What Is the WWE Undisputed Championship?

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According to World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., the "World Heavyweight Championship" was briefly known as the "Undisputed Championship" from May until September 2002. The move came after the World Wresting Federation (WWF) doubled in size and divided its roster among the Raw and Smackdown brands, renaming itself the "WWE."

The "Undisputed" title was created in an effort to remain unaffiliated with either brand, enabling wrestlers from both to openly compete for the "Undisputed" title. When then-Undisputed champion Brock Lesnar was contracted to the SmackDown brand, Raw was left without a champion, resulting in a dispute over the brand designation of the title. On Sept. 2, 2002, the Championship reverted back to its old name.