On Raw recently, Roman Reigns defeated The Miz to become Intercontinental Champion for the first time, but it was a much bigger achievement that happened that night. Reigns became just the ninth man to win the current format of the WWE Grand Slam Championship. To win this award in the current format, you must hold WWE/Universal title, Intercontinental or United States Title and a Tag Team Championship, and Reigns' victory last week puts him alongside Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Edge, The Big Show, The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Chris Jericho, and Dean Ambrose as the only people to win the current format.
The original format featured different titles and has a much longer list of successful competitors, but this list will refer only to the current format. So let’s take a look at five huge names who haven’t yet ticked this off their legendary bucket lists.
Triple H won the original Grand Slam Championship, but has yet to tick off the current one, which is a huge surprise considering the reputation he has garnered online for ‘burying young talent’ and collecting championships. He, like several others, is just a United States Championship reign away, but with his part-time status, it’s definitely not going to happen. These days, he will likely wrestle like The Undertaker and just turn up for a few dates a year. The Game was always one of the biggest names in WWE, and despite not winning the Grand Slam Championship, he is garnering our respect in a new way today as the head of NXT, so that’s not a bad career.
As we’ve said, Roman Reigns just completed WWE’s Grand Slam, and Dean Ambrose did it at Money in the Bank 2016 when he won the WWE Championship. That means Seth Rollins is the only member of The Shield to yet hold the prestigious crown. After holding the WWE Championship and US title at the same time, Rollins is just the Intercontinental Championship away from joining his two brothers, and it’s very likely it will happen soon. With the main event scene very crowded, and it being unlikely that The Shield stay together much longer, putting Rollins in the mid-card with the likes of The Miz and Dean Ambrose will help improve Monday Night Raw and will make Rollins just the 10th man to win the current format of the Grand Slam Championship.
Whether you like it or not, John Cena will go down as one of the greatest performers to ever step foot in a WWE ring, and while he has equaled the legendary Ric Flair’s record of 16 World Championships, this is the one thing it seems he will never achieve. With his time winding down even more by the year and Hollywood calling his name, the likelihood of him winning the prestigious Intercontinental Championship is incredibly low at this point. It won’t affect Cena’s legacy, as he has been the face of WWE for quite some time, but it’s interesting to think that the WWE didn’t push him to get this milestone.
Randy Orton has had a legendary career in the WWE, going from Legend Killer to Apex Predator, but there is one achievement he has come up short on achieving, and even though it’s only a United States Championship win away from happening, it’s very unlikely. Yes, Orton is on the same show as that title, but we doubt he will ever drop down to the mid-card again, and like John Cena, no one is going to shame him for not winning this, but it’s still worth noting. Orton may be very boring these days, but he has won 13 World Championships and had numerous fantastic matches over his career. He will certainly go down as one of the best of this generation, and perhaps all time.
Kane has been in the WWE since he was introduced in iconic fashion as The Undertaker’s half-brother back in the late 90s, He is one of the few performers who transcended the WWE, but like his ‘brother’, didn’t win the Championships in WWE that most feel he deserved. He won several Tag Team Championships with different partners and won the World Championship a few times, but somehow the WWE never gave him significant mid card title reigns. He held the Intercontinental Championship for a few short moments, and with a Hardcore Championship reign, he won the original Grand Slam, but never managed a United States Championship, meaning he isn’t one of the nine who lay claim to the current criteria.