Diesel and JBL have often been labeled as WWE's worst drawing champions of all time. Turns out that is definitely not true.
There was once a time when WWE's list of World Champions was an incredibly short one. The days of Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund when Superstars would hold titles for years at a time. That is no longer the case, and as time has passed, the average World Title reign in WWE has continued to get shorter and shorter.
One hot topic of conversation among fans is who the best and worst WWE World Champions of all time were. There are so many demographics on which you can judge WWE's former champions in order to make your argument. Length of reign, number of defenses, how many fans were watching at the time. It's impossible to definitively say who is WWE's best-ever champion and who has been the worst to date.
Or is it? Twitter user nWoWolfPacTV has compiled live event attendance data and revealed how well the majority of titleholders did when it comes to drawing fans. Unsurprisingly, you'll find exactly who you would have expected occupying the top few spots. Stone Cold's third reign as WWE Champion averaged an impressed 14,307 fans at house shows. The top six spots are all occupied by Stone Cold, Hulk Hogan, and The Rock title reigns.
UPDATED WWF/E Champion Domestic House Show Attendance Average— nWoWolfpacTV (@nWoWolfpacTV) November 1, 2018
Added: Bret Hart 3rd, Triple H 2nd WHC, Kurt Angle 3rd, Brock Lesnar 2nd, Edge 6th+7th WHC, John Cena 8th, Roman Reigns 2nd, Roman Reigns universal
Amended: Diesel, Yokozuna 2nd, Brock Lesnar 3rd, Kurt Angle 4th pic.twitter.com/yz2bz8odEC
It's the other end of the table that makes for interesting and surprising reading. The statistics show that Eddie Guerrero's one and only reign as WWE Champion was the worst drawing run in the company's history. As you can see from the table, Guerrero probably isn't entirely to blame for that. Almost the whole of the bottom ten is made up of World Champions who were on SmackDown, which didn't air live back then, during that early 2000s era.
One other little piece of information added by the collator of the statistics above that fans won't want to hear regards Seth Rollins' most recent title reign. One that came to an end at the hands of Brock Lesnar last week. Turns out The Architect was drawing fewer fans to live events than Jinder Mahal. Perhaps that's why Rollins currently finds himself title-less.