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Who in your opinion are the top five worst world champions in pro wrestling history? Whatever the reason…these have to be champions with organizations that have a recognized world title such as WWE, WCW, AWA, ECW etc. Let’s keep it to just wrestlers and not celebrities or promoters who held the title.
5) Andre the Giant..Feb 5th 1988 national TV coverage on NBC…Hulk Hogan vs Andre the Giant on prime time. Ted DiBiase, the twin refs and some gaga as Hulk put it…and Andre the Giant was the champion of the world..after a 17 year career he captured the coveted gold…Only to turn around 33 seconds later and hand it over to the million dollar man. The transaction would be null and void and the Wrestlemania 4 title tournament took place. Andre ,despite being an all time great. Would never hold a world title again..
4) Tommy Dreamer…Man it pains me to do this..As Tommy ,to me..was the face and flag waver for ECW…he was the heart and soul..but as such never really had an opportunity at the title.. Tommy ,despite being one if my all time favorites (to watch and to share locker room with) is on the list same reason as Andre…He literary had the belt in his hands and won it…the crowning moment to an awesome run..to only have it taken away minutes later ..by Justin Credible..
3) Nick Bockwinkel…one of the most celebrated champions in the history of the AWA..Bockwinkel..was smooth, technical and extremely articulate in his promos..but to my and in my opinion..one if the most boring champions ever..can we for a second re imagine history. Let’s imagine Bockwinkel loses the AWA title to Hogan..(which he did only to have it returned on some technicality, Dusty finish like) Hogan remains in the AWA and history is quite different. The boring Bockwinkel held on for too long…
2) Tommy Rich. A great performer in the NWA and territorial days.. Tommy Wildfire Rich captured the NWA world title ,becoming at the time one of the youngest if not the youngest to do so…thoroughly unprepared this early in his career for such an accolade, Rich lost the championship a mere days..days..after winning it…he never ever came close to a world championship again…despite the fact that unlike when Andre won..Andre was at the twilight of his career, while Rich had all the time in front of him.
1) Ronnie Garvin..Garvin had a distinguished career spanning many years and working some of the top names around..but he had never been past the mid card…his stunning sunset flip upset pin of Ric Flair was unbelievable…Garvin was poised to rise to the top and have a long healthy reign as champ and become a national name…Eh..no ..Garvin never defended the championship and was beaten in the pay per view rematch by Flair. Garvin would go back to the midcard..in NWA and WWF..from which he never escaped…the unlikeliest of champions…
5. Jack Swagger – Nothing against Swagger/Jake Hager, but when he won the world title…he simply wasn’t ready to do so. He wasn’t built up as a dominant force and many fans did not take his title run seriously. Swagger was and is a good wrestler, but his championship run was less than stellar in my opinion.
4. Jinder Mahal – Initially, I kinda thought it was cool seeing Jinder get the opportunity to get the ball and run with it. You know, the whole ‘Don’t Hinder Jinder’ thing. Upon further review of it…it was a really bad decision by WWE management to make Jinder champion. Fans never bought into him as a serious world champion. Business suffered when he was the headliner. I kinda understand why WWE attempted it (to try and build an audience for the India market) but it failed pretty miserably.
3. Diesel – While ‘Big Daddy Cool’ Diesel (Kevin Nash) had the look and charisma….WWF fans rejected him as WWF world champion. Business was way down in both attendance and pay per view buy rates. A really dark era for the company.
2. Larry Zbyszko – Larry Z became the AWA world champion at a time when the promotion desperately needed a new, younger face for them. Instead of taking a chance on a new star, Verne Gagne put the belt on his son in law. It was the worst move the AWA could have made at that point in time. The AWA didn’t last too much loner after.
1. The Great Khali – Sure Khali was a massive body and had the look of a monster…but he had no real charisma, moved incredibly slow and was a bore watching wrestle. Again, I understand why WWE wanted Khali as champion…but it simply didn’t work out for the best.
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