11 Events That Have Damaged the WWE Championship Since the Attitude Era

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11 Events That Have Damaged the WWE Championship Since the Attitude Era

The WWE Championship was once the most important narrative element of WWE programming. It signified the titleholder as the main character on television at any given time, and attaining it was the ultimate goal for every character in the WWE Universe.

The title was power, a way of differentiating the leading men from the supporting cast. Such greats as Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and John Cena—all of whom served as the company's central character during their careers—have carried the WWE Championship throughout different eras. The title is indeed the most prestigious prize in all of professional wrestling throughout the world.

At least, it was.

Since 1999, the prestige of the WWE Championship has been severely diminished by several key events. This article chronicles 11 of these events, beginning around the time of former creative head Vince Russo's departure in 1999 until the present day.

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