Monday, September 14, 2020

Unique Wresting World Championship Stats

Back in the day my wrestling friends and I would sit and chat about odd wrestling statistics for fun.  I've been thinking about a few of them the last few weeks and decided to do some research and jot some down.

This rabbit hole I plunged myself into is extremely steep so I'm going to stick with to stats in my lifetime for the sake of sanity. 

This first set looks at wrestlers who have held the World Championship or top championship of major promotions from around the world.  I don't count anyone that held the WCW or ECW Championship when it was under the WWE banner.  The other difficulty to determine is what quantifies as a World Championship?  Back in the PWI days it was easier as a fan because they told you what they considered the World Championship to be so that I what I am going to run with. 

During it's lifetime Pro Wrestling Illustrated has recognized the NWA, WWE, IWGP, AEW, WCW, ECW, AWA, TNA, Universal, and WWE World Heavyweight Championships.  I am going to recognize the WWE, Universal, and WWE World titles as just the WWE.  It's the same promotion after all.  

Most World Championships

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair 16 time champion for 3,735 days
NWA Worlds Championship 10 for 3,116 days
WWE Championship 2 times for 118 days
WCW World Championship 8 times for 501 days 

I know what you are thinking, that adds up to 20 reigns.  WWE and previously WCW, therefore Ric Flair recognize 16 reigns with 8 NWA, 2 WWE, & 6 WCW.  

John Cena 16 time champion for 1,392 days
WWE Championship 13 times for 1,254 days
World Heavyweight Championship 3 times for  138 days

Longest Reigning Champions

Combined:  Lou Thesz three for 3,749 days
Single Reign: Lou Thesz for 1,941 days

Shortest: Shane Doulgas is recognized as champion for less than one day


Combined: Verne Gagne ten for 4,677 days
Single Reign: Verne Gagne for 2,625 days

Shortest: Verne Gagne, Mighty Igor, & Dick The Bruiser held the title for 7 days


Combined: Bruno Sammartino two for 4,040 days
Single Reign: Bruno Sammartino for 2,803 days

Shortest: fourteen wrestlers have held the titles for less than one day


Combined: Hulk Hogan six for 1,177 days
Single Reign: Hulk Hogan for 469 days

Shortest: Sting, Kevin Nash, & Ric Flair held the title for less than one day


Combined: "Franchise" Shane Douglas 4 for 874 days
Single Reign: "Franchise" Shane Douglas for 406 days

Shortest: Tommy Dreamer & The Sandman held the title for less than one day


Combined: Kazuchika Okada 5 for 1,790 days
Single Reign: Kazuchika Okada for 720 days

Shortest: Kensuki Sasaki for 16 days


Combined: Jay Lethal 2 for 707 days
Single Reign: Samoa Joe for 645 days

Shortest: Kyle O'Reilly for 33 days 


Combined: Kurt Angle 6 for 608 days
Single Reign: Bobby Roode for 256 days

Shortest: Kurt Angle was champion for one day


Combined: Jon Moxley for 197+ days
Single Reign: Jon Moxley for 197+ days

Shortest: Chris Jericho for 182 days 

Multi-promotional champions

"Phenomenal" AJ Styles:
WWE, NWA, TNA/Impact, & IWGP
One of the greatest world champions in wrestling holding all the titles a combined nine times. 

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair: NWA, WCW, & WWE
The first man to hold the three biggest world championships, at that time.  

Sting: WCW, NWA, & TNA/Impact

Sting is the only man to hold the NWA World Championship in different eras.  In the early days of the WCW before they withdrew from the NWA and then during the NWA/TNA days.  

Kurt Angle: WWE, IWGP & Impact/TNA
Some will argue that Kurt Angle wasn't the read IWGP Championship, that NJPW had stripped Brock Lesnar of the Championship and crowned a new champion.  However, after Angle defeated Lesnar for the championship he defended it at the WrestleKingdom II defeated Yuji Nagata.  Also Kurt never held the NWA World Championship, yes when he became the first ever TNA world champion he held up the NWA title belt, but he was announced as the TNA World Champion.

Pat O'Connor
Gene Kiniski

"Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers

The Great Muta
Satoshi Kojima
Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Cody Rhodes

NWA & Impact/TNA
Nick Aldis

Shane Douglas
Steve Corino
Terry Funk

Jeff Jarrett

Hulk Hogan
The Giant/Big Show
Kevin Nash
Sid Vicious

Bret "Hitman" Hart
Randy "Macho Man" Savage
Chris Benoit
Booker T

Daniel Bryan
CM Punk
Kevin Owens
Seth Rollins

Brock Lesnar

WWE & Impact/TNA
Mick Foley
Rob Van Dam
Jeff Hardy
Alberto Del Rio
Drew McIntyre

Chris Jericho
Dean Ambrose/Jon Moxley

Big Van Vader

Jerry Lynn

TNA/Impact & ROH
Samoa Joe
Austin Aries
Eddie Edwards

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