Kevin Nash and the 5 Worst Title Reigns of All Time
Oh, Kevin Nash.
It’s hard not to like you. You’re one of the coolest wrestlers around. You’re smart. You’re savvy. And, as your work in TNA shows, you can be genuinely hilarious when you want to be.
But alas, your 1994-95 WWE title reign, as “Diesel,” demonstrated you’re a rather abysmal World champion. But we’ll get into that later...
Nash is not the only one guilty of having a terrible title reign. The following guys also had less-than-wonderful runs with the belt.
Looking at factors like how it affected business, quality of matches and how badly it tarnished the belt, let’s have a look at the five worst title runs of all time.
5. Kane (June 28-June 29, 1998)
OK, so it’s difficult to pin the blame on Kane here. You can’t say he performed badly in his only WWE Championship run. Heck, he didn’t even get a chance to do anything—his title reign only last one day.
Thanks to some outside interference, he defeated Steve Austin for the belt at the King of the Ring pay-per-view in the First Blood match only to lose it back to Austin the following night.
A cheap stunt that felt like little more than a ratings ploy (probably because it was) that did Kane, as well as the belt, no favors whatsoever.
For turning the WWE title into a game of hotchpotch, this deserves a place on this list.
4. Hulk Hogan (April 21-May 19, 2002)
OK, so Hogan was massively over at the time and received a truly once-in-a-lifetime reaction at WrestleMania 18 when he took on The Rock.
But come on. Did that really make putting the prestigious WWE Championship on someone who was essentially a broken-down nostalgia act a good idea? Of course not. Hogan simply wasn't capable of being a credible champion at that point.
WWE soon realized its mistake and, just a month after he won the belt from Triple H at Backlash, the star dropped the title to The Undertaker in a terrible match at Judgement Day.
3. Rob Van Dam (June 11-July 6, 2006)
Van Dam’s one and only title reign is basically memorable for one thing: his embarrassing drug arrest while champion.
Yes, Van Dam, who had been waiting years and years for a main event spot, foolishly squandered his big shot and gave the company’s image a black eye.
What was he thinking?
Only a couple of decent matches against the likes of John Cena and Edge saved this reign from being a total disaster.
2. Diesel (November 26, 1994-November 19, 1995)
It would be wholly unfair to blame Kevin Nash, AKA Diesel, for the WWF’s lagging fortunes in the mid-90s. A mediocre and outdated creative product, the fallout from the various scandals of 1992 and heavy competition from WCW were the main culprits.
But still, Nash’s boring 358-day title reign certainly didn’t help matters. Critically and commercially, it failed to meet expectations. 1995's Raw ratings, in particular, were abysmal. There's really no way to spin some of those TV numbers.
Credit to Nash, though: He has a sense of humor. In various skits for TNA, he regularly mocked his status as one of the lowest-drawing World champions ever. Nash played the out-of-touch egomaniac who hilariously insisted he had drawn more than Hogan, Austin and Rock put together.
1. Vince McMahon (September 16-September 20, 1999)
His ego running amok, Vince McMahon decided to anoint himself as WWE champion in late 1999 by defeating Triple H on SmackdDown in a rather awful match.
Non-wrestlers holding titles rarely works in wrestling (David Arquette in WCW, anyone?), and it certainly didn’t here. Indeed, McMahon’s reign just served to make the whole thing look silly.
Oh, and the chairman vacated the title four days later, meaning he is technically one of the few undefeated champions in history. Come on, surely he could have gotten back in the ring and dropped the belt to someone the proper way?
Did Vince learn his lesson from this debacle? Um, no. He later awarded himself the ECW Championship at Backlash 2007.