In recent times, given the multitude of titles World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has, nearly every wrestler has held a title. The introduction of the 24/7 Championship will only ensure every main-roster wrestler is a former or reigning champion. For instance, Titus O’Neil, a WWE employee of 10 years, only won his first-ever singles title when he became the inaugural 24/7 Champion on May 20.
Despite that, there are many WWE wrestlers who’ve never won a title. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at five main-roster wrestlers who still haven’t won a singles title – Universal Championship, WWE Championship, United States Championship, Intercontinental Championship, Cruiserweight Championship and 24/7 Championship – and 5 who should have had a reign or two by now.
10 Haven’t Won: Apollo Crews
WWE moved Apollo Crews, formerly known as Uhaa Nation, to the main roster less than year after his televised NXT debut. As he was booked to go over Elias, Tyler Breeze and Tye Dillinger and have an NXT Championship match against Finn Balor in NXT, many expected him to be a mid-carder at worst. However, despite early promise, he was reduced to an under-card tag-team act alongside Titus O’Neil as part of the now-disbanded Titus Worldwide stable. The closest he’s been to a singles title was his challenging Dean Ambrose, now known as Jon Moxley, and The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship thrice.
9 Should Have Won: Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas held the NXT Championship for 260 days before moving to the main roster; only Finn Balor has surpassed his title reign. On the main roster, however, he’s had little to do, save for a winning streak in mid-2014 that went nowhere. He has since found himself predominantly working alongside fellow lower-card talents as part of The Social Outcasts and The Miztourage, who were later repackaged as The B-Team. His career highlight on the main roster has been holding the Raw Tag Team Championship title with long-term tag-team partner Curtis Axel for 50 days. However, given his family pedigree and NXT work, he must have held a mid-card title at least.
8 Haven’t Won: Gran Metalik
Even if the WWE head honchos fail to acknowledge a talented wrestler, the Internet wrestling fans ensure the wrestler receives the adoration they deserve. In Gran Metalik’s case, however, not many fans seem to give him the recognition he deserves. A former New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) talent who’s put on great matches with Kenny Omega, former Cruiserweight Champions TJP and Akira Tozawa, he hasn’t held a singles title on the main roster in nearly three years in WWE. The runner-up of the original Cruiserweight Classic tournament, he now finds himself working with Lince Dorado and Kalisto as part of Lucha House Party.
7 Should Have Won: Karl Anderson
The Club are clearly the most underused tag team in WWE today, alongside The Ascension. When they signed for WWE, the Internet wrestling fans drooled over the idea of their forming an alliance with Finn Balor or AJ Styles against WWE’s homegrown badass stable, The Shield. When it didn’t come to fruition, the fans hoped WWE would give Karl Anderson a shot at the mid-card titles. Indeed, he never won a singles title in NJPW, but he showed immense promise as a singles wrestler when wrestling in the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax tournaments. WWE could have made a star in him. Instead, they’ve had him chase the 24/7 Championship.
6 Haven’t Won: Andrade
After suffering losses to Robert Roode and Roderick Strong in his initial days, he became unstoppable after WWE introduced Zelina Vega as his manager. He claimed Drew McIntyre’s scalp for the NXT Championship in a bout that didn’t just help him climb up the kayfabe ladder but also win the Internet fans over.
Even Dave Meltzer awarded the match five stars. WWE have made their intentions clear by having him defeat former US Champion Rusev and former Universal Champion Finn Balor days into his main-roster debut. It’s now only a matter of time before he goes on to win a singles title, especially considering he’s dating former nine-time Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
5 Should Have Won: The Fashion Police
Triple H helped Tyler Breeze and Fandango, The Fashion Police, perform to their fullest potential with the tag-team wrestlers creating magic with fellow developmental stars in NXT. Since moving to the main roster, however, they have only been used in filler feuds or to put other talents over. Fandango won the fourth season of NXT and WWE looked willing to push him given their booking him to defeat Chris Jericho at WrestleMania 29. If he hadn’t suffered a concussion, he would have reportedly won the Intercontinental Championship weeks afterwards. He hasn’t recovered since. Same goes to Full Sail University darling Prince Pretty. Here’s hoping he rebuilds his brand in NXT now.
4 Haven’t Won: Eric Young
With Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Robert Roode all winning major singles titles on the main roster, Eric Young has remained the only TNA Original to not make an – wait for it – impact in the WWE. He had a plethora of promise when he worked alongside Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe as the leader of SAnitY. However, WWE chose not to do anything with him on the main roster as he found screen time hard to come by. Even the end of SAnitY isn’t doing him any favours, as he now finds himself chasing the 24/7 Championship along with other wrestlers WWE has no plans for.
3 Should Have Won: Heath Slater
Heath Slater has been a WWE employee for 13 years. Yes, 13 years! He’s been a main-roster wrestler for nearly nine years. Yes, almost a decade! With wrestlers going through revolving doors in and out of WWE, he’s remained a loyal servant to WWE. He’s made everything he’s been a part of work: 3MB, Social Outcasts and most recently, The Beauty and The Man Beast. He has never complained, either. Vince McMahon, for all his flaws, is known for rewarding loyalty and how he hasn’t given The One Man Band a singles title yet leaves the Internet fans baffled.
2 Haven’t Won: Ali
To think Ali might not be in the list if he hadn’t suffered an injury before his scheduled Elimination Chamber match against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship! The former 205 Live talent was pushed immediately after his move to the main roster. He rubbed shoulder with his greatest fan Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles and Almas. It seems WWE hasn’t given up on him considering their booking him strongly in the 2019 Money in the Bank ladder match. It’s a shame he has won nothing thus far, but his becoming a huge star is written in the stars.
1 Should Have Won: Sami Zayn
Here’s arguably the biggest star on this list. Sami Zayn, a former NXT Champion, is an all-round performer who can do anything the best wrestlers can do in the squared circle. He can talk. He can make the fans cheer for him. He can make them boo him. He can make his colleagues look amazing. He can put on a helluva show. However, for some reason, WWE hasn’t had him hold any title, let alone a singles title on the main roster. It now seems WWE are looking to do what they did with Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston by having him remain an underdog until they decide to put a title on him.