Tito Santana as WWE World Champion? It's not as crazy an idea as you think. After all, he's a two-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time Tag Team Champion, veteran of eight WrestleManias and WWE Hall of Famer. In his day, he had the "underdog" vibe later used to market Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan.
This list isn't really the opposite of last week's Top 50 WWE World Champions. If anything, it's more of a companion piece.
You see, there have been tons of wrestlers that have competed for but never won the top prize in WWE (for the purposes of this and last week's list, we're considering the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship, the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, the WWE Championship, the World Championship and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship "the top prize").
In counting down the Top 50 Wrestlers That Have Never Been WWE World Champion, we looked at the following criteria. To qualify, wrestlers have had to:
Compete in WWWF/WWF/WWE for some time (probably a no-brainer, but just mentioning that).
Have a prominent role within the company during their time there.
Hold a prominent secondary championship, such as Intercontinental, United States, European or Hardcore.... OR win a prominent event such as the Royal Rumble or King of the Ring... OR main event a major card, PPV or television show.... OR challenge for the "top prize" at least once in their careers. Ideally more than one of those accomplishments to score higher on the list
Would all 50 picks be ideal World Championship material? Probably not, but the idea is to determine whether they could have made it to the top, given the right push and using their past experiences.
Whether you agree or disagree in any of the picks, make sure to have a say! Leave a comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #Top50
Ready? Here we go!
While Test never reached main event level, there's ample reason to believe he was at least given several opportunities. He held the Intercontinental, European, Hardcore and Tag Team Championships during his WWF run and was even paired up with Stephanie McMahon in storyline before Triple H stole her away.
A mainstay of the WWF for much of the 80's and 90's, Big Boss Man was a challenger to World Champions such as Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage and Stone Cold Steve Austin. While he held the Hardcore and Tag Team Championships, he never had had the top gold, although it wouldn't have been out of place.
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Considering his Kliq teammates Shawn Michaels, Diesel and Triple H have had successful runs at the top, it's not inconceivable to believe X-Pac would have never been considered for a run. Yes, he's much smaller than those men, but he also had runs with the Cruiserweight, European and Tag Team Championships.