The United States Championship has often been the Rodney Dangerfield of professional wrestling - it gets no respect.
Which is strange because when you think about it, the lineage of the championship (assuming you buy into WWE's lineage claim) goes back to 1975, making it the second-oldest active title in wrestling today. With the exception of a period between 2001 and 2003, the belt has been actively defended all this time.
In fact, 91 different wrestlers have held the U.S. Title, as the belt traveled from Mid-Atlantic to Jim Crockett Promotions to World Championship Wrestling to World Wrestling Entertainment. By comparison, WWE has had 79 Intercontinental Champions since the belt was introduced in 1979.
And yet, only when John Cena began elevating the belt in 2015 was the U.S. Title deemed a top secondary championship on WWE programming.
In selecting the Top 50 United States Champions, Canadian Bulldog's World looked at the following criteria:
Did the person have multiple reigns?
How long did they hold the championship for (combined or individual reigns)?
What was the quality of opponents and matches?
Was the champion visible on television and PPV?
Kalisto brought the surprise factor back to the United States Championship in 2016, transforming from a tag team competitor to a man who upset Alberto Del Rio for the gold, not once but twice.
1) Lex Luger
No wrestler has been as closely associated with the United States Championship than Lex Luger, who captured the belt five times between 1987 and 1998 and held the gold for an amazing combined 948 days! Luger took on all comers during his various reigns, including Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff, Stan Hansen, Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Dusty Rhodes and many others.
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