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Championship unification

Championship unification is the act of combining two or more separate professional wrestling championships into a single title.

HistoryEdit

In professional wrestling, championships may be unified to consolidate the number of championships in a given promotion, or to add legitimacy and prestige to a certain title's lineage. In a title-for-title match, one of three things will happen:

  • One of the championships is dropped
  • A brand new championship is created
  • Both championships remain active and are defended and lost together under one name, but title changes reflect each individual title's history

Notable eventsEdit

 
Triple H holding the WCW and WWF Championships as the Undisputed WWF Champion
 
Randy Orton was the inaugural WWE World Heavyweight Champion

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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