Contrary to today's current product, winning championships used to mean something in the WWE. For example, winning the Intercontinental Championship in the early '90s, would usually lead to an eventual run with the World Championship. This was true with wrestlers like Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, and Diesel. Even if they never won the World Title, they would still mean something to the show. For the past few years, the WWE has treated their champions awful. The WWE has had too many champions that have not done anything while they were title holders. They always lose, and no one cares when they lose their championship.
This leads to people having an incredible amount of title reigns. Whenever WWE runs out of ideas about what do with a wrestler, they just throw a mid-card title on them. This was true with wrestlers like Kofi Kingston, The Miz, and Dolph Ziggler. These reigns all have all resulted in the wrestlers falling in to obscurity and having to rebuild themselves. WWE has too many championship reigns for wrestlers who are undeserving. Not every wrestler should have held over ten championships in WWE.
Here are the top 15 Superstars who have surprisingly won over ten championships in WWE.
Note: This list will exclude any Hardcore Championship reigns as people have held this belt itself over ten times.
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14 Kurt Angle: 10 Championships
Kurt Angle is one of professional wrestling's all-time greatest characters as well as one of wrestling's best actual wrestlers. He is only added on to this list because he accomplished so much in so little time. Angle held the WWE Intercontinental and European Championship at the same time. He won the King of the Ring crown and defeated The Rock to win the WWE Championship after less than a year with the company. Angle won three singles titles in less than a year which is a most impressive feat. Angle would win the United States Championship once, the World Heavyweight Championship once, the Tag Team Championship once with Chris Benoit, and three more WWE titles. His WWE title victories include a clean victory over "Stone Cold" Steve Austin which is also impressive.
Note: Kurt Angle is a former one-time Hardcore Champion.
13 Batista: 10 Championships
Although Batista's most recent run in the WWE may tell you otherwise, Batista was once one of wrestling's most loved performers. Batista was obviously built for the main event scene as he is an absolute monster of a man with an incredible physique. It was only a matter of time until he would become a main guy for the WWE. He would defeat Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 21 after he won the 2005 Royal Rumble. He would win that belt three more times, and would win the WWE Championship twice. Batista would win the tag titles four times with three different partners. He would do all this in eight years. Although his last time with company may have disappointed many fans, Batista absolutely ruled during his first run with the company.
12 Mick Foley: 11 Championships
Mick Foley is probably the most universally loved wrestler by the fans and his peers. When he won his first WWE Championship, the crowd exploded and popped like no other while also helping turn the tide in the Monday Night War). He and The Rock would trade the WWE Championship until WrestleMania XV. Before that however, he won the tag titles three times with Steve Austin and Kane once. Foley's time in WWE was filled with Tag Title reigns. After Wrestlemania XV, Foley won the tag titles with The Rock on three occasions and once with Al Snow. Excluding the his reign as the first Hardcore Champion, Foley's entire career went without holding a mid-card title. Foley challenged Randy Orton for the Intercontinental Championship at Backlash 2004 in a losing effort, yet it was an incredible match.
11 Eddie Guerrero: 10 Championships
No other moment in wrestling history is as sad as Eddie Guerrero's death. While wrestling for the WWE he accomplished a great deal during his tenure with the promotion. In his first stint with the company, he won the European Championship after he defeated Chris Jericho as well as the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 2000. At WrestleMania X-Seven, he would defeat Test with help from The Radicalz. Guerrero would fall on some hard times but would return to the company after getting arrested in 2002 and would win the Tag Team Championship with nephew Chavo Guerrero as part the great"SmackDown Six." Guerrero became the first United States Champion in WWE following the reinstation of the title.. His most memorable moment came when he defeated Brock Lesnar at No Way Out 2004 for WWE Championship.
10 Kane: 17 Championships
Kane was once one of professional wrestling's monsters but sadly has been dwindled down to nothing more than a joke. Kane's first title was the WWE Championship. He defeated "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at King of the Ring 1998 in a First Blood match. He would then lose the title the next night on Raw. Kane has held the tag team titles 11 different times with seven different partners. His partners included his "brother" The Undertaker, The Hurricane, Rob Van Dam, Big Show, X-Pac, Mankind, and Daniel Bryan. Kane would win the Intercontinental Championship against Triple H at Judgement Day 2001, a belt that he would hold a mere 37 days before losing it Albert. Kane's most recent singles championship came when he cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase against Rey Mysterio at the Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View, making him the shortest holder of the championship opportunity.
Note: Kane is a former one-time Hardcore Champion.
9 Rob Van Dam: 12 Championships
Rob Van Dam was a wrestler who was certainly under-appreciated during his time in WWE. He was constantly put in tag teams and just given singles titles instead being a part of WWE's upper echelon. Van Dam won the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania X8 from William Regal before winning that title five more times. He would win the Tag Team Championship with Booker T, Kane, and Rey Mysterio. Van Dam won the Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania 22 and announced that he was cashing in at ECW One Night Stand 2006. There, he defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship and was also awarded the newly revived ECW Championship shortly afterwards.. Both reigns would come to an end after he was arrested on drug charges.
Note: RVD was also a six-time Hardcore Champion.
8 Christian: 19 Championships
Christian made a decent career for himself although it did not seem as if WWE wanted him to succeed. Many may not know this but Christian defeated Taka Michinoku at an In Your House Pay-Per-View for the Light Heavyweight Championship, in his debut match. He would go on to form on wrestling's most popular and entertaining tag teams with Edge. They would win the tag titles seven times before Christian would one day defeat Edge for the Intercontinental Championship. His other singles titles include the European Championship and winning the ECW Championship twice. Christian won the World Heavyweight Title by defeating Alberto Del Rio after Edge suffered a career-ending injury but would lose the belt on the next SmackDown before winning it for a second time.
Note: Christian is a former one-time Hardcore Champion.
7 Booker T: 10 Championships
Booker T managed to have a decent career in WWE, despite seemingly being held down for a period of time. He was the "man" in WCW and he was often jobbed out to WWE wrestlers during the Invasion. He would hold the tag titles with Test. After that, Booker would form an entertaining, comedic duo with Goldust with the pair winning the Tag Team Championship once. He won the Intercontinental Championship from Christian and also won the United States Championship three different times while having had an incredible Best-of-Seven series with Chris Benoit over the title. Lastly, Booker's most entertaining reign would come after he won the King of the Ring crown and would go on to defeat Rey Mysterio at the Great American Bash in 2006 for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Note: Booker T was a two-time Hardcore Champion.
6 William Regal: 10 Championships
William Regal excelled at both the entertainment part and wrestling part of WWE. While Regal's first run in WWE was a disaster (drug use) his second tenure in WWE was very successful. He would take the Commissioner job from Mick Foley and really evolve his character. He held the European Championship on multiple occasions. He would also win the Tag Team Championship four times with three different partners. Those partners were Lance Storm(twice), Eugene, and Tajiri. Regal has also held the Intercontinental Championship twice. in 2008, Regal would also win the King of the Ring crown by defeating CM Punk on an episode of Raw. Sadly, Regal never held a World Championship even though he deserved it very much. Regal is now a very important member in helping WWE scout talent.
Note: William Regal was a five-time Hardcore Champion.
5 Matt Hardy: 12 Championships
Before he was "Broken", Matt Hardy was considered by many to be the "boring" member of The Hardy Boyz. He and Jeff would hold the WWE Tag Team Championship on numerous occasions in WWE. In 2001, they would each win singles titles when Matt would hold the European Championship after he defeated Eddie Guerrero. Matt is known as the the second longest reigning European Champion in WWE history. After splitting away from The Hardy Boyz, Matt competed in the Crusierweight division and would defeat Billy Kidman for the Crusierwight Championship. His highest title reign in WWE that is remotely close to a World Championship came when Matt won the ECW Championship in the rarely used Championship Scramble, ending the reign of then champion Mark Henry.
Note: Matt Hardy is a former one-time Hardcore Champion.
4 Rey Mysterio: 12 Championships
Rey Mysterio is WWE's most successful Luchadore. He joined the WWE roster in 2002 and was instantly an amazing decision. He would take part of the "SmackDown Six" with Eddie and Chavo Guerrero, Edge, Kurt Angle, and Chris Benoit. He and Edge would become SmackDown's second ever Tag Team Champions. He also held the tag team titles with Batista, Eddie Guerrero, and Rob Van Dam. At WrestleMania XXV, Mysterio defeated JBL in 21 seconds for the Intercontinental Championship. After winning the Royal Rumble in 2006, he would have a reign as World Heavyweight Champion after winning the belt from Randy Orton and Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 22. Mysterio would capture the World Heavyweight Championship once more in his career as well as the WWE Championship which he would later that same night to John Cena.
3 Jeff Hardy: 16 Championships
Brother Nero was the much more popular member of The Hardy Boyz. He won the tag titles with his brother Matt in WWE seven times. He shockingly defeated Triple H on an episode of SmackDown in 2001 for the Intercontinental Championship. His other minor singles championships include a run with both Light Heavyweight and European Championship. Hardy would win his first WWE Championship at Armageddon 2008 in Triple Threat match with Edge and Triple H. Then he would defeat Edge in a ladder match at the Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View in 2009 for the World Heavyweight Championship. Immediately after the match the Money in the Bank holder CM Punk would cash in on Hardy to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy would trade the title with Punk before his departure later in the year.
Note: Jeff Hardy was a three-time Hardcore Champion.
2 Billy Gunn: 12 Championships
Billy Gunn is mostly known as a tag team wrestler and had very little success as a singles competitor. Gunn held the Tag Team Championship on more than one occasion with all three of his partners. He held it six times with the Road Dogg, would hold it three times with his "brother" Bart Gunn, and would once again hold the championship as a member of the controversial team Billy and Chuck twice. Gunn would see a minute of singles success which included winning an incredibly lackluster King of the Ring tournament in 1999, where he failed to accomplish anything else as a singles competitor. After returning from injury, he would win the Intercontinental Championship as the "One" Billy Gunn and would drop the title to Chris Benoit.
Note: Billy Gunn was a two-time Hardcore Champion.
1 The Miz: 14 Championships
The Miz is currently on fire with his character in WWE. But prior to that, The Miz was just another guy on the main roster. He and John Morrison formed a very entertaining tandem in ECW and held the Tag Team Championship twice. After splitting from Morrison, Miz was much more successful and would win the United States Championship twice while being a member of the Raw roster. He would win the Money in the Bank briefcase in 2010 and cashed the contract in on then WWE Champion Randy Orton. He would then main event WrestleMania XXVII against John Cena where Miz would win with help from The Rock. Miz then floundered in WWE until recently. He had four unremarkable reigns as Intercontinental Champion, but as I previously mentioned, he has figured everything out in his fifth.
1. Kofi Kingston: 12 Championships
The New Day act has already run its course in WWE and Kofi Kingston will eventually return to mid-card obscurity. He has won the Intercontinental Championship four times, and the United States Championship three times. Kofi's first tag title reign came when he and CM Punk would defeat Legacy on an episode of Raw. Kofi's next tag title reign came with Evan Bourne and that team was ruined after Bourne got busted twice for drugs. His next tag title reign came with R-Truth and that reign was ended by Team Hell No. Kingston is currently the a part of the longest reigning Tag Team Champions with Big E and Xavier Woods. The New Day has proven to be one of the most success tag teams in WWE history and even if Kofi never reaches higher than this, he should at least look back on his run with pride.
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