The World Heavyweight Championship was introduced in 2002, a year after the WCW World Heavyweight Championship was unified with the WWF Championship.
Both of the titles look the same, but WWE wanted another top-tier title, so they brought it back. This list will look back on the 8 year history of the title, and will name the top five WWE World Heavyweight Champions.
Combining the length of title reigns, the wrestler's gimmick, the wrestler's abilities, and how well they performed as champion will be the deciding factors in this list.
CM Punk was one of the few to make it through the mid-card and head to the main event level in the WWE.
While Kingston, Morrison, Benjamin, and others that deserved to get a push didn't get one, CM Punk was one of the very few to break through and get what he deserves. He already has 3 reigns and it's hard to tell where he will be on this list when he retires.
Batista has had the title almost twice as long as 3 people on this list.
While he definitely wasn't one of my favorite champions, there's no denying that Batista was a beast every time he had the title.
The only one time World Heavyweight Champion on this list. There's a reason for this, though.
He is a great wrestler, and while CM Punk has reigned three times, Benoit only has 6 less days, which is very impressive.
If Benoit didn't die when he did, we all know he would've won the title at least one more time.
There's only one wrestler that has held the title as many times as Edge has. There's only two wrestlers that have more days as champion than he does.
There's no denying that Triple H is the best World Heavyweight Champion in history of the WWE.
Only one man averaged more days per reign than him, and he has been the unquestioned champ every time he held the title.