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20 Greatest Wrestlers To Never Win the WWE World Championship

The list of the individuals who, at one point or another during their careers, held the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment World Championship would make for its own version of a

The list of the individuals who, at one point or another during their careers, held the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment World Championship would make for its own version of a professional wrestling Hall of Fame. Legendary figures such as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Bruno Sammartino, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and so many others who are viewed as all-time great WWE performers were given the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an active in-ring worker. You could even throw WWE Chairman Vince McMahon into the mix, although his title reign was rather forgettable.

But what of the men who were never given an opportunity to carry the ball and hold the WWE World Championship? That list is arguably just as impressive as is the directory of wrestlers who won that particular title. Performers such as Sting, Harley Race, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, “The Enforcer” Arn Anderson, “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and many others who helped shape pro wrestling during and even after their careers were never given chances to show that they could be the top wrestler worthy of working main events as the champion in WWE.

Not every talented wrestler mentioned in this piece is regarded as a “legend” of the industry, but that does not mean that the individuals who fall underneath that category could not, in an ideal scenario, have carried the WWE World Championship for even a brief amount of time. Some men, such as Scott Hall, have been their own worst enemies during their wrestling careers. Others, such as Owen Hart, were victims of tragic circumstances that could and should have been avoided. The younger Hart brother may not have broken ratings records with the WWE World Championship around his waste, but it is too bad that we'll never know what could have been.

20 William Regal 

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19 Magnum TA

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18 Jesse Ventura 

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17 Arn Anderson 

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16 Owen Hart 

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15 Jimmy Snuka 

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14 Bam Bam Bigelow 

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13 Scott Hall 

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12 Vader 

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11 Jerry “The King” Lawler 

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10 Ted DiBiase 

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9 Ricky Steamboat 

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8 Curt Hennig 

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7 Harley Race 

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6 Sting 

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5 Andre the Giant 

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4 Rick Rude 

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3 Jake Roberts 

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2 Roddy Piper 

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1 Dusty Rhodes 

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Diehard wrestling fans who were watching the WWF when Dusty Rhodes made his way to the company in the late 1980s probably remember that his character was treated like a joke. He was the “common man” who wore yellow polka-dotted outfits to the ring, and Rhodes was never given the respect that he received while working in the NWA/Jim Crockett Promotions. Rhodes would return to WCW in the early 1990s to serve as a commentator on television programs and pay-per-view events. He was eventually inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but that the company did not trust or want him to carry the world championship is, to this day, an insult.

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