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WWE - Where Have Our Great Wrestling Champions Gone?

Updated on October 14, 2012
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair courtesy of fanpix.net
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair courtesy of fanpix.net

Is it just me, or is the WWE digging this deep? C.M. Punk is the World Heavyweight Champion and Edge is the former five time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion. Surely Vince McMahon hasn't forgotten how hard it used to be to make it to the top of the mountain. Remember when a chamion held the belt in either the WWF or NWA/WCW for at least two years at a time. Now the title is changing hands every other Pay-Per-View. Just imagine just as the WWE has two rosters, RAW vs Smackdown, that there are two general managers with a roster of old school champions vs. new generation champions. In the spirit of the WWE draft lets compare the roster of the two.

Old vs. New

Superstar Billy Graham vs. John Cena

Andre the Giant vs. The Great Khali

Brett "The Hitman" Hart vs. Edge

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Randy Orton

Terry Funk vs. C.M. Punk

Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

Seargent Slaughter vs. JBL

To tell you where the pathetic state wrestling has been in the past 9 -10 years, just look at how many multiple championship reigns the popular superstars have had. Triple H has had the belt around 11 times. The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin are close to double digits. Kurt Angle has had 6 or so title reigns. I've lost count how many times John Cena has held the strap. It means LITTLE to get the championship because you will drop it at the next pay-per-view. I remember while growing up, it was like the earth stood still when Ric Flair lost the belt to Kerry Von Eric, Dusty Rhodes, and "Hands of Stone" Ronnie Garvin. I thought the world was going to come to an end when Hulk Hogan lost the belt to Andre the Giant! I'm not saying champions have to hold the belt for three to four years at a time, but let's have a little more suspense. I know your saying this is a different era and the wrestlers of today are bigger and stronger than they were in the past. That's a totally different debate in itself and I will set the record straight on that subject at a different time. I am just putting out a plea so that the World Heavyweight championship and the WWE championship don't sink to the mediocrity of the WCW World Television Title (for Pete's sake the Disco Inferno had multiple title reigns) or the WWE European Title (what ever happened to that belt!).

"Million Dollar Man" courtesy of ugo.com
"Million Dollar Man" courtesy of ugo.com
Mr. Perfect courtesy of ugo.com
Mr. Perfect courtesy of ugo.com
Jake "The Snake" Roberts courtesy of world wrestling insanity .com
Jake "The Snake" Roberts courtesy of world wrestling insanity .com

Greatest Non-World Champions

In the spirit of digging up old legends out of the grave, here are 10 of the greatest wrestlers who neveer held the either the NWA/WCW World Title or WWF/WWE Heavyweight Championship.

1) Magnum T.A.

2) Jake "The Snake" Roberts

3) "Rowdy" Roddy Pipper

4) "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase

5) "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig

6) Great Muta

7) Owen Hart

8) Junkyard Dog

9) Nikita Koloff

10) "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff

11) "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka

Do You Have Any Wrestlers to Add to the List?

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      Punkbryan71 

      5 years ago

      Ok thank you, but that is the reason i picked them, because they are future main-eventers and world champions.

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      mosaicman 

      5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Bryan, what I meant about the backbone of the WWE is that the wrestlers you've mentioned have been the hard workers day in and day out. Many wrestlers have come and gone but these few have improved themselves to becoming main eventers.

      I wrote this Hub a few years ago. Some of the wrestlers that I had ill feelings for have since worked and proven themselves to a worthy champion.

      Tonight should be a special night on Raw.

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      mosaicman 

      5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Bryan, what I meant about the backbone of the WWE is that the wrestlers you've mentioned have been the hard workers day in and day out. Many wrestlers have come and gone but these few have improved themselves to becoming main eventers.

      I wrote this Hub a few years ago. Some of the wrestlers that I had ill feelings for have since worked and proven themselves to a worthy champion.

      Tonight should be a special night on Raw.

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      Punkbryan71 

      5 years ago

      They should bring Back edge, and then we have an awesome champ!

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      Punkbryan71 

      5 years ago

      Your welcome for the post! Any time! Just a hint: punkbryan71 is also liamryanburtmania. And what do you mean by backbone?

    • mosaicman profile imageAUTHOR

      mosaicman 

      5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Hey Liam, how do you feel about the World Heavyweight Championship getting passed back-n-forth every month?

      These guys you've mentioned are the backbone of the WWE. Thanks for the post.

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      Liamryanburtmania 

      5 years ago

      The only good champs left are:

      CM Punk

      Sheamus

      Christian

      In 5 days: DX AGAIN!!!!

      Randy orton

      John cena

      Undertaker

      Mysterio

      Del río

      Jericho

      Daniel bryan

      Sort of ziggler

      Those are alllll the good ones!!!!!

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      mosaicman 

      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      Wreck, wrestling has continued to be the male soap opera. Story lines is what keeps us tuning in each week. Is our favorite wrestler gonna get some "getback" on his arch enemy?

      On the WWE GM, the goal of wrestler or personality is to be the most loved or most hated. There can't be any in-between. Right now Laurenitis is doing a pretty good job of getting everyone to hate him. Thanks for the comment.

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      wreck 

      6 years ago

      I hate the drama in WWE very stupid

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      wreck 

      6 years ago

      how come you have a GM look like stupid offended most often by people. Hey this is showbiz your GM is not a good actor. better resign GM

    • mosaicman profile imageAUTHOR

      mosaicman 

      6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

      A couple of years later now, I am putting my foot in my mouth. CM Punk is now carrying the WWE. His storylines have become interesting.

      Oh yeah Kudos to Mark Henry for winning the World Heavyweight Title.

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