It is considered the most prestigious award for the male side of the league. The VGCW Champion typically defends the belt against a single challenger, the #1 contender, at a time, although sometimes wrestlers have competed for the belt in multi-man matches. Wrestlers who aspire to be champion must first become #1 contender through a variety of means, usually through matches that involve a large number of other potential challengers, such as Royal Rumbles, Elimination Chambers, six-man elimination matches or King of the Ring Tournaments. Alternatively, wrestlers may compete in Money in the Bank matches for a chance to become Mr. Money in the Bank, allowing them to demand a championship match at any time they choose.
The VGCW Championship has been held by a large number of wrestlers, but few have held it for long. Most past champions failed to retain the belt a single time and some even lost it on the same night that they became champion.
VGCW Championship Title HistoryEdit
|1 (?)||Gabe Newell||Pre-Archive||Unknown||Unknown||
|11||Kratos||2012-12-12||0||6 minutes, 40 seconds||
|32||Sabin Rene Figaro||2015-06-09||2||141|
It is possible that Gabe was the first VGCW champion, losing his title to Pyro in a dark match.
Pyro, like Gabe, was a champion during the Pre-Archive era. Nothing is known about his reign but it is presumed that he beat his father Gaben and then was defeated by The Hulk.
The Hulk won The Royal Rumble on November 18th and took on Pyro for the title and won. His reign was short lived, as he was beaten by another Royal Rumble winner that same night, Mr. Satan.
Mr. Satan is the last of the four known Pre-Archive era champions. He won the championship from The Hulk.
During this reign, Robotnik was one of the few early champions to actually defend his title successfully, defeating both JonTron (Royal Rumble winner) and Ezio (King of the Ring winner) in a Triple Threat match on November 19th.
However, his first reign would be very short...
Angry Video Game NerdEdit
...as on the same stream, AVGN, who had become #1 contender by winning a King of the Ring tournament, won the the title from Ganondorf, although not by defeating him directly. Instead the Nerd pinned Sonic, who had also qualified for the match by winning a Royal Rumble, in a Triple Threat match while Ganon was caught in a long move animation.
Ganon wasn't happy with how things turned out and, on the next stream, he regained the title by defeating the Nerd in a singles match. This time, Ganon's reign was long and violent, as he defended the title four consecutive times, a VGCW Championship record, during a period that would later be dubbed the "Thousand Years of Darkness".
Ganon first defended the title by beating Scorpion (KotR winner) on November 21st in a Hell in a Cell Match. Then, on November 22nd, the Gerudo King would beat infamous heel Little Mac (RR winner) in a Last Man Standing Match. Later, on November 25th, Ganondorf burned Bowser (RR winner) in an Inferno Match. Ezio, on November 27th, was his fourth and ultimately final victim.
On December 5th, an Iron Man Inferno match between Bowser and Ganondorf was held. Many believed Ganondorf would continue to defeat all comers until Link rose to overthrow him, but instead Bowser won, humiliating Ganondorf by pinning him 32 times. It would later be revealed that Bowser's amazing score was bolstered by his repeated use of the Glitch Bomb throughout the match, but more importantly, Ganondorf's defeat unleashed a terrible curse upon the belt, which would plague many future champions.
In his first title defense, on December 9th, Bowser competed in a Triple Threat match against Adam Jensen, who had won a King of the Ring tournament, and Link, who had been voted into the match. Ironically it was Ganondorf's nemesis who would grant him his revenge on Bowser, as Link knocked the Koopa King out with a devastating kick. However, Jensen had the awareness to swoop in for the pin, becoming the new VGCW Champion.
Kratos' reign quickly proved to be even shorter than Jensen's, as Little Mac cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and won the title, making Kratos the shortest reigning champion in VGCW history with a reign of less than seven minutes.
The hated Little Mac also held the championship for a short time, as he lost the title to Proto Man in his first defense on the December 14th stream. Proto Man used two Glitch Bombs in the match, bringing its legitimacy into question.
The curse would continue to claim victims on the December 19th stream. Donkey Kong, the Royal Rumble winner, beat Proto Man to win his first VGCW title, similarly using the Glitch Bomb to achieve victory and prompting his special victory music to play.
The world didn't end on the 21st of December and the curse didn't either, as on the Christmas special it claimed another victim. Snake, one of the hardest working wrestlers of the federation, beat DK and was crowned champion on the final episode of 2012 and Season 1.
Raphael soon became one of the more successful champions in VGCW history, compiling multiple successful defenses over the course of a month. His 31-day-long VGCW Championship reign (dubbed the Thousand Years of Pizza) was, at that time, the longest in the history of the title. Raphael successfully defended the championship against Dr. Eggman on two separate occassions on January 6 and January 16. On January 17, Raphael defended his title a third time by defeating newly heel-turned Dan Hibiki.
The two-time VGCW Champion finally gained a chance to recover his lost championship when he became #1 contender after winning an Elimination Chamber match on January 22, 2013, last eliminating Dr. Eggman.
On 2013-02-01, Ganondorf became the first three-time champion in VGCW history by pinning Raphael. Many expected another Thousand Years of Darkness, and were thus shocked at how quickly Ganon was dethroned.
Near the end of Season 2, while Ganondorf was still regaining his power and attempting to regain the championship, Charles Barkley won a Royal Rumble on January 22, 2013. Bazza had declared prior to the match's conclusion that the Rumble winner would be second in line to the championship, as Ganondorf deserved a one-on-one match for the title, and so Barkley waited. After several shows and nearly a month of preparation, a new and improved Barkley emerged to challenge Ganon on February 18, 2013. Barkley shocked the world by completely dominating Ganondorf during the latter half of the match, and while the reigning champion was resilient, Barkley eventually wore him down with repeated use of his new Chaos Bomb finisher to end the Dark Lord's third reign as VGCW Champion before it could even begin.
On February 28, 2013, the newly-crowned Barkley had one of the most challenging nights any wrestler had experienced in VGCW's history. First, he battled and beat Vegeta in a tough first-round match in The Great Tournament. Just after this, a tired and injured Charles was challenged by Money in the Bank holder Nappa. Many expected an easy win for the Saiyan, but Sir Charles surprised everyone by defeating him, marking the first time a Money in the Bank challenger had failed to win the championship.
Donkey Kong (2)Edit
After fighting in a full two previous matches on the same night, Barkley returned to the ring at the end of the February 28 show for his scheduled match with former champion Donkey Kong. This time, Barkley was easily beaten, and Donkey Kong became the second wrestler to hold the VGCW title more than once. Just as before, Donkey Kong's title victory was owed to his use of the Glitch Bomb, although this time, he would quickly be exposed.
Before DK could make a single appearance as champion, the Glitch Bomb was discovered and he was suspended for his use of the move, which was declared illegal. Additionally, Donkey Kong was forced to vacate the title, which remained unheld for several weeks.
Charles Barkley (2)Edit
After losing his title to the Glitch Bomb, Charles Barkley was given another chance at the VGCW Championship along with Gabe, Ganon, and Dr. Wily in the Season 3 finale. As the most recent of the former champions competing in the match, Barkley was granted the honor of carrying the newly-designed VGCW Championship to the ring. During the match, Ganon and Gabe fought outside the ring, and became so occupied with each other that they failed to notice that Barkley had gained the upper hand over Wily in the ring. Barkley pinned the scientist to win the VGCW Championship for the second time.
SSJ Majin VegetaEdit
Although he was given a shot at the Casual Championship in the Season 3 finale, Majin Vegeta and Dan Hibiki's respective grudges against Charles Barkley and Casual Champion Red (formerly Ash Ketchum) led them to switch their title shots with new GM Dracula's permission. While Barkley wasn't totally helpless, the powered-up Vegeta gradually overwhelmed Barkley and claimed the title, tipping the scales between the feuding wrestlers in his favor and ridding himself of his Jobber status once and for all.
Vegeta would then go on to successfully defend his title against Groose and Dr. Wily in his following matches.
On the May 8, 2013 broadcast, shortly after successfully defending his title against Wily, Vegeta turned against Dracula and fought against him. When it became clear that he stood no chance against the vampire, Vegeta focused his energy into himself to turn his body into a bomb, sacrificing himself in an effort to slay Dracula. With the champion now dead, it was decided that the title be vacated.
Charles Barkley (3)Edit
A King of the Ring tournament was held on May 11th to determine the new champion. The two finalists of the tournament were Charles Barkley, who had defeated Barret Wallace, Flint, and The Pyro, and Groose, who had gone through Dr. Wily, Mike Haggar, and Segata Sanshiro. The master of the slams and jams dominated the entire match against Groose, even busting him open. After a final massive shot to the head, Barkley was able to claim the VGCW title for a third time.
Groose had fallen twice before in title matches but earned himself a third shot when he won a six-man elimination match on May 15th. His rematch against a Charles Barkley fresh off his leg surgery on May 23rd was much more even until the end when a flurry of big moves allowed the Groosenator to capture his first title in VGCW.
The Mayor had been close to getting himself a title match in the past but finally managed to get his shot when he won a six-man Battle Royal on May 29th. On June 2nd, Haggar would avenge his own VGCW Title tourney loss to Groose and gain his first taste of VGCW gold.
Little Mac (2)Edit
After a dominating performance at End Game 4 against Dracula, Little Mac had earned the right to compete in a #1 Contender triple threat match in the Season 5 opener. Mac ko'd Kefka and set his sights on Mike Haggar, who had not competed since winning the title back in June. Showing the heart of a champion, Mac weathered the storm of mayoral mindgames to secure his second VGCW Championship on July 20th.
Mike Haggar (2)Edit
After losing the title, Haggar wasted little time in climbing the rankings once again. When he won a fatal four way elimination match on October 22nd over Groose, Mr. Satan, and Sagat, the stage was set for a rematch with Little Mac at End Game 5. This time around, the mayor made sure the Star Punch wouldn't come into play as he earned himself a second term as VGCW Champion.
He quickly made his first defense just moments later as Charles Barkley cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase at long last. Haggar dominated the former three-time VGCW champ to leave Season 5 with the gold. With Vegeta's revival, Haggar was recognized as a disputed champion alongside the Badman. He defeated Vegeta on November 26th to become the undisputed VGCW Champion, becoming only the fourth wrestler in VGCW History to defend the VGCW Championship at least twice.
Gabe Newell (2)Edit
The GM of VGCW wound up entering #40 and winning his second Royal Rumble on November 26th. Whether his lucky draw was by hook or crook, many didn't know. Still, Gabe would have to win a fair fight against Mike Haggar if he was to win the VGCW Championship for a second time on December 10th. In the end, Gabe managed to do just that by making the mayor tap to his patented Wallet Squeeze, winning the VGCW Championship for the second time.
Gabe's first title defense in the broadcast era would come at Endgame 6 against the Angry Video Game Nerd. This he overcame with flying colors, bringing down the Nerd with his patented Wallet Squeeze.
Proto Man (2)Edit
Fresh off his victory against Air Man the previous week, the Glitchman surprised everyone by showing up as one of the competitors in the Elimination Chamber preliminary matches on February 18th. He further surprised everyone by defeating the Nerd in the preliminary match, proving he could still hang with the top tier even in a post-Glitch Bomb era. The next week, he would face off against the Nerd, Phoenix Wright, Duke Nukem, Bowser, and current champion Gabe Newell in the championship match. After pinning Phoenix and Duke, Proto Man would also put down Gabe with the Proto Driver to earn his first clean championship win.
The King of the Midkard had only participated in one VGCW Championship match in his entire career back in 2012, but a win over Illidan Stormrage on March 25th gave him a chance to earn another. It would be one he cashed in on as he outlasted both Solid Snake & Phoenix Wright on April 29th. At End Game 7, Scorpion showed everyone that he would no longer choke in the clutch as he pinned Proto Man to finally rise to the top of VGCW at long last.
Scorpion's first challenger for the title was Dracula, the man who ended Phoenix Wright's undefeated streak. Their match took place on June 17th and was a 30-Minute Iron Man Match in a ring surrounded by flames. Both wrestlers took the lead multiple times throughout the battle until Dracula pulled ahead near the end. Despite being behind by two falls in the last thirty seconds, Scorpion made an incredible comeback and ended the match in a draw at 10-10, keeping the championship in his grasp.
Not long after the match ended, Sonic the Hedgehog's theme began to play. Sonic, with the Money in the Bank briefcase, stormed down to the ring and handed the contract to the referee. After giving everything he had against Dracula, Scorpion now had to defend his title once more. Sonic fought as hard as he could, but was pinned after receiving a Hellkick from the champion. The King of VGCW continued his reign.
Since his dominant performance, Scorpion had taken down six other upstart challengers before newly appointed GM Gary Oak decided to create a PPV designed to wrest away Scorps' belt. This PPV, Challenge tower, pit Scorpion in four consecutive title matches with Dante, Barret Wallace, Gary himself, and Solid Snake. Scorpion defeated them all, winning the Challenge Tower. However, one more challenge presented itself...
Nappa cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Challenge Tower, after Scorpion defeated his final opponent. In an exhilarating performance, Nappa managed to land his Ghost Bomber DX, securing the belt from Scorpion and ending the single greatest reign in VGCW history.
However, Nappa would not last long. A mere 22 days after claiming the title, Nappa was put in a Triple Threat against Guile and Ebisumaru, both of whom filled requirements in the recent Royal Rumble. After a lengthy battle, Ebisumaru hit a Burning Hammer on Nappa, which Guile took advantage of. A three-count was heard, and Guile was crowned as the new champ.
Sabin Rene FigaroEdit
While it is true that Sabin did not have the most lucrative of careers, a recent series of victories made him the #1 contender in the eyes of GM Gary Oak. Putting him in a Triple Threat Tables match with secondary contender Dan Hibiki, Sabin proved his cunning by pushing the upstart through a table after beatings were exchanged between him and Guile. Sabin was given the belt, and quickly proved his ranking with a successful defense against the then-undefeated Kanji Tatsumi. He was then put up against his own Tag Team partner Johnny Cage at the Infinite Summer PPV, defeating him as well. His next challenge would come at the hands of recent Royal Rumble winner Dracula.
With a recent string of victories and a newfound ability to walk in sunlight, the Lord of Darkness was able to win the title
for a fourth time. His first defense was against Air Man at Endgame X1. Had Air Man won it would have made him the first "triple crown" - a wrestler who has held each of the three belts at some point in their career. But the triple crown seems cursed, at it was a horrible night for a curse.