WWE is a business that is built on records and statistics. Some of their biggest stars in the world have become main event level talents because they have won and lost numerous Championships throughout their careers. While many records in WWE are there to be broken, the company has to make the decision as to whether or not certain records should be broken by current individuals that they have under contract.
There have been a number of times over the past few decades when WWE has definitely made a mistake by having current members of their roster break records that have remained untouched for a number of years. It seems that the WWE follows this kind of formula when trying to make the WWE Universe accept the stars that they want to be the faces of the company in the coming years, but it has become less and less effective the more times that WWE has decided to do it over the past few years.
There are a number of WWE records that should definitely never have been broken by current WWE stars. There are also a number of records that WWE will find it hard to be able to break in the next few years, which means that they could actually remain records in the company in the years to come. The following list looks at eight records that WWE should have broken and seven that the company will definitely find it hard to break.
15. Shouldn’t Have: Ric Flair’s 16-time World Championship Record
Ric Flair has always been the measuring stick that many current WWE stars are put up against throughout their career, but it seemed as though there was never a star that would ever be able to equal Ric’s record. That was until earlier this year when John Cena became a 16-time World Champion when he defeated AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at The Royal Rumble.
Flair’s record had been the one to beat for so long that it’s hard to accept the fact that Cena could now overtake the only two-time Hall of Famer in WWE history, since the former Champion is still considered to be an active wrestler and could make his return to WWE in 2018 to get back in the title race. Triple H is also a 14-time World Champion, which means that even The Game could reach Flair’s record in the near future as well.
14. Never Will Be: Undertaker’s Undefeated WrestleMania Streak
The Undertaker is seen as one of the biggest legends in WWE history. After a career that has spanned almost three decades, it seems that Undertaker could finally be thinking about hanging up his wrestling boots. Despite this, Undertaker will still walk away with a 21-year undefeated record at WrestleMania.
The former World Champion began this lengthy streak on his birthday back at WrestleMania VII and wasn’t defeated on the grandest stage of them all for more than two decades. It’s highly unlikely that WWE will ever have a superstar who will be able to recreate the career of The Deadman, let alone be able to have a career at the highest level for more than two decades, which means that while every other record Undertaker holds could be wiped out of the history books in the coming years, his WrestleMania streak is one that will always remain one of his most iconic.
13. Shouldn’t Have: Longest Reigning Tag Team Championship Record
Demolition held the longest reigning Tag Team Championship record for almost three decades before The New Day managed to break their record last year. The duo held the titles for 478 days before they were defeated by The Brain Busters back in 1989. If any team were going to take a record like this, it should have been one just as dominant.
Demolition was suing WWE during their concussion lawsuit last year, which could be one of the main reasons why the company decided to take them out of the record books. The New Day hasn’t had a great 2017 and the fact that they recently lost to The Shield at Survivor Series in a match that would have seen them crowned the best trio in WWE currently makes it seem as though WWE might not have as much invested as this team as fans first thought.
12. Never Will Be: CM Punk’s WWE Championship Reign
CM Punk was one of the greatest WWE superstars on the roster when he became the longest reigning WWE Champion of the modern era back in 2012. Punk’s reign latest 434 days before he was defeated by The Rock at The Royal Rumble, but it’s a record that has remained untouched over the past five years.
WWE wanted Roman Reigns to break the record last years before he violated the WWE Wellness Policy. Since then the brand split has come back into effect which sees a Champion on each brand and the roster are considered to be much smaller than they once were. Now that SmackDown is streamed live and the WWE Championship is their main title, it seems highly unlikely that WWE will ever allow another star to hold the title for more than a year now that 50/50 booking has taken over the main roster.
11. Shouldn’t Have: Aja Kong’s Elimination Record At Survivor Series
Aja Kong’s elimination record at Survivor Series managed to remain in the history books for almost two decades before WWE thought it was time to make Roman Reigns look like an absolute beast back in 2013. Aja set the record back in 1995 when he managed to eliminate four men in a single elimination match at the event, something that was equalled by Reigns 18 years later.
Reigns was part of The Shield at the time and WWE was trying to push him as the next big thing in the company, something that they decided to calm down on after he broke a number of records in his first few years. No WWE star in history has ever managed to eliminate an entire team at Survivor Series yet, which will probably be something WWE is saving for Roman when they are ready for him to become the face of the company.
10. Never Will Be: Shortest WWE Championship Reign
Incredibly, the record for the shortest WWE Championship reign is held by one of WWE’s biggest stars. The record is currently still held by Andre The Giant who won the Championship under controversial circumstances back in February 1988.
After Andre defeated Hulk Hogan, he handed the title back over Ted DiBiase and this was then ruled as The Giant vacating the Championship. His reign was recorded as lasting just one minute and 48 seconds. Over the past three decades, even in the darkest years for professional wrestling, this record was never broken. The company is finally in a position where they are taking their Champions seriously and the wrestling is the best it has been for a long time, which means that hopefully, this is a record that will continue to find a place in the record books for years to come.
9. Shouldn’t Have: AJ Lee’s Divas Championship Reign
AJ Lee set the record as the longest reigning Divas Champion in WWE history back in 2014, something that the WWE Universe thought that the former Independent wrestler deserved since at the time she had been one of the best women on the roster for more than three years.
After CM Punk left WWE back in January 2014, and AJ went on to marry the former star later that year, it seems that WWE took out a lot of frustration on his wife and one thing they decided to do was take her record away from her. Nikki Bella became the longest reigning Champion back in 2015 and after the title was retired at WrestleMania 32, it seems that her record will now never be broken. Nikki was never in WWE because of her wrestling ability and she definitely doesn’t deserve to hold a record of this kind considering her only Championship reign before the record-breaking one lasted for just six days.
8. Never Will Be: Shortest Time In A Royal Rumble Match
The Royal Rumble has been an annual event for more than three decades, which means the event itself has created a number of records of its own. While the record for the longest time in the match is always being rewritten, it seems that the one for the shortest can now never be broken.
Santino Marella entered the 2009 Royal Rumble at number 28 before he was quickly eliminated by Kane in just 1.9 seconds. This elimination managed to wipe Warlord’s record out of the history books by a tenth of a second and now it seems that Marella is destined to be in the history books forever. WWE actually had a hard time ensuring Marella took the record and wanted him to be eliminated in a shorter amount of time, but trying to make an elimination happen in less than a second could be verging on impossible on live TV.
7. Shouldn’t Have: Kane’s Royal Rumble Record
Kane has been seen as one of the most dominant wrestlers in the history of WWE for the past twenty years. In this time Kane has been able to amass a number of WWE records that he obviously deserved to pick up at the time. The problem here is that the company now thinks that the best way to get a superstar over as a beast is to allow them to break records.
Kane’s Royal Rumble elimination record was seemingly up for grabs back in 2014 when Roman stepped into his first Royal Rumble match. Roman managed to eliminate 12 men that night which eclipsed Kane’s record of 11 that he had set at the event back in 2001. The problem now is the fact that WWE has a much more dominant star in the form of Braun Strowman which means that they may have to allow The Monster Among Men to break some of Roman’s records moving forward.
6. Never Will Be: Youngest Women’s Champion
WWE has pushed their women’s division forward over the past few years, which has seen a number of much younger women brought into the company. Paige broke the record and became the youngest ever Divas Champion when she won the title back in 2014 when she was just 21 years old.
It was reported that WWE kept Paige down in developmental for much longer than she needed to be because they didn’t want her to make her debut until she was 21 years old. This means that it is highly unlikely that WWE will ever allow a female wrestler to debut when she is younger than 21, so this could be a record that is never beaten. Paige’s record has already stood for three years, while Aliyah and Liv Morgan were the only women who could have beaten it, but now both women are too old. Paige is also the only women to have held the Divas and the NXT Women’s Championship at the same time, something that will never be done again.
5. Shouldn’t Have: Brock Lesnar Becoming The Longest Reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion And Universal Champion
WWE has created a number of new Championships over the past few years. Back in 2013, the company unveiled the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after they decided to unify the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships. This was later changed in 2016 when the brand split came back into effect and The Universal Championship was introduced to the Raw roster.
Over the past few years, the most dominant superstar on either brand has been Brock Lesnar. The former UFC Champion has gained a lot of heat backstage for being a part-time superstar while he holds the Championship and it seems that WWE hasn’t helped matters by allowing him to make history. Lesnar holds the record as the longest reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion after his win over John Cena at SummerSlam 2014 wasn’t halted until WrestleMania 31, before he broke Kevin Owen’s Universal Championship record a few weeks ago, much to the disappointment of many of WWE’s hardcore supporters.
4. Never Will Be: Oldest WWE Champion
The WWE Championship has been one of the most consistent Championships in the background of the promotion over the past few decades. This means that over the past few years there have been a number of records that have been attached to the belt that have been created and broken.
Of course, it would have to be WWE Chairman Vince McMahon who currently holds the record as the oldest Champion in this history of the company, from when he won that Championship back in 1999 at the tender age of 54. McMahon could still be considered to be an active member of the WWE locker room almost two decades later at the age of 72, but it seems that right now Vince is the only man who can break his own record, since it is highly unlikely that he will let anyone else wipe his name out of the record books.
3. Shouldn’t Have: Jinder Mahal’s Record-Breaking Reign
The WWE Championship has had its own fair share of shocking champions over the past few decades, but when Jinder Mahal won the WWE Championship back at Backlash earlier this year, it could be argued that it was one of the most shocking wins of his career.
Jinder Mahal was pushed by WWE as the Champion which allowed him to hold the title for an incredible 170 days. This means that Jinder’s title reign was longer than WWE Hall of Famers and current top stars in the company including AJ Styles, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle, The Rock, Chris Jericho, Ric Flair, Edge, and Mankind. Many of the WWE Universe were shocked that WWE allowed this to continue since Jinder only managed to win one match on his own in that 170 days. The former Champion could still reclaim his Championship in the near future and go on another record-breaking run following Clash of Champions, which is definitely something to look forward to.
2. Never Will Be: Longest Women’s Championship Reign
The Women’s Division is being spotlighted in WWE right now, but it seems that regardless of what WWE does with their women’s roster in the coming years, they will never be able to cancel out the record that The Fabulous Moolah created back in 1956.
Moolah was the first woman recognized as the Women’s Champion and she is thought to have held the title from 1956 until 1984 when she was defeated by Wendi Richter at The Brawl To End It All. Moolah held the title for a shocking 10, 170 days when she was thought of as the only woman in the wrestling business at her standard when in fact she was doing everything she could behind the scenes to ensure that no woman was seen as her equal for almost three decades. Most women in WWE won’t have a career that lasts for three decades, so it’s pretty impossible for them to have a Women’s Championship reign lasting longer than their career.
1. Shouldn’t Have: Shortest WrestleMania Match
The Rock made an appearance back at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas where he was there to reveal the fact that the company had broken the attendance record at the AT&T Stadium. The Wyatt Family then targeted the WWE legend before an impromptu match got underway.
The Rock managed to defeat Erick Rowan in just six seconds to set a new record for the shortest WrestleMania match in WWE history. This was obviously just another ego trip for The People’s Champion, who was doing WWE a favour by being at the event. This match and win for The Rock knocked Kane out of the record books for his win over Chavo Guererro in 11 seconds for the ECW Championship at WrestleMania 24. If WWE didn’t recognize that as a WWE match because it was under the ECW banner, then the next shortest match in WrestleMania history was Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus from WrestleMania 28, a match that lasted 18 seconds. This match has had a negative effect on Erick Rowan’s career ever since, showing that WWE really didn’t think this through before they allowed him to be defeated in record time.
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