Pro Wrestling's Almost Champions: 7 Unrecognized World Title Changes

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Pro Wrestling's Almost Champions: 7 Unrecognized World Title Changes
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For some wrestlers, championship glory was fleeting, the feel of gold on their fingers fading away before the next sunrise.

WWE is set to honor past champions as is tradition at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, but several men who won major titles won't appear on any of those video clips or even on an official list of champions.

Men like Bobo Brazil and Antonio Inoki defeated champions, but saw those victories erased from the history books.

The stories of unrecognized champions and unofficial title reigns are filled with matches held in Caribbean nations and feature Ric Flair and Bob Backlund's names several times over.

In addition to those on the following list, Ray Gonzalez and Carlos Colon pinned the NWA champ without officially earning the right to call themselves champion.  

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