The history of The WWE Title is as rich as the history of The WWE itself. The birth of The WWE dates back to the early 1950s when it was founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952 as Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC). It underwent numerous name changes throughout the years from World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) to World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2002. WWE is the largest professional wrestling company in the world.
It has promoted some of the most successful wrestlers and storylines and featured some of the most iconic and significant matches and moments in the history of the sport. WWE currently airs several high-profile programs such as RAW and SmackDown LIVE in more than 150 countries. WWE also hosts presently approximately 12 PPV Events per year including WrestleMania and holds about 320 Live Events per year throughout the world. In 2014, WWE launched the first-ever 24/7 streaming network which would eventually showcase the entire WWE video library.
The Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC) concentrated in The Midwest Territory back then, but it didn't have a strong following, and people hardly showed any interest in the product. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) practically carried the product of The Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC) and even decided to put The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title Belt on "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers in 1961, which became a big draw for both The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and The Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC).
Shortly after Buddy Rogers was given The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title Belt, the company seemed to be unhappy as Toots Mondt rarely allowed Rogers to compete outside of The Northeast Territory. Despite this, Toots Mondt and Jess McMahon wanted Rogers to keep The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title Belt, but Rogers was unwilling to sacrifice his $25,000 deposit on The Title Belt (Title Belt Holders at the time had to pay a deposit to ensure that they honored their commitments as champion).
Rogers then dropped The NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title Belt to Lou Thesz in a One-fall Match in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on January 24th, 1963, which led to Mondt, McMahon and The Capitol Wrestling Corporation (CWC) to leave The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in protest, creating The World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) in the process.
On April 25 of that same year, Buddy Rogers was awarded The First-Ever WWWF World Heavyweight Title, supposedly winning an apocryphal tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by defeating Antonino Rocca to capture The WWWF World Heavyweight Title.
He lost the title to Bruno Sammartino 22 days later on May 17th, 1963, after suffering a heart attack shortly before the match. To accommodate Rogers' condition, the match was booked to last just under a minute. Sammartino would retain the title for seven years, eight months and one day (2,803 days), making his title reign the longest ever in the history of professional wrestling. When Sammartino went on his hard-to-fathom world title run from 1963 to 1971, WWE wasn't as flashy as it is today.
It had a closer resemblance to sports featuring two men grappling in the ring in a slower, straight-ahead product. Sammartino would also be the first and only wrestler ever to hold the second WWWF World Heavyweight Title, which would feature the shape of a crown. It would make perfect sense then that the world title was less ornate than what today's Superstars carry around. During Sammartino's first WWE title reign, the belt went through many changes. The most famous of those versions featured the shape of The United States on a leather strap, which would be the third belt The WWWF would release. It fit right in with the simple ring attire that Sammartino and his challengers wore.
Sammartino would eventually lose the title to Ivan Koloff on January 18th, 1971. Koloff still held the title that featured the shape of The United States on a leather strap. Koloff would only stay the title for 21 days before losing it to Pedro Morales on February 2nd, 1971. Pedro Morales would hold the title for 1,027 days and would initially hold the same title that Sammartino and Koloff held before being given a new title that would feature a silver eagle as the centerpiece of the claim surrounded by the color bronze on both the strap and the main plate. When Pedro Morales became the champion, the title belt would eventually lose it's world status as, during that time, The WWWF rejoined The NWA. The title was then renamed The WWWF Heavyweight Championship.
On December 1st, 1973, the biggest babyface of that era, Pedro Morales, would drop the title to Stan Stasiak, who would hold the same title that featured a silver eagle as the centerpiece surrounded by the color bronze on both the strap and the main plate for only 9 days before losing it to the next biggest babyface of that era, Bruno Sammartino, who was the first wrestler of that era to hold the title for a second time.
By the time Sammartino won the title for the second time, it had undergone a considerable change once again. The strap is now surrounded by the color gold. The main plate would feature a more massive eagle than the previous belt, but the eagle would barely be visible from the stretch of gold behind it. At this time, Bruno Sammartino was the biggest Superstar and the biggest babyface in professional wrestling having held the title a combined 4,040 days in his two title reigns. Bruno Sammartino would keep the title for 1,237 days in his second reign before losing it to Superstar Billy Graham on April, 30th, 1977.
Superstar Billy Graham would wear the same title that Bruno Sammartino carried around for over 1000 days, which featured a more massive eagle than the previous belt with a massive stretch of gold behind it. Superstar Billy Graham would hold the title for 296 days before losing it to Bob Backlund.
Bob Backlund would then be the biggest babyface at this time having held the title for 648 days. Bob Backlund would carry the same belt as Bruno Sammartino, and Superstar Billy Graham did, which featured a more massive eagle than the previous belt with a huge stretch of gold behind it.
At this time, the title was renamed as The WWF Heavyweight Championship when The World Wide Wrestling Federation became The World Wrestling Federation in March 1979. Bob Backlund would then lose the title to Antonio Inoki in Tokyo, Japan on November 30th, 1979. Inoki would only hold the title for 6 days before Backlund would win it back in a no-contest matchup, but then-WWF President Hisashi Shinma would award the title belt back to Inoki due to the interference of Tiger Jeet Singh. Antonio Inoki would refuse the title following Shinma's decision and the title was declared vacant. Bob Backlund would then defeat Bobby Duncum in a Texas Death Match on December 12th, 1979 to win the vacant title back.
The title was then held up on October 19th, 1981 after a match against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine in which the referee gave the title to Valentine after Backlund pinned him. Backlund would then win the title back again on November 23rd, 1981 in a rematch against Greg "The Hammer" Valentine. The title would now be recognized as The WWF World Heavyweight Title when WWF withdrew from The NWA in 1983. Backlund would eventually lose the title to The Iron Sheik on December 26th, 1983. According to the official WWE Title history, Backlund's reign lasted from February 20th, 1978 to December 26th, 1983 and was never interrupted.
The WWE never recognized the events that took place between Antonio Inoki and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, as well as the, loses that Bob Backlund had. The Championship would undergo a considerable change in 1983 when a larger belt would be introduced. The Championship would be called The Big Green, and it would be The First-Ever Official WWF Title. On it, a man stood in front of a globe hoisting a championship belt above his head. It looked more copper than gold, similar to the current tag team titles. The side plates listed previous title reigns, a feature that was more feasible in a time when the championship rarely changed hands.
That list would grow fat in a hurry in today's era of constant championship changes. Bob Backlund would also wear this version aside from the previous version. After losing the title to The Iron Sheik, The Sheik would be the second and last Superstar to wear this version. The Iron Sheik would only hold the title for 28 days before dropping it to "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan.
Hulk Hogan would then be the biggest Superstar of that era, and he is still recognized as the biggest Superstar in the history of professional wrestling up to this day. Hulk Hogan would win the title from The Iron Sheik on January 23rd, 1984. Hulk Hogan is the company's first transcendent star as he would be the first Superstar to ever drape the title belt over his shoulders and at that time, he would be presented with a new championship.
Legend has it that The Big Green was thrown in a trash dumpster outside an arena the day the new title was given to Hogan. The Big Green was said to be based off a design used over the years for other titles such as The NWA Television Title and The AWA Tag Team Titles. The new WWF Title was labeled as The Hogan 84. It only lasted several months until it was replaced by The Hogan 85. The two belts were said to be remarkably similar, but to the keen eye of belt fans, the differences were many.
For example, the strap on The 84 is laced around the edges, whereas The 85 is tooled. The 84 has raised banners with the words "WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT WRESTLING CHAMPION" engraved into them and painted red, The 85, on the other hand, has engraved banners painted in black with the words "WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT WRESTLING CHAMPION" raised on them and painted silver. The 84 has no other paint on the main plate or side plates whereas The 85 has gold paint on the inner sections of the side plates and black color on the main plate surrounding The WWF letters and the nameplate at the bottom.
Hulk Hogan owns The Hogan 84 to this day, The Hogan 85, however, is not in his possession, and it is a mystery as to where it ended up. No other wrestler was said ever to hold this version. Hogan's four-year reign saw the beginning and the end of this belt's history as well as a new title being introduced to the timeline.
In late 1985, the belt was changed again. Vince McMahon, feeling the belt looked cheap in silver as opposed to the other belts which were gold, had it turned back. The new belt was called The Hogan 86 and was completely different than The 84 and The 85. The new belt had a much larger main plate with a dual plated gold and silver effect. It also had a giant globe in the center and was the first belt to carry the famous WWF block logo made famous throughout The 1980’s and the majority of The 1990’s.
The side plates had various flags engraved into them with The WWF logo above. This belt was the one defended by Hulk Hogan in his famous match with Andre The Giant in 1987. Two belts were said to be made. One belt was supposed to have flowers tooling around the edges and minus a gold tip on one end of the strap, while the other belt was said to have seashells tooling and a gold tip on the end of the strap with the word "HULK HOGAN" engraved into it. This was supposed to be the belt used at WrestleMania III.
During Hogan’s entrance to the ring at WM III, Gorilla Monsoon commented that win, lose or draw, this would be the last time that particular belt would be worn to the ring and the champion would instead carry the huge belt that was created in the run up to WM III which was "big enough to fit a Giant". The belt made several appearances on WWF TV during the build-up to WM III, mainly on Pipers Pit and The Snake Pit Talk Show Segments.
Despite Monsoon's words, the belt was never seen on WWF TV again after the build to WrestleMania and Hogan continued using the same belt he had been using since late 1985. The "Andre 87" as it has come to be known was eventually re-leathered onto a white, shorter strap and used as the belt in the movie "No Holds Barred." Hulk Hogan, known as "Rip" in the movie, was seen wearing it on promotional posters for the movie and so on, but it was only featured in one scene in the film.
This scene is when Hogan was in his locker room before his big showdown at the end of the movie with Zeus. Apart from that, a white leathered Winged Eagle title belt was used throughout the film. The white strap Andre 87 title belt ended up being donated to Planet Hollywood in Florida by Vince McMahon in the early 1990’s. It has since been removed from the premises and is rumored to be in a box somewhere in storage.
Throughout the remainder of 1987, Hulk Hogan continued to use The Hogan 86 until February of 1988 during an episode of Saturday Nights Main Event (Called "The Main Event" due to it airing on a Friday night).
Hogan wrestled Andre The Giant on that day and during his pre-match backstage promo with "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Hogan was wearing The Hogan 86, but when he stepped through the curtain, he was wearing the brand new "Winged Eagle" title belt. Which would continue to be used as The WWF Title for the next decade and is, probably, the most famous championship belt of all time.
That night, the title not only debuted but was held by three separate men: Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant and "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Hogan lost the title to Andre The Giant on that night, but Andre immediately surrendered the title to "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. After Andre surrendered the title to Ted DiBiase on February 5th, 1988, the title was declared vacant by then-WWF President Jack Tunney and put up for grabs in a fourteen-man tournament at WrestleMania IV. Throughout the years, "The Winged Eagle Title Belt" was used by Superstars, Legends and Hall Of Famers such as "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Bret "The Hitman" Hart, "The Heart Break Kid" Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid, Yokozuna, "Big Daddy Cool" Diesel, Sgt. Slaughter, Bob Backlund, The Undertaker and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
Savage won the belt at WrestleMania IV in the tournament that was put up by then-WWF President Jack Tunney. Hogan won it back at Wrestlemania V, defeating Savage. The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hogan at WrestleMania VI to capture the title in the same night that The Intercontinental Title was also on the line. Slaughter would win the title at The 1991 Royal Rumble PPV Event by defeating The Ultimate Warrior.
On March 24th, 1991, Hulk Hogan would win the title back once again at WrestleMania VII by defeating Sgt. Slaughter, making him the first-ever three-time champion. The Undertaker would then take the title from Hogan at The 1991 Survivor Series PPV Event on November 27th, 1991. Hulk Hogan would once again capture the title by defeating The Undertaker at a Live Event in San Antonio, Texas on December 3rd, 1991. On December 4th, 1991, due to the controversy surrounding both of the previous title changes, Hogan was stripped of the title by then-WWF President Jack Tunney.
Tunney, in an announcement aired on The December 7th edition of WWF Superstars, declared that the title would go to the winner of the following month's Royal Rumble Match. Ric Flair would win the vacant title by last eliminating Sid Justice in The 1992 Royal Rumble Match. Randy Savage would then win the title from Flair at WrestleMania VIII. Flair would win the title back on September 1st, 1992. On October 12th, 1992, Bret Hart would capture the title at an untelevised house show.
Yokozuna would then win the title at WrestleMania IX. Immediately after Yokozuna's victory at WrestleMania IX, Hogan challenged for the title and won after Mr. Fuji accidentally threw salt in Yokozuna's eyes.
Yokozuna would recapture the title at The 1993 King Of The Ring PPV. On March 20th, 1994, Bret Hart would be The WWF Champion for a second time by defeating Yokozuna at WrestleMania X. At The 1994 Survivor Series PPV, there was a "Throw in the Towel" Match in which Bob Backlund won when upon being urgently asked by Owen Hart, Helen Hart threw in the towel while Bret was in the crossface chicken-wing.
Just 3 days after on November 26th, 1994, Diesel would defeat Bob Backlund at an untelevised house show in a record eight seconds. Approximately one year later at The 1995 Survivor Series PPV, Bret Hart would defeat Diesel in a No DQ Match. Shawn Michaels would then defeat Bret Hart in a 60-minute Iron Man Match at WrestleMania XII. After a 0-0 tie after the 60 minutes had elapsed, Michaels would pin Hart in sudden death overtime after one minute and 52 seconds to win.
On November 17th, 1996, Sycho Sid would capture the title by defeating Shawn Michaels at The Survivor Series PPV. Shawn Michaels would then win the title back from Sycho Sid at The 1997 Royal Rumble PPV just two months after. Michaels would then forfeit the title on February 13th, 1997 due to a knee injury. On February 16th, 1997, Bret Hart would win the title in a Fatal Four Way Match against Steve Austin, The Undertaker & Vader at The In Your House: Final Four Event. Sycho Sid would then win the title just one day after on The February 17th, 1997 episode of Monday Night RAW. This was the first time the title changed hands on the show.
At WrestleMania 13, just one month after, The Undertaker would win the title, marking the start of his second reign as champion. Bret Hart would then defeat The Undertaker at The 1997 SummerSlam PPV Event with Shawn Michaels as The Special Guest Referee. On November 9th, 1997, Shawn Michaels would return to in-ring action at Survivor Series and defeat Bret Hart for the title in the infamous Montreal Screwjob.
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin would then win the title at WrestleMania XIV. This marked the beginning of "The Attitude Era." All of these Legends and Hall Of Famers held "The Winded Eagle Title Belt" until it was retired and replaced by "The Big Eagle" on RAW, the night after WrestleMania XIV in 1998.
The Big Eagle saw in it not only a new title belt but also a new belt maker. Until 1996, Reggie Parks had been the maker of championship belts for The WWF, among others, but during 1996, Vince McMahon had asked Reggie to sign a contract with The WWF stating that he wouldn’t make the belts for the public, which Reggie declined.
Knowing his primary source of income was coming from the fans buying The WWF style title belts (minus The WWF logo, of course), he refused to comply with Vince’s wishes and stopped making belts for The WWF. The WWF continued using Reggie's belts for two more years from the stockpile they had built up, but when it eventually came time to replace the belts with updated appearances for The New Attitude Era, The WWF contacted J-Mar based in Ohio, USA. When Steve Austin was presented The New Big Eagle Title Belt, it had the old-school style WWF block logos and was on a dark blue strap. Kane, who defeated Stone Cold in a First Blood Match at The 1998 King Of The Ring PPV, held this belt also, albeit for only 24 hours until Stone Cold recaptured it the next night on RAW.
While in action in the ring, the belt hit Austin under the chin and cut his face. Austin, without the knowledge of Vince & The WWF, contacted J-Mar and asked him to create a new belt for him, which incorporated skulls and rattlesnakes. J-Mar created "The Smoking Skull Title Belt," of which two were made: A gold one and a silver one. Austin took the gold one to the next RAW without Vince knowing and used it as The WWF title belt. Vince was not happy and demanded that Austin revert back to The Big Eagle Title Belt. Austin did, but The WWF was inundated with fan requests to bring back The Smoking Skull Title Belt. Vince backed down, and The Smoking Skull Title Belt returned to TV and was even the focal point of a storyline involving Vince and Austin.
The Undertaker & Kane would both win the title from Stone Cold by simultaneously pinning him in a Triple Threat Match at The In Your House: Breakdown Event just three months after Austin won. The Undertaker & Kane would hold The Big Eagle Title Belt, but was stripped of the title just one day later and the title was declared vacant. The Rock & Mick Foley were the only two other wrestlers ever to hold The Smoking Skull Title Belt, but when The Rock won the title, The Big Eagle Title Belt was brought back, this time with the new WWF Scratch Logo and on a black strap. There was even a smaller version made for The New Big Eagle Title Belt, but it was never used.
The new incarnation of The Big Eagle Title Belt was held by Superstars such as Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Mick Foley, The Undertaker, Vince McMahon, The Big Show, Kurt Angle & Chris Jericho from 1998-2001.
Jericho would win a 4-Man One-Night Tournament consisting of himself, The Rock, Steve Austin & Kurt Angle to unify The World Title with The WWF Title at The 2001 Vengeance PPV. Austin defeated Angle to advance to the finals while Jericho defeated The Rock & subsequently defeated Austin in the finals. After both The World Heavyweight Title and The WWF Title was unified, the title was renamed as The WWF Undisputed Title.
When Jericho won The WWF Undisputed Title in December Of 2001, a new belt was ordered to debut after WrestleMania X8. Triple H would win the title at WrestleMania X8 and was declared as the last WWF Champion before the brand extension was established. Shortly after, "The Undisputed V.1 Title Belt" was unveiled on TV by Ric Flair, and he would present it to Triple H. The Undisputed V.1 Title Belt (also called "The Heritage Title Belt" because of the artwork on the belt) was a somewhat small belt.
The Undisputed V.1 Title Belt was the last belt to ever carry The WWF logo and The World Wrestling Federation name. Triple H, who held the title belt the last would then lose it to Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who was the last ever official WWF Heavyweight Champion. During Hogan's reign, the belt was altered, The WWF logo was painted over to read WWE, and The World Wrestling Federation name was covered and painted over to read World Wrestling Entertainment. Triple H, Hollywood Hulk Hogan & The Undertaker were the only Superstars ever to hold that belt as it was soon replaced by
"The Undisputed V.2 Title Belt," which was the same design to The Undisputed V.1 Title Belt but a lot bigger and also carried The WWE Logo, The World Wrestling Entertainment name and a black border around each of the plates. It was also surrounded by a 2-tone gold. The Undisputed V.2 Title Belt would then be renamed as "The WWE Undisputed Title" on May 5th, 2002. That belt was debuted by The Undertaker who would lose it to The Rock on the same night at The 2002 Vengeance PPV on July 21st, 2002. The belt stayed on TV until SummerSlam 2002 when The Rock dropped it to
Brock Lesnar who debuted "The Undisputed V.3 Title Belt" the very next night, which was a little smaller and also had no “Property of WWE” 6th plate on one side. The title was renamed as "The WWE Championship" on September 3rd, 2002 in Uncasville, Connecticut after Lesnar becomes a SmackDown Exclusive Superstar and Eric Bischoff creates "The World Heavyweight Championship" and awards it to Triple H.
The Undisputed V.3 Title Belt was held by Superstars such as Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle, The Big Show, Eddie Guerrero, JBL & John Cena from 2002-2005 before Cena replaced it with "The WWE V.1 Spinner Title Belt." Cena would win the title at WrestleMania 21 by defeating JBL. The title became a Monday Night RAW Exclusive Title on June 6th, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri when John Cena would move to RAW as the first pick in The 2005 Draft Lottery.
The WWE V.1 Spinner Title Belt had SmackDown Side Plates, which was quickly replaced by "The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt," which had RAW Side Plates after Cena switched brands. "The WWE V.3 Spinner Title Belt" was also being used on TV at this time. It is the same as The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt, but the red swish under The WWE logo was black. This was the belt Edge won from Cena which was then modified into "The Rated R Superstar Spinner Title Belt." When John Cena regained the title by defeating Edge at The 2006 Royal Rumble PPV, The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt was once again used as The WWE Title on TV. Rob Van Dam would then cash in his Money in the Bank Contract on John Cena at The 2006 One Night Stand PPV in an Extreme Rules Match, and he would defeat John Cena. Edge would win the title just one month later on The July 3rd, 2006 edition of Monday Night RAW in a Triple Threat Match that would also involve John Cena.
John Cena would then win the title back just two months later on September 17th, 2006 at The Unforgiven PPV in a TLC Match. John Cena would then vacate the title on The October 2nd, 2007 edition of ECW after suffering a torn right pectoral tendon on The October 1st, 2007 edition of Monday Night RAW. Randy Orton would then be awarded the vacated title at The 2007 No Mercy PPV by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. All these Superstars would also hold The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt. Since then, The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt was held by Superstars such as Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Batista, Sheamus, The Miz, CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio
& The Rock from 2006-2013.
The only difference made to The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt was to the inner side plates which were both changed to match, and it was only done when Sheamus held the title. In between 2006-2013, Batista would vacate the title on June 9th, 2009 when he suffered a torn left bicep. Also, CM Punk would win the title at The 2011 Money in the Bank PPV and suddenly leave the company with the title belt. Punk would return just two weeks later on RAW, still claiming to be champion after John Cena would defeat Rey Mysterio.
This led to an Undisputed WWE Title Match at The 2011 SummerSlam PPV. CM Punk would beat John Cena at The 2011 SummerSlam PPV to become The Undisputed WWE Champion, only to lose it to Alberto Del Rio
on the same night after Del Rio cashes in his Money in the Bank Contract.
The WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt remained on TV just until after The 2013 Royal Rumble PPV when The Rock defeated CM Punk, who was the longest reigning WWE Champion in the modern era at the time at 434 days, to take the title belt. The Rock would then debut a new title belt on RAW shortly afterward. So after 7-8 years of representing The WWE as The WWE Title, the WWE V.2 Spinner Title Belt was finally replaced to the joy of several people. The new title belt, which has been dubbed as "The Big Logo" by most enthusiasts, is a collaboration piece of work.
Asked initially to make the title belt, Dave Millican informed The WWE that what they wanted would be overly burdensome and wouldn’t stand up to the rigors of ring use and travel. So WWE went to the people at OCC (Orange County Choppers) who would make all the great motorcycles as they are trained to work with aluminum, which is a lighter metal. They crafted the main plate which was then sent to Dave’s team for sanding, plating, bolts, drilling, jewel set, painting, and leather work. The new belt would have its nameplates removed and instead would have custom side plate discs that are unique to each champion who holds it. The Rock would then debut a first of its kind with The Brahma Bull Side Discs shortly after winning the title at The 2013 Royal Rumble PPV.
John Cena, who took the belt from The Rock at WrestleMania XXIX would then replaced those Side Discs with a unique design of his own. Randy Orton would then defeat John Cena to unify The WWE Championship and The World Heavyweight Championship, but the two titles would only be merged in the name. Orton would still carry around both championships, and it was referred to then as The WWE World Heavyweight Championship. That championship was even used by Superstars such as Daniel Bryan & John Cena for only one more year until "The Beast Incarnate" Brock Lesnar came along.
Brock Lesnar would then annihilate John Cena at The 2014 SummerSlam PPV and be awarded a new title just one night later on Monday Night RAW. That title is the same title that we still use up to this day. It only needed a slight modification from the previous title. The sleeker logo from The WWE Network replaced the previous one on the title's face. Lesnar would be the first champion ever to carry the new logo on his world title.
The championship retained its size, shape and bedazzled look. Since then, Superstars such as Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Triple H, Dean Ambrose, John Cena, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Jinder Mahal & The Current WWE Champion AJ Styles
would hold this title. This change would signal the beginning of a new era, leading WWE along in its never-ending evolution as WWE's tagline says "Then, Now, Forever."