The Colóns (2009)
How many times has a wrestler captured more than one championship belt? More times than you'd expect, actually!
While the concept wasn't very commonplace before the late 1980s, Dual Champions became a common plot line in major North American promotions, particularly in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In some cases, the wrestler inherited two title belts at the same time; in other cases, they had to win them separately or even unify them!
In theory, a Dual Champion signifies that someone is better than the best; than in addition to becoming one of the best in the business, they took on additional challenges and came through with flying colors. Sure, some of them only held a second championship for a few minutes before the title was officially unified. But some of them carried multiple belts for months throughout different promotions!
In counting down the Top 50 Dual Champions, we looked at the following criteria:
How impressive was their title win?
How impressive were their subsequent championship reigns?
How important was the Dual Champion to their respective promotion?
Did the wrestler accomplish anything historic, or was it just used as a prop in a storyline?
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At SummerSlam 2010, Melina defeated Alicia Fox to capture the Divas Championship. Shortly thereafter, she was challenged by WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool to a match at Night Of The Champions. After defeating McCool at the PPV, Melina was able to unify both championship belts.
The Dudley Boyz (2001)
The Young Bucks are one of the busiest tag teams on the global indepedent scene, and have the championship gold to show for it. In 2014, Matt and Nick Jackson held the Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Ring of Honor and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles at the same time - an amazing feat they replicated this year!