The WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), is the premier United States professional organization and most likely in the entire world, since its Superstars are globally recognizable.
As of 2017, the WWE was broadcasting over 250 hours of weekly LIVE professional wrestling programs and more than one dozen live pay per view style events annually.
The WWE has been an organized operation since 1963 when they broke away from the NWA and formed the World Wide Wrestling Federation. With more than 50 years of wrestling, there have been some records set along the way highly unlikely to ever be broken.
We had a former professional wrestler analyze the WWE happenings dating back to the first time that ringside bell ever rang. We enlisted the assistance of a man who was trained by the original Nature Boy and very first WWE World Champion, Buddy Rogers, and performed for many years as Buddy’s grandson. Based on his findings and expert opinion, we have compiled this list (in no particular order) of 15 WWE records that are likely NEVER to be broken.
15. He’s Cool…He’s Cocky…He’s B..B..B..Bad
The Honky Tonk Man was an unlikely Intercontinental Champion when he defeated Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat on June 2, 1987. This was just two months after Steamboat won the title from “Macho Man” Randy Savage at WrestleMania III. This was a time when I-C title reigns were around a year each, give or take, a month or so. Steamboat’s reign was considered short for that period. Originally “The Natural” Butch Reed was supposed to win the championship that day but missed the show. Based on a suggestion from Hulk Hogan, Vince McMahon put the title on Honky. Honky generated such heat that he kept the belt for over a year. Honky Tonk Man’s entire reign lasted 454 days before he finally lost the Championship to the Ultimate Warrior at the first Summer Slam event. While this record is reasonably achievable, it is not probability based on the length of title reigns these days. The I-C Title used to change hands once…maybe even twice a year back then. Today, you may have as many as a dozen champions in one year.
14. The Living Legend Bruno Sammartino’s First WWE Championship
While Honky Tonk Man’s record could be broken one day, this one will stand forever. Bruno Sammartino became the second ever WWE Champion when he defeated Buddy Rogers at Madison Square Garden in 1963. Bruno held the title for over 7.5 years before Ivan Koloff bested him for the belt in 1971. It would be safe to assume that no wrestler will ever hold the WWE Championship for as long as Bruno did. There are many more matches today which leaves more room for injuries. There is more money involved today which leaves more room for contract disputes. Those two factors alone will make it nearly impossible to top this record. Bruno held the belt a second time for over three years, for a combined decade. Other long title reigns unlikely to be beaten were Bob Backlund’s five-year reign and Hulk Hogan’s four-year tenure as champion.
13. Give Him A 5 Count
At the very first WrestleMania, King Kong Bundy made short work of S.D. Jones with the official time of nine seconds, making it the quickest WrestleMania match ever. However, this record is disputable since the actual time differs from what the WWE claims it to be. If you timed the bout from opening bell to closing bell when the pinfall was made, the match lasted 23-24 seconds. There were other matches which were shorter. Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero at WrestleMania 24 in 11 seconds. The Hart Foundation toppled the Bolsheviks in 19 seconds at WrestleMania VI. Rey Mysterio won the Intercontinental Title from JBL at WrestleMania 25 in 21 seconds. Hulk Hogan won the WWE Championship from Yokozuna in 22 seconds at WrestleMania IV. However, the WWE still says Bundy and S.D. Jones was the shortest Mania match ever.
12. Sheamus World Title Victory
Sheamus defeated Daniel Bryan for the retired World Heavyweight Championship in 18 seconds at WrestleMania 28. There were shorter contests, but this is the shortest World Heavyweight Championship bout at a WrestleMania. World Title Matches are usually held later on in the event due to their significance and the prestige of the championship. This bout took place early on in the event, and it was so short because Bryan was injured at the time and not capable of wrestling a longer match. Rather than give up the title and create a situation before a big event like WrestleMania, Bryan did the time-honored tradition of putting the next guy over.
11. New Day Rocks…New Day Rocks
This record was broken recently, at the end of 2016. The New Day held the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship for a total of 483 days. This is the same tag team championship that can be traced back to the belts held by Demolition for 478 days. Demolition’s record was almost 30 years old when The New Day surpassed them. It’s no secret why New Day’s record ended right after they beat Demolition’s record. Demolition was a tag team that Vince McMahon created to compete with the popularity of the Road Warriors before he signed them to the WWE. Demolition was involved in legal action against the WWE years later. Vince decided to destroy the legacy of his creation and have another team erase Demolition’s accomplishment from the record books.
10. He Just Made The List
Chris Jericho is the famous pro wrestler who calls people stupid idiots and carries a list of individuals who cross him. Jericho made our list of records that are never likely to be beaten for his record-setting nine Intercontinental Championship reigns. The closest people to breaking this record are Rob Van Dam and Jeff Jarrett, both of whom are way past their primes. Additionally, Jarrett will probably never work for the WWE again after the disputes he had with Vince McMahon, including holding him up for more money to lose the I-C Title to Chyna, a woman. The Miz has held the belt six times just like Van Dam and Jarrett, so he has a good chance of beating this record since he has at least another good ten years ahead of him in the WWE, barring serious injury of course.
9. The Biggest Was The Shortest
The 500-plus-pound, 7’4” Andre the Giant ended Hulk Hogan’s 4-year title reign, live on network TV in 1988. However, as soon as he won the WWE Championship, he sold it to the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. WWE President, Jack Tunney, declared the championship to be vacant since Andre the Giant officially relinquished the championship publicly. Tunney made it clear that you can only become WWE Champion by pinfall or submission. DiBiase’s purchase of the belt was not validated or recognized by the WWE. Tunney announced the vacancy would be filled at WrestleMania IV with a one-night tournament to crown a new champion. Yokozuna did lose the belt in 21 seconds after winning it from Bret Hart, but there was the time in between for Hogan to get in the ring, help Hart, and challenge Yokozuna. Andre was WWE Champion for a total of 1 minute and 48 seconds.
8. He Just Made The List…AGAIN!
Chris Jericho is back. As of 2017, he has participated in 10 annual Royal Rumble matches. He spent just over one hour in the event. This is not his record, though. He currently holds the fifth place on the list of the six wrestlers who have spent the longest time in one Rumble, all over one hour each. Jericho’s record is for his total cumulative time spent in all the Rumble matches he has ever appeared in. Jericho’s total time is just under five hours, and he is one hour ahead of second place holder, Triple H.
7. Because Stone Cold Said So
The episode of Monday Night Raw on June 28, 1999, drew the highest rated WWE segment of all time when Stone Cold defeated The Undertaker for the WWE Championship one night after the King of the Ring pay per view. This segment reportedly had 10.72 million viewers and drew a 9.5 Nielsen Ratings share. The overall show was reported at drawing an 8.1. This was by far the most successful Raw segment ever broadcast. Considering we can now download DVR Raw or watch it on demand at a later time, it is unlikely this record will ever be taken down. John Cena and Randy Orton have the best chance of tying this record as both have two Rumble wins under their belt.
6. Fabulous Moolah
The Fabulous Moolah’s Women’s Championship title reign is clouded in some doubt, but the WWE record books show it lasting almost 28 years, or 10,170 days. Many pro wrestling careers don’t last that long, much less a single title reign. Moolah did lose the title a few times along the way, but the WWE does not recognize the championship changes for one reason or another. However, the first time she ever lost the belt was ten years into her reign. This is a record by itself and longer than Bruno Sammartino’s WWE Championship title reign. Moolah’s title reign from 1956 to 1984 will likely last for all time.
5. WrestleMania 28
WrestleMania 28 took place in Miami, Florida at Sun Life Stadium, in front of a live audience of 78,363 WWE fans. However, the real record is that there was more than 1,250,000 pay per view buys for the event featuring John Cena vs. The Rock as its main event. The reason why this record will never be broken is that pay per view is an endangered species within the WWE Universe. Since the launch of the WWE Network, fans can now subscribe to thousands of hours of WWE programming that includes their monthly pay per view events. Right now, the cost for it is under $10. There are not many fans left who are not wise to this and still willing to pay $49.99 for one single event on pay per view. Because of this, it is unlikely that WWE pay per views will ever experience this many buys in the future.
4. Stone Cold Said So…AGAIN!
Chris Jericho isn’t the only one on this list more than once. Steve Austin has won the Royal Rumble match a record-setting three times in 1997, 1998, and 2001. Others have won the match twice. Based on the fact that the winner gets the main event at WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble has become a tool to elevate WWE performers to a higher level. Of the others who have won the Rumble twice, none are currently active. Hulk Hogan was one of the wrestlers who won the Rumble twice. Even if Hogan does mend ways with the WWE, as we suspect will one day happen, he is not physically capable of performing in the Royal Rumble.
3. Longest & Shortest Royal Rumble Times
Rey Mysterio holds the record for the longest time spent in one single Royal Rumble match for his performance in the 2006 extravaganza. Rey was one of the first two entrants in the ring and the last man standing as he was victorious that year. Mysterio spent a total of 1:02:12, beating the previous record by less than one minute, held by Chris Benoit from his 2004 appearance and win. This record could conceivably be beaten one day but will be difficult because the match lasts about that long. If anyone were to break this one, they would need to be among the first two entrants like Rey. The shortest record, however, cannot be broken, it could only be tied. In 2009, Santino Marella was eliminated one second after he entered the ring.
2. Kane’s Royal Rumble Records
Kane has eliminated 44 wrestlers combined over the course of his 19 Royal Rumble appearances. Roman Reigns, who is in the early stages of his career, has eliminated 26 wrestlers in only 4 Rumbles. He may beat this one just as he beat Kane’s previous record of eliminations in one Rumble. Kane dumped 11 guys in 2001 and Reigns ousted 12 in 2014. One Royal Rumble that will surely not be broken is Kane’s appearance in 19 Royal Rumbles, as we have stated earlier. The closest active wrestlers to that mark are Big Show with 12 and Goldust with 11. It is unlikely that Dust will be around for eight more Rumbles or for Show to be in seven more.
1. Rest In Peace
The Undertaker just called it quits after his WrestleMania loss to Roman Reigns. He may have ended things by passing the torch, but that’s what one is supposed to do. Undertaker may have walked away losing his last match, but he went out on top. The Dead Man had a WrestleMania record of 21-0 before Brock Lesnar ended it at Mania 31. Undertaker rebounded the following year by defeating Bray Wyatt but ended things with a 22-2 WrestleMania record due to Taker’s loss to Reigns. This will surely never be beaten, as McMahon would never allow it and may include provisions in his will to guarantee that.