WWE - Where Have Our Great Wrestling Champions Gone?
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!).
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