Logan Paul will face Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel this weekend, looking to become the undisputed WWE Universal Champion in his third professional wrestling match.
While it may seem highly unlikely, it was certainly an absolute shocker and a world title win and a moment that will live long in the memory – for better or worse depending on the viewer. A Sami Zayn or Cody Rhodes win next year would also be seismic.
Over the years, many iconic world title wins have been held for reasons related to emotion, significance or general shock value. or a mixture of the three.
Keeping this in mind, GiveMeSport WWE takes you through the 15 best world title wins in history…
But before a few honorable mentions didn’t make the cut due to the nature of their wins:
Big E – Cashed in his Money in the Bank to win the WWE Title from an injured Bobby Lashley. This was not typical of the popular babyface and his reign was poorly booked.
Stone is rock – Won his first WWE Championship at Survivor Series 1998 over a copycat of Montreal Screwjob a year earlier. His wins as a fan favorite were more memorable.
Chris Jericho – The first Undisputed Champion in wrestling history, Y2J defeated The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night. The intervention, though ridiculous, fell short.
15. Dolph Ziggler – Raw 2013
The night after WrestleMania 29, with World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio lying injured in the ring, Ziggler’s music led to massive applause. He cashed in his money in the bank to capture the title and soon turned face thanks to fan support before, during and after his successful heist.
14. Shawn Michaels – Survivor Series 2002
Shawn Michaels didn’t wrestle for four years before he made a shock return to the ring to face former friend Triple H at SummerSlam. Just three months later, he captured The Game’s World Heavyweight Title at the inaugural Elimination Chamber. Five years after the Montreal screwjob, this represents more than just a title win for HBK.
13. Jeff Hardy – Armageddon 2008
Another man who wrestled with monsters and for titles, Jeff finally reached the top of the mountain in WWE when he defeated Triple H and Edge in a triple threat match to win the WWE Title. It was an iconic moment for a longtime fan favorite.
12. Rob Van Dam – ECW One Night Stand 2006
RVD indicated his intention to cash in his Money in the Bank contract for John Cena’s WWE Championship in his backyard – an ECW one night stand at the Hammerstein Ballroom. With the support of the entire crowd and with the help of Edge and a pin count by Paul Heyman, Van Dam won his first world title and ushered in a new era of ECW.
11. Rey Mysterio – WrestleMania 22 (2006)
A hugely emotional title pursuit and success following Eddie Guerrero’s death in November 2005. Rey was booked to win the Royal Rumble and then defeated Kurt Angle and Randy Orton to become the youngest ever World Heavyweight Champion. The ultimate underdog and a good moment for all.
10. Brock Lesnar – Summerslam 2002
The first of four title wins signaled the dawn of a new era in WWE two years before Lesnar’s departure. He became the youngest WWE Champion by defeating The Rock in the main event, culminating a spectacular six-month rise to the top of the company.
9. John Cena – WrestleMania 21 (2005)
When Lesnar left, WWE needed new blood. This came in the shape of Randy Orton, Batista and most notably John Cena. Cena defeated JBL for his first WWE title, followed by 15 more after “The Champ” became “The Man” in WWE for the next decade.
8. Hulk Hogan – Madison Square Garden 1984
Hulkamania officially ran in the most famous arena in the world in January 1984 when Hogan defeated The Iron Sheik for his first WWE title. His reign lasted four years and took the WWE to heights it had never seen before.
7. Stone Cold Steve Austin – WrestleMania 14 (1998)
Some might say that the Austin Era and the Attitude Era began in the Mania main event when Stone Cold defeated Shawn Michaels for his first WWE Championship. The tide soon began to turn in the Monday night battle.
6. Kofi Kingston – WrestleMania 35 (2019)
Kofimania went into overdrive in early 2019 with more support for the popular superstar and what fans felt was a deserved WWE title run. He became the first African-born WWE Champion when he defeated Daniel Bryan.
5. Seth Rollins – WrestleMania 31 (2015)
Best money in the bank and “the heist of the century” to quote Michael Cole. Rollins became the WWE Champion with a mid-match cash-in on champion Brock Lesnar and challenger Roman Reigns. It is unlikely to be topped.
4. CM Punk – Money in the Bank 2011
The summer of 2011 was CM Punk’s breakout WWE megastar, with the pipe bomb becoming one of the most famous moments in modern history. He promised to leave the company with the WWE Title at Money in the Bank and did so by defeating John Cena in the main event. He then blew Vince McMahon a kiss goodbye in what was and still is a symbolic moment.
3. Eddie Guerrero – No Way Out 2004
Look up “beloved WWE Superstar” in the dictionary and Eddie Guerrero’s picture should really be next to it. Eddie overcame personal demons to become the unlikely WWE Champion, defeating Brock Lesnar in the process. He died just 18 months later, but his legacy lives on.
2. Mankind – Raw 1999
Night WWE won the Monday Night War. The WCW commentator gave the results of the taped episode of Raw, telling them that Mick Foley was winning the WWE Title. A reported 600,000 fans tuned in to see one of wrestling’s greats win big with the help of Stone Cold and DX. WWE didn’t lose another week in the ratings.
1. Daniel Bryan – WrestleMania 30 (2014)
what else A great example of both the power of fans and the connection between the superstar and the audience. Bryan was branded a “B+ player” both on-screen and possibly off-screen, but the “Yes Movement” forced him into a Randy Orton-Batista Undisputed WWE Title match. He won the belts by tapping The Animal. The scenes that followed are unparalleled in recent times.