The ACW Evolve Championship is a professional wrestling championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion Apex Caliber Wrestling (ACW). As the secondary title of the promotion, it has been called the "stepping stone" to the ACW World Championship. The inaugural champion is Luke Smith.
The championship was established by ACW on July 5, 2013. At Rebellion on July 28, 2013, current and inaugural champion Luke Smith unified the ACW Intercontinental, the United States and the Television championships in an Ultimate X tournament final.
The inaugural champion was crowned at Rebellion on July 28, 2013 in an Ultimate X Match. On the July 5, 2013 episode of Ignition, the ACW Intercontinental Championship, the ACW United States Championship and the ACW Television Championship were announced to be unified in a tournament final at Rebellion as the ACW International Championship. In the tournament, the contestants were set to determine participation in the Battle Royale on Ignition while the champions defended their belts on RAMPAGE in order to make it to the finals in a Fatal 4-Way.
From RAMPAGE I to RAMPAGE III, Dante successfully retained his United States Championship against Vergil, Mason Stone lost the Intercontinental Championship to James Griffin, and Luke Smith successfully defended his Television Championship against Nathan Drake. The losing competitors would enter the Battle Royale as a second chance. Meanwhile, then-backstage interviewer PewDiePie entered the tournament by the fans' support and went on to win the Battle Royale semifinals after eliminating Vergil last.
At Rebellion, Smith defeated PewDiePie, Dante and Griffin to become the inaugural champion; as a result, Smith unified all three belts into the ACW International Championship until he renamed it into the ACW Phenomenal Championship, which received a polarizing reception. Only a month later at Summer Wars, the title would be renamed into its current one.
Championship Belt Design Edit
Title History Edit
As of August 25, 2013, Luke Smith is the inaugural champion after defeating PewDiePie, Dante and James Griffin in an Ultimate X Match at Rebellion on July 28, 2013 in Washington D.C.
|ACW International Championship||July 5, 2013 – July 28, 2013|
|ACW Phenomenal Championship||July 28, 2013 – August 25, 2013|
|ACW Evolve Championship||August 25, 2013 – present|
|Reign||The reign number for the specific champion listed|
|Location||The city in which the title was won|
|Event||The event promoted by the respective promotion in which the title was won|
|—||Used for vacated reigns so as not to count it as an official reign|
|+||Indicates the current reign is changing daily|
|No.||Wrestler||Reign||Date||Days held||Event||Location||Successful defenses||Notes|
|1||Luke Smith||1||July 28, 2013||28+||Rebellion||Washington D.C.||1||Defeated PewDiePie, Dante and James Griffin in an Ultimate X Match to become the inaugural champion.|
Combined Reigns Edit
As of August 25, 2013.
|†||Indicates the current champion|
|Rank||Wrestler||Total Number of reigns||Combined days|
|1||Luke Smith †||1||28+|
|First champion(s)||Luke Smith|
|Most reigns||Luke Smith (1)|
|Longest reign||Luke Smith (28+ days)|
|Heaviest champion||Luke Smith (198 lbs. (90 kg.))|