Heck, David Arquette and Vince Russo are former WCW champions. That's gotta make it even harder for some of these guys to take never holding what at one time was even more prestigious the WWF title.
I have chronicled the worst WWF champions of all-time and the greatest wrestlers to never win the WWF title so check that out, now let's chronicle some deserving guys who never got the big gold belt around their waist.
(Side Note: I did not include Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, and The Great Muta as they all held the title when it was considered the NWA World title.)
The WWE needs a team like Dr. Death and Terry Gordy again. They were just so dominant!
Dr. Death was a massive man. I remember when he and Gordy took out and injured the Steiners. Williams was always seen as a monster and could have easily been a dominant champion, a role that was later given to Vader.
Arn Anderson made my 10 greatest wrestlers of all-time in WCW list and it only makes sense he makes this list as well. He just can't be any higher than he is.
Anderson never was really a World champion caliber character. It wouldn't have worked as well as the others. Did he deserve to be champion? Was he one of the best to never win it? Both answers are yes.
Arn Anderson was always seen as a legit threat to any wrestler on the roster. I remember as a kid being scared of The Great Muta and thinking nobody could beat him, well, Arn Anderson did. When Arn won that match he forever became legitimate in my book.
If Arn would get a World title run I think it could have been hugely successful had he chased it off Ric Flair and then continued to feud with him over it. It worked with Windham, Luger, and Sting and it was wildly successful.
Some of you will hate that he isn't higher on the list, but the fact remains that Jericho was more of a comedy act in WCW.
He very well could have been a great WCW champion, that is why he is on the list, but he didn't put himself in a position while there to be much higher. Again, I am not creating this list based on name value alone.
Jericho had the perfect opportunity to be WCW champion when Goldberg was champion. Jericho was super over as a heel which didnt happen much.
I think WCW could have made a lot more money and created a huge star out of Jericho had the suprise victory to end Goldberg's streak gone to him instead of Nash.
I will always believe that streaks or hugely over wrestlers should lose their momentum to up and coming stars instead of established stars and it can't do much for someone already main eventing.
I remember his feud with Ric Flair. It was legendary. His attack on him is something I will always remember. Funk was so over as a heel that watching Flair chase the title off Funk would have been amazing.
I always felt that the build up given for Funk and Flair was so great then quickly lost because Funk didn't win the title.
It would have been great to see Funk hold the title while fending off Luger and Sting before losing it back to Ric Flair.
Weeeeelllll.... Road Warrior Hawk was always the popular Road Warrior. The Road Warriors as a team were main eventers. Perhaps more over than any other tag team of all-time. They were believable in whatever role they were in.
For the most part Road Warriors always worked as a team so there wasnt much of a chance for Hawk to go for the WCW title.
I still feel like Hawk should have been given a run at the title whether it was with a break up or a separation.
1997 PWI's Wrestler of the Year. See they say you need a personality to be a main event wrestler. But Malenko got so over solely on his in ring work.
He dominated the cruiserweight division and even had a successful run as US champion.
Don't let his run in WWE with the Radicalz fool you, Malenko was one of the top stars in WCW in the 90's.
Malenko probably would have looked small next to WCW's freak sized main event stars such as Goldberg, Hogan, Luger etc but he could have played the underdog character, out wrestling the larger stars and could have had great matches with Flair, DDP, and Sting.
4. Rick Steiner
This may surprise a few of you. Rick Steiner was actually heavily considered to beat Ric Flair for the World title during the dominance of the Steiner Bros. Both brothers were considered and fought for the World title while the other would be injured.
The Steiners were about as over as anyone ever in WCW. Scott Steiner got his shot and ran with it, Rick Steiner could have done the same.
Rick was nowhere near a deserving title contender during the dying days of WCW but during the rise of the Steiners he would have made a great World champion.
One of the greatest wrestling characters and powerhouses of all-time. He was a great heel and a great face, something that most wrestlers cannot pull off. Nikita had a successful career and had plenty of chances at the NWA and WCW World titles.
Nikita feuded with some of the sport's top draws during his run in NWA/WCW including Ric Flair, Magnum TA, and Vader.
He also formed the Super Powers tag team with Dusty Rhodes. With all this it was almost impossible to think he would not be finally pushed to a World title run.
2. "Stunning" Steve Austin
Now for some of you, you may think this is due to his success in the WWE. In fact, "Stunning" Steve Austin in WCW was well due to be given a World title run.
Working as a great heel, Austin won the TV title and the US championship but Eric Bischoff never thought a bland wrestler who wore black trunks and boots could get over on the main event level.
Too bad for WCW as they didn't need him to be the Stone Cold character to be a successful champion and someone who could have been a main stay at the main event level for years.
In fact, should WCW have put the strap on Austin they may still be in business as it was Austin who created the Attitude era in WWE that helped towards the demise of W-C-Dubya.
You'll also find "The Bad Guy" on my list for greatest wrestlers to never win the WWF title. He wasn't #1 on that list but it was a crime that he was never given a run in WCW with the title.
Personal demons deterred his career late in the WCW days but Hall was red hot during his initial run with the company. Super over and a top draw.
Hall had the perfect opportunity to spice the nWo storyline up when he won World War 3 to earn a shot at Hogan's World title. Unfortunately Scott Hall will never be remembered as a World champion.