Like the Lord, Vince McMahon giveth, and Vince McMahon taketh away.
And, as is the case with our divine creator, the WWE chairman is sometimes a little cruel when it comes to the taketh away bit. In fact, he often only allows his valued employees to celebrate their life's work for a few precious minutes before robbing them blind in front of a live television audience.
To be fair to Vince, this isn't - as far as we're aware - done in order to humiliate. Rather, it can on occasion make for compelling viewing to see a wrestler defend their belt mere minutes after winning it (and by "on occasion" we mean the first 15 to 20 times it happened; now it's as tired and cliché as everything else that happens inside the squared circle).
Over recent years, this situation almost always comes about when a wrestler chooses to cash in their Money in the Bank briefcase, a plot device that has only existed for the last 13 years. But it may surprise you to learn that two of the quickest title reigns on this list each came a quarter-century ago.