The WWE is a tough business to succeed in. It truthfully doesn't matter how talented the wrestler is, as things such as backstage politics, looks, and injuries can get in the way of their success.
Some wrestlers don't stop trying become great and stick with the company as long as it takes to get a bone thrown their way. This requires going through the grueling WWE schedule and staying healthy.
While some superstars stick with the company to get over that hump, and make an impact with the company, others stay simply because they have enjoyed success and don't want it to end. The dream comes true for some, and the money and fame for others.
Stars like John Cena, Randy Orton and others have stuck around and haven't had much issues having success in the WWE. However, stars like Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and others have been on the wrong end of the stick, while putting in lots of work.
I decided to look in to which superstars have had the most matches on WWE Raw. Some of them are pretty surprising and sad, considering the work that has been put in by the wrestler. Some Superstars have wrestled hundreds of matches on Raw and unfortunately have been misused. Others weren't too surprising, as they've enjoyed the luxuries of having the backstage politics on their side, but are still to be admired for their durability and dedication to the WWE. Let's get started, shall we?
*All figures are taken from ProFightDB.com and are correct as of April 26th, 2016. Keep in mind that Raw was established on January 11th, 1993, so that's why there is a lack of old timers on this list.
15 Shawn Michaels - 223
Shawn Michaels has competed on the WWE's flagship show an unbelievable 223 times. That number doesn't do HBK justice on his dedication, as Shawn Michaels was around long before the first WWE Raw. From 1987 until 2010, Shawn Michaels competed and enjoyed a great career.
The Hall of Famer won't be adding any Raw matches to that tally (we'd bet) and he doesn't have to. He has won championships, Royal Rumbles and wrestled countless unforgettable matches at WrestleMania.
14 Kofi Kingston - 234
We have the high flying Kofi Kingston stepping in at number 14, as he's already wrestled 234 matches on Raw and is certainly bound to wrestle more. Kofi Kingston debuted on Monday Night Raw in 2008 and worked hard to find his spot in the WWE. Now, at 34 years of age, he's found his spot with The New Day.
Along his way to finding his spot, he's won mid card championships and provided us with some great Royal Rumble and WrestleMania memories.
13 Jeff Hardy - 238
Jeff Hardy has spent the past six years in TNA, but spent about 10 years of his 17 year pro wrestling career in the WWE. He wrestled a total of 238 matches on Monday Night Raw during his WWE career and became one of the more beloved superstars in pro wrestling
Jeff Hardy enjoyed plenty of success with WWE, winning major championships near the end of his run before abruptly being released due to drug related issues. It's certainly possible that he returns to the WWE one day and maybe his match total will grow even higher.
12 Sheamus - 240
Sheamus has only been in the WWE since 2009, when he began on the WWE's ECW brand. He debuted on Raw in October of that year. Since then, he has wrestled a total of 239 matches and it's expected to grow over the next couple of years.
It's worth noting that Sheamus is 38 years of age, but he's still in great shape and likely won't be slowing down anytime soon as one of WWE's top mid-carders.
11 Stardust/Cody Rhodes - 243
At number 11, we have one of the most underused WWE Superstars of the current era. That man is Cody Rhodes or Stardust, who is a second generation wrestler as the son of the great Dusty Rhodes.
Cody Rhodes has wrestled a total of 243 matches on Monday Night Raw and is still just 30 years old. It's unbelievable that the WWE has wasted such a young talent, who's proven to have ability to put on great matches. Anyway, that's neither nor there. Cody Rhodes will certainly climb higher on this list as he still has plenty of years left in the tank.
10 Dolph Ziggler - 244
Speaking of misused WWE superstars, Dolph Ziggler has wrestled a total of 244 Raw matches in his WWE career and is still only 35 years old. Dolph Ziggler has had more success then Cody Rhodes, winning the World Heavyweight Championship two times and other mid-card championships.
Dolph Ziggler's Raw match count will increase as time goes on. At least until he realizes that he should take his talents elsewhere.
9 Christian - 245
Just ahead of Dolph Ziggler by one match is Christian, though Christian hasn't wrestled a WWE match since March of 2014 and likely will be passed by Ziggler and Rhodes shortly. Christian was always a talented wrestler, that had his career ended by the injury bug. Though, he still managed to wrestled 245 matches on Raw alone.
Christian has noted in the past that although he hasn't had formal discussions with WWE management regarding his retirement, he'll likely not wrestle again. So, it seems like we won't see him fight again and he will sit at 245 Raw matches.
8 The Miz - 246
At number 8, we have The Miz, who has wrestled 246 Raw matches. The Miz is still 35 years old and has enjoyed a pretty successful WWE career. He's main evented WrestleMania, was the 25th Triple Crown Champion in WWE history, and is our current Intercontinental Champion.
The Miz's match count is sure to grow over the next couple of years, as he's a steady mid-card heel that the WWE can count on.
7 Edge - 278
This man needs no introduction, as he's one of the greatest heels in WWE history. Edge wrestled a total of 278 matches on Monday Night Raw and would've wrestled more if his career had not been stopped by a career ending neck injury. Despite that, Edge obviously enjoyed a great career, winning multiple championships.
Edge is one of the few wrestlers to retire as a World Heavyweight Champion and is the youngest superstar to be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame to date.
6 Big Show - 335
Obviously, Big Show isn't a high flying, technical wrestler and is pretty limited in the ring. However, for a man of his size, he's shown incredible durability. Since coming to the WWE from WCW, Big Show has wrestled 335 matches on Raw alone and still hasn't retired at 44 years old.
Big Show's career will likely be coming to an end soon, but he might be able to have a couple more matches on Raw before he calls it quits.
5 Triple H - 380
At number 5, we have the COO of the WWE, Triple H. Triple H is easily one of the most controversial WWE superstars of all time, but he's also had one of the more successful pro wrestling careers ever, winning the WWE Championship 14 times.
He's certainly put in the work for the WWE though, wrestling 380 total Raw matches. He may tally on a couple of more, but Triple H will wrestle most of his remaining matches at big PPVs.
4 Chris Jericho - 392
The Ayatolla of Rock and Rolla has wrestled 392 Raw matches in his amazing career. Without a doubt, Chris Jericho will eventually be in the Hall of Fame and has had his share of accolades. Accolades such as becoming the first Undisputed WWE Champion and winning plenty of other titles along the way.
It wouldn't be surprising if Y2J reaches 400 Raw matches before he eventually decides to hang up the boots.
3 Randy Orton - 406
The Viper is one of the most gifted WWE superstars of all time. Randy Orton has the look and skill WWE wants in their top stars and, because of it, Randy Orton has wrestled 406 matches on Monday Night Raw.
Along the way, Randy Orton has won the WWE Championship eight times and the World Heavyweight Championship four times. Randy Orton has had nagging injuries over the course of his career, but we should expect him to add more matches to his Raw total.
2 John Cena - 436
At number two, we have one of the most polarizing WWE superstars of all time. That man is John Cena who has wrestled 436 Raw matches. Though Cena gets more than enough of hate for a variety of reasons, I don't think anyone can question his heart and love for the business.
He's wrestled at a high level for over 10 years and has rarely taken time off. We can expect Cena to add plenty more matches to his total.
1 Kane - 437
Kane has wrestled 437 Raw matches and is the superstar with the most Raw matches at the moment. Kane will most likely lose his number one spot to John Cena eventually, but that doesn't take away from the amazing durability Kane has shown throughout his career.
Kane has put on great matches during his career, which is something that many big men aren't capable of doing. He's certainly at the end of the road, but he may add a couple more matches to his total before it's all said and done.
So, which one of these WWE Superstar's Raw match totals surprised you the most? Were you surprised to not see some superstars on this list?
Leave A Comment
Looking for an AD FREE EXPERIENCE on TheSportster?Get Your Free Access Now!