Having recently been crowned the new WWE Champion, Bray
Wyatt ended a lengthy wait for his first taste of world title glory.
Six-and-a-half years had passed since he first debuted as
Husky Harris, or more specifically 2441 days. Regardless of how you want to slice
it, that’s an awfully long time, although, it’s by no means the longest time
that someone’s had to wait for their maiden world championship run—as the
following eleven wrestlers will attest to.
But before we run through this patient bunch, first a bit of housekeeping.
Rankings have been based upon the total time between a
wrestler’s officially-recognised debut and the date at which they won their
first world championship—be it WWE, World Heavyweight or ECW. So, for example, even though Ric
Flair made a couple of appearances for the company in 1976, he hasn’t been
included because his official debut is recognised as 1991. Likewise, guys such
as AJ Styles or Mick Foley, who had try-out matches a number of years before
their actual arrivals, haven’t been considered either.
And finally, the likes of Pedro Morales and Sgt. Slaughter
have been left out because, despite long waits for a world title, during
those years they actually spent more time away from the company than in it.