Isenberg’s 2012 Year In Review: WWE Title Changes

Josh Isenberg

It should be interesting to see what WWE decides to do with many of the championships in the WWE in 2013. As we head into the new year, we should take a look at some of the championship changes in the WWE, as well as the impressive streaks that WWE Superstars had in 2012.

CM PunkWWE Championship (1 Champion in 2012)

- CM Punk held the WWE Championship for the entire 2012 calender year. He beat Dolph Ziggler at Royal Rumble, won the Elimination Chamber match in February, continued his reign with victories against Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania and Extreme Rules. From there, he would defeat Daniel Bryan at Over The Limit, Kane and Bryan at No Way Out, Bryan at Money in the Bank, and then focused to John Cena. Punk defeated Cena at Raw 1000, Big Show and Cena at Summerslam, and then John Cena once again at Night of Champions. He would beat Ryback in October at Hell in a Cell, and then defend it successfully at Survivor Series. His reign has reached over 400 days.

 

World Heavyweight Championship (3 Champions in 2012) Sheamus

Daniel Bryan started the year with the World Championship.He won the title in December of 2011 and hold it until 18 seconds gave Sheamus the World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. Sheamus would defeat Del Rio, Orton, and Jericho at Over the Limit, continue with victories over Ziggler and Del Rio into the summer months, until he faced The Big Show. Sheamus lost to Show at Hell in a Cell, where Big Show has successfully defended the championship. Big Show will enter 2013 as the World Heavyweight Champion.

 

Cody RhodesIntercontinental Championship (6 Champions in 2012)

Cody Rhodes won the WWE Intercontinental Championship from Ezekiel Jackson in late 2011. After months as champion, he would drop that title to Big Show at Wrestlemania 28 in Miami. The Big Show would not hold the title for long, as he would give it away to Rhodes only 28 days later. Cody would hold the title until he faced Christian in Raleigh, North Carolina. As Raw 1000 approached, The Miz came out and defeated Christian. He held the title until he finally dropped it to Kofi Kingston in October. Kingston will drop the title tonight from Washington, D.C. to Wade Barrett.

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