became exclusive to SmackDown LIVE following the WWE Brand Extension, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley created the Universal Championship as the flagship title of Monday Night Raw. 'The Fiend' Bray Wyatt is the current title-holder after defeating Seth Rollins in a Falls Count Anywhere match at Crown Jewel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
WWE Universal Championship was established on July 25 2016 in the honor of WWE Universe. It is a World Heavyweight Championship created by WWE. It has headlined many WWE PPV events since then namely including SummerSlam in 2017 and 2018, and WrestleMania 34 which are one of the "Big 4" WWE Pay per view events.
- WWE Universal Championship Holder Overtime
WWE Universal Championship Holder Overtime
|Finn Bálor||August 21, 2016||SummerSlam||<1|
|Vacated||August 22, 2016||Raw||—|
|Kevin Owens||August 29, 2016||Raw||188|
|Goldberg||March 5, 2017||Fastlane||28|
|Brock Lesnar||April 2, 2017||WrestleMania 33||504|
|Roman Reigns||August 19, 2018||SummerSlam||64|
|Vacated||October 22, 2018||Raw||—|
|Brock Lesnar||November 2, 2018||Crown Jewel||156|
|Seth Rollins||April 7, 2019||WrestleMania 35||98|
|Brock Lesnar||July 14, 2019||Extreme Rules||28|
|Seth Rollins||August 11, 2019||SummerSlam||81|
|"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt||October 31, 2019||Crown Jewel||119|
|Goldberg||February 27, 2020||Super ShowDown||27 or 28|
|Braun Strowman||March 25 or 26, 2020||WrestleMania 36 Part 1|| 35 or 34+|
WrestleMania was taped on March 25 and 26, but it is currently unknown which day this match was taped. WWE recognizes this reign as beginning on April 4, 2020, when the match aired on tape delay.
Current Champion - Braun Strowman