In any sport there are numerous stats and facts that fans can follow and know in order to be more involved with their favorite sport as well as make them more knowledgeable about that sport. From most home runs hit in a season or career, most touchdown passes thrown, or even most times hit by a pitch, there are numerous things that are tracked within a major sport. Unfortunately, pro wrestling is not like other athletic events due to its predetermined nature. Yet when there is something in wrestling that can be tracked and recorded by fans, it becomes a big deal since they can follow it and watch it develop. Mostly these records come in the form of winning streaks and long title reigns, though specialty matches like the Royal Rumble and Hell in a Cell have records of their own.
Streaks in particular have shown to be really important in the scope of pro wrestling as they do so much for the business. Firstly, they legitimize the wrestler or wrestlers with the streak as competent and powerful inside the ring and if they have a title that belt becomes a highly sought after prize to other wrestlers trying to prove themselves. Secondly, a streak is important in that when it is broken, it is a huge deal and helps propel the breaker as a legitimate star who was able to beat someone who has been seen as the best for so long.
For this list the top 10 streaks in pro wrestling were chosen on a couple parameters such as how big the streak was (though a longer streak does not mean it will be ranked higher over a shorter streak on this list), its impact on pro wrestling, and how memorable the streak was. Included in the consideration for this list are title reigns as long reigns are a kind of streak where a wrestler or a team was able to remain on the top for any extended period of time.
So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other streaks that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently?
10 Demolition: 478 Days as World Tag Team Champions
9 Lex Luger: 523 Days as WCW U.S. Champion
8 Honky Tonk Man: 454 Days as IC Champion
Similar to how the United States Championship has lost some of its luster over the years, the Intercontinental Championship has fallen into the same downtrend with short title reigns and lack of presence in high profile matches. Yet when the Honky Tonk Man beat Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat on an episode of Superstars in 1987, no one could have expected him to be the champion for over a year.
7 CM Punk: 434 Days as WWE Champion
Ever since John Cena vacated the WWE Championship in 2006 due to an injury after a 308 day reign, there have been 38 title changes up to the current reign of Brock Lesnar. Thirty-eight times in under nine years, many of which never made it past a couple of months. Yet when CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the belt for the second time, he would hope to change that negative stigma.
6 Goldberg: 173-0
While it is one thing to have an established star go on a winning streak, it is almost unheard of to have a rookie go on a massive winning streak. The idea alone shows that the promotion sees something in the wrestler that will make them the next big thing and by having them win so many matches, hopefully make them one of the top stars in the industry. Making his televised debut on WCW Monday Nitro on September 22, 1997, Goldberg would face journeyman Hugh Morris in an undercard match, beating him just shy of two minutes. After the match he would walk up to the camera, hold up his index finger and mouth “that’s one,” before leaving.
He would start to run through anyone placed in front of him and because he never gave interviews, his mystique grew. Soon signs would pop up around arenas listing his undefeated streak, which would see him win both the United States and World Heavyweight Championship. He would eventually lose to Kevin Nash in a controversial manner at Starrcade ’98, but by that point Goldberg was one of if not the biggest star in WCW. Though there has been question as to the legitimacy of the 173 wins as it appears that WCW may have inflated the numbers slightly between televised tapings, it officially stands at 173 wins before his first official televised loss.
5 Hulk Hogan: 1,474 Days as WWE Champion
4 “Dr. Death” Steve Williams: 10 Year Undefeated Streak
3 RAW Beats Nitro 124 Weeks In A Row
2 The Undertaker: 21-0 WrestleMania Streak
Maybe the most beloved streak by wrestling fans, the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania will stand the test of time as one of the greatest facets of the WWE. Making his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VII against Jimmy Snuka, the Undertaker would win twenty-one straight matches at Wrestrlemania before losing last year for the first time at the event to Brock Lesnar. As a declaration to how important and impactful that moment was, once the three count was announced and Lesnar had won, you could hear a pin drop in the arena as the 75,000 in attendance were stunned to see the Streak finally broken.
1 Bruno Sammartino: Seven Year World Title Reign
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