Saturday, February 24

11 Best Champions Of WWE’s Ruthless Aggression Era

The Ruthless Aggression Era was one of the biggest transitional periods in WWE history. Arguably, two of WWE’s biggest stars The Rock and Steve Austin were no longer full-time performers and left the company. That allowed other stars to step up to the plate with the massive void that had to be filled. There was a lot of real-life competition in WWE as Raw and SmackDown became two brands with separate championships and brand-exclusive pay-per-views with everyone wanting to steal the show.


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Compared to the Attitude Era where championships changed hands frequently, there was a lot of stability when it came down to title reigns in the Ruthless Aggression Era. Wrestlers were holding championships for longer and many had exceptional championship runs in this era.


11 Shelton Benjamin Had Success As A Singles And Tag Team Competitor

Shelton Benjamin Won 6 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Intercontinental Championship

3 Times

352 Days

WWE United States Championship

1 Time

243 Days

WWE Tag Team Championship

2 Times

178 Days

Shelton Benjamin was one wrestler who excelled as a singles and tag team competitor in the Ruthless Aggression Era. In late 2002, Benjamin teamed up with Charlie Haas and they became members of Team Angle alongside the WWE Champion Kurt Angle.

Benjamin and Haas won the WWE Tag Team Championship twice and they retained the gold at WrestleMania 19. Benjamin moved from SmackDown to Raw in 2004 and he won the Intercontinental Championship from Chris Jericho at Taboo Tuesday 2004. Benjamin was the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in the 2000s at 245 days, and he won the United States Championship once before the Ruthless Aggression Era ended.

10 Brian Kendrick & Paul London Were The Longest-Reigning Tag Team Champions Of The Era

Brian Kendrick And Paul London Won 2 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Tag Team Championship

1 Time

334 Days

World Tag Team Championship

1 Time

3 Days

Tag team wrestling in the Ruthless Aggression Era underwent several changes with many tag teams from the Attitude Era splitting up. Brian Kendrick and Paul London went on to become one of the best tag teams in the era. They picked up several wins over MNM, and they beat them when it mattered most at Judgment Day 2006 for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

London and Kendrick held the WWE Tag Team Championship for 334 days which was the longest tag title reign in the 2000s. They captivated the audience with their high-flying style of wrestling. They moved to Raw in 2007, and they won the World Tag Team Championship on a house show albeit for three days.

9 Eddie Guerrero Had A Fairytale WWE Championship Run

Latino Heat Won 6 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Championship

1 Time

133 Days

WWE United States Championship

1 Time

84 Days

WWE Tag Team Championship

4 Times

218 Days

The late Eddie Guerrero was one of the most beloved stars in the Ruthless Aggression Era. Guerrero won the WWE Tag Team Championship four times winning it twice with his nephew Chavo, once with Tajiri, and his title run with Rey Mysterio, which was his final title reign before his untimely death in November 2005.

Latino Heat won the reactivated WWE United States Championship at Vengeance 2003. However, the pinnacle of his WWE career came when he dethroned Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at No Way Out 2004. Guerrero held the title for four months, and he managed to retain the title against Kurt Angle in an outstanding wrestling match at WrestleMania 20.

8 Rey Mysterio Dominated The Cruiserweight Division

The Master Of The 619 Won 8 Championships

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

World Heavyweight Championship

1 Time

112 Days

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

3 Times

196 Days

WWE Tag Team Championship

4 Times

115 Days

Rey Mysterio thrived in the Ruthless Aggression Era and he featured in several major matches. Cruiserweight wrestling was Mysterio’s bread and butter as he won the Cruiserweight Championship three times.

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Mysterio was a successful tag team wrestler as he won the WWE Tag Team Championship four times with the likes of Edge, Rob Van Dam, Eddie Guerrero, and Batista who all won World Championships in the Ruthless Aggression Era. Mysterio won the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 22, but he wasn’t booked strongly as World Champion as he suffered several losses against the likes of The Great Khali and other giants.

7 Rob Van Dam Carried On Right Where He Left Off

RVD Won 12 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Championship

1 Time

22 Days

ECW Championship

1 Time

20 Days

WWE Intercontinental Championship

5 Times

189 Days

World Tag Team Championship

2 Times

111 Days

WWE Tag Team Championship

1 Time

34 Days

WWE European Championship

1 Time

<1 Day

WWE Hardcore Championship

1 Time

<1 Day

Rob Van Dam was on a tear when he joined WWE in 2001, and he continued his good rich vein of form in the Ruthless Aggression Era. RVD was the man responsible for retiring the WWE European and Hardcore Championships in the summer of 2002 as they were absorbed into his Intercontinental Championship.

RVD became a Grand Slam Champion as he clinched the Intercontinental Championship five times, and he won multiple Tag Team Championships. 2006 was supposed to be RVD’s year as he beat John Cena for the WWE Championship and held the ECW Championship simultaneously, but everything came crashing down in three weeks as he violated the Wellness Policy and dropped the WWE and ECW Championships.

6 Randy Orton Became The Youngest World Champion In WWE History

Randy Orton Won 5 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Championship

2 Times

203 Days

World Heavyweight Championship

1 Time

28 Days

WWE Intercontinental Championship

1 Time

210 Days

World Tag Team Championship

1 Time

77 Days

Unquestionably, Randy Orton became one of the biggest stars in the Ruthless Aggression Era. Orton’s first piece of silverware was the Intercontinental Championship when he was just 23. Orton went on to hold the title for a respectable 210 days and he beat Mick Foley in a violent Falls Count Anywhere match at Backlash 2004 where he gained respect from fans for his efforts.

Orton moved on to bigger and better things as he won the World Heavyweight Championship at 24, becoming the youngest World Champion in WWE history. The Legend Killer won the WWE Championship twice, and he walked into WrestleMania 24 as the reigning WWE Champion where he saw off John Cena and Triple H in a triple threat match. Orton completed his set as a Triple Crown Winner in November 2006 when he teamed up with Edge to become World Tag Team Champions.

5 Trish Stratus Dominated The Women’s Division

Trish Stratus Won 5 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Women’s Championship

5 Times

704 Days

No woman in the 2000s held the WWE Women’s Championship longer than Trish Stratus. Trish had success as both a babyface and a heel and she won the Women’s Championship multiple times in both roles. Trish defeated the likes of Jazz, Molly Holly, Victoria, and Lita for her Women’s Title reigns in this era.

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Trish held the WWE Women’s Championship a record seven times but her sixth reign as Women’s Champion was by far her best Women’s Championship run as she held the title for 448 days. Furthermore, Trish won the WWE Women’s Championship at Lita’s expense at Unforgiven 2006 in her first retirement match in front of her hometown fans in Toronto.

4 Triple H’s Reign Of Terror Was In Full Swing

The Game Won 8 Titles In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Championship

2 Times

210 Days

World Heavyweight Championship

5 Times

616 Days

WWE Intercontinental Championship

1 Time

<1 Day

Triple H had a knack for silverware but he could not function without the World Heavyweight Championship. The Game defended the title in different reigns but at three WrestleManias in succession from WrestleMania 19-21, and he was victorious once but dropped the title at WrestleMania 20 and 21.

The Game won the World Heavyweight Championship five times with his fifth World Heavyweight Title reign being his 10th World Championship run overall. Nevertheless, Triple H also won the WWE Championship twice and he had success when he surprisingly moved to SmackDown in the 2008 draft lottery.

3 Batista Was Unleashed!

The Animal Won 6 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

World Heavyweight Championship

3 Times

499 Days

World Tag Team Championship

2 Times

92 Days

WWE Tag Team Championship

1 Time

13 Days

Batista epitomizes the Ruthless Aggression Era as one of the biggest names in the era. Moving away from Triple H and Evolution, the Animal dethroned his former mentor at WrestleMania 21 for his first World Heavyweight Championship reign.

The Animal is one of the greatest World Heavyweight Champions of all time, and he held the title for a record 282 days until injury forced him to relinquish the title. Batista didn’t just win World Titles, but he won Tag Team Championships three times in this era during his time on Raw and SmackDown.

2 Edge Achieved His Lifelong Goal

The Rated-R Superstar Won 11 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Championship

2 Times

97 Days

World Heavyweight Championship

3 Times

205 Days

WWE Intercontinental Championship

1 Time

57 Days

World Tag Team Championship

4 Times

151 Days

WWE Tag Team Championship

1 Time

10 Days

The Ruthless Aggression Era was when Edge cemented his spot as a certified main eventer. The Rated-R Superstar was known for his tag team exploits, and he still ended up adding to his seven WWE Tag Team Championship runs with Christian by winning five more Tag Team Championships.

Edge won the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 21, and he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase on John Cena to become WWE Champion for the first time. The Rated-R Superstar was one of the top heels in the era and he began his love affair with the World Heavyweight Championship by beating the likes of The Undertaker and Batista for the championship.

1 John Cena Became The Face Of The Company

John Cena Won 7 Championships In The Ruthless Aggression Era

Championships Won

Times Won It

Combined Length

WWE Championship

3 Times

793 Days

WWE United States Championship

3 Times

223 Days

World Tag Team Championship

1 Time

63 Days

John Cena became one of the most polarizing wrestlers in WWE history and he enjoyed a lot of success in the Ruthless Aggression Era. Cena held the WWE United States Championship three times and he customized the title into a spinner belt.

Cena had bigger fish to fry as he defeated JBL for his first WWE Championship reign at WrestleMania 21. Cena clinched the WWE Championship a further two more times and his third reign which lasted 380 days unfortunately ended abruptly as Cena sustained a pectoral muscle injury that forced him to give up the title. Cena defeated the likes of Edge, Randy Orton, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Chris Jericho during his WWE Championship runs in the Ruthless Aggression Era.

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