It is a well-known fact that the outcomes of professional wrestling matches are predetermined, but some people have confused what it means to win a title. Having your named etched in the history books has nothing to do with physically besting your opponent but it should have a lot to do with how good you are at what you do. The performer chosen to hold a particular belt is supposed to have a certain x-factor that makes the people in a position of power believe that their reign will put butts in seats.
For long-time fans, for that reason, the outcome of championship bouts is fairly predictable in many cases. When a long entrenched champ defends his prize against a newcomer in a throwaway match, it is pretty easy to assume what the outcome is going to be for instance. Every once in a while, however, the choice to change things up catches all of us fans by surprise.
15 Shawn Michaels defeats Bret Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
14 Sgt. Slaughter defeats The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
13 JBL defeats Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship
12 Chyna Defeats Jeff Jarrett for the WWF Intercontinental Championship
11 The Undertaker defeats Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
10 Jeff Hardy defeats Triple H for the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship
9 “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan defeats Kevin Nash for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
8 DDP defeats Ric Flair, Sting and Hollywood Hogan for Flair’s WCW World Heavyweight Championship
7 Edge defeats John Cena for the WWE Championship
6 Bob Backlund defeats Bret Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
5 Bret Hart defeats The Miz for the WWE United States Championship
4 Ivan Koloff defeats Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship
3 Tazz defeats Mike Awesome for ECW World Heavyweight Championship
2 Vince McMahon defeats Triple H for the WWF Championship
1 David Arquette defeats Eric Bischoff for DDP’s WCW World Heavyweight Championship
When Vince Russo gained creative control in WCW, it seemed like a genius move for the struggling company. He’d been the head writer of their more successful rival when they were breaking viewership records left and right. If only, they were able to streamline his idea as effectively as his former boss had, they may still be running today. A B-level celebrity, who looked like he couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper sack, winning the greatest symbol of excellence in WCW, may be his most infamous contribution to the company. A horrible idea, that degraded the esteem of a highly sought after accolade, the only thing Arquette’s win did manage to accomplish is to surprise the public more than any other title change.
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