- This article deals with the achievement as understood in professional wrestling in the United States. For the Japanese championship, which is counted as a single title, see AJPW Triple Crown Championship.
In professional wrestling, a Triple Crown Champion is a term describing a wrestler who has won the three most prestigious belts of their promotion - typically a heavyweight belt, a tag team belt, and a second-tier belt. It is considered a great accomplishment to have won a triple crown. A "multiple triple crown" distinction also exists, with having won the three constituent titles at least a specified number of times.
WWE Triple Crown
In World Wrestling Entertainment, the term Triple Crown Champion has traditionally been used to describe a wrestler who has won the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, and the Tag Team Championship. For a span of nearly 18 years, from 1979 up through 1997, these were the three championships of the WWF, and a wrestler who had won all three championships (not necessarily concurrently) was considered a "triple crown champion."
In 1997, a fourth title, the European Championship was introduced. The European Championship, a singles title beneath the world and intercontinental titles, did not count for the purposes of designating triple crown champions, although a wrestler who had won all three primary titles and the European Championship would be recognized as a Grand Slam Champion.
Official List of WWE Triple Crown Champions
The following is a list of WWE Triple Crown Champions, in the most general form. Only the WWE-era World Heavyweight Championship reigns are considered as part of the WWE Triple Crown. Only the date in which the wrestler's first title was won is indicated. Dates in bold indicate the title that was used to complete the Triple Crown. Championships in italics indicate that they are alternate titles, not part of the original definition. Dates in italics indicate that the wrestler has won the title, but does not contribute to their Triple Crown, because they had already won a title at that level. Names in bold are also Grand Slam Champions.
|Name||World Championship||Tag Team Championship||Second-Tier Championship|
|World Tag Team|
|WWE Tag Team|
|Pedro Morales||February 8, 1971||August 9, 1980|
(with Bob Backlund)
|December 8, 1980|
|Bret Hart||October 12, 1992||January 26, 1987|
(with Jim Neidhart)
|August 26, 1991|
|Diesel||November 26, 1994||August 28, 1994|
(with Shawn Michaels)
|April 13, 1994|
|Shawn Michaels||March 31, 1996||November 17, 2002||August 28, 1994|
|October 27, 1992|
|Steve Austin||March 29, 1998||May 26, 1997|
(with Shawn Michaels)
|August 3, 1997|
|The Rock||November 15, 1998||August 30, 1999|
|February 13, 1997|
|Triple H||August 23, 1999||September 2, 2002||April 29, 2001|
(with Steve Austin)
|October 21, 1996|
|Kane||June 28, 1998||July 18, 2010||July 13, 1998 (with Mankind)||May 20, 2001|
|Chris Jericho||December 9, 2001||September 7, 2008||May 21, 2001|
(with Chris Benoit)
|December 12, 1999|
|Kurt Angle||October 22, 2000||January 10, 2006||October 20, 2002|
(with Chris Benoit)
|February 27, 2000|
|Eddie Guerrero||February 15, 2004||November 17, 2002|
(with Chavo Guerrero)
|September 5, 2000|
|Chris Benoit||March 14, 2004||May 21, 2001|
(with Chris Jericho)
|October 20, 2002|
(with Kurt Angle)
|April 2, 2000|
|Ric Flair||January 19, 1992||December 14, 2003|
|September 19, 2005|
|Edge||January 8, 2006||May 8, 2007||April 2, 2000|
(with Rey Mysterio)
|July 24, 1999|
|Rob Van Dam||June 11, 2006||March 31, 2003|
|December 7, [[2004|
(with Rey Mysterio)
|March 17, 2002|
|King Booker||July 23, 2006||November 1, 2001|
|July 7, 2003|
|Randy Orton||October 07, 2007||August 15, 2004||November 13, 2006|
|December 14, 2006|
|Jeff Hardy||December 14, 2008||June 07, 2009||June 29, 1999 (with Matt Hardy)||April 10, 2001|
|CM Punk||June 30, 2008||October 27, 2008 (with Kofi Kingston)||January 19, 2009|
|John Bradshaw Layfield||June 27, 2004||May 25, 1999 (with Faarooq)||March 9, 2009|
|Rey Mysterio||April 2, 2006||November 5, 2002 (with Edge)||April 5, 2009|
|Dolph Ziggler||February 15, 2011||April 3, 2006 (with Spirit Squad)||July 28, 2010|
|The 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||December 10, 2008 (with John Morrison||November 16, 2007 (with John Morrison}||July 23, 2012|
United States Championship
After the brand extension, the Intercontinental Championship was re-introduced on RAW as the second tier championship exclusive to that brand, while the United States Championship was introduced on SmackDown as the second tier championship belonging to that brand. Despite the fact that it is a second tier championship, its status as a substitute in the Triple Crown Championship is unconfirmed due to the fact that neither the WWE nor PWI have ever explicitly stated that it is equal to the Intercontinental Championship.
As of February 12, 2007, the following active (or semi-active) wrestlers are potential Triple Crown Champions. Those who would be considered potential Triple Crown Champions if the United States Championship is considered an equivalent to the Intercontinental Championship are not included in this list:
Wrestlers currently working for or making appearances in WWE:
- Kofi Kingston & William Regal need a world title reign.
- John Cena & The Undertaker need an Intercontinental title reign.
ECW Triple Crown
List of ECW Triple Crown Champions
The following is a list of ECW Triple Crown Champions. Only the date in which the wrestler's first title was won is indicated. Dates in bold indicate the title that was used to complete the Triple Crown.
|Name||ECW World Championship||ECW Tag Team Championship||ECW World Television Championship|
|Johnny Hotbody||April 26, 1992||April 3, 1993 (with Chris Candido and Chris Michaels)||August 12, 1992|
|Sabu||October 2, 1993||February 4, 1995 (with The Tazmaniac)||November 13, 1993|
|Mikey Whipwreck||October 28, 1995||August 27, 1994 (with Cactus Jack)||May 13, 1994|
|Taz||January 10, 1999||December 4, 1993 (with Kevin Sullivan)||March 6, 1994|
TNA Triple Crown
In Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), the TNA Triple Crown is an accolade bestowed upon those who win (not necessarily concurrently) all three championships regularly contested in TNA - the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the TNA X Division Championship and (one-half of) the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
List of TNA Triple Crown winners
As of December 2006, there has been only one Triple Crown winner, A.J. Styles. In TNA Wrestling, it is possible to be a multi-time Triple Crown Champion, as noted by Mike Tenay and Don West alluding to Styles as a 2-Time, then a 3-time Triple Crown Champion. Styles is a 3-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time TNA X Division Champion and 4-time NWA World Tag Team Champion, making him a three-time Triple Crown winner. He completed his first Triple Crown in June 11, 2003 by winning his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship. To become a four-time TNA Triple Crown Champion, A.J. Styles needs to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship again.
|Name||World championship||Tag team championship||X Division championship|
|TNA X Division|
|A.J. Styles||June 11, 2003||July 3, 2002 (with Jerry Lynn)||June 19, 2002|
|A.J. Styles||April 21, 2004||February 4, 2004 (with Abyss)||October 23, 2002|
|A.J. Styles||May 15, 2005||June 18, 2006 (with Christopher Daniels||June 9, 2004|
|Kurt Angle||June 17, 2007||August 12, 2007||August 12, 2007|
The following wrestlers require one more title in order to be awarded a Triple Crown. It should be noted that this list excludes NWA World Heavyweight Champions who held a pre-1975 version of the NWA World Tag Team Championship.
The following wrestlers are potential Triple Crown Champions:
- Christopher Daniels, Senshi, and Jerry Lynn each need an NWA World Heavyweight Title reign.
- Abyss, and Shane Douglas need an X Division Title reign.
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling has a hierarchy similar to WWE, with a Heavyweight, Television, and Tag Team titles. This is a less notable triple crown, because it is technically on the independent circuit, but is possible to make an impressive resume for a wrestler.
List of OVW Triple Crown Champions
The following is a list of individuals who have won the OVW Heavyweight, Television, and Tag Team titles.
|Name||OVW Heavyweight Championship||OVW Southern Tag Team Championship||OVW Television Championship|
|Brent Albright||April 25, 2005||March 31, 2004 (with Chris Masters)||January 5, 2005|
|CM Punk||May 3, 2006||July 28, 2006 (with Seth Skyfire)||November 9, 2005|
|Idol Stevens||March 14, 2007||October 10, 2003 (with Nova)||January 4, 2006|
 WWE's Championship Chart.