Dating back to Jan. 1, 1975, the United States title has been a recognized midcard title in the NWA, WCW and WWE. It has groomed many to become world champions, revived plenty of careers and given a plethora of wrestlers their pinnacle moment.
From 1975 to 1988, the U.S. Championship was defended in the NWA. This is where it significantly gained prestige, being the legitimate No. 2 championship. Whoever held the title was—or was becoming—a worthy contender for the world title.
When NWA became WCW, it was still an important championship, acquired by many names who not only became world champions but forever cemented themselves in the main event picture.
WWE purchased WCW in 2001. Although the title defenses lasted only eight months before it was unified with the Intercontinental Championship, it resurfaced in 2003 when then-GM Stephanie McMahon decided to make the title the midcard championship for SmackDown. Since then, it has had its high and lows but has helped many careers along the way.
Altogether, the U.S. title has been held by a total of 78 Superstars. In that bunch, there are 10 that stand out as the very best. Key components are length and quantity of title runs, as well as meaningfulness of the title during the wrestler's reign as champion.
Here are the best of the best.