Winning a title in the WWE comes with a lot of honor and prestige. Whether it’s a championship or a title like being the Royal Rumble winner, Superstars are put on the map with significant title victories. The WWE has a rich history of championships and titles including the WWE Champion, World Heavyweight champion, and Intercontinental Champion. Even newer titles like the WWE Universal Champion instantly create a sense of domination and importance in the industry.
This is not always the case with titles in the WWE. In the long history of the WWE, there have been some titles that about as worthless as a clearance-priced belt from JCPenney. Winning the title does nothing to the careers of the Superstars that held them and, in some cases, it can be embarrassing to be the title holder.
While WWE Superstars like Christian, Big Show, and Stone Cold Steve Austin may be remembered for their World Championship runs, they were also holders of worthless and seemingly pointless title reigns. Relive these moments and try to figure out what the WWE was thinking with some of the decisions to create these titles and championships.
15 The New ECW Championship
After a few successful “One Night Only” ECW events, the WWE decided to capitalize on the name of ECW even further by creating their own show and brand that would air on Tuesday nights. The new ECW was an oddity in the WWE. It featured random ECW roster members from the past and mixed in a few well-known WWE names. Airing on the SyFy channel, vampire characters like Kevin Thorn and a random zombie creature may seem like the oddest part of the show, but it was the ECW Title that didn’t quite fit into the WWE programming.
14 The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Trophy
When the original Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was announced for WrestleMania XXX, it seemed like a great way to award a special title to one deserving WWE Superstar. The original match was great. It featured a lot of drama and exciting moments up until the very end when Cesaro body slammed the Big Show out of the ring. In the weeks that followed Cesaro’s historic win, it was evident that winning this battle royal truly meant nothing for the Superstar to claim the prize. A brief push for Cesaro was quickly stalled and him carrying the winning trophy around just became annoying.
13 Canadian Championship
During the '70s and '80s, the WWE took over several territories in both the United States and Canada. In Canada, Dino Bravo was one of the biggest stars and became an official WWE Superstar in 1985. To help promote his acquisition and hype up the WWE, Bravo was awarded with the Canadian Championship. The championship was merely handed to Bravo and he began to defend it at live events throughout Canada.
12 The Million Dollar Championship
When Ted DiBiase continuously failed to win the WWE Championship, he decided to make his own title and dubbed it The Million Dollar Championship. With a solid gold waistband and jewels that formed money symbols, the title was cool to look at, but meant nothing in the form of prestige and honor in the WWE. After his manager Virgil turned on him, the two would have a brief feud for the title, but it all just seemed like fodder because DiBiase could have easily recreated the belt for himself.
11 Intercontinental Tag Team Championship
Feeling like one Tag Team Championship wasn’t enough, the WWE introduced the Intercontinental Tag Team Championship in 1991. The championship was won by Perro Aguayo and Gran Hamada. Don’t know those names or recognize their title reign? This is because the titles were abandoned by the WWE in the same exact year that were introduced.
10 Slammy Award Winners
Every year, the WWE honors moments and Superstars with an awards ceremony known as the Slammys. The show used to have its own special, but now the ceremony takes place on a special edition of Monday Night Raw. Winning a Slammy award means almost nothing in the WWE. It’s hard to remember who has even won Superstar of the Year in the past five years and, after the award ceremony ends, everything just turns back to normal in the WWE Universe.
9 The WWE Internet Champion
During Zack Ryder’s rise in the WWE, he decided to push himself by creating a YouTube show that quickly garnered fans and millions of views. As a bit on the show, Ryder would declare himself the Internet Champion of the world. His custom belt featured his head and logos for social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. Even though he pulled a page from Ted DiBiase’s playbook, the title was never recognized on WWE programming and disappeared along with Ryder’s YouTube show.
8 Brawl for All Championship
The Attitude Era was filled with some of the most memorable moments in WWE history. It’s also filled with some of the biggest busts. The WWE Brawl for All tournament was a real-life boxing event where WWE Superstars would strap on gloves and compete in boxing matches. The tournament was long and drawn out for several weeks.
7 Kuwait Cup Tournament Champions
In 1996 and 1997, special tournaments were held during the WWE tour of the middle east. Known as the Kuwait Cup tournament, WWE Superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Bret Hart, and The Undertaker would compete in a large bracket of singles matches. Even though these tournaments were large and lasted for several days, the ultimate winner had no impact on WWE programming or future storylines.
6 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
When the WWE announced the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament, many fans got excited at the prospect of seeing their favorite stars team up and compete in a huge tournament. The tournament ended up being an NXT exclusive and had a lot of filler teams taking up the early brackets. The tag team duo of Samoa Joe and Finn Balor dominated throughout the tournament and were proudly awarded the championship trophy after winning the finals against Rhyno and Barin Corbin.
5 Shawn Michaels 1993 IC Title Reign
In the fall of 1993, Shawn Michaels was forced to vacate his Intercontinental Championship due to steroid allegations. As a result, a battle royal was held to determine the new championship and Razor Ramon ended up winning the title. When Shawn Michaels eventually returned to the WWE, he brought the title back with him. For multiple months, Michaels paraded around as the IC champ until the two battled in an epic ladder match at WrestleMania X. Ramon won the match and was declared the undisputed Intercontinental champion.
4 Light Heavyweight Championship
When it came to actual in-ring action, there truly wasn’t much that the WCW was doing better than the WWE. WCW used the nWo and the entertainment aspect of it all to steal viewers, but the in-ring product was generally awful with matches being put together at the last minute.
3 WCW Tag Team Champions in WWE
When WWE bought out WCW, many people expected to see a lot of roster acquisitions. One of the more surprising aspects of this time was when they decided to bring the titles along with the members of the current WCW roster. While a feud and eventual unification of the World Heavyweight Title made sense, the WCW Tag Team Championships just became confusing.
Kane and Undertaker were the current WWE Tag Team Champions when they challenged the WCW champs Chris Kanyon and DDP. After winning a steel cage match, Kane and Undertaker held both championships, but they were not officially unified. Instead, the duo lost the WCW Tag Team titles in match and still held on to the WWE Titles.
2 Modern Era King of the Ring
The title of King of the Ring used to come with prestige, honor, and a large push for the Superstars that won it. Bret Hart, Macho Man Randy Savage, and Stone Cold Steve Austin all took advantage of their King of the Ring wins to rise up the roster and become wrestling legends. Now, the King of the Ring tournament is Raw filler that eventually turns into a goofy gimmick.
1 24/7 Hardcore Championship
The introduction of the Hardcore Championship was a great way to infuse the WWE Attitude Era with violent matches, unique gimmicks, and new feuds. Then the WWE creative team decided to make the title available for defending 24 hours and seven days a week. As a result fans were witness to overbooked matches, random backstage brawls, and title changes that came in the blink of an eye.
From 1998 to 2002, there were 240 different title changes. Raven officially won the title an astounding 27 times. This rule completely watered down the value of the title and made it joke in the eyes of fans and viewers. It was hard to follow who was the champion and the fun gimmick quickly grew bland. The last person to hold the championship was Rob Van Dam, who unified it with the Intercontinental championship.
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