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2. Brock Lesnar Became The Youngest WWE Champion Ever

Brock Lesnar The Rock

Please note that this entry concerns only the WWE Championship, and no other recognized World title under WWE's jurisdiction. The championship lineage of WWE's main prize dates back to 1963, it's not all that common to see a wrestler younger than their late-twenties end up with the belt. Lesnar, of course, is the exception to a lot of rules.

At the time Brock Lesnar won the WWE Championship from The Rock, he was only six weeks removed from his 25th birthday. His win broke the record set by Yokozuna in 1993, who was 26 years, six months old when he felled Bret Hart at WrestleMania 9.

Since Lesnar's win, only four men have captured their first WWE Championship in their twenties: John Cena in 2005, Randy Orton in 2007, Seth Rollins in 2015, and Bray Wyatt in 2017. None, of course, were quite as young as "The Beast Incarnate" when he reached the mountain-top.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.