THE HISTORY OF THE

SGW WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

9/29/1999 - 10/31/2021

 

1st CHAMPION

"THE HITMAN"
BRET HART

In the finals of a one night tournament, Bret Hart defeated Sting (Mike Anstett) to become the first-ever SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Tyler Courtney

DATE WON
9 / 29 / 1999

REIGN
46 days

 

2nd CHAMPION

BILL GOLDBERG

Bill Goldberg defeated Bret Hart to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Bill Barrett

DATE WON
11 / 14 / 1999

REIGN
105 days

 

3rd CHAMPION

"THE FRANCHISE"
SHANE DOUGLAS

With help from Rhyno, Shane Douglas defeated Bill Goldberg in a Steel Cage Match to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
George Z

DATE WON
2 / 27 / 2000

REIGN
31 days

 

4th CHAMPION

"THE HITMAN"
BRET HART
(2x)

Bret Hart defeated Shane Douglas to become the first-ever two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Tyler Courtney

DATE WON
3 / 29 / 2000

REIGN
46 days

 

5th CHAMPION

"STONE COLD"
STEVE AUSTIN

Steve Austin defeated Bret Hart to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Chris Gambit

DATE WON
5 / 14 / 2000

REIGN
77 days

 

6th CHAMPION

"BIG POPPA PUMP"
SCOTT STEINER

Scott Steiner defeated Steve Austin via referee stoppage to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Joe Green

DATE WON
7 / 30 / 2000

REIGN
32 days

 

VACATED
08 / 31 / 2000

On August 31st, 2000, SGW owner Arn Anderson stripped "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner of the SGW World Heavyweight Championship after he used excessive violence against "The Big Nasty" Paul Wight, injuring him and several SGW officials in the process. Anderson ruled that Scott Steiner would battle Taz, Paul Wight, and Mike Awesome in Hell in a Cell to determine the new champion.

 

7th CHAMPION

"BIG POPPA PUMP"
SCOTT STEINER
(2x)

In Hell in a Cell, Scott Steiner defeated Taz (Matt Emerson), "The Big Nasty" Paul Wight (Anthony H), and Mike Awesome (Brian P) to become a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Joe Green

DATE WON
11 / 12 / 2000

REIGN
18 days

 

8th CHAMPION

"THE GREAT ONE"
THE ROCK

The Rock defeated Scott Steiner to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
John Baron

DATE WON
11 / 30/ 2000

REIGN
132 days

 

9th CHAMPION

GANGREL

Gangrel defeated The Rock in a First Blood match to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Brian P.

DATE WON
4 / 11 / 2001

REIGN
18 days

 

10th CHAMPION

"BIG POPPA PUMP"
SCOTT STEINER
(3x)

Scott Steiner defeated Gangrel to become the first-ever three-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Joe Green

DATE WON
4 / 29 / 2000

REIGN
49 days

 

11th CHAMPION

"THE NATURE BOY"
RIC FLAIR

Ric Flair defeated Scott Steiner to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Joe Green

DATE WON
6 / 17 / 2001

REIGN
21 days

 

12th CHAMPION

"THE CHOSEN ONE"
JEFF JARRETT

Jeff Jarrett defeated Ric Flair to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Josh Smith

DATE WON
7 / 8 / 2001

REIGN
14 days

 

13th CHAMPION

"THE GREAT ONE"
THE ROCK
(2x)

The Rock defeated Jeff Jarrett to become a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
John Baron

DATE WON
7 / 22 / 2001

REIGN
105 days

 

14th CHAMPION

"STONE COLD"
STEVE AUSTIN
(2x)

Steve Austin defeated The Rock to become a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Mike Atin

DATE WON
11 / 4  / 2001

REIGN
7 days

 

15th CHAMPION

"THE CANADIAN CRIPPLER"
CHRIS BENOIT

Chris Benoit defeated Steve Austin a Steel Cage Match to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Mikey G.

DATE WON
11 / 11  / 2001

REIGN
28 days

 

16th CHAMPION

CHAVO
GUERRERO, JR.

Chavo Guerrero, Jr. defeated Chris Benoit to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Matt G.

DATE WON
12 / 9 / 2001

REIGN
7 days

 

17th CHAMPION

"BIG POPPA PUMP"
SCOTT STEINER
(4x)

Scott Steiner defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr. to become the first-ever four-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Joe Green

DATE WON
12 / 16 / 2001

REIGN
21 days

 

18th CHAMPION

CHAVO
GUERRERO, JR.
(2x)

Chavo Guerrero, Jr. defeated Scott Steiner to become a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Matt G.

DATE WON
1 / 6 / 2002

REIGN
7 days

 

19th CHAMPION

"THE BULL"
JOHNNY STAMBOLI

Johnny the Bull defeated Chavo Guerrero, Jr. to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Kurt

DATE WON
1 / 13 / 2002

REIGN
14 days

 

VACATED
01/ 27 / 2002

After being assaulted backstage by "The Chosen One" Jeff Jarrett and "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner, Johnny Stamboli suffered injuries that would require surgery and extensive recovery time. SGW owner Shane McMahon stripped Stamboli of the SGW World Heavyweight Championship and declared that the new champion would be crowned in a Gauntlet for the Gold at the first-ever WrestleBrawl pay-per-view.

 

20th CHAMPION

"THE CHOSEN ONE"
JEFF JARRETT
(2x)

Jeff Jarrett won the first-ever WrestleBrawl match, last eliminating Rob Van Dam (Rob Boyle) to become a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Josh Smith

DATE WON
2 / 3 / 2002

REIGN
7 days

 

21st CHAMPION

RAVEN

Raven defeated Jeff Jarrett and Rob Van Dam (Rob Boyle) in a Triple Threat Match to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion thanks to the formation of Arn Anderson's Apokolips faction.

HANDLER
Scotty

DATE WON
2 / 10 / 2002

REIGN
7 days

 

VACATED
02 / 17 / 2002

Controversy surrounding the violence televised during the formation of The Apokolips led the network to put SGW Shock on hiatus before ultimately deciding to cancel the program, effectively causing SGW to cease operation for a number of years. Raven was consequently stripped of the SGW World Championship and it was declared vacant for the third time during its lineage.

On 09 / 24 / 2005, Val Venis (Brett Albers), while under contract to League of Champions, broke into the SGW archives and stole the physical SGW World Heavyweight and New Era Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship belts. He proclaimed himself champion of both dormant companies, though neither company recognizes this officially.

"The Six-String Samurai" Jeff Jarrett, the only other representative of both companies on the League of Champions roster, challenged Venis to a ladder match for both vacant championships, the winner of which would be recognized officially as the final champion in the record books.

 

22nd CHAMPION

"THE SIX-STRING SAMURAI"
JEFF JARRETT
(3x)

Jeff Jarrett defeated Val Venis (Brett Albers) in a Ladder Match to claim the SGW and New Era Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship belts. As the reigning League of Champions World Heavyweight Champion, Jeff Jarrett unified all three championship belts, making him the first and only person to not only win all three titles but hold them at the same time.



New Era Wrestling World Championship
Unified: 10/08/2005
 



League of Champions World Championship
Unified: 11/06/2005

HANDLER
Josh Smith

DATE WON
10 / 8 / 2005

REIGN
120 days

 

23rd CHAMPION

"CAPTAIN CHARISMA"
CHRISTIAN CAGE

Christian won the second ever Pick Your Title Shot Tournament, earning himself a Golden Ticket for a shot at any championship he chooses. After SGW temporarily ceased operations, he kept the ticket and used it to its fullest potential at his earliest opportunity.
 


Christian Cage cashed in his Golden Ticket for an anytime, anywhere title shot, blindsiding Jeff Jarrett and defeating him for the SGW World Heavyweight Championship after Jarrett's longtime manager Trish Stratus turned on Jarrett to side with Christian.

HANDLER
Scott Smith

DATE WON
2 / 5 / 2006

REIGN
35 days

 

24th CHAMPION

TOM CRUISE

In a tag team main event pitting Christian Cage and Tom Cruise against Val Venis and Teddy Long (Brett Albers) where the winning fall will decide who leaves as the champion, Tom Cruise pinned Teddy Long to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion, shocking the entire world to its core.

HANDLER
Tom Cruise

DATE WON
3 / 12 / 2006

REIGN
6 days

 

25th CHAMPION

VAL VENIS

Val Venis cashed in a Golden Ticket and defeated Tom Cruise in 15 seconds to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Brett A

DATE WON
3 / 18 / 2006

REIGN
29 days

 

26th CHAMPION

"THE LEGEND KILLER"
RANDY ORTON

Randy Orton defeated Val Venis and Ken Kennedy (James Parkin) in a Triple Threat Match to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Craig Chalmers

DATE WON
4 / 16 / 2006

REIGN
13 days

 

27th CHAMPION

"STONE COLD"
STEVE AUSTIN
(3x)

In an impromptu match, Steve Austin defeated Randy Orton to become a three-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Dustin Leisner

DATE WON
4 / 29 / 2006

REIGN
57 days

 

28th CHAMPION

LANCE STORM

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Ken Kennedy (James Parkin) defended their SGW World Heavyweight and SGW Television Championships in a handicap match against Lance Storm, "The Masterpiece" Chris Masters (Mike Adkins), and "The Six-String" Samurai" Jeff Jarrett (Josh Smith) where the winning fall would determine who would become the World or Television champion. Lance Storm pinned Steve Austin to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion after interference from the reigning All-Pro Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion, Carlito Caribbean Cool.



All-Pro Wrestling World Championship
Unified: 07/15/2006

On 07 / 15 / 2006, Lance Storm defeated Rob Van Dam (Dave Trayers) to unify the All-Pro Wrestling World Championship with the SGW World Heavyweight Championship.
 


The Territory War of 2006

The debut of Carlito with the APW World Championship kicked off an era of Solid Gold Wrestling which saw champions from rival and friendly promotions appear with the intent to unify their titles with the SGW World Heavyweight Championship. Lance Storm historically drew first blood by defeating APW World Champion Rob Van Dam, unifying it with the SGW title and beginning a quest which would continue until eight separate title lineages came together to create the most prestigious championship in all of professional wrestling.

HANDLER
Corey Rich

DATE WON
6 / 25 / 2006

REIGN
35 days

 

29th CHAMPION

"THE RATED R SUPERSTAR"
EDGE

At WrestleBrawl 2, the biggest pay-per-view in SGW history, Edge defeated Lance Storm to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion and unify it with his own All-Star Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship.


 



All-Star Championship Wrestling
World Championship
Unified: 07/30/2006



Pro-Wrestling Online World Championship
Unified: 07/31/2006


On 08 / 05 / 2006, Edge debuted his own version of the SGW World Heavyweight Championship, dubbing it the Rated R Championship.
 



Championship Wrestling Online
World Championship
Unified: 08/19/2006

HANDLER
Scott Smith

DATE WON
7 / 30 / 2006

REIGN
28 days

 

30th CHAMPION

ALEX SHELLEY

In a five-man scramble match, Alex Shelley defeated Edge, "The Conman" Rob Conway (Brett Albers), Lance Storm (Corey Rich), and Raven (Devon Rightsell) to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion after interference from Vince Russo.



X-Treme Wrestling Federation
World Championship
Unified: 08/27/2006

Immediately afterward, the X-Treme Wrestling Federation World Champion, Christian Cage (Scott Smith) challenged Alex Shelley to a unification match. Interim SGW owner Jim Cornette forced Shelley to defend his newly won title where he defeated Cage, unifying the championships for the first time.

HANDLER
Matt G

DATE WON
8 / 27 / 2006

REIGN
14 days

 

31st CHAMPION

"THE SIX-STRING SAMURAI"
JEFF JARRETT
(4x)

Announcing that Solid Gold Wrestling was going to be shutting down forever once the event concluded, Jeff Jarrett stripped Alex Shelley of the championship and awarded it to himself, making him a four-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Josh Smith

DATE WON
9 / 9 / 2006

REIGN
10 seconds

 

32ndCHAMPION

"RATED R SUPERSTAR"
EDGE
(2x)

Jeff Jarrett handed the title off to Edge, declaring him the new champion, making him a two-time champion in the process.

HANDLER
Scott Smith

DATE WON
9 / 9 / 2006

REIGN
10 seconds

 

33rd CHAMPION

"CAPTAIN CHARISMA"
CHRISTIAN CAGE
(2x)

Edge awarded Christian with the championship, making him a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion as well.

HANDLER
Scott Smith

DATE WON
9 / 9 / 2006

REIGN
10 seconds

 

34th CHAMPION

"THE SIX-STRING SAMURAI"
JEFF JARRETT
(5x)

Christian handed Jeff Jarrett the championship, making him a record breaking five-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

HANDLER
Josh Smith

DATE WON
9 / 9 / 2006

REIGN
>0 seconds

 

VACATED
09 / 9 / 2006

Jeff Jarrett immediately vacated the championship.

He would be the last champion for over 13 years.

 

35th CHAMPION

"THE VIPER"
RANDY ORTON
(2x)

At SGW 12 Large, Randy Orton defeated Tim Storm (Brett Albers) and Adam Cole (Jared) in the Triple Threat finals of a one night tournament to become the first SGW World Heavyweight Champion in over 13 years. Also in the tournament - PAC (Rando), CM Punk (Anthony Hall), AJ Styles (Eric), Aleister Black (Jim), Sin Cara (Six), Nathan Jones (Pount), Billy Kidman (Dyl), Bryan Danielson (Shawn Taggart), and Nick Aldis (Richard).

DEFENSES
12/28/19 - Holiday Hell - def. Adam Cole (Jared) via Disqualification
01/11/20 - Card Subject to Change - lost to Adam Cole (Jared) via Pin Fall in Steel Cage Match

HANDLER
Craig Chalmers

DATE WON
12 / 1 / 2019

REIGN
42 days

 

36th CHAMPION

ADAM COLE

At SGW Card Subject to Change, Adam Cole defeated Randy Orton in a Steel Cage Match to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Championship after interference from Jeff Jarrett.

DEFENSES
02/22/2020 - Heartbreaker - def. Jimmy Havoc (Ailly) via Count Out
03/21/2020 - WrestleBrawl 3 - lost to Val Venis (Brett) via Pin Fall

HANDLER
Jared

DATE WON
1 / 11 / 2020

REIGN
71 days

 

36th CHAMPION

VAL VENIS (2x)

At WrestleBrawl 3, Val Venis shocked the world by defeating Adam Cole to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion for the second time in his career.

DEFENSES
04/18/2020 - No Peace in Brooklyn - def. The Rock (Roc) via Pin Fall
06/13/2020 - Supremacy - def. Jimmy Havoc (Ailly) via Pinfall
06/27/2020 - So-Called Rivals - lost to Kevin Nash via Pinfall

HANDLER
Brett A

DATE WON
3 / 21 / 2020

REIGN
99 days

 

37th CHAMPION

"BIG SEXY"
KEVIN NASH

At So-Called Rivals, Kevin Nash defeated Val Venis to become the new SGW World Heavyweight Champion. In defeating Venis, Kevin Nash became the first person to successfully use the Elevation Championship to become the new champion.

DEFENSES
07/11/2020 - ReVolution - def. Triple H (Jason) via Pinfall
08/08/2020 - The Ecstasy of Gold - lost to Adam Cole (Jared) via Pinfall

HANDLER
Cleve

DATE WON
6 / 27 / 2020

REIGN
43 days

 

38th CHAMPION

ADAM COLE (2x)

At The Ecstasy of Gold in Tokyo, Japan, Adam Cole defeated Kevin Nash to become a two-time SGW World Heavyweight Champion.

DEFENSES
08/22/2020 - Blood in the Sand - def. Jacob Fatu via Pinfall
09/05/2020 - Forever - lost to The Sandman via Pinfall

HANDLER
Jared

DATE WON
8 / 8 / 2020

REIGN
29 days

 

39th CHAMPION

THE SANDMAN

The Sandman defeated Adam Cole to become the new SGW World Champion after interference from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

DEFENSES
09/05/2020 - Forever - lost to Bryan Danielson via Pinfall

HANDLER
Anthony H

DATE WON
9 / 5 / 2020

REIGN
5 minutes

 

40th CHAMPION

"AMERICAN DRAGON"
BRYAN DANIELSON

Bryan Danielson defeated The Sandman in an impromptu match to unify the SGW World Heavyweight Championship with the Real SGW World Championship and Wrestling Gold World Championship, combining them into the SGW Triple Crown Championship.


DEFENSES
10/31/2021 - SGW KILLS - def. Eddie Kingston (Drew) via Match Stoppage

Upon defeating Eddie Kingston, the Seven Star Pro World Championship was merged with the SGW World Championship, making it the eighth championship to be absorbed into the illustrious lineage.

HANDLER
Shawn Taggart

DATE WON
9 / 5 / 2020

REIGN *
419 days

* 54 active days