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15 Former WWE World Champions Vince McMahon Wants You To Forget

There is no greater glory for a WWE superstar than the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The physical belt has changed a few times, it hasn’t always gone by the same name, and once it even split in

There is no greater glory for a WWE superstar than the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The physical belt has changed a few times, it hasn’t always gone by the same name, and once it even split in two, but the words “WWE World Champion” always meant the same thing—the wrestler who earned that title was the top wrestler on the planet. WWE doesn’t always treat their champions as their top stars, but they do treat it like the top goal, and any wrestler who gets to wear any version of that title around their waist should be proud of having achieved the top accomplishment of their career.

Of course, simply holding the WWE World Championship doesn’t necessarily make a wrestler a legend. There have been more than a few former champions who failed to set the world on fire while on top, and are retrospectively seen as an embarrassment to WWE. Certain other wrestlers chose to embarrass themselves outside of the ring years later, and WWE especially wishes they could be wiped from the official WWE title history. For the sake of our list, we’re considering both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship that existed from 2002 to 2013. Keep reading to find out which former champions to hold those titles Vince McMahon will do whatever he can to eventually erase from the wrestling universe.

15 Sgt. Slaughter

Via WWE

14 Psycho Sid

Via WWE

13 King Booker

Via WWE

12 Dolph Ziggler

Via WWE

11 Jeff Hardy

Via YouTube

10 Rob Van Dam

Via WWE

9 Vince McMahon

Via WWE

8 Antonio Inoki

Via WWE

7 Stan Stasiak

Via Pro Wrestling Illustrated

6 Ivan Koloff

Via WWE

5 Jack Swagger

Via WWE

4 The Great Khali

Via WWE

3 CM Punk

Via WWE

2 Hulk Hogan

Via WWE

1 Chris Benoit

Via WWE

The name Chris Benoit is an inerasable dark stain forever clouding many positive pieces of WWE history. The World Heavyweight Championship is no exception, as Benoit famously held the title in 2004 from WrestleMania XX to that year’s SummerSlam. Benoit’s journey to the championship took 18 years, and many of his fans were ecstatic when he finally reached wrestling’s peak position. More so than any other wrestler in history, Benoit threw away his legacy in one swift move only three years after holding the title when he murdered his wife and 7-year-old son. WWE has done everything they can to ensure Benoit will never again be mentioned on television or promoted in any way, and his time as World Champion is most certainly not exempt. Vince McMahon has made some shocking concessions in his day, and virtually any other wrestler on this list could one day be respected once again, but Benoit is one former champion the wrestling universe could do well to forget.

Sources: WWE

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