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Top 10 most decorated Champions in WWE

Who are the most decorated champions in the history of WWE? Which superstars had the most number of title reigns? Sportzwiki gives you the list of top 10 most decorated WWE superstars of all time, the staffs of WWE.com shares their views on the most decorated champions in WWE;

#10. John Cena (23)

12-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion

Four-time United States Champion

Three-time World Heavyweight Champion

Two-time WWE Tag Team Champion

Two-time World Tag Team Champion

It’s no surprise that John Cena is on this list. The Cenation leader’s championship pedigree exemplifies quality over quantity. Let’s face facts: some titles mean much, much more than others. A WWE World Heavyweight Championship carries more weight than any other title.

In less than a decade, John Cena has racked up 15 World Championships and will most likely surpass Ric Flair’s once-thought-unbreakable record of 16. The very vocal minority who chant “Cena sucks!” will be outraged when the native of West Newbury, Mass., becomes the most decorated competitor in history. It won’t matter, as their collective cries will long be silent while Cena’s legacy will forever speak for itself. — @JoeyStyles

#8 (tied): Big Show (23)

Five-time World Tag Team Champion

Three-time WWE Tag Team Champion

Three-time Hardcore Champion

Three-time WCW Tag Team Champion

Two-time WWE Champion

Two-time World Heavyweight Champion

Two-time WCW Champion

One-time Intercontinental Champion

One-time United States Champion

One-time ECW Champion

Big Show’s storied career began with championship gold around his massive waist. As The Giant in WCW, the 7-footer captured the “Big Gold Belt” in his very first match by defeating Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc in 1995.

Big Show’s place among WWE’s best big men | Watch Big Show’s WCW debut on WWE Network

Nineteen years later and The World’s Largest Athlete is still the only Superstar ever to win the WWE, WCW and ECW World Titles. The larger-than-life competitor has gone on to add the Intercontinental, U.S. and multiple Hardcore Titles to his championship resume. And despite not being viewed as a traditional tag team competitor, this renowned giant has won 11 Tag Team Titles with seven different partners between WWE and WCW. — SCOTT TAYLOR

#8 (tied): Triple H (23)

Eight-time WWE Champion

Five-time World Heavyweight Champion

Five-time Intercontinental Champion

Two-time European Champion

Two-time World Tag Team Champion

One-time WWE Tag Team Champion

Think Triple H is effective at ruling over the WWE Universe as part of The Authority? He earned that clout by reigning over the squared circle since the early days of The Attitude Era. Champions who agreed to play The Game lost with regularity, ceding control of the Intercontinental and European Titles to a Connecticut Blueblood before the Greenwich, Conn., native started chasing the ultimate prize.

As the rebel leader of D-Generation X or the puppet master pulling the strings as part of The McMahon-Helmsley Faction, Triple H catapulted himself into the main event and quickly accumulated a breathtaking number of World Championship wins, including an Undisputed WWE Title-clinching victory on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania X8. Only John Cena and Ric Flair rank higher on the list of World Championship triumphs, which remains in flux as long as the WWE COO stays in power. — MATTHEW ARTUS

#7: JBL (24)

17-time Hardcore Champion

Three-time World Tag Team Champion

One-time WWE Champion

One-time Intercontinental Champion

One-time United States Champion

One-time European Champion

JBL used to claim to be “The Wrestling God,” and if the number of championships is the determining factor in deciding such things, he’s not far off.

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Before manning Raw’s announcer desk, JBL claimed 24 titles reigns. The Hardcore Title accounted for the bulk, but the Superstar with the lariat straight outta Hades earned a variety of prestigious titles, including the World Tag Team, United States and European Championships. None of his reigns were more significant than his staggering 280-day tenure with the WWE Championship.

However, it was his loss of the Intercontinental Championship in 2009 that proved to be too much: Moments after being dethroned, JBL angrily quit WWE, closing the door on a glorious in-ring career. — JOHN CLAPP

#6: Crash Holly (25)

22-time Hardcore Champion

One-time European Champion

One-time World Tag Team Champion

One-time Light Heavyweight Champion

Generally speaking, every champion in WWE should prepare to defend his title at a moment’s notice. Crash Holly took that old adage to the extreme by adding a controversial caveat to the Hardcore Championship: the “24/7” rule, which dictated that, as long as a WWE referee was present, the titleholder must answer any competitor’s challenge at any time and in any place.

The “24/7” rule seems like a losing proposition for a champion, but Holly rose to the occasion by seizing the Hardcore Title on 22 occasions, which ranks second only to Raven on the all-time list. His wily tactics earned him the moniker “The Houdini of Hardcore,” a nickname bestowed on Holly for his ability to flee danger after safely procuring the Hardcore Championship. And his success was sufficient enough to ensure that no one needed to carry around a weight scale to measure it. — MATTHEW ARTUS

#5: Booker T (27)

11-time WCW Tag Team Champion

Five-time WCW World Champion

Four-time United States Champion

Three-time World Tag Team Champion

Two-time Hardcore Champion

One-time World Heavyweight Champion

One-time Intercontinental Champion

When WWE acquired WCW in spring 2001, Booker T was the WCW Champion, a title that he’s let no one forget he’d go on to hold five times (five times, five times …). But more impressively, Booker was an 11-time WCW Tag Team Champion — a record for the championship — including 10 reigns with his brother Stevie Ray as Harlem Heat. Booker also scored tag title wins with Test, Rob Van Dam and Goldust.

In singles competition, Booker could hang in the ring with technicians and brawlers alike, winning the United States Title four times across both WCW and WWE. He even picked up two Hardcore Title wins — both only lasted a matter of moments and were on the same night, but who’s counting? In 2006, Booker finally reached the pinnacle of sports-entertainment, winning the World Heavyweight Championship in the wake of his King of the Ring victory. — ZACH LINDER

#4: Chris Jericho (28)

Nine-time Intercontinental Champion

Five-time World Tag Team Champion

Four-time Cruiserweight Champion

Three-time World Heavyweight Champion

Two-time WWE Tag Team Champion

Two-time WCW World Champion

One-time WWE Champion

One-time Hardcore Champion

One-time European Champion

At the turn of the century, Chris Jericho debuted as a man on a mission, hell-bent on saving the WWE Universe.

Witness Y2J’s epic arrivals | Watch “Breaking the Code: Chris Jericho” on WWE Network

During his subsequent crusade, Y2J not only managed to convert a following of “Jerichoholics,” but he also earned a total of 28 title reigns in the process. In addition to being the first Undisputed WWE Champion, Jericho also boasts the most Intercontinental Title reigns in WWE history with nine. As if his in-ring accolades weren’t enough, he also fronts his own rock band and hosts a popular podcast.

It’s within the squared circle, though, that Jericho has proven he is, to paraphrase the Superstar himself, the best in the world at what he does. — GREG ADKINS

#3: Ric Flair (29)

14-time WCW World Champion

Five-time United States Champion

Three-time WCW Tag Team Champion

Two-time WWE Champion

Two-time World Tag Team Champion

Two-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion

One-time Intercontinental Champion

Everyone talks, and rightly so, about Ric Flair’s 16 World Championships, a record that’s only recently been sniffed by John Cena, who’s currently at 15.

Revisit the Flair-Steamboat rivalry | Watch Flair’s final match on WWE Network

But that lofty stat fails to account for the complete acumen of Ric Flair’s body of work: “The Nature Boy” has 29 total stints as a stylin’, profilin’ champion. Flair’s trophy case is more varied than most Superstars’, as well. He’s won title gold in the territories (“Naitch” boasts six runs as the NWA Champion) and the later-era major promotions (the bulk of Flair’s hardware comes from WCW; a late-game return to WWE notched him three World Tag Title reigns and an Intercontinental Championship as well). And let’s be honest: He appeared more comfortable toting around those titles than most men look in their entire lives.

Oldest ride, longest line. WOO! — ANTHONY BENIGNO

#2: Edge (31)

12-time World Tag Team Champion

Seven-time World Heavyweight Champion

Five-time Intercontinental Champion

Four-time WWE Champion

Two-time WWE Tag Team Champion

One-time United States Champion

They can call him The Rated-R Superstar. They can call him The Master Manipulator. But above all, they have to call him champion. That’s because WWE Hall of Famer Edge holds the second most WWE-sanctioned title reigns in history at a whopping 31.

This includes 11 World Championships (four WWE Titles and a record-setting seven World Heavyweight Titles), five Intercontinental Championships, a combined 14 reigns as a WWE and World Tag Team Champion and a United States Championship just for good measure. The Ultimate Opportunist was the perfect nickname for a competitor who used his incredible ability and strategic superiority to truly climb to the top of the golden mountain. — MICHAEL BURDICK

#1: Raven (32)

27-time Hardcore Champion

Two-time ECW Champion

One-time United States Champion

One-time WCW Tag Team Champion

One-time WCW Light Heavyweight Champion

For a dingy, misanthropic Gen-X dropout, Raven sure was successful. Like many Superstars on this list, the flannelled fighter’s outsized stats are owed largely to The Attitude Era boom of transitory Hardcore Championship reigns, of which Raven had 27. (None of Raven’s last 15 reigns with the scrapyard title lasted even a day.) Yet, to overlook his many other accomplishments would be a gross disservice.

As a two-time ECW Champion, Raven was a cornerstone for the outlaw organization during a crucial period of growth — even notching a 252-day reign in 1996-1997, the third-longest in the title’s history. Raven also had runs with the prestigious WCW U.S. and Tag Team Titles and, as Scotty Flamingo, he held the precursor to the Cruiserweight Title, the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship. Not that any of that made him any less miserable of a person. Turns out, even record-breaking championship success is no remedy for a mean case of ennui. — JOHN CLAPP

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