Over Before They Started: 10 of the Quickest Matches in WWE History
A few weeks ago, the WWE Universe was stunned when Sheamus finished off the love-struck Daniel Bryan with a Brogue Kick, stealing the World Heavyweight Championship from the Yes Man in under 20 seconds.
But where does that match rank in history? Here are 10 of the quickest matches in WWE history!
10. King Kong Bundy Def. Special Delivery Jones—23 Seconds
This match is regularly referred to as an eight-second victory for the massive King Kong Bundy.
However, the video clearly shows that the match lasts around 23 or 24 seconds.
It might not be the most accurately remembered match, but it was definitely over before SD Jones could deliver anything.
9. Hulk Hogan Def. Yokozuna—22 Seconds
Bret Hart lost his title to Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX, and his buddy Hulk Hogan came down to help him out after Mr. Fuji threw salt in the Canadian's eyes.
Sadly, he wasn't wearing his awesome sunglasses.
Then Mr. Fuji and Yokozuna offered Hogan a chance at the title, and 22 seconds later, he was the new champion.
8. Rey Mysterio Def. JBL—20 Seconds
JBL wasn't playing nice at WrestleMania 25.
He attacked Rey Mysterio before the bell even rang, a decision that would help JBL find his name on this list. After the referee finally started the match, it took Mysterio around 20 seconds to beat JBL.
It was a three-step takedown that started with an enzuigiri, continued with a 619, and finished with the West Coast Pop.
7. Sheamus Def. Daniel Bryan—18 Seconds
This is the most recent entry on the list: the now-infamous kiss that buried Daniel Bryan.
Daniel Bryan made the mistake of going in for two kisses. One kiss was with girlfriend AJ. The second was with the bottom of Sheamus' boot.
Sheamus got the win—in just 18 seconds—to take the title.
6. Kofi Kingston Def. The Brian Kendrick—11 Seconds
The Brian Kendrick was obviously a bit upset with Jerry Lawler.
Maybe if he had focused a little more on Kofi Kingston's feet and a little less on The King, he wouldn't have found his way onto this list.
5. Sheamus Def. Zack Ryder—10 Seconds
Zack Ryder was in his best form before he fell to the same attack that ended Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania before it even began.
This time Sheamus did it eight seconds faster!
4. Kane Def. Chavo—Nine Seconds
The Big Red Monster wasted no time beating Chavo Guerrero.
Kane set a WrestleMania record with his nine seconds of domination.
3. Diesel Def. Bob Backlund—Eight Seconds
Diesel was going full speed ahead in 1994 when it took him just eight seconds to beat Bob Backlund.
All he needed was a Jackknife Powerbomb, and it was over.
2. The Rock Def. Big Boss Man—Five Seconds
The Rock is one of the most decorated superstars the WWE has ever seen. He's done it all and electrified millions of fans in the process.
He even beat Big Boss Man in five seconds.
This match is commonly referred to as the quickest match in WWE history, but Chris Jericho and Jerry Lawler have something to say about that....
1. Chris Jericho and Jerry Lawler Def. Tazz and Naked Mideon—Three Seconds
Even though Tazz has moved on to TNA, he probably still remembers this fateful night.
He was given Naked Mideon as a surprise teammate. Then he got rolled up by Jerry Lawler while the bell was still ringing. It is the quickest lost in WWE history.
On the bright side, at least he has a record.
All Right, Let's Hear It
How did I do?
Before commenting that my timing was off, know that I watched the videos and estimated the times to the best of my abilities, and I think I got pretty close. Also, I didn't include the hundreds of matches that ended in less than five seconds because of DQ or other shenanigans.
Now, fire away! Hopefully you enjoyed this list. Feel free to put links of other hilariously short matches in the comments.
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