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WWE Universal Championship
WWE Universal Championship belt 2016
Details
Promotion WWE
Brand Raw
Date established July 25, 2016
Current champion(s) Neville
Date won June 19, 2017

The WWE Universal Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is one of two world titles in the WWE, alongside the WWE Championship on the SmackDown brand. The title is currently held by Neville, who is in his first reign and is the longest reigning champion.

Named in honor of the WWE Universe, the championship was established on July 25, 2016, to be the world championship of the Raw brand. Its creation came as a result of the re-introduction of the brand extension and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, in which the WWE Championship, the promotion's original world title, became exclusive to SmackDown. The inaugural Universal Champion was Finn Bálor. Since its inception, matches for the championship have headlined several of the Raw brand's pay-per-view events, including SummerSlam 2017, which is one of WWE's "Big Four" pay-per-views, as well as a dual-branded event.

Title historyEdit

Reigns Edit

As of November 20, 2018, there have been 5 reigns and 2 vacancies. Finn Bálor was the inaugural champion, but was forced to vacate the title due to suffering a legitimate injury in winning the title. Due to this, his reign is the shortest at 22 hours, while Neville has the longest reign at 519+ days. Neville is also the youngest champion, winning the title at 32 years old, while Goldberg is the oldest when he won it at 50.

Neville is the current champion in his first reign. He won the championship by defeating Bray Wyatt, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns on the June 19, 2018 episode of Raw after the title had been vacated earlier in the night following an ownership change in the WWE. In doing so Neville became the first British wrestler to win a WWE World Championship.

Reign The reign number for the specific champion listed
Location The city in which the title was won
Event The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won
Indicates the title change is not recognized by WWE
+ Indicates the current reign is changing daily
No. Wrestler Reign Date Days held Location Event Notes
1 Finn Bálor 1 August 21, 2016 1 Brooklyn, NY SummerSlam Defeated Seth Rollins in a pinfall and submission-only match to become the inaugural champion.
Vacated August 22, 2016 Brooklyn, NY Raw Vacated after Finn Bálor suffered a legitimate shoulder injury during his match at SummerSlam.
2 Kevin Owens 1 August 29, 2016 188 Houston, TX Raw This was a fatal four-way elimination match for the vacant title, also involving Big Cass, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins.
3 Goldberg 1 March 5, 2017 28 Milwaukee, WI Fastlane
4 Brock Lesnar 1 April 2, 2017 79 Orlando, FL WrestleMania 33
Vacated June 19, 2017 Evansville, IN Raw Following an ownership change in the WWE all titles were declared vacant.
5 Neville 1 June 19, 2017 519+ Evansville, IN Raw Defeated Bray Wyatt, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in a six-pack challenge to win the vacant title.