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The WWN Championship is a professional wrestling championship promoted by the WWNLive governing body. The inaugural champion was crowned on April 1, 2017, when Matt Riddle defeated five other men for the title.[2]

WWN Championship
Date establishedNovember 23, 2016[1]
Current champion(s)Austin Theory
Date wonJuly 13, 2019

Like most professional wrestling championships, the title was won as a result of a scripted match. There have been six reigns shared among five wrestlers.



Matt Riddle, the inaugural WWN Champion

On November 23, 2016, WWNLive, the governing body overseeing promotions such as Evolve and Full Impact Pro (FIP), announced the creation of the WWN Championship.[1] The champion would defend the title across all promotions under the WWNLive umbrella. Each promotion was asked to send their representative for an elimination match on April 1, 2017, at Mercury Rising 2017 to determine the inaugural champion. Former Evolve Champion and Evolve Tag Team Champion Drew Galloway was the first entrant into the match on February 22.[3] Over the following weeks, Fred Yehi, Jon Davis, Matt Riddle, Parrow and Tracy Williams were added to the match.[4] At Mercury Rising 2017, Timothy Thatcher was added to the match, while Galloway was pulled out, after suffering a storyline injury at the hands of Keith Lee.[2] It was later revealed that this had been done due to Galloway having re-signed with WWE.[5] Riddle went on to win the six-way elimination match to become the inaugural WWN Champion.[2]

Title historyEdit

No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
+ Current reign is changing daily
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Matt Riddle April 1, 2017 Mercury Rising 2017 Fern Park, Florida 1 196 9 Riddle defeated Fred Yehi, Jon Davis, Parrow, Timothy Thatcher and Tracy Williams in a six-way elimination match to become the inaugural champion [2]
2 Keith Lee October 14, 2017 Evolve 94 Queens, New York 1 174 4 This was a Last Man Standing match [6]
3 Austin Theory April 6, 2018 Evolve 103 Kenner, Louisiana 1 78 1 This was also for Theory's FIP World Heavyweight Championship [7]
4 Joey Janela June 23, 2018 Evolve 106 Brooklyn, New York 1 101 2 Janela made his Evolve debut [8]
Vacated October 2, 2018 WWN stripped Janela of the title after a knee injury [9]
5 JD Drake October 28, 2018 Evolve 114 Ybor City, Florida 1 258 11 Defeated Anthony Henry, Austin Theory, Darby Allin and Harlem Bravado in a Ladder match to win the title.
6 Austin Theory July 13, 2019 Evolve 131 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2 60+ 0 This was also for Theory's Evolve Championship [10]

Combined reignsEdit

Rank Wrestler No. of
1 JD Drake 1 11 258
2 Matt Riddle 1 9 196
3 Keith Lee 1 4 174
4 Austin Theory 2 1 138+
5 Joey Janela 1 2 101

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Johnson, Mike (November 23, 2016). "WWNLive launching new title, new brand". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Trionfo, Richard (April 1, 2017). "WWN Mercury Rising 2017 report: the first WWN Champion is crowned, Progress versus Evolve series, Shine Championship match, and is there a new sheriff in Evolve?". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Fernandes, Steven (February 22, 2017). "How WWNLive champ will be crowned, first competitor announced". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  4. ^ Currier, Joseph (April 1, 2017). "Evolve 81 recap: The man of the hour". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Currier, Joseph (April 1, 2017). "Drew Galloway re-signs with WWE, appears at NXT TakeOver". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Williams, JJ (October 15, 2017). "Evolve 94 results: Matt Riddle vs. Keith Lee last man standing match". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Williams, JJ (April 6, 2018). "Evolve 103 Results: Matt Riddle vs. Daisuke Sekimoto". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Join 411's LIVE EVOLVE 106 Coverage | 411MANIA". Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  9. ^ "WWN Strips Joey Janela of The WWN Title, Announces Tournament Join 411's LIVE EVOLVE 106 Coverage | 411MANIA". Retrieved 2018-06-24.
  10. ^ Moore, John. "7/13 Evolve 131 on WWE Network results: Moore's live review of the 10th Anniversary show featuring Adam Cole vs. Akira Tozawa for the NXT Championship, Evolve Champion Austin Theory vs. WWN Champion JD Drake in a winner take all match, Matt Riddle vs. Drew Gulak". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved July 13, 2019.

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