Tuesday, February 27

9 Wrestlers Who Always Challenged For World Titles (But Never Won Them)

Professional wrestlers often dream of making waves in the world of sports entertainment and aim to win the biggest prize in the promotion’s history, such as the World Championship. There are times when it takes decades or months before a superstar reaches the top of the card.


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9 Tamina Has Never Won A Singles Title In WWE

The Uncrowned Queen of Samoans

  • Tamina has been with WWE for over a decade
  • She has never won the Divas or Women’s Championship
  • Tamina previously won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship with Natalya

The Anoa’i family is one of the most decorated families in professional wrestling. From The Rock to Solo Sikoa, every generation has stepped inside the ring and added their name and accomplishments to the illustrious bloodline over the past four decades.

In 2010, Tamina made her debut for WWE alongside The Usos. She has been a tenured member of the promotion and comes from a lineage in the world of professional wrestling as the daughter of Jimmy Snuka. However, she went after several women’s championships in the promotion during her time but never won the big one.

8 William Regal Should’ve Been The First British World Champion

Has Worked For WCW, WWE, And AEW

  • William Regal is a former Intercontinental Champion and former King of The Ring winner
  • Regal also won the WCW World Television Championship
  • William Regal had a short run in All Elite Wrestling before returning to WWE

William Regal was one of the best in-ring technical performers of his generation as he went toe-to-toe against several veterans in the world of professional wrestling during his time as an active performer. Regal was no stranger to success, and he often won various types of championships during his tenure in America.

Unfortunately, William Regal never captured a World Champion during his prime years. Regal portrayed different roles and delivered stellar matches inside the squared circle, but promotions didn’t push him to the top where he truly belonged. After winning the King of The Ring tournament, he once came close to winning the WWE World Championship, but the management changed plans.

7 Scott Hall Never Won A World Championship In WWE And WCW

The Ultimate Bad Guy Without The Ultimate Prize

  • Scott Hall is a 4-time WWE Intercontinental Champion
  • He’s a former WCW United States, Television, and Tag Team Champion
  • Scott Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 and 2020

Scott Hall was the biggest and the best bad buy in the world of professional wrestling due to his work with WWE and WCW during his prime years. The Lone Wolf had stellar Ladder matches against Shawn Michales that added their name to history books. He later created NWO in WCW and shook the system.

However, The Bad Guy never held the big one in either promotion. There were times when he went after the World Championship but fell short. Scott Hall has achieved a lot more than what an average wrestler would dream of, but The Lone Wolf retired before winning the World Championship.

6 Wade Barrett Came Very Close To Winning The WWE Championship

King Of Bad News Without Gold

  • Wade Barrett won the first season of NXT
  • He’s a former 5-time Intercontinental Champion
  • Wade Barrett is now a commentator for WWE

In 2010, Wade Barrett changed the landscape of WWE when he invaded Monday Night RAW as the leader of Nexus. The Bare Knuckle Brawler and his crew dominated weekly television before they came face to face against John Cena. What should’ve been a start to a WWE Championship run ended up being a tiresome feud against The Leader of Cenation.

After Barrett lost his momentum, he went on to portray different gimmicks in the promotion and won the Intercontinental Championship on several occasions. Unfortunately, he could never capture the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship during his run as an active performer and retired without winning the big one.

5 Roddy Piper Competed At WCW And WWE Before Retiring

Hot Rod Should’ve Done More

  • Roddy Piper is a former Intercontinental and World Tag Team Champion
  • He’s a former WCW United States Champion
  • Roddy Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005

Roddy Piper’s legendary career has been written in the history books, whether it was WCW or WWE. The Hot Rod was sensational during his time as an active performer and went head-to-head against the likes of Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan in his pursuit of capturing a World Championship.

Unfortunately, Piper never won the title that he truly deserved during his time in either promotion. Roddy Piper’s legacy speaks for itself, but The Hot Rod should’ve won the WWF or WCW Heavyweight Championship during his tenure with either promotion. Sadly, he retired without winning the big one.

4 Goldust Has Worked For WCW, TNA, WWE, And AEW

The Second Son Of Dream Without The World Championship

  • Goldust is a 3-time Intercontinental and WWE Tag Team Champion
  • He’s a 2-time WCW United States and Tag Team Champion
  • Dustin Rhodes is currently working with All Elite Wrestling

Dustin Rhodes (aka Goldust) is a veteran with over four decades of experience as a professional wrestler. Rhodes has wrestled all around the world and won championships in a majority of promotions with different names and gimmicks. The half-brother of Cody Rhodes has also carried the Rhodes legacy over the past few decades.

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However, Goldust has not won a World Championship in any major promotion that he has worked for over the past four decades. Rhodes has received title matches but never won the WCW World Heavyweight, WWE, or AEW World Championship during his tenured career. It is unlikely that he will win the big one before retiring.

3 Brodie Lee Never Held World Championship Gold

The Exalted One Passed Away At The Age Of 41

  • Luke Harper is a former NXT and SmackDown Tag Team Champion
  • Harper is a former WWE Intercontinental Champion
  • Brodie Lee’s last title was the AEW TNT Championship

Brodie Lee, also popularly known as Luke Harper, was a force to reckon with inside the squared circle, regardless of the promotion. Lee achieved stardom as Harper when he debuted as a member of The Wyatt Family. In 2017, he was almost involved in the WWE Championship picture alongside Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton heading into WrestleMania 33.

After a dry run with the Stamford-based promotion, Lee restarted his career when he debuted for All Elite Wrestling as Mr. Brodie Lee, aka The Exalted One of the Dark Order. He again came very close to winning the AEW World Championship against Jon Moxley. After he feuded with Cody Rhodes and a TNT title reign, Lee passed away at the end of 2020.

2 The King Of Harts Should’ve Ruled

Owen Hart Never Won The World Championship

  • Owen Hart is a former King of The Ring winner
  • He is a former Intercontinental Champion
  • Owen Hart passed away during Over The Edge PLE

Owen Hart was a special talent, as several current-generation wrestlers have idolized the star or followed in his footsteps in different ways. The King of Harts was a technical genius inside the squared circle and went head-to-head against several notable names in the promotion and even came close to winning the WWE Championship.

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Unfortunately, the management never put their money on the young Hart, who should’ve won the WWE Championship from Bret Hart during their storyline. Owen Hart got a few chances at promotion after his brother left, but the company preferred other stars to Owen before his unfortunate passing away during a PPV.

1 Sami Zayn Has Won The NXT Championship

Should Win A World Championship Before He Retires

  • Sami Zayn is a former 3-time Intercontinental Champion
  • The former Honorary Uce was in the main event of WrestleMania 39
  • He’s a former Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion alongside Kevin Owens

Sami Zayn’s journey with WWE has been filled with ups and downs. After breaking out on the developmental brand, Zayn struggled on the main roster for years while his peers pursued more successful careers. Later, the Underdog from the Underground changed the tide when he turned heel and started winning gold.

However, Zayn’s luck turned when he became The Honorary Uce of The Bloodline. He received a handful of opportunities to face the likes of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins for the Undisputed WWE Universal and World Heavyweight Championship, respectively. It’s evident that the management is high on the star, and it’s highly likely that he will win a World Championship before the end of his career.

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