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WWF World Titles – 1994

Welcome to my blog. This is the start of a new series, where I’ll be looking back at the history of WWE World Titles (not counting ECW) and ranking all the World Title reigns since the “Modern Era”. The “Modern Era” goes all the way back to the birth of Hulkamania in 1984, and that’s where we’ll end. Today we look back at the year 1994, and we’ll continue to go back from here.

In front of my star ratings for the matches, you’ll either see “HR”, “R” or “RTA”. “HR” means the match is highly recommended ; “R” means the match is recommended ; “RTA” means recommendation to avoid. In case nothing appears, the match is watchable but nothing spectacular.

WWF CHAMPIONSHIP

Bret Hart (March 20, 1994 – November 23, 1994)

  • Televised matches: 9
  • Record: 7-2

My match ratings:

  • EXTRA: Owen Hart def. Bret Hart – WrestleMania X (*****) *HR*
  • Bret Hart def. Yokozuna(c) – WrestleMania X (**1/2)
  • Diesel def. Bret Hart(c) by DQ – King of the Ring 1994 (****1/4) *HR*
  • Bret Hart(c) def. The 1-2-3 Kid – RAW July 11 1994 (****1/2) *HR*
  • Bret Hart(c) def. Bob Backlund – Superstars of Wrestling 1994 (***3/4) *R*
  • Bret Hart(c) def. Owen Hart in a Steel Cage Match – SummerSlam 1994 (*****) *HR*
  • Bret Hart(c) def. Owen Hart – Action Zone September 28 1994 (****1/4) *HR*
  • Bob Backlund def. Bret Hart(c) in a Submission Match – Survivor Series 1994 (***1/4) *R*

This was originally supposed to be Lex Luger’s title reign, but Luger had cooled off by Royal Rumble and the company went back to the good ol’ reliable “Hitman”. And boy, was that the best thing that could’ve happened. Not only was Bret in the middle of that spectacular storyline with his brother Owen that eventually culminated at SummerSlam, but look at that list: out of his nine matches as champion (plus the one with Owen earlier at WrestleMania), eight were rated and seven are recommended. That is absolutely incredible. A beautiful story with Owen, an absolute classic on RAW with The 1-2-3 Kid, two technical masterpieces with veteran Bob Backlund and a classic match with Diesel that unquestionably put Diesel over as the next champion and the next face of the company in the eyes of Vince McMahon… this reign was just spectacular. No question what this gets.

Rating: 10/10

Bob Backlund (November 23, 1994 – November 26, 1994)

  • Televised matches: 1
  • Record: 1-0

My match ratings:

  • Bob Backlund def. Bret Hart(c) in a Submission Match – Survivor Series 1994 (***1/4) *R*

After his impressive run in the late 1970s, Bob Backlund won his second WWF Championship at Survivor Series 1994 only to transition the belt to Diesel, the next top guy in the company… at a house show. That’s one way to get your top guy over, huh!? There’s not much to say about this reign, anyway.

Rating: -/10

ALL-TIME CHAMPIONS RANKING

  1. Steve Austin (WWF Championship, 29/03/1998 – 28/06/1998 10
  2. The Rock (WWF Championship, 25/06/2000 – 22/10/2000) 10
  3. Bret Hart (WWF Championship, 20/03/1994 – 23/11/1994) 10
  4. Steve Austin (WWF Championship, 01/04/2001 – 23/09/2001) 9
  5. Triple H (WWF Championship, 03/01/2000 – 30/04/2000) 9
  6. Kurt Angle (WWE Championship, 15/12/2002 – 30/03/2003) 9
  7. Brock Lesnar (WWE Championship, 18/09/2003 – 15/02/2004) 9
  8. John Cena (WWE Championship, 17/09/2006 – 02/10/2007) 9
  9. CM Punk (WWE Championship, 20/11/2011 – 27/01/2013) 9
  10. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship, 13/11/2018 – 07/04/2019) 9
  11. AJ Styles (WWE Championship, 11/09/2016 – 29/01/2017) 9
  12. The Rock (WWF Championship, 25/02/2001 – 01/04/2001) 8
  13. The Undertaker (WWF Championship, 23/03/1997 – 03/08/1997) 8
  14. Steve Austin (WWF Championship, 28/03/1999 – 23/05/1999) 8
  15. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 16/12/2007 – 30/03/2008) 8
  16. Kurt Angle (WWE Championship, 27/07/2003 – 18/09/2003) 8
  17. Edge (WWE Championship, 08/01/2006 – 29/01/2006) 8
  18. Chris Benoit (World Heavyweight Championship, 14/03/2004 – 15/08/2004) 8
  19. Randy Orton (World Heavyweight Championship, 06/05/2011 – 17/07/2011) 8
  20. Brock Lesnar (WWE Championship, 25/08/2002 – 17/11/2002) 8
  21. Batista (WWE Championship, 21/02/2010 – 28/03/2010) 8
  22. Bret Hart (WWF Championship, 19/11/1995 – 31/03/1996) 8
  23. The Rock (WWE Undisputed Championship, 21/07/2002 – 25/08/2002) 7
  24. Steve Austin (WWF Championship, 29/06/1998 – 27/09/1998) 7
  25. Brock Lesnar (WWE Championship, 17/08/2014 – 29/03/2015) 7
  26. Edge (WWE Championship, 03/07/2006- 17/09/2006) 7
  27. Shawn Michaels (WWF Championship, 31/03/1996 – 17/11/1996) 7
  28. The Rock (WCW Championship, 19/08/2001 – 21/10/2001) 7
  29. The Rock (WWF Championship, 15/11/1998 – 04/01/1999) 7
  30. Bret Hart (WWF Championship, 03/08/1997 – 09/11/1997) 7
  31. Kurt Angle (WWF Championship, 22/10/2000 – 25/02/2001) 7
  32. Batista (World Heavyweight Championship, 26/11/2006 – 01/04/2007) 7
  33. The Rock (WWF Championship, 15/02/1999 – 28/03/1999) 7
  34. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 07/10/2007 – 27/04/2008) 7
  35. John Cena (WWE Championship, 07/04/2013 – 18/08/2013) 7
  36. Chris Jericho (World Heavyweight Championship, 07/09/2008 – 26/10/2008) 7
  37. Triple H (World Heavyweight Championship, 14/12/2003 – 14/03/2004) 7
  38. Kurt Angle (World Heavyweight Championship, 13/01/2006 – 02/04/2006) 7
  39. Batista (World Heavyweight Championship, 03/04/2005 – 13/01/2006) 7
  40. John Cena (WWE Championship, 03/04/2005 – 08/01/2006) 7
  41. The Undertaker (World Heavyweight Championship, 01/04/2007 – 11/05/2007) 7
  42. AJ Styles (WWE Championship, 07/11/2017 – 13/11/2018) 7
  43. CM Punk (World Heavyweight Championship, 07/06/2009 – 26/07/2009) 6
  44. Batista (World Heavyweight Championship, 16/09/2007 – 16/12/2007) 6
  45. Brock Lesnar (WWE Championship, 30/03/2003 – 27/07/2003) 6
  46. Eddie Guerrero (WWE Championship, 15/02/2004 – 27/06/2004) 6
  47. John Cena (WWE Championship, 29/01/2006 – 11/06/2006) 6
  48. Steve Austin (WWF Championship, 28/06/1999 – 22/08/1999) 6
  49. Mick Foley (WWF Championship, 04/01/1999 – 24/01/1999) 6
  50. Triple H (World Heavyweight Championship, 09/01/2005 – 03/04/2005) 6
  51. John Cena (WWE Championship, 28/03/2010 – 20/06/2010) 6
  52. John Cena (WWE Championship, 01/05/2011 – 17/07/2011) 6
  53. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 18/08/2013 – 15/09/2013) 6
  54. Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Championship, 29/08/2016- 05/03/2017) 6
  55. Chris Jericho (World Heavyweight Championship, 21/02/2010 – 02/04/2010) 6
  56. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship, 16/06/2013 – 27/10/2013) 6
  57. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship, 29/03/2015 – 04/11/2015) 6
  58. Roman Reigns (WWE Championship, 03/04/2016 – 19/06/2016) 6
  59. King Booker (World Heavyweight Championshp, 23/07/2006 – 26/11/2006) 6
  60. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 26/04/2009 – 07/06/2009) 5
  61. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 19/12/2010 – 18/02/2011) 5
  62. Chris Jericho (WCW Championship, 21/10/2001 – 05/11/2001) 5
  63. Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight Championship, 26/07/2009 – 23/08/2009) 5
  64. The Rock (WWE Championship, 27/01/2013 – 07/04/2013) 5
  65. CM Punk (WWE Championship, 17/07/2011 – 14/08/2011) 5
  66. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 18/02/2011 – 15/04/2011) 5
  67. Steve Austin (WWF Championship, 08/10/2001 – 09/12/2001) 5
  68. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship, 02/11/2018 – 07/04/2019) 5
  69. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 27/10/2013 – 06/04/2014) 5
  70. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship, 06/04/2014 – 09/06/2014) 5
  71. Christian (World Heavyweight Championship, 17/07/2011 – 14/08/2011) 5
  72. Randy Orton (World Heavyweight Championship, 14/08/2011 – 18/09/2011) 5
  73. CM Punk (World Heavyweight Championship, 23/08/2009 – 04/10/2009) 5
  74. The Undertaker (World Heavyweight Championship, 04/10/2009 – 21/02/2010) 5
  75. JBL (WWE Championship, 27/06/2004 – 03/04/2005) 5
  76. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 11/05/2007 – 20/07/2007) 5
  77. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship, 11/08/2019 – 31/10/2019) 5
  78. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 15/06/2009 – 13/09/2009) 5
  79. Triple H (WWE Championship, 27/04/2008 – 23/11/2008) 5
  80. John Cena (WWE Championship, 29/01/2017 – 12/02/2017) 5
  81. Shawn Michaels (WWF Championship, 09/11/1997 – 29/03/1998) 4
  82. The Rock (WWF Championship, 30/04/2000 – 21/05/2000) 4
  83. Booker T (WCW Championship, 30/07/2001 – 19/08/2001) 4
  84. Sheamus (World Heavyweight Championship, 01/04/2012 – 28/10/2012) 4
  85. Mark Henry (World Heavyweight Championship, 18/09/2011 – 18/12/2011) 4
  86. John Cena (WWE Championship, 29/06/2014 – 17/08/2014) 4
  87. The Rock (WCW/World Championship, 05/11/2001 – 09/12/2001) 4
  88. The Undertaker (WWE Undisputed Championship, 19/05/2002 – 21/07/2002) 4
  89. Sycho Sid (WWF Championship, 17/11/1996 – 19/01/1997) 4
  90. Dean Ambrose (WWE Championship, 19/06/2016 – 11/09/2016) 4
  91. Chris Jericho (WWF Undisputed Championship, 09/12/2001 – 17/03/2002) 4
  92. Alberto Del Rio (WWE Championship, 02/10/2011 – 20/11/2011) 4
  93. Kofi Kingston (WWE Championship, 07/04/2019 – 04/10/2019) 4
  94. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship, 11/01/2013 – 08/04/2013) 4
  95. Seth Rollins (Universal Championship, 07/04/2019 – 14/07/2019) 4
  96. Mick Foley (WWF Championship, 31/01/1999 – 15/02/1999) 3
  97. John Cena (World Heavyweight Championship, 05/04/2009 – 26/04/2009) 3
  98. Jeff Hardy (WWE Championship, 14/12/2008 – 25/01/2009) 3
  99. Kurt Angle (WWF Championship, 23/09/2001 – 08/10/2001) 3
  100. John Cena (WWE Championship, 25/10/2009 – 13/12/2009) 3
  101. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship, 14/07/2019 – 11/08/2019) 3
  102. Big Show (WWE Championship, 17/11/2002 – 15/12/2002) 3
  103. Brock Lesnar (Universal Championship, 02/04/2017 – 19/08/2018) 3
  104. Triple H (WWE Championship, 24/01/2016 – 03/04/2016) 3
  105. Christian (World Heavyweight Championship, 01/05/2011 – 06/05/2011) 3
  106. Alberto Del Rio (WWE Championship, 14/08/2011 – 18/09/2011) 3
  107. Kane (World Heavyweight Championship, 18/07/2010 – 19/12/2010) 3
  108. Chris Jericho (World Heavyweight Championship, 03/11/2008 – 23/11/2008) 3
  109. Rob Van Dam (WWE Championship, 11/06/2006 – 03/07/2006) 3
  110. The Undertaker (WWF Championship, 23/05/1999 – 28/06/1999) 3
  111. Rey Mysterio (World Heavyweight Championship, 20/06/2010 – 18/07/2010) 3
  112. John Cena (World Heavyweight Championship, 27/10/2013 – 15/12/2013) 3
  113. Triple H (WWE Championship, 15/02/2009 – 26/04/2009) 3
  114. Big Show (World Heavyweight Championship, 28/10/2012 – 11/01/2013) 3
  115. Edge (WWE Championship, 25/01/2009 – 15/02/2009) 3
  116. Booker T (WCW Championship, 26/03/2001 – 26/07/2001) 3
  117. John Cena (WWE Championship, 25/07/2011 – 14/08/2011) 3
  118. Goldberg (World Heavyweight Championship, 21/09/2003 – 14/12/2003) 3
  119. John Cena (World Heavyweight Championship, 23/11/2008 – 15/02/2009) 3
  120. The Miz (WWE Championship, 22/11/2010 – 01/05/2011) 3
  121. Sycho Sid (WWF Championship, 17/02/1997 – 23/03/1997) 3
  122. Randy Orton (World Heavyweight Championship, 15/08/2004 – 12/09/2004) 3
  123. Triple H (WWF Championship, 26/09/1999 – 14/11/1999) 3
  124. Roman Reigns (Universal Championship, 19/08/2018 – 22/10/2018) 3
  125. Jinder Mahal (WWE Championship, 21/05/2017 – 07/11/2017) 3
  126. Bray Wyatt (WWE Championship, 12/02/2017 – 02/04/2017) 3
  127. Edge (WWE Championship, 23/11/2008 – 14/12/2008) 2
  128. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 15/02/2009 – 05/04/2009) 2
  129. Triple H (WWF Championship, 21/05/2000 – 25/06/2000) 2
  130. Diesel (WWF Championship, 26/11/1994 – 19/11/1995) 2
  131. John Cena (WWE Championship, 18/09/2011 – 02/10/2011) 2
  132. Triple H (World Heavyweight Championship, 12/09/2004 – 06/12/2004) 2
  133. Edge (World Heavyweight Championship, 01/06/2008 – 30/06/2008) 2
  134. John Cena (WWE Championship, 13/09/2009 – 04/10/2009) 2
  135. Roman Reigns (WWE Championship, 14/12/2015 – 24/01/2016) 2
  136. Goldberg (Universal Championship, 05/03/2017 – 02/04/2017) 2
  137. The Undertaker (World Heavyweight Championship, 30/03/2008 – 02/05/2008) 2
  138. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 04/10/2009 – 25/10/2009) 2
  139. Triple H (WWF Championship, 23/08/1999 – 16/09/1999) 2
  140. Dolph Ziggler (World Heavyweight Championship, 08/04/2013 – 16/06/2013) 2
  141. Rey Mysterio (World Heavyweight Championship, 02/04/2006 – 23/07/2006) 2
  142. Shawn Michaels (World Heavyweight Championship, 17/11/2002 – 15/12/2002) 2
  143. Triple H (World Heavyweight Championship, 02/09/2002 – 17/11/2002) 2
  144. Triple H (WWF Undisputed Championship, 17/03/2002 – 21/04/2002) 2
  145. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 26/04/2009 – 07/06/2009) 2
  146. Triple H (World Heavyweight Championship, 15/12/2002 – 21/09/2003) 2
  147. Daniel Bryan (World Heavyweight Championship, 18/12/2011 – 01/04/2012) 2
  148. CM Punk (World Heavyweight Championship, 30/06/2008 – 07/09/2008) 2
  149. Sheamus (WWE Championship, 22/11/2015 – 14/12/2015) 2
  150. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 19/09/2010 – 22/11/2010) 2
  151. Sheamus (WWE Championship, 20/06/2010 – 19/09/2010) 2
  152. Hulk Hogan (WWF/E Undisputed Championship, 21/04/2002 – 19/05/2002) 1
  153. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 02/04/2017 – 21/05/2017) 1
  154. Batista (World Heavyweight Championship, 26/10/2008 – 03/11/2008) 1
  155. Sheamus (WWE Championship, 13/12/2009 – 21/02/2010) 1
  156. Big Show (WWF Championship, 14/11/1999 – 03/01/2000) 1
  157. Jack Swagger (World Heavyweight Championship, 02/04/2010 – 20/06/2010) 1
  158. The Great Khali (World Heavyweight Championship, 20/07/2007 – 16/09/2007) 1
  159. The Rock (WWF Championship, 24/01/1999 – 31/01/1999) 
  160. Chris Jericho (World Championship, 09/12/2001) 
  161. Jeff Hardy (World Heavyweight Championship, 07/06/2009) 
  162. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship, 18/08/2013) 
  163. Seth Rollins (WWE Championship, 19/06/2016) 
  164. Bret Hart (WWF Championship, 16/02/1997 – 17/02/1997) 
  165. John Cena (WWE Championship, 21/02/2010) 
  166. Kane (WWF Championship, 28/06/1998 – 29/06/1998) 
  167. Rey Mysterio (WWE Championship, 25/07/2011) 
  168. Bob Backlund (WWF Championship, 23/11/1994 – 26/11/1994)
  169. Roman Reigns (WWE Championship, 22/11/2015) 
  170. Randy Orton (World Heavyweight Championship, 15/12/2013) 
  171. Finn Bálor (WWE Universal Championship, 21/08/2016 – 22/08/2016) 
  172. Daniel Bryan (WWE Championship, 15/09/2013 – 16/09/2013) 
  173. Triple H (WWE Championship, 07/10/2007) 
  174. Mick Foley (WWF Championship, 22/08/1999 – 23/08/1999) 
  175. Dolph Ziggler (World Heavyweight Championship, 18/02/2011) 
  176. Big Show (World Heavyweight Championship, 18/12/2011) 
  177. Kurt Angle (WCW Championship, 26/07/2001 – 30/07/2001) 
  178. Batista (WWE Championship, 07/06/2009 – 09/06/2009) 
  179. Randy Orton (WWE Championship, 07/10/2007) 
  180. Shawn Michaels (WWF Championship, 19/01/1997 – 13/02/1997) 
  181. Vince McMahon (WWF Championship, 16/09/1999 – 20/09/1999)