In the baseball world, a grand slam consists of a batter hitting a home run while all three bases are occupied. Thus, driving home four runs – the highest point total any team can accumulate in a singular at bat. The grandest swing indeed.

In professional tennis and golf, “grand slam” takes on a much different meaning. It is not a solitary play or action but a series. One must win all four major titles in a calender to be recognized as a Grand Slam Champion.

When it comes to wrestling, being a Grand Slam Champion consists of one’s capturing of a primary, secondary, tertiary, and tag team championship. In WWE, the first recognized Grand Slam Champion was one of their greatest all time performers: Shawn Michaels.

Since HBK, seventeen other WWE superstars were fortune enough to capture all the necessary gold to call themselves a Grand Slam Champion. And yes, unlike our aforementioned spots; wrestling results are predetermined. This may sour the accomplishment or make it seem less significant to those who do not watch or understand the squared-circle-circus.

However, being chosen by those in charge as champion at any level is considered an honor. There is work to put in to the craft and in most cases, championships – especially the primary titles – are not loosely handed out to just any competitor who makes his way into the company.

The following list will rank all eighteen WWE Grand Slam Champions accordingly. The magnitude of being a Grand Slam Champion may become more apparent as you read on and notice which superstars have not accomplished the feat. Superstars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jon Cena, and The Rock, and many other wrestling legends.

Before we begin, let’s clarify our championships categories:

Primary: WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Secondary: Intercontinental Championship.

Tertiary: European Championship, Hardcore Championship, United States Championship.

Tag Team: WWE Tag Team Championship, World Tag Team Championship.

Now then, time to rank the 18 WWE Grand Slam Champions:

18. Dolph Ziggler

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Grand Slam Stats: World Heavyweight Championship (2). Intercontinental Championship (4). World Tag Team Championship (1). United States Championship (1).

Dolph Ziggler continues his rise in WWE, a rise in which we all know will not lead to the top but a rise that has been entertaining to watch all the while. Despite his position on the card and within the company, Dolph Ziggler is a hard-nose worker who never falls short on the performance level.

17. The Miz

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (4). WWE Tag Team Championship (4). World Tag Team Championship (1). United States Championship (2).

The Miz has not been seen in the main event scene for quite some time, but remains a solid part of WWE programming. The Miz has always played the arrogant and agitating heel really well and with the tweaking of his character to include a delusional movie star aspect; that agitation among fans has certainly risen.

16. Daniel Bryan

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (2). World Heavyweight Championship (1).WWE World Heavyweight Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (1). WWE Tag Team Championship (1). United States Championship (1).

Daniel Bryan is a battered man, that’s for sure, but the love he receives from the WWE Universe has yet to dwindle. There is still hope and heartfelt acknowledgment coming from the fans who can’t seem to get enough of their scraggly hero. Hopefully, Daniel Bryan will be back to complete physical excellence in the near future and once again chasing the top title in WWE.

15. Christian

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Grand Slam Stats: World Heavyweight Championship (2). Intercontinental Championship (4). WWE Tag Team Championship (9). European Championship (1). Hardcore Championship (1).

Christian was in the WWE for a while and, at the end of the day, may be remembered best as a tag team specialist – which is true – but Christian has always been so much more than that. Christian has proven himself as a singles competitor. Though not finding the same level of success as his long-time partner Edge, Christian has still managed to have a reputable singles career.

14. John “Bradshaw” Layfield

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (1). WWE Tag Team Championship (3). United States Championship (1). European Championship (1). Hardcore Championship (17).

John “Bradshaw” Layfield was never the most flashy performer in WWE but while his move-set did not consist of any high-flying or over-the-top maneuvers, what JBL did bring to the ring was a sense of legitimacy. JBL always looked tough while having a match, it never seemed to be overtly-choreographed or scripted – just a tough-as-nails approach.

13. Booker T

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Grand Slam Stats: World Heavyweight Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (1). World Tag Team Championship (3). United States Championship (4). Hardcore Championship (2).

Booker T was already an established superstar before coming into WWE. The five-time WCW Champion was an instant hit with the new fanbase – even though he was brought in as a heel. Booker T has provided the WWE audience with some of his best work and deserves double the recognition for both his days in WCW and WWE.

12. Kane

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). World Heavyweight Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (2). WWE Tag Team Championship (2). World Tag Team Championship (9). Hardcore Championship (1).

Kane is often overlooked in the grand scheme of things in WWE but the fact remains that Kane is one of the all-time greatest WWE characters.. Kane has long been a loyal employee whose on-screen roles have differed over the years. However, The Big Red Machine has always found a way to adapt and make the new direction of his character work.

11. Big Show

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (2). World Heavyweight Championship (2). Intercontinental Championship (1). WWE Tag Team Championship (3). World Tag Team Championship (5). Hardcore Championship (3).

Big Show is the true giant of modern professional wrestling. Billed as “the largest athlete in the world,” Big Show is a massive man with a long, accomplished list of WWE achievements. While fans have often soured on Big Show, he remains a large part (figuratively and literary) of the WWE landscape.

10. Chris Benoit

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Grand Slam Stats: World Heavyweight Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (4). WWE Tag Team Championship (1). World Tag Team Championship (3). United States Championship (3).

Chris Benoit was once viewed as one of the finest wrestlers in the world. He is now viewed as less of a human and more of a monster after the tragic end and the circumstances surrounded the death of his family.

9. Rob Van Dam

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (6). WWE Tag Team Championship (1). World Tag Team Championship (2). European Championship (1). Hardcore Championship (4).

Rob Van Dam is the biggest, brightest, and most exciting star to emerge from the now defunct Extreme Championship Wrestling; a true entertainer in all rights. The popularity of RVD continued to surge when he made his way over to WWE – where he would find great success – and continues to hold true to this day as whenever RVD returns, as he still gets over with the fans.

8. Eddie Guerrero

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (2). WWE Tag Team Championship (4). European Championship (2). United States Championship (1).

Eddie Guerrero had what most WWE performers dream of having; natural charisma – a certain charm that radiated throughout the arenas in which he performed. Eddie Guerrero knew all about hardship but in the ring, all of that was forgotten, as Eddie Guerrero was an absolute delight to watch wrestle; a gifted man whose days were gone too fast.

7. Jeff Hardy

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). World Heavyweight Championship (2). Intercontinental Championship (4). World Tag Team Championship (6). European Championship (1). Hardcore Championship (3).

Jeff Hardy performs without caution or regard for his own well-being – a trait that made him enormously popular during his time in WWE. Jeff Hardy did not look or act like a typical WWE superstar, which is what really made him a standout talent. Unfortunately, his time with the company has come and gone but perhaps the WWE Universe will see him again some day.

6. Bret Hart

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (5). Intercontinental Championship (2). World Tag Team Championship (2). United States Championship (1).

Bret Hart will probably always be regarded as one of the best technical wrestlers to have ever stepped into a ring. “The Excellence of Execution” always knew how to work a match with great timing and delivery. Bret Hart became the face of WWE when a new mug was desperately needed following the days of red and yellow running wild.

5. Kurt Angle

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (4). World Heavyweight Championship (1). Intercontinental Championship (1). WWE Tag Team Championship (1). United States Championship (1). European Championship (1). Hardcore Championship (1).

Kurt Angle came into the WWE with a lot of promise and quickly became a top-dog in a yard that was already occupied by some of the biggest names in the business. Kurt Angle rose to the top of the card rather quickly but with just reason, as Kurt Angle was an all-around naturally gifted athlete who looked like a complete star while in the ring.

4. Edge

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (4). World Heavyweight Championship (7). Intercontinental Championship (5). United States Championship (1). WWE Tag Team Championship (2). World Tag Team Championship (12).

Edge not only grabbed hold of the metaphorical WWE “brass ring” but he shoved it down the throat of all naysayers and critics. Edge began his WWE career as a tag team wrestler and one half of one of the greatest tag teams in WWE history, but his evolution as a singles competitor set him apart from many of the superstars of his generation.

3. Triple H

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (8). World Heavyweight Championship (5). Intercontinental Championship (4). World Tag Team Championship (2). European Championship (2).

Triple H is the man in the wrestling world who seemingly has it all; the long list of championship accomplishment, the corporate position within the company, and the boss’s daughter. Love him or hate him, Triple H is great at what he does and always has been. Triple H truly knows how to work inside of the ring and is without a doubt one of the greats.

2. Shawn Michaels

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (3). World Heavyweight Championship (1). World Tag Team Championship (5). Intercontinental Championship (3). European Championship (1).

Shawn Michaels was the first official Grand Slam Champion in WWE history as HBK made his way through all the necessary championships to achieve the prestigious goal. Shawn Michaels stands in a league of his own when it comes to in-ring performance – delivering time after time, night after night, memorable moment after memorable moment.

1. Chris Jericho

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Grand Slam Stats: WWE Championship (1). World Heavyweight Championship (3). Intercontinental Championship (9). WWE Tag Team Championship (2). World Tag Team Championship (5). European Championship (1). Hardcore Championship (1).

Chris Jericho comes in at #1 on our list because he has won every single championship, except the United States Championship, mentioned in our introduction. Chris Jericho became the first ever Undisputed WWE Champion when he defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night; an accomplishment that will live in wrestling lore.

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