Triple Crown (professional wrestling)

The Triple Crown is an accomplishment in professional wrestling. It is a distinction made to a professional wrestler who has won three of a single promotion's championships; specifically, a world championship, secondary singles championship and tag team championship.

National promotions that officially recognize Triple Crown winners include WWE, Impact Wrestling, and Ring of Honor (ROH) as well as the defunct World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). Notable independent promotions such as Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) also have established a version of the Triple Crown.

National promotions

WWE

Pedro Morales – the first WWE Triple Crown winner

In WWE (formerly known as the World Wide Wrestling Federation/WWWF and World Wrestling Federation/WWF),[1][2] the term Triple Crown Champion has traditionally been used to describe a wrestler who has won the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the (now defunct) World Tag Team Championship.[3] For a span of nearly eighteen years, from 1979 up through 1997, these were the only three championships of the company, and a wrestler who won all three championships (not necessarily concurrently) was considered a "Triple Crown Champion".[3][4] Until the 1990s, the accomplishment was extremely rare, with Pedro Morales remaining the sole Triple Crown winner for more than a decade.

Following the first brand extension between 2002 and 2011, the (now defunct) World Heavyweight Championship and the WWE Tag Team Championship became alternate titles that can compose part of the Triple Crown.[5][6] During the unification of those two world championships and two tag team championships, the only three Triple Crown championships of WWE were the WWE, Intercontinental, and WWE Tag Team Championships (the United States Championship is not considered part of the Triple Crown, though by 2015 it is considered part of WWE's Grand Slam). In July 2016, a second brand extension period began and two new titles were introduced: the Universal Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship. In January 2017, WWE stated that the aforementioned championships were acceptable substitutes for their counterpart titles in the Grand Slam, but have not yet confirmed if they are part of the Triple Crown. No holders of these two titles has held the other required titles to become a Triple Crown or Grand Slam champion.

CM Punk holds the record for completing the Triple Crown in the shortest amount of time between the first and third title. It took him 203 days between June 2008 and January 2009. This broke Diesel's previous record of 227 days set in 1994.[7][8]

List of WWE Triple Crown winners

The following is a list of WWE Triple Crown winners with dates indicating the wrestler's first reign with the respective championship.

Text
Dates in bold The date the wrestler achieved the Triple Crown
Names in bold Indicates the wrestler is also a Grand Slam Champion
Championships in italics Indicates the title is an alternate title from the original definition of the Triple Crown
Dates in italics The wrestler has won that title, but it does not contribute to their Triple Crown because they had already won the Triple Crown or they had already won a title at that same level
Names in italics Indicates the wrestler is a Grand Slam Champion under both formats
N/A Indicates future reigns not possible due to title inactivity, retirement, or death
Colors

Won title as a member of the Raw brand

Won title as a member of the ECW brand

Won title as a member of the SmackDown brand

Won all Triple Crown eligible titles
Won title before the brand extension or during its discontinuation
Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championship
WWE World
Heavyweight
World
Tag Team
WWE/Raw
Tag Team
Intercontinental
Pedro Morales[3][9] February 8, 1971 N/A
(Retired)
August 9, 1980
(with Bob Backlund)
N/A
(Retired)
December 8, 1980
Bret Hart October 12, 1992 N/A
(Retired)
January 26, 1987
(with Jim Neidhart)
N/A
(Retired)
August 26, 1991
Diesel[7] November 26, 1994 N/A
(Retired)
August 28, 1994
(with Shawn Michaels)
N/A
(Retired)
April 13, 1994
Shawn Michaels March 31, 1996 November 17, 2002 August 28, 1994
(with Diesel)
December 13, 2009
(with Triple H)
October 27, 1992
Stone Cold Steve Austin[10] March 29, 1998 N/A
(Retired)
May 26, 1997
(with Shawn Michaels)
N/A
(Retired)
August 3, 1997
The Rock November 15, 1998 N/A
(Title defunct)
August 30, 1999
(with Mankind)
February 13, 1997
Triple H August 23, 1999 September 2, 2002 April 29, 2001
(with Stone Cold Steve Austin)
December 13, 2009
(with Shawn Michaels)
October 21, 1996
Kane June 28, 1998 July 18, 2010 July 13, 1998
(with Mankind)
April 19, 2011
(with Big Show)
May 20, 2001
Chris Jericho December 9, 2001 September 7, 2008 May 21, 2001
(with Chris Benoit)
June 28, 2009
(with Edge)
December 12, 1999
Kurt Angle October 22, 2000 January 10, 2006 N/A
(Retired)
October 20, 2002
(with Chris Benoit)
February 27, 2000
Eddie Guerrero February 15, 2004 N/A
(Deceased)
N/A
(Deceased)
November 17, 2002
(with Chavo Guerrero)
September 5, 2000
Chris Benoit N/A
(Deceased)
March 14, 2004 May 21, 2001
(with Chris Jericho)
October 20, 2002
(with Kurt Angle)
April 2, 2000
Ric Flair[5] January 19, 1992 N/A
(Retired)
December 14, 2003
(with Batista)
N/A
(Retired)
September 18, 2005
Edge[5] January 8, 2006 May 8, 2007 April 2, 2000
(with Christian)
November 5, 2002
(with Rey Mysterio)
July 24, 1999
Rob Van Dam[5] June 11, 2006 N/A
(Title defunct)
March 31, 2003
(with Kane)
December 7, 2004
(with Rey Mysterio)
March 17, 2002
Booker T[5] N/A
(Retired)
July 23, 2006 November 1, 2001
(with Test)
N/A
(Retired)
July 7, 2003
Randy Orton[5] October 7, 2007 August 15, 2004 November 13, 2006
(with Edge)
December 14, 2003
Jeff Hardy[5] December 14, 2008 June 7, 2009 June 29, 1999
(with Matt Hardy)
April 2, 2017
(with Matt Hardy)
April 10, 2001
CM Punk[7][8] July 17, 2011 June 30, 2008 October 27, 2008
(with Kofi Kingston)
N/A
(Retired)
January 19, 2009
John Bradshaw Layfield[5] June 27, 2004 N/A
(Retired)
May 25, 1999
(with Faarooq)
N/A
(Retired)
March 9, 2009
Rey Mysterio[5] July 25, 2011 April 2, 2006 N/A
(Title defunct)
November 5, 2002
(with Edge)
April 5, 2009
Dolph Ziggler February 15, 2011[11] April 3, 2006
(with The Spirit Squad)
September 3, 2018
(with Drew McIntyre)
July 28, 2010
Christian N/A
(Retired)
May 1, 2011 April 2, 2000
(with Edge)
N/A
(Retired)
September 23, 2001
Big Show November 14, 1999 December 18, 2011 August 22, 1999
(with The Undertaker)
July 26, 2009
(with Chris Jericho)
April 1, 2012
The Miz November 22, 2010 N/A
(Title defunct)
December 13, 2008
(with John Morrison)
November 16, 2007
(with John Morrison)
July 23, 2012
Daniel Bryan August 18, 2013 December 18, 2011 N/A
(Title defunct)
September 16, 2012
(with Kane)
March 29, 2015
Dean Ambrose June 19, 2016 N/A
(Title defunct)
N/A
(Title defunct)
August 20, 2017
(with Seth Rollins)
December 13, 2015
Roman Reigns November 22, 2015 N/A
(Title defunct)
N/A
(Title defunct)
May 19, 2013
(with Seth Rollins)
November 20, 2017
Seth Rollins March 29, 2015 N/A
(Title defunct)
N/A
(Title defunct)
May 19, 2013
(with Roman Reigns)
April 8, 2018

World Championship Wrestling

Ric Flair – the first WCW Triple Crown winner (also a WWE Triple Crown winner, one of four to have completed both).

The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Triple Crown consisted of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (now the WWE United States Championship) and the WCW World Tag Team Championship.[12][13]

When Bret Hart and Goldberg won the WCW World Tag Team Championship, they both became Triple Crown winners at the same time. Chris Benoit completed the WCW Triple Crown the fastest, completing it in 309 days between March 1999 and January 2000.

List of WCW Triple Crown winners

Champion Primary championship Tag team championship Secondary championship
WCW World Heavyweight WCW World Tag Team WCW United States Heavyweight
Ric Flair January 11, 1991 December 26, 1976
(with Greg Valentine)
July 29, 1977
Lex Luger July 14, 1991 March 27, 1988
(with Barry Windham)
July 11, 1987
Sting February 29, 1992 January 22, 1996
(with Lex Luger)
August 25, 1991
Diamond Dallas Page April 11, 1999 May 31, 1999
(with Bam Bam Bigelow and Chris Kanyon)
December 28, 1997
Goldberg July 6, 1998 December 7, 1999
(with Bret Hart)
April 20, 1998
Bret Hart November 21, 1999 December 7, 1999
(with Goldberg)
July 20, 1998
Chris Benoit January 16, 2000 March 14, 1999
(with Dean Malenko)
August 9, 1999
Scott Steiner November 26, 2000 November 1, 1989
(with Rick Steiner)
April 11, 1999
Booker T July 9, 2000 May 3, 1995
(with Stevie Ray)
March 18, 2001

Extreme Championship Wrestling

Rob Van Dam, the only wrestler to complete the ECW and WWE Triple Crowns.

The Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) Triple Crown consisted of the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, the ECW World Television Championship and the ECW World Tag Team Championship.[14]

Johnny Hotbody's Triple Crown victories all took place under ECW's previous name, Eastern Championship Wrestling. Hotbody also completed the ECW Triple Crown the fastest, winning all eligible titles in 343 days, between April 1992 and April 1993.

List of ECW Triple Crown winners

Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championships
ECW World Heavyweight ECW World Tag Team ECW World Television
Johnny Hotbody April 26, 1992 April 3, 1993
(with Chris Candido and Chris Michaels)
August 12, 1992
Sabu[15] October 2, 1993 February 4, 1995
(with Taz)
November 13, 1993
Mikey Whipwreck October 28, 1995 August 27, 1994
(with Cactus Jack)
May 13, 1994
Tazz January 10, 1999 December 4, 1993
(with Kevin Sullivan)
March 6, 1994

Impact Wrestling

A.J. Styles – the first TNA Triple Crown winner
Kurt Angle – the only wrestler to win both the WWE and TNA Triple Crown

In Impact Wrestling (formerly TNA), the TNA Triple Crown was an accolade bestowed upon those who won (not necessarily concurrently) all three championships regularly contested in TNA between 2002 and 2007 - the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA X Division Championship and (one-half of) the NWA World Tag Team Championship. It was unknown whether or not those who won the NWA World Heavyweight and NWA World Tag Team Championships before or after TNA's acquisition and usage of the title belts would qualify for the Triple Crown.[16]

In May 2007, TNA lost the rights to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Tag Team Championship and introduced the Impact World Heavyweight Championship and the Impact World Tag Team Championship. On July 8, 2007, Impact Wrestling (Then TNA) stated that, should the then-Impact X Division Champion Samoa Joe win the Impact World Tag Team Championship, this would leave him "just one step shy of becoming only the second Triple Crown Champion". This indicates that the Impact World Heavyweight Championship and the Impact World Tag Team Championship are part of the existing Triple Crown accolade.[17]

List of Impact Triple Crown winners

The following is a list of Impact Triple Crown winners with dates indicating the wrestler's first reign with the respective championship. Under Impact's definition of the Triple Crown, wrestlers are eligible to win the Triple Crown each time they complete a new circuit.

To date, only A.J. Styles has won the Impact Triple Crown on more than one occasion (five times), as well as being the only wrestler to hold all of the eligible championships. Kurt Angle completed the Triple Crown the fastest, achieving it in a mere 92 days, between May and August 2007.

Text
Championships in italics Indicates the title is an alternate title from the original definition of the Triple Crown.
Dates A date indicates the wrestlers first reign with that championship.
Dates in bold The date the wrestler won the Triple Crown.
Names in bold Indicates the wrestler is also a Grand Slam Champion.
N/A Indicates future reigns not possible due to the title no longer being under TNA control
Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championships
NWA
World Heavyweight
Impact
World
NWA
World Tag Team
Impact
World Tag Team
Impact
X Division
A.J. Styles (5 times) June 11, 2003 September 20, 2009 July 3, 2002
(with Jerry Lynn)
October 14, 2007
(with Tomko)
June 19, 2002
Kurt Angle N/A May 13, 2007 N/A August 12, 2007
(No partner)
August 12, 2007
Samoa Joe[18] N/A April 13, 2008 N/A July 15, 2007
(No partner)
December 11, 2005
Abyss November 19, 2006 February 4, 2004
(with A.J. Styles)
September 19, 2014
(with James Storm)
May 16, 2011
Austin Aries N/A July 8, 2012 N/A January 25, 2013
(with Bobby Roode)
September 11, 2011
Chris Sabin N/A July 18, 2013 N/A July 11, 2010
(with Alex Shelley)
May 14, 2003
Eric Young N/A April 10, 2014 October 12, 2004
(with Bobby Roode)
April 15, 2008
(with Kaz)
December 7, 2008
Eddie Edwards N/A October 3, 2016 N/A February 23, 2014
(with Davey Richards)
June 12, 2016

Ring of Honor

Eddie Edwards – the first ROH Triple Crown winner, and a TNA Triple Crown winner (only wrestler to win both the ROH and TNA Triple Crown)

The Ring of Honor (ROH) Triple Crown originally was defined as the ROH World Championship, the ROH World Tag Team Championship, and the ROH World Television Championship.[19] It was later amended so that the World Championship and any combination of the Television, Tag Team or (now defunct) ROH Pure Championship would qualify.[20] The ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championship is not part of the Triple Crown, but when added to the Triple Crown, it forms the ROH Grand Slam.

Eddie Edwards completed the ROH Triple Crown the fastest, completing it in 709 days, between April 2009 and March 2011.

List of ROH Triple Crown winners

Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championships
ROH World ROH World Tag Team ROH World Television ROH Pure
(Defunct)
Eddie Edwards[21][22] March 19, 2011 April 10, 2009
(with Davey Richards)
March 5, 2010 N/A
(Title defunct)
Roderick Strong[23] September 11, 2010 December 12, 2005
(with Austin Aries)
March 31, 2012 N/A
(Title defunct)
Jay Lethal[20] June 19, 2015 August 13, 2011 March 5, 2005
Christopher Daniels March 10, 2017 September 21, 2002
(with Donovan Morgan)
December 10, 2010 N/A
(Title defunct)

Lucha Underground

Fénix – the first LU Triple Crown winner

Lucha Underground has three established titles in its promotion, the Lucha Underground Championship, the Gift of the Gods Championship and, uniquely, Trios Championship.[24] Lucha Underground airs its episodes on tape delay, thus title changes listed below may not have aired yet.

Johnny Mundo completed the Lucha Underground Triple Crown the fastest, achieving it in a mere 85 days between January and April 2016.

List of Lucha Underground Triple Crown winners

Champion Primary championships Tag team championships Secondary championships
Lucha Underground Championship Lucha Underground Trios Championship Gift of the Gods Championship
Fénix November 22, 2015 January 31, 2016
(with Aero Star and Drago)
April 19, 2015
Johnny Mundo April 10, 2016 January 17, 2016
(with Jack Evans and PJ Black)
March 19, 2016