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Re: How many DIFFERENT men have been WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
I can understand why they don't consider the WCW or ECW championships as being a part of the WWE champions list, since they were legitimately different promotions, but it is odd that the World Heavyweight Title isn't included. That's just another problem with a company having two World Champions though. I've always hated that they did that.
I think Inoki SHOULD be considered a champion "officially" by the WWE. DiBiase probably as well, although since he "bought" it, I could see a better argument for that one. Then you have guys like Owen Hart among others who won it but had the decision reversed. In "real" sports, they probably wouldn't be considered champions, so Hart, etc. probably shouldn't as well.
In regards to Batko & whomever else - the OP took the list from wikipedia's ordering of "Combined Reigns," meaning who had held the belt the longest. It's right under the chronological listing of champions on that wikipedia link you posted, Batko. Rogers being listed as 38 (technically tied at 38 with RVD) isn't an insult to him or to his legacy. He's simply held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (in whatever iteration it was in during his days) for a smaller amount of days than 37 other men in the history of the belt. Bruno is at the top of the list because his two reigns, combined, equalled out to 4,040 days total. Buddy's one reign equals out to 22 days.
Last edited by SZilla; 08-06-2015 at 12:19 PM.