NXT North American champion Keith Lee defeated NXT World Champion Adam Cole (Bay-Bay) to become the first NXT double champ this week. This is a well that WWE have visited multiple times in the past, crowning one superstar with more than one championship.
For the purpose of this list, we will be leaving out tag titles, instead, looking at singles stars and singles championships only.
10. Jeff Jarrett
Jarrett defeated D’Lo Brown to win the Intercontinental and European Championships at Summerslam 1999. He gifted the European title to Mark Henry the following night as it was not the title he was interested in, thus un-unifying them.
9. D’Lo Brown
Speaking of D’Lo, he was also a Intercontinental and European double champion, as his unification of the two belts versus Jarrett on Raw led to ‘Double J’ winning both titles in their rematch six days later.
He was once thought to be a potential future world champion but alas, it was not meant to be, and looking back it’s hard to argue that this was his peak during his time with WWF/WWE.
8. Kurt Angle
Another example of the “Euro-Continental” champions, the man who coined that portmanteau won the titles in February 2000, only a few months after debuting on WWE’s main roster.
He held them until Wrestlemania 2000, where he lost both belts in a two-fall triple threat match with Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit without being pinned or submitted.
7. Rob Van Dam
Our next example finally enters the territory of World champions.
Van Dam won the Money in the Bank ladder match at Wrestlemania 22 back in 2006. At the ECW One Night Stand PPV, it was announced that RVD would be taking on John Cena for the WWE championship which he subsequently won. Following this, Paul Heyman awarded him the ECW World championship, making RVD the first and only man in history to hold both belts at the same time.
He lost the ECW title to Big Show in July, and was then suspended due to being charged with drug possession, which led to a hasty dropping of the WWE belt to Edge.
6. Seth Rollins
Next up we have “The Architect” Seth Rollins. After turning on his Shield team-mates and joining The Authority, Seth went on to win the Money in the Bank contract. He held on to the contract until Wrestlemania 31, where he made history by cashing in at the main event and inserted himself into the match between Roman Reigns and WWE World Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
During his time as champ, Rollins entered a feud with US Champion John Cena. This came to a head at Summerslam where they had a Champion vs Champion match where Rollins walked out with both titles. He lost the US title back to Cena at Night of Champions, however he held onto the WWE title until he was forced to vacate it due to injury.
5. Ultimate Warrior
Ultimate Warrior was one of the first in televised history to hold two titles at the same time. Heading towards Wrestlemania VI, then-Intercontinental champion Warrior started feuding with then-WWF champ Hulk Hogan. The match was billed as “The Ultimate Challenge” where both men would put their titles on the line.
Warrior came out victorious, becoming the first man to hold the World and Intercontinental titles at the same time. He was forced to vacate the IC strap due to a rule at the time preventing dual champions and went on to lose the WWF World Title to Sgt. Slaughter at Royal Rumble 1991.
4. Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels was European Champion when the Montreal Screwjob happened. I’ll let that one sink in, because I personally didn’t know that until I started writing this list.
Michaels beat the British Bulldog in Birmingham England at WWF One Night Only. He was still champion when he “defeated” Bret Hart at Survivor Series 1997. He went on to drop the European title to Triple H in a phony match and eventually lost the World title to Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XIV.
Receiving a high spot on the list, mainly due to relevance, the Human Suplex Machine Taz once held both the FTW and ECW World Championships. With then-World Champ Shane Douglas out for surgery and unable to defend, Taz invented the FTW Championship.
Although classed as “unsanctioned”, the title was defended until Douglas made his return. When his title showdown with The Franchise was finally set for Guilty As Charged, Taz then lay down and pulled Sabu onto him for the pinfall, effectively gifting the FTW Title to him as he “didn’t need it anymore”.
He managed to defeat Douglas for the World title and then defeated Sabu to regain the FTW title, thus unifying them. And of course, the belt has now returned over 20 years later with Taz himself declaring new client Brian Cage the real world champion in AEW.
2. Becky Lynch
The Man herself, Becky Lynch: the first woman to become a dual champion within WWE.
Lynch went into Wrestlemania 35, in the first-ever women’s main event of the show, with no titles and managed to walk out with two. Lynch won by pinning Ronda Rousey in a triple threat ‘winner takes all’ match for Ronda’s RAW Women’s title and Charlotte’s SmackDown Women’s championship to become “Becky Two Belts”.
She went on to defend both belts until she lost the Smackdown title back to Charlotte following interference from Lacey Evans, whom Lynch had just defeated to defend the Raw title. She held the Raw title until May 2020 when she relinquished the title to Asuka, revealing that she was pregnant.
1. Chris Jericho
Who else but Le Champion?
Jericho defeated The Rock for the WCW World Championship amidst the Invasion storyline. Rock regained the WCW Title and Jericho turned heel by attacking him during the Survivor Series elimination match in which they were both representing Team WWF. Jericho went on to Vengeance and in case you hadn’t heard, he beat the Rock and Stone Cold in the same night to become the first-ever Undisputed Champion, holding both the (unbranded) WCW Championship and the WWF Championship.
He would go on to lose the belts to Royal Rumble winner Triple H at Wrestlemania X8. Triple H was then the man who forged the two belts into one, thus retiring the “Big Eagle” belt.