Building a Dynasty: The Top 20 Pro Wrestling Champions (Part 3)

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Building a Dynasty: The Top 20 Pro Wrestling Champions (Part 3)

PART 3 OF BUILDING A DYNASTY

10. CHRIS JERICHO

Chris Jericho, another great Canadian wrestler, didn’t waste any time to get into Pro Wrestling.

After putting rings together for promoter Bob Holiday, he decided it was his time to shine.

Jericho made went on to perform for independent promotions, where he would catch the eye of new fans and would show that he was the future of the business.

He would then be recommended to Paul Heyman by Mick Foley to compete in the original ECW.

Jericho wouldn’t waste any time in building up his championship trophy case, as he would claim the ECW Television Championship.

With great feuds and matches with some of ECW’s top talent of the likes of Taz and RVD it wasn’t too long before WCW started to call the young talent.

Jericho would make an impact in the Cruiserweight division upon his debut into the company; he would also have a nice run with WCW’s Television Title as well.

But like every other star in WCW, happiness would not last; so like other fellow star The Giant (Big Show), Jericho leaped over to WWF/E.

Jericho grabbed much attention when he debuted when he and The Rock delivered a great back-and-forth promo.

But he would not only stack up new fans with his clever mic work but with the skills he displayed in the ring.

He would have great feuds with Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kane, and even Chyna.

But the star knew he finally had arrived when he became the first-ever WWE Undisputed Champion, beating two greats, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night.

With the great success, Jericho has received there is no doubt we are witnessing the work of a future WWE Hall of Famer.

CHRIS JERICHO’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

·         ECW TELEVISON CHAMPION

·         WCW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         WCW WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION

·         WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         WWF/E EUROPEAN CHAMPION

·         WWF/E HARDCORE CHAMPION

·         WWF/E INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION

·         WWF UNDISPUTED CHAMPION

·         WWF/E WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         SLAMMY AWARD FOR SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR 2008

·         WWE’S NINTH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION

·         WWE’S FOURTH GRAND SLAM CHAMPION

 

 

9. TRIPLE H

Triple H started lifting at a young age, as he found interest in body building.

He would soon use that frame to his advantage; after graduating college, he would enter wrestling school, where he was trained by Killer Kowalski.

Triple H entered WCW doing what he does best: being a heel.

He would feud with Alex Wright and others, but nothing really special in his days in WCW.

With his one-year contract soon to expire, Triple H request for a push was shot down.

So he wandered off to WWF/E, where he would be utilized better.

He entered the WWF/E as an uptight rich boy from Connecticut with proper etiquette.

At this time, he was simply referred to as Hunter Hearst Helmsley at this time; his most notable title win would be the Intercontinental Title.

He would soon drop the belt to Rocky and also drop the rich boy gimmick as the Attitude Era approached.

With plans of Hall and Nash leaving, they looked to Triple H to move up to main event status.

But with the MGM Kill incident, WWF/E ended up going with Austin and I am so happy they did.

I think WWF/E would not be here if they would have went with Triple H.

We would have never witnessed the 3:16 speech.

But Triple H was rewarded with DX to compete with WCW’s NWO.

This is when they game looked most impressive and started racking up more titles.

After Michaels decided to retire, it was time for Triple H to shine.

He would go on to win the WWF/E world title on various occasions and he seems to still love the title, as we still see him winning the damn thing until this day.

 

TRIPLE H‘S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

·         WWF/E  WORLD CHAMPION

·         WORLD HEAVYEWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         WWF EUROPEAN CHAMPION

·         WWF/E INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION

·         WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         KING OF THE RING 1997

·         ROYAL RUMBLE 2002

·         SECOND GRAND SLAM CHAMPION

·         SLAMMY AWARD FOR BEST HAIR 1997

·         SEVENTH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION

·         SECOND UNDISPUTED CHAMPION

 

8. THE ROCK

Now come on you knew “The Great One” had to be on my list.

The Rock was electrifying on the mic and in the ring WWE/F had no choice to present him with championships.

I believe The Rock, Stone Cold and the Attitude Era as whole is the reason WWE is still here to this day and oh yeah and WCW being so dumb.

The Rock is a third-generation superstar as his Dad, and Grandfather (Rocky Johnson and Peter Maivia) strapped up the boots as well. No wonder why he was so talented.

Not only was The Rock a pro wrestling star, he was also a Miami Hurricane Football star. But his career in football would soon end and this would lead him to his decision to try pro wrestling.

Rocky Maivia would soon enter the WWE smiling and trying to pull off some wins.

But that smile would soon fade. Although he would capture the Intercontinental Title the fans would just love to boo “The Great One.” This would upset the champ and would lead him into his transition from Rocky to simply The Rock.

He had more swagger and basically silenced the haters with his slick talking skills on the mic.

He would go on to become a title-winning machine and putting on great feuds with Stone Cold and Triple H.

He would leave the squared circle and would pursue his acting career, but The Rock will never be forgotten with the excellence he displayed in the ring and his title wins.

 

THE ROCK’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

·         USWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPION

·         WCW CHAMPION

·         WWF/E CHAMPION

·         WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION

·         WWF TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         ROYAL RUMBLE 2000

·         SLAMMY AWARD FOR NEW SENSATION 1997

·         SIXTH TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION

 

7. STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN

What could I say about Steve Austin? Let me just leave it simple: Steve Austin makes great TV.

This is why he was part of the biggest storylines and held the belt on various occasions.

With being Champion comes a big task; it means you have to be a leader and lead the company to be great. With this, you have to keep the fans interested in the program, and this is what exactly what he did.

Austin started off in WCW, but would soon find out it wasn’t the place to be, like many other stars did. He would win the WCW Tag Team Title under the Hollywood Blonds gimmick with Brian Pillman.

After his stint as a Hollywood Blond, he would try to establish a solo career by winning the United States Heavyweight Championship and the Television Championship.

But that would not be enough as Eric Bischoff, and other WCW representatives did not see potential in the future WWF/E superstar, so he was fired.

He would than drop the W and would go to the Extreme in ECW.

Austin was able to express himself a little more and entertained the crowd even more with his promos.

Austin would feud with Sandman and Mikey Whipwreck to claim the right to the ECW World Title. Austin would never gain the belt, but it was some great action to watch.

Austin would then be picked up by WWF/E, where he would truly gain his right to be one of Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Champions.

Austin had a few gimmick stints like "Ringmaster" and other ones no one cared for. It wasn’t until his speech at King of the Ring after beating Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

His speech and winning the crown started a frenzy as 3:16 signs were posted everywhere in the crowd.

WWF/E knew they had something, so it was time to push the X-Factor.

Austin winning WWE/F most prestigious prize and great feuds with The Rock and Vince McMahon would push WWE/F back to the top in the ratings war.

Austin without a question will go down as one of the greatest performers in Pro Wrestling HISTORY!

 

6. PAT PATTERSON

Pat Patterson is the first and is one of the greatest Intercontinental Champions to win the strap.

Patterson is a wrestling great and will always be remembered for his skills in the ring.

He would be dubbed the first Intercontinental Champion when he would win and unify the North American Championship with the South American Championship.

Patterson would nearly hold the belt for a year.

Although he won other belts, the Intercontinental Title was probably his greatest reward.

Patterson would soon retire but still was working behind the scenes and on camera promos with Vince McMahon.

Patterson would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.

 

PAT PATTERSON’S MOST NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

·         NWA AMERICAS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         NWA NORTH AMERICAN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         NWA PACIFIC NORTHWEST HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         NWA PACIFIC NORTHWEST TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         IWA WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

·         WWF HARDCORE CHAMPION

·         WWF INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPION

·         WWF NORTH AMERICAN HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION

·         WWE HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 1996

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