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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Didn't Deserve To Be World Champions

The fights that are presented on World Wrestling Entertainment television shows are, of course, fake. The championships held by wrestlers may not be won and lost in legitimate battles, but they are nevertheless meaningful crowns and achievements that are cherished by those great athletes. A company putting a world championship on a performer is a sign that the organization believes that person can be a draw as a main-event worker. There is no greater honor that can be bestowed upon an active wrestler than to be trusted to be a successful world champion for a massive company such as the WWE.

It makes sense that the individuals who are widely respected as some of the greatest wrestlers in history have been world champions for the WWE, World Championship Wrestling, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and other companies. Ric Flair has won around 16 world championships, but that number fluctuates depending on the day and the person with whom you are discussing the matter. Hulk Hogan was a world champion as both a babyface and as a heel. There is an argument to be made that Hogan, as great as he was, should never have received at least one of those championship runs while working with the WWE.

The people who are at the top of the list of wrestlers who did not deserve to be world champions earn that honor largely because they weren't true full-time workers. That they are recognized as world champions is an insult to the tradition of the business and their stints as champions provided evidence to fans that the titles really are nothing but props. Part of being a diehard wrestling fan is having to suspend your own disbelief about certain things. It is understandable if you found it difficult or even impossible to do so regarding the championship runs had by these wrestlers.

14 The Miz 

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13 Sheamus 

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12 Bob Backlund 

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11 Mick Foley 

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10 Jeff Hardy 

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9 Christian 

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8 Jack Swagger 

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7 The Great Khali 

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6 Jeff Jarrett 

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5 Hollywood Hulk Hogan 

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4 Stephanie McMahon 

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3 Vince Russo 

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2 Vince McMahon 

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1 David Arquette 

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WCW was downright terrible during its dying days. The low point, other than the day that the company officially shut down, was probably actor David Arquette winning the WCW World Championship. Not only was it an absolute joke that Arquette would be put into such a storyline, the company insulted fans further by having a role in Ready to Rumble, maybe the worst movie about wrestling that has ever seen the light of day. It is, looking back, shocking that all of this occurred only a few years after WCW was the hottest thing going in the industry. How quickly it all went terribly wrong for WCW.

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