Wrestling Gold: The History of the ROH World Heavyweight Championship

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Wrestling Gold: The History of the ROH World Heavyweight Championship
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Throughout the history of professional wrestling, the business has awarded championship belts in many divisions. While some have been forgotten over the years, some titles have stood the test of time.

The WWE has seen almost 30 titles defended, but today only six remain.

TNA Wrestling began with three titles—the NWA World and Tag Team Championships as well its own X-Division title, but today it owns its own belts and fans see six titles defended between its ropes.

Ring of Honor Wrestling began with just two, but has since added another title to its ranks.

While Shimmer has only been around for a few years, the most well-known all-women’s wrestling promotion currently holds two titles.

Wrestling Gold will concentrate on the active titles of the companies listed, as well as the NWA World and Tag Team Championships, and any other active title the readers would like to see!

For this edition of Wrestling Gold, I present the ROH World Heavyweight Championship!

Ring of Honor’s top prize, first known as the ROH Heavyweight Championship, was established in July 2002, four months after the company was founded. ROH put four wrestlers into a 60-minute Iron Man match to determine the winner, and the match saw Low Ki defeat Christopher Daniels, Spanky and Douglas Williams to become the inaugural champion.

In May 2003, the title was defended in a different country for the first time when then-champion Samoa Joe put the title on the line in the United Kingdom against The Zebra Kid. The title was then renamed the ROH World Heavyweight Championship as a result.

Three years later, ROH’s secondary title, the ROH Pure Championship, would be unified with the World title when Bryan Danielson defeated Nigel McGuinness in August 2006.

Throughout the title's 11-year history, it has seen 18 champions. Let’s get started!

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