WWE & Sport

The WWE is filled with ti­tles, but do you know the dif­fer­ence?

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There are eight ma­jor cham­pi­onships in the WWE, each award­ing blingy belts cov­ered with real gold and gems. But what’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween the US Cham­pi­onship and the WWE Uni­ver­sal ti­tle? Pre­sent­ing part 1 of our guide to WWE gold – we start with the five Raw ti­tles:

UNI­VER­SAL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Cre­ated: 25 July 2016, when it re­placed the WWE Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

What it is: the main belt in the Raw sta­ble, worn by the big­gest-name star at the mo­ment. It’s nor­mally for the Raw en­trant in the WrestleMa­nia main event match the fol­low­ing year.

Holder: Brock Les­nar, who beat Gold­berg at WrestleMa­nia 33 in April 2017.

IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Cre­ated: 1 Septem­ber 1979 – it’s the third-old­est WWE cham­pi­onship ac­tively used to­day. What it is: a mid- card ti­tle that keeps ris­ing wrestlers hun­gry and es­tab­lished Su­per­stars sat­is­fied with a belt when their sto­ry­lines run flat.

Holder: The Miz, who beat Dean Am­brose at Extreme Rules in June 2017.

RAW WOMEN’S CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Cre­ated: 3 April 2016, when it re­placed the WWE Di­vas Cham­pi­onship dur­ing the brand split event. What it is: Raw’s ma­jor ti­tle for its women wrestlers. It was called the Women’s Cham­pi­onship un­til Septem­ber 2016. Holder: Alexa Bliss, only the sec­ond- ever holder af­ter beat­ing Sasha Banks on an episode of Raw in Au­gust 2017.

CRUISERWEIGHT CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Cre­ated: 4 Septem­ber 2016, re­plac­ing the orig­i­nal ti­tle used from ’91 to ’07 in the WWE and WCW. What it is: a cham­pi­onship for wrestlers weigh­ing 93kg and un­der. It’s of­ten called the light heavy­weight ti­tle too. Holder: Enzo Amore, who de­feated Neville at No Mercy in Septem­ber.

RAW TAG TEAM CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

Cre­ated: 20 Oc­to­ber 2002 What it is: the cham­pi­onship ti­tle for duo teams, who tag each other in and out of matches. Hold­ers: Dean Am­brose and Seth Rollins, who beat Ce­saro and Shea­mus at Sum­merSlam in Au­gust 2017.

The WWE Uni­ver­sal Champ belt is worth over R650 000!

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