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Greatest WWF/WWE Champions: 1985-2013

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*WCW, ECW, & TNA titles count towards a superstars iconic status.

20. Mick Foley
– 3 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time WWF Hardcore Champion.
– 8 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time ECW Tag Team Champion.
– Winner of the first Boiler Room Brawl at SummerSlam 1996.
– Entered the 1998 Royal Rumble Match as three different personas.
– The Hardcore Championship was created in 1998 specifically for him.
– One half of the “The Rock & Sock Connection” with The Rock.
– WWF Commisioner in 2000.
– 1 time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time TNA Legends Champion.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2013.

19. Edge
– 4 time WWE Champion.
– 7 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 5 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 11 time WWF/WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WCW United States Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– He and Christian were the winners of the first “TLC” Match at SummerSlam 2000.
– 2001 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Winner of the first “Money in the Bank” Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXI.
– Won the Money in the Bank contract from Mr. Kennedy in 2007.
– Winner of the 2010 Royal Rumble Match.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2012.

18. “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel
– 1 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 2 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– WWF “Triple Crown” winner.
– Defeated Mr. Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship in a record time.
– Longest reigning WWF Champion of the 1990s.
– 5 time WCW Champion.
– 9 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
– One half of “The Outsiders” with Scott Hall.
– Formed the “New World Order” in 1996 and then the “The Wolf Pack” in 1998.
– Winner of the WCW World War III Battle Royal in 1998.
– Ended Bill Goldberg’s undefeated streak at Starcade 1998.
– 1 time TNA Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time TNA Legends Champion.

17. The Ultimate Warrior
– 1 time WWF Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– Sole survivor for three consecutive years at the Survivor Series, 1988, 1989, & 1990.
– First superstar with a legit victory over Hulk Hogan in a main event.
– Only superstar to simultaneously hold the WWF and Intercontinental Championships.
– First WWF Champion to defend the gold at SummerSlam and the Royal Rumble.
– Retired “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania VII (albeit temporarily).

16. Andre the Giant
– 1 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– Member of “The Heenan Family,” 1987-1990.
– Sole survivor in the main event of the first Survivor Series in 1987.
– His WWF Championship victory drew the highest ratings in pro wrestling history.
– WWF Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 1993 (posthumously).
– The WWF Hall of Fame was christened with his induction.

15. Brock Lesnar
– 3 time WWE Champion.
– 2002 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Youngest WWE Champion in history when he won the title at SummerSlam 2002.
– Winner of the 2003 Royal Rumble Match.
– Only athlete to be a champion in the NCAA, WWE, & UFC.

14. CM Punk
– 2 time WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time ECW Champion (under the WWE umbrella).
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– WWE Champion for fourteen months. The longest title reign of the new millennium.
– 2 time winner of the Money in the Bank contract, 2008 & 2009.
– Leader of both “The Straight Edge Society” & “The New Nexus.”

13. Randy Orton
– 11 time WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– Third generation superstar.
– Member of “Evolution,” 2003-2004.
– Youngest World Champion in history when he won the title at SummerSlam 2004.
– Sole survivor for three consecutive years at the Survivor Series, 2003, 2004, & 2005.
– Formed “The Legacy” in 2008.
– Winner of the 2009 Royal Rumble Match.
– Money in the Bank contract winner in 2013.
– Unified the WWE & World Heavyweight Championships at TLC 2013.

12. Chris Jericho
– 1 time WWF Undisputed Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 9 time Intercontinental Champion, which is a record.
– 5 time WWF / WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WWF European Champion.
– 1 time WWF Hardcore Champion.
– 2 time WCW Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– 1 time WCW Television Champion.
– 4 time WCW Cruiserweight Champion.
– 1 time ECW Television Champion.
– Unified the WWF & WCW Championships at Vengeance 2001.
– Won the Slammy Award for “Superstar of the Year” in 2008.
– Won the Slammy Award for “Tag Team of the Year” in 2009 with The Big Show.
– Winner of 1 Elimination Chamber Match, 2010.

11. Kurt Angle
– 4 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 1 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 1 time WWF European Champion.
– 1 time WCW Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– 2000 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– 5 time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
– 2 time TNA Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time TNA X-Division Champion.
– 2 time winner of the TNA “King of the Mountain” Match, 2007 & 2009.
– Formed the “Main Event Mafia” in 2008.
– TNA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2013.

10. Triple H
– 7 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 5 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 4 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 2 time WWF/ WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time WWF European Champion.
– 1997 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Co-founded DeGeneration X in 1997 and assumed the leadership role in 1998.
– Winner of the first “Three Stages of Hell” Match in 2001.
– Winner of the 2002 Royal Rumble Match.
– Temporarily retired the Intercontinental Championship in 2002.
– Formed “Evolution” in 2003.
– Reformed “DeGeneration X” in 2006.
– Winner of 4 Elimination Chamber Matches, 2003, 2005, 2008, & 2009.
– Became the C.O.O. of the WWE in 2011.

9. John Cena
– 11 time WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 3 time WWE United States Champion.
– 4 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– Winner of both the 2008 & 2013 Royal Rumble Matches.
– Winner of 2 Elimination Chamber Matches, 2006 & 2010.
– Money in the Bank contract winner in 2012.
– Has competed in 10 consecutive WrestleManias.
– The figurehead of the WWE during the modern era.
– Was once defeated by Kevin Federline 😉

8. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair
– 16 time World Champion (NWA, WCW, & WWF combined).
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 3 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 6 time NWA/WCW United States Champion.
– 2 time NWA/WCW Television Champion.
– The figurehead of the NWA/WCW during the 1980s.
– Leader of “The Four Horsemen” throughout multiple incarnations.
– Brought the WCW Championship with him to the WWF in 1991.
– Winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble Match.
– Member of “Evolution,” 2002-2005.
– 2 time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, 2008 & 2012.

7. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
– 2 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 4 time WCW Champion.
– 1987 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– One half of the “The Mega Powers” with Hulk Hogan.
– Won a 14 man tournament at WrestleMania IV.
– Defeated “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan for the King’s Crown Championship in 1989.
– Married Miss Elizabeth at SummerSlam 1991.
– Winner of the WCW World War III Battle Royal in 1995.
– Joined the “New World Order” in 1997, then formed “The Wolf Pack” in 1998.

6. Bret “The Hit Man” Hart
– 5 time WWF Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 2 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– WWF “Triple Crown” winner.
– 2 time WCW Champion.
– 1 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
– 5 time WCW/WWE United States Champion.
– One half of “The Hart Foundation” with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
– 2 time winner of the King of the Ring tournament, 1991 & 1993.
– Winner of the first (WWF) Ladder Match in 1992.
– Co-winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble Match with Lex Luger.
– Competed in 12 consecutive WrestleManias.
– Reformed “The Hart Foundation” in 1997, as a faction, not a tag team.
– Victim of the Montreal “Screw Job” at Survivor Series 1997.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2006.

5. Shawn Michaels
– 3 time WWF Champion.
– 1 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 3 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 5 time WWF/WWE Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WWF European Champion.
– The first WWF Grand Slam Champion.
– One half of “The Rockers” with Marty Jannetty.
– Hired “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel as his bodyguard in 1993.
– Winner of both the 1995 & 1996 Royal Rumble Matches.
– Winner of the first Iron Man Match at WrestleMania XII.
– Formed “DeGeneration X” in 1997.
– Winner of the first Hell in a Cell Match at In Your House: Bad Blood in 1997.
– WWF Commisioner, 1998-2000.
– After a four and a half year layoff, made a comeback at SummerSlam 2002.
– Winner of the first Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series 2002.
– Reformed “DeGeneration X” in 2006.
– Retired “Nature Boy” Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV.
– Competed in the Slammy Award winning “Match of the Year” multiple times.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2011.

4. The Undertaker
– 4 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 3 time World Heavyweight Champion.
– 6 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 1 time WWF Hardcore Champion.
– 1 time WCW Tag Team Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– Undefeated at WrestleMania, 21&0, since 1991.
– Winner of the first Casket Match at Survivor Series 1992.
– Winner of the first Buried Alive Match at In Your House: Buried Alive in 1996.
– Formed “The Ministry of Darkness” in 1999.
– Has twice defeated Hulk Hogan for the WWF/WWE Championship.
– Winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble Match.
– Retired Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXVI.

3. The Rock
– 8 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 5 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time WCW Champion (during the “invasion” angle in 2001).
– Third generation superstar.
– Joined The Nation of Domination in 1997 and assumed the leadership role in 1998.
– Youngest WWF Champion in history when he won the title at Survivor Series 1998.
– One half of the “The Rock & Sock Connection” with Mick Foley.
– Winner of the 2000 Royal Rumble Match.
– WrestleMania victories over Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, & John Cena.
– Ended CM Punk’s fourteen month reign as WWE Champion at Royal Rumble 2013.

2. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
– 6 time WWF Champion.
– 2 time Intercontinental Champion.
– 4 time WWF Tag Team Champion.
– 2 time WCW United States Champion.
– 2 time WCW Television Champion.
– 2 time NWA/WCW Tag Team Champion.
– One half of “The Hollywood Blondes” with Brian Pillman.
– 1 time Million Dollar Champion.
– 1996 King of the Ring tournament winner.
– Winner of the 1997, 1998, & 2001 Royal Rumbles, which is a record.
– The “Attitude Era” was ushered in with his victory at WrestleMania XIV.
– Rivalry with Mr. McMahon helped the WWF win the Monday Night War.
– Co-General Manager of Monday Night RAW with Eric Bischoff, 2003-2004.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2009.

1. “The Immortal” Hulk Hogan
– 6 time WWF/WWE Champion.
– 6 time WCW Champion.
– 1 time WWE Tag Team Champion.
– The longest reigning WWF Champion of the 1980s.
– The figurehead of the WWF during the “Rock & Wrestling” era.
– Competed in the main event of eight of the first nine WrestleManias.
– One half of the “The Mega Powers” with “Macho Man” Randy Savage.
– Undefeated at SummerSlam, 6&0, since 1988.
– Winner of both the 1990 & 1991 Royal Rumble Matches.
– First WWF Champion to defend the gold at WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and King of the Ring.
– Formed the “New World Order” in 1996.
– Made a comeback to the WWF in 2002.
– WWE Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2005.
– TNA Wrestling General Manager, 2011-2013.

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