The WWE Championship is perhaps the most prestigious title in the pro-wrestling industry ever. It is a World Championship, which has altered the careers of several superstars. Even though the title has helped many superstars create an everlasting impression, some players have made the title even more prestigious and lovable than any other title in the pro-wrestling industry.
These Champions have gifted us several outstanding matches and memories which we will remember throughout our life. Hence, they deserve special recognition for their valor. Here are such 5 WWE Champions, who made the title look larger than life.
The Rock held the title 8 times with a combined reign of more than 350 days. He was the most charismatic WWE Champion ever. Apart from delivering classic matches, Rock knew how to connect with people and was affectionately called as the 'people's champion'.
He defended his title multiple times and was an excellent champion. He won the title on several PPVs like No Way Out, Vengeance and others. He did headline a helluva lot of shows and events and thus features in this list.
4. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan was an outstanding wrestler and was the WWE Champion for 6 times. He held the title around his waist for more than 2000 days. He was always full of energy and passion. He defeated almost all the great wrestlers of his era. Hogan was a crowd popper and he wrestled every match as his last match. No doubt, his in-ring skills was excellent and is thus number four on our list.
3. Stone Cold
Stone Cold was the most troublesome Champion ever in the history of WWE. He was anti-management kind of person and was thus always engaged in some feuds or rivalries. Stone Cold won the WWE Championship 6 times and was inducted in WWE Hall of Fame. His wrestling skills and talents were not confined only within the ring but was equally competent in backstage brawls, locker rooms and even in parking lots. His rivalry with the Rock over the WWF Championship is one of the best rivalries of all time.
2. John Cena
John Cena is arguably the biggest superstar to have emerged from WWE. He won the WWE Championship 13 times. Cena delivered outstanding promos as the Champion. He gained a lot of limelight, when he changed the conventional WWE belt to his own customized spinning belt.
Cena defended his title against multiple superstars and was a fighting Champion. He used to bring the best out of his opponents. The WWE Universe loved his tag line, 'the champ is here'. Hence, he is at the number two slot in this list.
1. Bruno Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino was the second WWF Champion and is the longest reigning Champion ever. He held the title for a record span of eight years. He was Vince McMahon's favorite and was thus always promoted as the top guy in the company.
Sammartino's record as a champion is unparalleled and no wrestler could ever match his intensity. The passion, aggression and enthusiasm he displayed as a Champion proves that he is the hallmark of a true Champion. He is thus, number one on the list.