Everyone who follows WWE expects the upcoming brand split to bring with it a plethora of changes; in the roster, booking decisions and even in the programming.

But foremost amongst those changes could be how the WWE chooses to deal with the quandary of the Championship belts. Would they have separate belts for either promotion, or choose to have one Champion who could traverse the boundaries between Raw and Smackdown?

With respect to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, however, the writing has always been on the wall.

Weeks of rumours have speculated that it is likely to be split into two belts; one for each brand, and the latest word on the matter seems to confirm that notion, speculates Cagesideseats.com

Apparently, the plans for the belt are to have it split into two titles – the WWE Championship and the World Championship – so that each brand can boast of one.

Dean Ambrose is currently the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, having first won the Money in the Bank briefcase at the pay per view and then successfully cashing it in that very same night on former Shield brother Seth Rollins.

As of now, he is booked to defend his title against both Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Battleground, in the highly anticipated Shield Triple Threat match.

The World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world heavyweight championship owned byWWE. It was one of two top championships in WWE, complementing the WWE Championship. It was established under the Raw brand in 2002, after Raw and SmackDown! became distinct brands under WWE, and moved between both brands on different occasions (mainly as a result of the WWE draft) until August 29, 2011 when all programming became full roster “supershows”. The World Heavyweight Championship was retired on December 15, 2013 when it was unified with the WWE Championship, which was renamed the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, continuing the lineage of the WWE title.

The title was one of six to be represented by the historic Big Gold Belt, first introduced in 1986. Its heritage can be traced back to the first world heavyweight championship, thereby giving the belt a legacy over 100 years old, the oldest in the world.