The WEW Universal Championship is the second tier championship title in the World Elite Wrestling federation, currently hosted on the Adrenaline brand. The first champion was Ligeia Cariosus, who won the championship at WEW's first ever pay-per-view in a Fatal Four Way match. Currently, Vantage and Flame both share the most amounts of reigns as champion, with two each. Stefan Raab holds the record for the longest reign as Universal Champion, at an on-going 204 days. The Broken Saint holds the record for the shortest reign with 15 days. The championship went to Adrenaline for the first time ever following the conclusion of a dual-championship scramble match at Legacy: Jamaica when Emily Poison was proclaimed the champion.
The first champion was Ligeia Cariosus, who won the championship at WEW's first pay-per-view, Free Fall to Fury in a fatal four way match. The match was named the Second Life Fatal Four Way fore all the competitors were former losers of the WEW and WEW Starlets Championship tournaments. However, Ligeia was released after losing her championship to Brie Bella at the next pay-per-view: Cyberslam. Brie Bella had won the shot at the championship earlier on in the night in a Cyberslam battle royal. The title changed hands once again at Shattered Dreams when SM Raye defeated Brie Bella, and Brie later left the company. A night after Halloween X, where SM obtained the King of the Ring crown and defeating his nemesis Priscilla Oliveira, the Universal Championship was stripped from Raye when he was drafted to the new WEW brand, Adrenaline. The new Universal Champion was decided after a miniature tournament which led to Vantage defeating Chris Cane, Broken Saint, Rocky J, and Chris Matthews in a ladder match to win the championship. His 199 day reign came to an end at WEW's Legacy pay-per-view, in which he lost to Alistar Bane after a long heated feud. Vantage went on to regain the championship at the Crossroads pay-per-view in a ladder match. At the Third Degree Burns pay-per-view, Vantage dropped the title to The Broken Saint in a triple threat match. The championship was vacated only two weeks later following Broken Saint's release, and awarded to Flame, giving Saint the shortest reign in Universal Championship history. Kevin Hunter defeated Flame on the February 8, 2013 edition of Adrenaline. On March 4, 2013 edition of Animosity, Flame regained his championship in a rematch. In a first-ever Hell's Asylum match, Brian James defeated Flame for the championship at the Battlefield pay-per-view. James would lose his championship in a "Winner Take All" match at the Legacy: Hawaii pay-per-view event against Chance Rugani where the WEW Championship was also on the line. Rugani would drop the championship to Dexter Black in a Triple Threat Match at the Beach Brawl pay-per-view in which he put the championship on the line against his New Regime partners, Black and Chris McKenzie; the match was revealed to be a ploy for Black and Rugani to turn on McKenzie, thus kicking him out of the group. Black lost the championship three months later to Chris Dunn. Dunn would lose the championship at WEW's Legacy: Jamaica in the first-ever dual-championship scramble to Emily Poison, thus bringing the Universal Championship to Adrenaline for the first time. Poison lost the championship to Stefan Raab at Crossroads III. Raab surpassed Chris Dunn's record-setting reign at the conclusion of Battlefield IV and became the longest-reigning Universal Champion.
Any additional important information on how the championship changed hands
Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign
July 17, 2011
Free Fall to Fury
Ligeia pinned Jason Krow in the Fatal 4 Way match to become the inaugural WEW Universal Champion.
August 21, 2011
Brie was entered as a last minute participant to the Ligeia vs. Ariane Chevalier match after having won the #1 Contendership to the championship earlier in the night. Due to the Cyberslam theme, the match was a Last Woman Standing and after neither Ligeia or Ariane could answer a 10 count, Brie was crowned the new champion.
September 25, 2011
WEW Shattered Dreams
Raye became the first male WEW Universal Champion.
October 31, 2011
After SM Raye was traded to the newest WEW brand, Adrenaline, he was forced to vacate his championship.