A few years ago, CM Punk claimed to be the Best In The World, punctuated by an impressive 434-day reign as WWE Champion. But is he truly the best?
The best World Champions throughout history often got to the mountain top more than once, helping cement their ultimate legacy. Therefore, it make sense to combine all of their World Title reigns.
Which leads us to this experiment, which we don't believe has ever been quite done before.
In selecting the Top 50 Longest-Reigning World Champions, Canadian Bulldog's World poured through the records of more than 200 recognized World Champions (men and women) in the following promotions:
WWWF/WWF/WWE (1963 - present, although the Women's Championship was established in 1956)
TNA/Impact Wrestling (2002 - present)
ROH (2002 - present)
NWA/WCW (1948 - 2001, excluding the NWA Title beginning in 1993 when the company split from WCW)
AWA (1960 - 1990)
ECW (1992 - 2001 and 2006 - 2001)
From there, we combined the number of days for EVERY World Title reign each wrestler had, whether they were in the same promotion or not. Note that the calculations go up until June 30, 2018 -- three people on this list are currently World Champions, so the final figures are likely to fluctuate.
Ready? Here we go!
WWE Hall of Famer Edge called himself The Ultimate Opportunist, using precarious situations to make himself WWE and World Champion 11 times between 2006, when he cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase, and 2011, when he retired. Combined, Edge was World Champion for 548 days.