1. Bruno Sammartino is the greatest WWE Champion of all time and one of the true greats of professional wrestling. In addition, one of the biggest draws in sports entertainment history. Bruno Sammartino was the dominant star for the WWE for over two decades (1960s and 1970s). He became a 2-time WWE World Champion. His first reign was for an amazing 7 years and 7 months, which is the longest single WWE Championship reign in men’s professional wrestling history. He had a second title reign of three and a half years, which is also impressive. Nicknamed “The Living Legend” and “The Italian Superman,” Bruno Sammartino will always be remembered as one of the most popular American wrestlers and champions. His résumé speaks for itself.
Hulk Hogan is a 6-time WWE Champion and one of the biggest names in his genre. When Hulk Hogan won his first WWE championship back in 1984, he not only put WWE on the map, but also was the dominant force behind taking professional wrestling into the mainstream. Hulk Hogan was the blueprint of a superhero in 1980s wrestling. In his first title reign, Hulk Hogan remained WWE Champion for four years, the third longest single WWE Championship reign in history. He sold out arenas many times and became the most recognizable professional wrestler on the planet.
John Cena is the face of the WWE Universe and its franchise player. He is a 15-time world champion, consisting of a record 12 reigns as WWE Champion/WWE World Heavyweight Champion and three reigns as World Heavyweight Champion. He has the fourth-highest number of combined days as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, behind WWE Hall of Famers Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, and Hulk Hogan. Considered as the “Hulk Hogan of this generation of the WWE, John Cena is the biggest and most recognizable wrestler in the business.
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the greatest characters produced by the WWE. He was not only the blueprint of the late 1990s/2000s ideal heel, but the catalyst for the “Attitude Era” in the WWE. A six-time WWE Champion, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin took the WWE to bigger heights than Hulk Hogan. His immense popularity helped catapult WWE to the top of the wrestling world in the late ’90s when the company was going through the legendary “Monday Night Wars” with WCW. He ushered in a new generation in sports entertainment and became an icon.
Triple H was not only one of the greatest wrestlers of his generation, but a 13-time WWE Champion. He has the second most reigns in history. He defeated all his peers and proved that he was one of the best to have ever competed in the ring. Triple H was a master in the ring and gave it his all. He set the bar high for the next generation of WWE superstars, and he is a future Hall of Famer. Triple H was “The Game” and he was that damn good!
By Shamarie Knight, 6th Jul 2014