Let's Talk About These Ridiculous Night Of Champions Polling Results, Shall We?
It's no surprise to anyone that WWE is guilty as hell of revisionist history. They do it all the time. For example, during JBL's WWE title run they said he was the longest reigning WWE Champion in the last 10 years when he still had 2 months to go to match Diesel. You could argue that's splitting hairs, but it's much harder to justify the time that Stephanie McMahon all but said her husband Triple H defined the Attitude Era instead of that beer swilling dude that sold all those t-shirts.
So it's really not all that surprising that when they asked the WWE Universe to vote for the greatest champions of all time, it would be a loaded farce. Let's take a look at it shall we?
(To see the results for yourself, go to WWE.com)
The WWE Title
Hulk Hogan - 55% "Stone Cold" Steve Austin - 16% John Cena - 13% CM Punk - 12% Triple H - 4%
Okay, that's not terribly unreasonable. Hogan wasn't the best in-ring technician ever, but to this day he still considered THE wrestler to not only longtime fans, but pop culture in general. Austin defined an entire era of wrestling no matter what Stephanie McMahon says, Cena has been the face of the WWE for the last decade plus, CM Punk is super popular and had a really long reign despite how uneven it was, and Triple H...well he held it a lot. I do find it a tad ridiculous that both Punk and Hunter are on the list instead of, oh say, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, but I guess wrestling isn't really all that important for the most revered wrestling championship ever.
World Heavyweight Championship
Booker T - 38% Edge - 22% The Undertaker - 21% Ric Flair - 14% Batista - 5%
This is the list where I would argue Triple H belongs. The guy WAS the World Heavyweight Championship for the first two years of its existence in WWE, and he didn't even make the list? Does he want us to forget about his accomplishments? What the shit kind of backward thinking is that?
This list is one of the most comical. Batista, Taker, and Edge all belong on it, but Booker T and Flair is perplexing. Mostly because Flair never held the title, and Booker was the longest transitional champion in recent memory. Are they including WCW lineage? Because if they are, than this whole thing is bullshit and should be killed with fire.
Chris Jericho - 63% Mr. Perfect - 24% The Honky Tonk Man - 10% "Ravishing" Rick Rude - 2% Pat Patterson - 1%
I get what you're going for here, but any list of greatest IC champions of all time that doesn't include Razor Ramon is a goddamn joke.
United States Championship
Sting - 53% Ricky Steamboat - 24% Sgt. Slaughter - 12% Harley Race - 9% Bobo Brazil - 2%
No argument here, except for the inclusion of Sgt Slaughter (who I didn't even know held the US title) and Bobo Brazil aka Mr. Who the Hell is That to modern fans.
Trish Stratus - 56% Lita - 29% The Fabulous Moolah - 8% Michelle McCool - 6% Wendi Richter - 1%
Look, I'm going to ignore the rage-stroke inducing inclusion of Michelle McCool because my brain can't process that right now, but look at that list topped by recent Hall of Fame inductee Trish Stratus and tell me this shit isn't loaded.
Tag Team Championship
D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) - 47% Legion of Doom - 32% Hart Foundation - 17% The British Bulldogs - 3% The Wild Samoans - 1%
Are. You. F**king. Kidding me?
Okay, LOD is fine but call them by their Christian names for God's sake (ROAD WARRIORS 4 LIFE). Hart Foundation is fine, I guess, Bulldogs the same but I wouldn't put them on a top 5 list, especially when there's voting happening. The Wild Samoans? What the hell is that? In an organization that in the past 15 years has seen teams like Edge & Christian, The Hardys, The Dudley Boyz, and The New Age Outlaws, you're going to pick The Wild Samoans to fill in the five? Jesus Christ.
But, that doesn't even compare to the winners of this poll. When a modern WWE fan looks at this list, it doesn't appear as the greatest WWE tag teams of all time, it looks like "Two legends I know and a bunch of old guys." This was the most intentionally placed, loaded, bullshit voting bracket of all time. If Triple H and company did this in character then congratulations, that's genius. But the likelihood of this being a legit ego boost for all those involved is high, which makes sense coming from an organization that in the same breath will say Hulk Hogan is the greatest WWE Champion of all time, but only the 15th greatest Superstar.
What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments.
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