10 Most Unmemorable Title Reigns In WWE History

If a wrestler wins a championship, and no one remembers their reign, did it ever really happen?

Sami Zayn Shinsuke Nakamura

'If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' is a question philosophers have pondered for centuries.

In a similar vein, the modern wrestling fan is faced with an equally complex question: 'If a wrestler wins a championship, and no one remembers their reign, did it ever really happen?'

Thankfully, at least for the folks who have held said titles, there are records on the internet and video evidence that supports their championship claims. That being said, for a variety of reasons, there has been no shortage of forgettable WWE title runs over the last few decades or so.

In truth, particularly in the case of secondary titles, one could make a strong argument that there have been far more lackluster reigns than memorable ones — in recent years, especially.

Moreover, memories vary on a case by case basis, thus making this the sort of topic that invites contrarians to chime in with, 'I remember his or her title reign.'

Contrarians aside, the ten title runs we are about to discuss, all qualify as extremely forgettable.

10. Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental Championship)

Sami Zayn Shinsuke Nakamura

Sure, we all remember Nakamura was Intercontinental Champion. After all, his reign just ended last July. However, the run itself was completely forgettable.

Of course, one of the key ingredients to a memorable title run is defending said title. WWE had Nakamura put the IC strap on the line so infrequently, during this 201-day reign, that it was sometimes difficult to remember that he even held it in the first place.

To illustrate the previous point, when he finally dropped the gold to Braun Strowman on SmackDown, it had been 105 days (over half the length of his championship run) since the last televised intercontinental title defense.

Due in no small part to bad booking, Nakamura's WWE career has been on a fairly steady decline since his WrestleMania 34 WWE Championship match with AJ Styles. Moreover, the I.C. title has been an afterthought for the better part of the last two decades (if not longer). When one considers these two factors, it's easy to understand why this fairly lengthy championship run isn't one we'll be talking about in the coming years.


From 1999-2003 Jacques performed on the Florida independent pro wrestling circuit. He also has an amateur wrestling background and currently holds a certification in Krav Maga. Jacques graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003, with a bachelor's degree in Political Science. He currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Follow him on twitter @goodeals79.