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In Professional Wrestling, a "Triple Crown Championship" is not a championship in and of itself. Rather, it's a special achievement given to wrestlers who have won three of a single promotion's championships. In almost all cases, this includes a world championship, another singles (mostly the second-tier) championship, and a Tag Team championship. Promotions to officially recognize Triple Crown winners are WWE, TNA/Impact Wrestling, Ring of Honor, and New Japan as well as the defunct promotions WCW, ECW, and Lucha Underground. New Japan's version differs from all the others in that its Triple Crown includes only singles championships.

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The only other special achievement higher than this is the Grand Slam Champion, which requires winning another singles (again, mostly second-tier) championship. As such, names of the wrestlers who have also achieved this feat will be in bold.


Active Promotions

WWE

WWE has had two methods for determining a men's Triple Crown Champion and currently one method for women's. Additionally, the men's tag team division has their own criteria.

Men's Standard Rules

  • A wrestler had to have held:
    • Either the WWF/E Championship or the World Heavyweight Championship
    • Either the WWF/World Tag Team Championship or the WWE Tag Team Championship
    • The Intercontinental Championship

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Men's NXT Rules

  • A wrestler has to have held:
    • The NXT Championship
    • The NXT Tag Team Championship
    • The North American Championship

Women's Rules

  • A wrestler has to have held:
    • The WWE Raw Women's Championship
    • The WWE SmackDown Women's Championship
    • The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship

Men Tag Team's Rules

  • The wrestlers have to have held:
    • The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
    • The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
    • The NXT Tag Team Championship

WWE Triple Crown Winners

Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, and Booker T are the only men to have won a Triple Crown in both WCW and WWE.
Kurt Angle and AJ Styles are the only men to have won a Triple Crown in both TNA/Impact and WWE.

  • Men's NXT Format
    • Johnny Gargano - Completed on April 5, 2019 at NXT TakeOver: New York.
    • Adam Cole - Completed on June 1, 2019 at NXT TakeOver: XXV.note 

  • Women's

  • Men's Tag Team
    • The Revival - Completed on September 15, 2019 at Clash of Champions.
    • The Street Profits - Completed on the October 12, 2020 edition of Raw.note 

TNA/Impact!

Rules

  • A wrestler has to have held
    • Either the NWA World Heavyweight Championship or the TNA/Impact World Championship
    • Either the NWA Tag Team Championship or the TNA/Impact Tag Team Championship
    • The X Division Championship

TNA/Impact Wrestling Triple Crown Winners

Kurt Angle and AJ Styles are the only men to have won a Triple Crown in both TNA/Impact and WWE.
Eddie Edwards and Samoa Joe are the only men to have won a Triple Crown in both TNA/Impact and Ring of Honor.

Ring of Honor

Rules

  • A wrestler has to have held
    • The ROH World Championship
    • Any combination of either the ROH World Tag Team Championship, the ROH World Television Championship or the ROH Pure Championship (2 required)

Ring of Honor Triple Crown Winners

Eddie Edwards and Samoa Joe are the only men to have won a Triple Crown in both TNA/Impact and Ring of Honor.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

Rules

  • A wrestler had to have held:
    • The IWGP Heavyweight Championship
    • The IWGP Intercontinental Championship
    • The NEVER Openweight Championship

NJPW Triple Crown Winners

As noted above, New Japan is slightly different in that its Triple Crown consists of its top 3 singles championships, with no requirement to have been a tag team champion prior. The IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships were retired and merged into the current IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on March 1, 2021; NJPW has not announced whether it considers its current IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship to be part of a new Triple Crown, although it does consider the US title part of its Grand Slam.


Defunct Promotions Merged with WWE

WCW

Rules

  • A wrestler had to have held:
    • The WCW World Heavyweight Championship
    • The WCW World Tag Team Championship
    • The WCW United States Heavyweight Championship

WCW Triple Crown Winners

  • Men's Standard Format
    • Ric Flair - Completed on January 11, 1991.
    • Lex Luger - Completed on July 14, 1991.
    • Sting - Completed on January 22, 1996.
    • Diamond Dallas Page - Completed on May 31, 1999.
    • Goldberg - Completed on December 7, 1999.note 
    • Bret Hart - Completed on December 7, 1999.
    • Chris Benoit - Completed on January 16, 2000.
    • Scott Steiner - Completed on November 26, 2000.
    • Booker T - Completed on March 18, 2001.

Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Chris Benoit, and Booker T are the only men to have won a Triple Crown in both WCW and WWE.

WCW does not recognize the secondary title of the WCW World Television Championship as an eligible title for a WCW Triple Crown, and thus the promotion does not have Grand Slam Champions. If the title were recognized as part of a Grand Slam, all of the above wrestlers except Goldberg and Bret Hart would also be Grand Slam Champions. Booker T would be the only man to have earned Grand Slam Champion status in both WCW and WWE, and would be the only man to have earned both without counting the same championship for both.

ECW

Rules

  • A wrestler had to have held:
    • The ECW World Heavyweight Championship
    • The ECW World Tag Team Championship
    • The ECW World Television Championship

ECW Triple Crown Winners

  • Mikey Whipwreck - Completed on October 28, 1995.
  • Sabu - Completed on August 9, 1997.
  • Tazz - Completed on January 10, 1999.


Other Defunct Promotions

Lucha Underground

Rules

  • A wrestler had to have held
    • The Lucha Underground Championship
    • The Lucha Underground Gift of the Gods Championship
    • The Lucha Underground Trios Championship

Lucha Underground Triple Crown Winners

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