The Greatest One-Hit Wonders To Hold the WWE Championship
There have been the Ric Flairs, Hulk Hogans, Triple Hs, The Rocks, Bret Harts, Edges, Stone Cold Steve Austins, and the John Cenas who have held the WWE Championship numerous times over the past years.
However, some of the greatest superstars of all-time, believe or not, have only held the WWE Championship belt around their waist once.
I am here to list some of those greatest "One Hit Wonders," past and present, who have each only won WWE Championship gold once in their entire careers. This list does not include past WCW, World, or ECW Heavyweight Champions.
Rob Van Dam
"The Whole F'N Show" became WWE Champion after beating John Cena at ECW One Night Stand in 2006.
After retaining his WWE Championship a month later at Vengeance in 2006 against Edge, RVD would lose the WWE Championship a few weeks later in a Triple Threat Match to Edge.
Rob Van Dam will most likely go down in history being the the most extremest WWE Champion of all time.
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
After indulging in a bloody massacre, J.B.L. defeated the late great Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship in Texas Bull Rope Match at the Great American Bash in 2004.
After holding on to the WWE Title for ten months, John "Bradshaw" Layfield lost the WWE Championship to John Cena at WrestleMania 21.
"Superstar" Billy Graham
"Superstar" Billy Graham became the WWF Champion after defeating Bruno Sammartino in April of 1977 in Baltimore, MD.
After holding the WWF Title for nearly a year, Graham was defeated for the title by Bob Backlund in New York City on Feb. 20, 1978.
The Ultimate Warrior
The Ultimate Warrior did something that nobody else could do in five previous WrestleManias: He defeated Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI in the Ultimate Challenge to capture his first and only WWF Championship.
The Warrior would hold the WWF Title for 10 long months, until he lost it to Sgt. Slaughter at the Royal Rumble in 1991.
At Armageddon in 2008, Jeff Hardy did the unthinkable when he won the WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match against "The Game," Triple H, and "The Rated R Superstar," Edge.
However, it would be a short WWE Title reign for the "Unique Enigma." A month later at the Royal Rumble in a No Disqualification Match, Jeff's older brother Matt cost Jeff the WWE Title to Edge.
Jeff, however, got revenge on his brother Matt at Backlash in an "I Quit" match.
At Madison Square Garden in 1994, "Big Daddy Cool" Kevin Nash, a.k.a. "Diesel," defeated then WWF Champion, Bob Backlund, for the WWE Championship in eight seconds. Diesel lost the WWF Title a year later to Bret "Hit-Man" Hart at the Survivor Series in 1995.
Kevin Nash later beat the undefeated 173-0 Bill Goldberg at WCW's Starrcade in 1998 for the WCW Heavyweight Championship. But WWE Championship-wise, Nash is still only a One-Hit Wonder. Nash's WWF Title reign nonetheless lands at No. 9 of the longest WWE Title Runs in the 45-plus-year history of the WWE Championship, at 358 days.
At the King of the Ring in 1998, Kane defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin in a First Blood Match for the WWF Championship with help from his brother the Undertaker and a steel chair. Kane, however, was only WWF Champion until the next night on Raw, when Stone Cold Steve Austin regained the WWF Championship in a rematch with Kane.
In December, 2001, at Vengeance, Chris Jericho became the very first WWF Undisputed Champion after defeating both Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night.
Chris Jericho first defeated The Rock for the World Heavyweight Championship then took down Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Championship to become the first Undisputed Champion.
Chris Jericho lost both the WWF Championship and World's Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania X8 to Triple H in Toronto, Canada.
Eddie Guerrero won the WWE Championship at No Way Out in 2004 after defeating Brock Lesnar.
After defending the WWE Title against the likes of Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX, Rey Mysterio from Smackdown in April of 2004, and J.B.L. at Judgment Day, Eddie would finally lose the WWE Title to J.B.L. in July of 2004 at the Great American Bash in a Texas Bull Rope Match.
Eddie Guerrero will go in history as one of the greatest and most deserving WWE Champions of all-time. Even though he was only a one time WWE Champion.
Viva La Raza! RIP Eddie!