WWE Championship Reigns: 5 Wrestlers Who Didn't Have Enough (& 5 Who Had Too Many)

The WWE Championship was first won by Buddy Rogers in 1963, and 56 years later, it remains the most prestigious title in Vince McMahon's company.

As for the World Heavyweight Championship, it was introduced in 2002 following WCW's demise, but it was retired after "unifying" with the WWE title at the 2013 TLC pay-per-view.

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Many great superstars have worn the WWE and/or the World Heavyweight Championship throughout the decades. Which superstars should have won either title more often, and which ones received more reigns than they deserved? Let's take a trip down memory lane.

Note: For this list, we're looking at both the WWE and the World Heavyweight Championship.

10 Not Enough: The Undertaker

For a man regarded by many as the greatest wrestler of all-time, seven world championship reigns certainly doesn't seem nor feel like enough. The Undertaker joined WWE in 1990, and he only has four World Heavyweight and three WWE Championships to his name.

He last held one of the two premier championships on Feb. 4, 2010 - before Chris Jericho won it at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Who could have guessed that it would (likely) mark Undertaker's final World Championship reign?

9 Too Many: Alberto Del Rio

Alberto Del Rio had some tremendous success as a main event heel during his first run in WWE, but the company didn't exactly do a great job of building him up accordingly.

Del Rio's two stints with the WWE Championship only lasted a combined 84 days. That's not on him, that's on poor booking from the company. His two World Heavyweight Championship reigns were longer and more exciting, however.

But giving Del Rio four major title reigns over a two-year span was a little too much. Less would have been more here. That is, it would have been more meaningful and impactful if he had one or two long-term reigns instead.

8 Not Enough: Kane

Kane has been part of the WWE family for almost three decades now, so it's hard to believe that he's only won two World Championships - given his perennial status as a main event star.

Of course, The Big Red Machine has experienced far more success in the tag team division (he's won 12 Tag Team Championships). His lone World Heavyweight Championship reign (beginning at the 2010 Money in the Bank event) lasted 154 days.

As for his only WWE Championship reign? It lasted no more than a day, as he dropped it to Steve Austin on Raw's June 29, 1998, episode after winning it at King of the Ring a night earlier.

7 Too Many: Sheamus

WWE decided to push Sheamus quickly in 2009, and it was topped off by a surprise victory over John Cena at the 2009 TLC pay-per-view, where he became the new WWE Champion.

It marked the first of three WWE Championship reigns for Sheamus. He also held the World Heavyweight Championship on one occasion in 2012, and it lasted a whopping 210 days

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But for the most part, Sheamus was better suited as a mid-card or tag team competitor. The main event picture wasn't really for him, and we should note his last World Championship reign came via Money in the Bank cash-in at Survivor Series 2015, and he dropped it only three weeks later.

6 Not Enough: Kurt Angle

If WWE kept Angle around beyond 2006, and if he didn't spend a decade in TNA, he would have certainly won more than five World Championships in Vince McMahon's promotion.

Angle was a top-notch heel in his first run with WWE, and he was among their absolute greatest in-ring performers. Because of this, five World Championships just don't feel like enough -- considering two reigns only lasted 14 and 52 days, respectively.

Unfortunately, a serious neck injury hampered Angle throughout his career. For a large portion of 2004, he was used as the GM of SmackDown instead.

5 Too Many: Batista

It's not that Batista wasn't a deserving main event talent in WWE. There's a reason he won two Royal Rumbles while headlining two WrestleMania events. The Animal simply flourished as a top superstar in WWE, both as a face and a heel.

That said, the six championship runs were simply too much due to poor booking from WWE. His two WWE title reigns only combined to last six days. Over his final three World Heavyweight Championship reigns, he'd lose the title only to win it back several weeks later. Rinse and repeat.

Like we said on the Del Rio slide, few titles with longer reigns would have worked better for Batista.

4 Not Enough: Randy Savage

Aside from Hulk Hogan, 'Macho Man' Randy Savage was the biggest star in WWE during its booming period of the '80s. Even if Hogan had earned more worldwide fame, Savage was at least the better in-ring performer as well as the "cream of the crop" when it came to promos.

Given Savage's legendary status, two World Heavyweight Championship reigns simply weren't enough. Now, his two runs with the title combined to a whopping 518 days (the first lasted 371 days).

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But his first World Championship reign should have taken place well before WrestleMania IV, and when he dropped it to Hogan a year later at WrestleMania V, Savage shouldn't have had to wait another three years to get his hands on it again.

This is a WWE icon who should have had at least five to seven runs with the title.

3 Too Many: Triple H

Triple H is unquestionably one of the greatest and most accomplished superstars of all-time. But when you take a closer look, the 14 World Championship reigns are a little too generous. Hear me out.

The son-in-law of Vince McMahon received five different World Heavyweight Championship reigns from Sept. 2002 to Jan. 2005 (he won back the vacant title at New Year's Revolution). Simply regaining then losing the title time and time again makes those five reigns feel not particularly special.

Triple H's 14th and most recent reign with the WWE Championship took place at the 2016 Royal Rumble. He most likely wouldn't have won it if, two months earlier, Seth Rollins hadn't torn his ACL while carrying the belt.

And in case you're impressed by his nine WWE Championships, consider that his reigns lasted 23, 48, 117, 34, 34, 1, 209, 69, and 69 days. Think about how short seven of those reigns were, and you can see why he wasn't deserving of all those 14 championships after all. Why did WWE move quickly to take the title off of him, only to give it back almost right away?

2 Not Enough: Shawn Michaels

The Heartbreak Kid won two Royal Rumbles and headlined five WrestleMania events. Many consider him the absolute greatest in-ring performer of all-time. Despite an illustrious two-decade run in WWE, Michaels only won four World Championships.

It simply goes to show just how special Michaels was as a wrestler. He didn't need to carry a major championship to be a true main event talent. His charisma and in-ring work spoke for him.

Michaels' three WWE Championship reigns took place between WrestleMania XII in 1996 and Survivor Series 1997 (the Montreal Screwjob incident). His lone run with the World Heavyweight title lasted 28 days in 2002.

The Showstopper spent many of his prime years with D-Generation X, and he was retired from 1998 to 2002 as he dealt with a back injury. But that doesn't mean that four World Championship stints were enough. The man should have been given double-digit reigns. Period.

1 Too Many: Brock Lesnar

Lesnar debuted for WWE in 2002, but he only stayed there for two years before departing after WrestleMania XX, looking to try out for a career in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

Still, WWE handed him three WWE Championship reigns between Aug. 2002 and Sept. 2003. Two years after he returned to WWE in 2012, Lesnar won the title again at the 2014 SummerSlam pay-per-view.

Then he defeated Kofi Kingston at the Oct. 4, 2019 episode of SmackDown Live to become the new WWE Champion. That's five reigns with the title, and this is a man who works as a part-timer now. Not to mention WWE also gave him three Universal Championship reigns. Isn't that all a little too much for somebody who doesn't wrestle on a full-time basis?

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