7 WWE Legends Who Never Won A Title During Their Tenure
Even WWE legends do not always get a title, just look at these seven wrestlers who never obtained a title during their tenure.
There have been numerous WWE legends over the years, but not all of them won a title. In fact, these 7 wrestling legends never achieved title greatness in WWE.
While Lex Luger was in WCW, he won numerous titles. However, his WCW success never led to a title win in World Wrestling Entertainment.
In 1994, Luger became the co-winner of the Royal Rumble alongside another WWE wrestling legend Bret Hart.
In addition to winning the Royal Rumble, Luger also became a member of the Four Horsewomen. Nevertheless, WWE never put a title on him.
As you may know, Leg Luger’s story became more tragic as time went on. Since the death of Miss Elizabeth, this WWE legend never recovered.
One man with an impressive WWE tenure is Jerry Lawler. The King held more than a hundred titles overall, but never a single one in World Wrestling Entertainment.
Even though he never won a title in WWE, he still has plenty of memorable achievements aside from a title win. The last chance Lawler had for a title win came in 2010 during a ladder match against The Miz.
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Of course, Lawler is remembered more for his commentary than his wrestling these days. Of course, that’s a shame, as he is one of the highest decorated wrestlers in the world today.
Bam Bam Bigelow
When it comes down to stand-out talent, it is difficult to find anyone better than Bam Bam Bigelow. Even though he spent a limited time in the WWE, his name is still mentioned today.
Despite his lack of a title in the WWE, that does not take away from his illustrious WCW and ECW career. He also spent a lot of time on independent promotions.
Bam Bam Bigelow also had a career outside WWE. He played the role of a tough biker in Major Payne, which catapulted him to mainstream success.
It is so difficult to imagine that The American Dream never won a title. But, it’s true. Even though he is one of the biggest wrestlers of all time, he never really received that title reign.
While he never received titles in the WWE, he got plenty of them during his time in the National Wrestling Alliance. He also has some of the best WWE promos to his name.
Of course, we can’t forget Dusty’s contributions to NXT either. Today, he is named as one of the most influential trainers in NXT’s developmental territory.
And Dusty’s tenure continues with his sons Dustin and Cody. Both are currently big names in AEW, and I’m sure their dad is looking down smiling.
Brian Pillman is remembered most for his gun promo. It happened during a feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, which launched him to become a storytelling genius.
Despite being one of the best storytellers around, Brian Pillman never got a title during his WWE tenure. While he was involved in memorable storylines, it never led to a substantial reward.
Of course, Pillman’s work is used as an example for other wrestlers today. In fact, his son Brian Pillman Jr. is now following in his dad’s footsteps.
Brian Pillman Jr. was named as Rookie of the Year in 2019. Pillman Jr. appeared during the first Double Or Nothing pay-per-view at AEW, so he has a bright future ahead.
Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger
Jushin Liger retired from professional wrestling in 2019 after a career that spanned over a whopping 35 years!
Now, the sad thing is that Liger would only get two matches in the WWE. While those never led to titles or major recognition, Liger contributed to professional wrestling in a major way.
Many of the wrestlers we see today were influenced by Liger’s work. He is living proof that you do not need WWE to be a successful pro wrestler.
And while he never raked in the WWE titles, he had loads of accolades in countless promotions around the world.
Another massive wrestling legend that never got a title in World Wrestling Entertainment is Sting. Even though he had an impressive tenure before WWE, his debut was anything but memorable.
For most of his career, Sting was the face of WCW. During his tenure in the promotion, he won numerous championships.
Once he left WCW, it was clear WWE had no interest in the WCW star. Instead, Sting ended up in other wrestling promotions such as Impact Wrestling.
Eventually, Sting made his return to the WWE in 2014. While he did get a match at WrestleMania, they never awarded him a championship belt.
Sting was inducted in the Hall of Fame and is rightfully called a wrestling legend. However, his main contributions remain those in WCW.
Why Did These Stars Miss Out On Titles?
Unfortunately, for most of these stars, it is all about the WWE not seeing them as champion material. Of course, the names on the list are most definitely championship material.
So, how are these decisions made? Unfortunately, WWE does have one man that makes all the decisions.
If Vince does not like a wrestler, or even their gimmick, chances are they will never reach championship heights. Of course, there have been some exceptions to the rule.
Daniel Bryan is a prime example of someone who was never meant to become champion. Even though extremely talented, Vince McMahon had no intention of putting a title on him.
The WWE universe decided otherwise though, and showed their support for Daniel Bryan in a major way. It even led them to boo poor Bautista out of the stadium.
The WWE eventually relented and put the championship on Daniel Bryan during his tenure. Since then, the company put more titles on him and capitalized on his popularity.
Kofi Kingston is another recent example of someone who was never meant to be champion. Once again, the WWE universe made their opinion known and WWE responded by crowning Kofi champion.
With fans having an increasingly large amount of influence, maybe oversights such as those in this overview can be avoided?