Originally Posted by Punter
Benoit, and Jericho when he beat Triple H for the title on SmackDown in 2000.
Benoit's reign is not "erased". WWE just does not acknowledge it directly any further. It's still in the history books and has not been replaced with anything. He was still the champion from Wrestlemania 20 until SummerSlam 2004. Plus if that's erased, it would also remove all his other reigns as IC Champion, Tag Team Champion, US Champion and anything else he won including his Royal Rumble 04 win. Too much history to simply change. What WWE does now is just reference it indirectly. So they will acknowledge that two men have won the Rumble from #1 and that HHH lost his title at WM20 which Orton won at SS and resulted in the split from Evolution but they wont mention Benoit's name.
Erased is Ted DiBiase's "reign" that came from buying the title from Andre the Giant. Instead they will just say that Andre vacated the title after 45 seconds