|ROH World Championship|
The ROH World Championship belt used since December 2017
|Promotion||Ring of Honor (ROH)|
|Date established||July 27, 2002|
|Date won||December 13, 2019|
ROH Championship (2002-2003)
The ROH World Championship is a professional wrestling world championship owned by the Ring of Honor (ROH) Promotion. The championship has also been through other companies in cooperation with ROH through the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance (GPWA), a now-defunct governing body of many independent wrestling promotions throughout the United States and Japan. The current champion is PCO, who is in his first reign.
Samoa Joe had the longest title reign to date when he held the belt for 21 months and four days. During his reign, ROH held a cross-promotional show with Frontier Wrestling Alliance in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2003, called Frontiers of Honor. At that show, Joe turned the title into the ROH World Championship when he defended it against The Zebra Kid. Since then the title has been defended in Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Mexico, Japan, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.
On August 12, 2006, the ROH Pure Championship was unified with the ROH World Championship after the ROH Pure Champion Nigel McGuinness lost to the ROH World Champion Bryan Danielson in Liverpool, England in a title unification match. The match was contested under pure wrestling rules, with the stipulation that both championships could be lost by disqualification or count out.
In 2010 the title belt, along with the ROH World Tag Team Championships, was redesigned. The new belt has an eagle with its wings spread over a picture of the world with an ROH logo on the top. This design also includes various flags on different countries. In December 2012, a new design was introduced at the Final Battle iPPV.
On July 3, 2013, the ROH World Championship was declared vacant for the first time since its inception, when ROH Match Maker Nigel McGuinness stripped then-champion Jay Briscoe of the title after he was sidelined with a storyline injury and would be unable to compete for the foreseeable future.
On June 22, 2002, Ring of Honor held an ROH Championship tournament to crown the inaugural ROH Champion. The Finals of the tournament was a four way iron man match that took place July 27, 2002.
Overall, there have been 32 ROH World Championship reigns and 27 total champions. The title has been vacated only once. The inaugural champion was Low Ki, who defeated Christopher Daniels, Spanky, and Doug Williams in a Four Way 60-minute Iron Man match at the Crowning A Champion event on July 27, 2002, to become champion. Samoa Joe has the longest reign as champion with his only reign, from March 22, 2003, to December 26, 2004, lasting 645 days and gave the title World status when he defended it in the UK. Kyle O'Reilly currently has the shortest reign at 33 days. Adam Cole holds the record for the most reigns, with three, and is also the first man to win the championship at a non-ROH event.