Thursday, February 22

Worst WWE World Championship Reigns

The WWE World Championship is still the most prestigious title in professional wrestling today for the simple fact that WWE still sits atop the ladder in the business. This title has been held by some of the all time greats including The Rock, Steve Austin, John Cena, Triple H, Randy Orton, and countless other legends and Hall Of Famers.


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However, even amongst some of those talented individuals who have had the honor of becoming the WWE World Champion, some of their reigns have not reflected their talents. Over the years, there have been some truly terrible reigns as WWE World Champion, and they will be assessed here. This won’t include the reigns which lasted one day or a few minutes because it would be unfair to rank them (aside from one exception which is looked at here for good reason).


10 Sheamus Was WWE Champion Solely To Get Roman Reigns Over

Fans Didn’t Care For Sheamus Or His Title Reign

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

November 22, 2015 (Survivor Series 2015)

22 Days

2

Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract after Roman Reigns won his first WWE World Heavyweight Title at Survivor Series 2015. Fans still weren’t on board with Reigns, so the decision was made to try and garner him some sympathy.

Sheamus won the belt despite not being presented as a main eventer for some time, and seeing him, the League Of Nations, and Vince McMahon rule RAW was painful to see. The experiment did work as fans cheered Reigns for the sole reason of getting boring heels away from the main event, but the reign itself was terrible. It was not exciting, Sheamus played second to the likes of Triple H & Vince McMahon, and it felt like only a matter of time before he lost the gold anyway.

9 Diesel’s Reign Was Long, Boring, And A Bad Era For WWE

The Main Event Scene Was A Mess With Diesel As Champion

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

November 26, 1994 (WWE Live Event)

358 Days

10

Diesel was quite popular when he won the WWE Championship, and he did look strong amidst a long reign with the top belt in between 1994 and 1995, but the reign itself left a lot to be desired, though it was through no fault of his own. The main event scene in 1995 was a complete disaster.

Diesel main evented shows against names including the likes of Sid, Bam Bam Bigelow, Tatanka, British Bulldog, and King Mabel in a consistent spree of very poor matches that helped in the plummet of WWE’s business throughout the year.

8 RVD’s WWE World Title Reign Came To An Unceremonious End

RVD Ruined His Own Reign

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

June 11, 2006 (One Night Stand 2006)

22 Days

2

RVD’s WWE Championship win at One Night Stand against John Cena was one hell of a great moment, and it is certainly up there with the best wins in the history of the title. However, his reign ended up being a major disappointment.

He had a couple of defenses but lost the gold after less than a month, bringing an end to his one and only WWE Title reign in underwhelming fashion, kicking him out of the main event scene quickly. RVD’s activity outside of the ring led to him being suspended by WWE, thus losing the belt.

7 Chris Jericho Was An Afterthought As Undisputed WWE Champion

Jericho Played Second Fiddle To Stephanie McMahon

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

December 9, 2001 (Vengeance 2001)

98 Days

9

Chris Jericho made history when he won both the WWE Championship and WCW World Heavyweight Championship to unify the belts and become the Undisputed Champion. This alone put him in the history books and it should have also led to a star-making reign. However, Jericho ended up being a side character to the main story at the time – Stephanie McMahon vs. Triple H.

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McMahon was booked as the main character here, leaving Jericho to feel like an afterthought. He was nothing more than a tool used by her in her rivalry with Triple H. He may have had a few title defenses but he never felt like a strong champion. His WrestleMania main event was also among the more underwhelming of all time too.

6 Andre The Giant’s WWE World Title Reign Was Pointless

WWE Wasted Andre’s Only World Title

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

February 5, 1988 (Main Event)

<1 Day

0

Andre The Giant may have held the belt for less than one day, but the context of this reign is why it is included here (unlike other one day title reigns). Andre finally won the big one by defeating Hulk Hogan, giving him his first world title.

However, in a moment which made the belt look worthless and also made Andre look foolish, Ted DiBiase bought the title off him, only to then get it stripped anyway. This made the whole angle a complete waste of time and one of the most ignorantly booked few months for the WWE Title ever. It was certainly a shame that Andre’s one and only reign ended up like this.

5 Hulk Hogan Was Too Old To Be The WWE World Champion Again

Hogan Once Again Took The Spotlight

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

April 21, 2002 (Backlash 2002)

28 Days

2

After Hulk Hogan and The Rock stole the show at WrestleMania 18, proving that fans were still welcome to Hogan and the old “HulkaMania” gimmick, WWE crowned the aging Hogan as Undisputed WWE Champion soon after.

Hogan’s matches as champion were simply terrible given that he could barely keep up or transition into the modern day style of matches. This was a case of WWE pushing an old-timer for name value rather than talent, and it led to a poor run with the title.

4 Bray Wyatt’s Time As WWE World Champion Was A Waste Of Time

WWE Botched Wyatt’s Time As Champion

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

February 12, 2017

49 Days

1

After years of underwhelming booking, WWE finally did what fans wanted and crowned Bray Wyatt as WWE Champion. However, after just one televised defense and a storyline where Randy Orton outthought and out-maneuvered Wyatt at every opportunity, he dropped the gold at WrestleMania in a pathetic match full of magical nonsense.

Wyatt’s one reign as WWE Champion will only be remembered by the weird projections on the ring mat at WrestleMania 33 which made everyone look like a joke. WWE didn’t take this seriously or give him a strong reign with the championship.

3 WWE Didn’t Treat Big E Like A Star As WWE Champion

Big E Felt Like A Glorified Midcarder

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

September 13, 2021 (RAW)

110 Days

4

Big E’s WWE Championship win was a nice moment, but winning it by cashing in Money in the Bank was already a poor start as Big E didn’t look strong. From there, it felt like all his personality was stripped away, and the WWE Title was taken away from the main event scene for the most part.

For whatever reason, Big E was not really treated like a main eventer despite his best efforts to represent the company outside of the ring. In the end, after a reign that was not memorable at all, Big E unceremoniously lost the title to Brock Lesnar.

2 Hulk Hogan Stole The Spotlight From Bret Hart & Yokozuna

Hogan’s Reign Was Awful

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

April 4, 1993 (WrestleMania 9)

70 Days

0

After the main event of WrestleMania 9 when Yokozuna got a star-making win over Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan arrived after months away to win the belt in seconds, taking the spotlight and stinking up the main event scene.

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Hogan dominating the spotlight and taking all the moments was becoming old and tiresome by this point, and this was the final nail for many. His reign was not good, as fans wanted to see the likes of Bret Hart instead. In the end, Hogan simply dropped the belt back to Yokozuna anyway.

1 Jinder Mahal Was A Jobber Turned WWE Champion

Mahal Had The Worst Reign In History

Date Won

Length Of Reign

Successful Televised Defenses

May 21, 2017

170 Days

5

Jinder Mahal is the most unlikely WWE Champion of all time, and he also had one of the worst reigns in history. Mahal was a jobber before winning the title in a shocking upset, and he proved to not be main event caliber. Poor matches with Randy Orton, a racist storyline with Shinsuke Nakamura, and repetitive boring content led to fans hating Mahal and the SmackDown main event scene.

It was a glorious day when AJ Styles defeated Mahal to finally rid WWE of an awful champion.

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