Andre The Giant
While Andre The Giant managed to do the seemingly impossible in 1988 - defeating Hulk Hogan to end his four-year WWF World Title run - the finish was bogus and involved an evil twin referee to count the pinfall. Plus, The Eighth Wonder of the World held the belt for about three minutes before surrendering it.
This is going to be a really controversial list.
For beginners, you may notice that the title is Top 50 WWE World Champions. Technically speaking, that championship was only established in December 2013, so there's no way that we could have seen 50 different champions in that time.
So for this week's Top 50 list, we are including any championship belt that signifies you are the company's top champion at any point in the 50 year-history of the WWWF, WWF or WWE. To be clear, we are including anyone who has captured one or more of the following titles:
WWWF World Heavyweight Championship
WWF World Heavyweight Championship
World Heavyweight Championship
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
So now that we have a list of champions, how are they ranked? Canadian Bulldog's World looked at how they performed WHILE wearing the championship; how long (or how many times) they captured the belt; the quality of competition that they faced and how they are remembered historically as champion. So even though, say, Ric Flair is considered the be-all and end-all in wrestling lore, his two WWF Championship reigns weren't exactly groundbreaking.
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!
Most people barely remember this, but The Great Khali was World Heavyweight Champion in the summer of 2007, winning a battle royale to win the vacant championship and defending it only a handful of times before dropping the championship to Batista in a Triple Threat Match that also included Rey Mysterio.
The Great Khali
Goldberg's World Heavyweight Title win in 2003 was one where it apparently signified change in WWE, particularly because he toppled the hated Triple H for the gold. His reign didn't last very long - only two months before dropping it back to Triple H in a triple threat match - but it was certainly memorable.
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Kane's first (and only) WWF World Championship reign in June 1998 lasted roughly 24 hours as he traded the strap back and forth with Stone Cold Steve Austin. However, Kane would win the World Championship in July 2010 and held it until December, holding back the challenges of Edge and The Undertaker.