"Because sure, you beat legends. You beat Stone Cold and you beat Rock on the same night 10 years ago and that made you the WWE Champion. But you were never really the man like how I'm the man, were you?" - CM Punk to Chris Jericho on Monday Night Raw
Wow, those are pretty harsh words coming from Punk.
We know it was just part of a promo, just a way to add fuel to the fire in his mic battle that night with Chris Jericho.
But it does point out one thing that is very interesting to me—just because you are the champ doesn't necessarily mean you are "the man."
It is very ironic, because some would say that about CM Punk now.
He is carrying the WWE Championship, but most still see John Cena as the main guy in the company. Still, he is right about his position when it comes to Jericho. Even though he has held the WWE Championship a few times, he was never really branded as "the guy."
That's not to say he wasn't deserving.
Jericho is one of the best workers, most charismatic and most over wrestlers in the business. But when it comes to him and other wrestlers for that matter, sometimes in wrestling, it's just not your time to get that kind of a run.
Maybe they were injury-prone.
Maybe they had a lot of heat from the crowd for a short time before it died down.
Maybe there was a guy in the company that was more popular than them.
Whatever the case, some wrestlers' time at the top just isn't meant to be for the long haul.
So that got me thinking about other wrestlers that deserved longer, solidified runs at the top as champ who never got the chance.
I would like to discuss some of them with you.
With that I present to you, 10 underutilized WWE champions.