2001 News

Chris Jericho Becomes First Undisputed Champion of Professional Wrestling
Dec 9, 2001
STAMFORD, Conn.--Dec. 9, 2001--For the first time in more than 50 years, professional wrestling has one true undisputed champion. Earlier tonight, at the WWE's "Vengeance" Pay-Per-View at the sold-out San Diego Sports Arena, Chris Jericho became the undisputed champion of all professional wrestling.

In controversial fashion, Jericho defeated, in separate matches, World Champion The Rock and WWE Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, to unify those two titles for the first time. Earlier in the evening, Austin had defeated Kurt Angle to set up his match with Jericho.

Jericho begins his historic title reign Monday night on RAW on TNN at 9 p.m. (EDT) broadcast live from Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.

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Editor's note: For more background on the history behind the WWE Championship and the World Championship, go to http://www.wwevengeance.com/release.html

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Jayson Bernstein