Every wrestler’s goal is to win a championship. Superstars have often sacrificed blood, sweat, and tears to wear gold around their waists. Across the world, wrestlers want to be able to someday walk up to the ring with weight on them and feel that they’ve earned their rank and that their efforts were not in vein. Cameras flash and heads turn as superstars move with their championships. To these superstars, a championship is a badge of honor. They proudly hold it above their heads or swing it over their shoulders to the screams of adoring fans that shower them with respect.
These pieces of metal symbolize strength, success, valor, and most importantly, worth – most of the time. Other times, they come to mean absolutely nothing. They leave fans shaking their heads and asking, who signed off on this title? These less renowned championships pop up throughout history and some are remembered by only the most diehard wrestling fans. They range from the plain-old-stupid to the unnecessary.
Today, we are going to explore these championships. So, get ready to laugh, wonder, and shake your head. These are the 10 Most Worthless Titles in the History of Wrestling.
10 A Running Joke (WWE European Championship)
9 Let’s Forget About This One (WWE Light Heavyweight Championship)
This next one could have had a promising run. It was introduced in an 8-man tournament which ended with Taka Michinoku defeating Brian Christopher to claim the gold. Michinoku held the title for almost a year before losing to debuting Christian in ’97. The championship became a joke after Edge lost it to Gillburg, the parody wrestler who mocked WCW’s Goldberg.
8 Buried in Mystery, But Who Cares? (WWE Junior Heavyweight Title)
7 No Need For More Tag Belts (Intercontinental Tag Team Championship)
6 Girl Power? Maybe in Japan (WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship)
5 Girl Power? Maybe in Japan 2 (WCW Women’s Cruiserweight Champion)
4 The Not-So-Hardcore Belt (WCW Hardcore Championship)
With ECW peaking in popularity in the late 1990s, WCW also wanted to appeal to the waves of raging fans who screamed for blood, violence, and weapons. So, it introduced its own hardcore title. Some fans remember this one as the “falls count anywhere title,” because matches for it would begin backstage and end at the ring.
3 One For Our Neighbors in the North
2 You Have To Be Wasted To Enjoy This One (The TNA World Beer Drinking Championship)
1 Too Little Too Late (WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship)
This title floated around for a total 8 days before it went up in flames with the rest of WCW. In 2001, WCW tried to pump more excitement into its cruiserweight division by creating the WCW Cruiserweight Tag Team titles, which were awarded after a tournament spanning several weeks. However, WCW held that tournament with a fraction of what its cruiserweight division used to be. The likes of Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, and Eddie Guerrero had left WCW by then. Most of the matches didn’t seem to extend beyond five minutes. In the end, an unmasked Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman were defeated by Kid Romeo in a Ricky Martin gimmick and Elix Skipper. The tag team titles were defended on the last episode of Nitro, where they were dropped before WWF bought WCW.
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