Re: Worst World Champion since 2002?
It was a tough choice, but I picked Jinder Mahal as having the worst world title reign in the past 14 years.
People can hate on The Great Khali all they want, and donít get me wrong, he was absolutely abysmal in the ring. Yet he was over seven feet tall and was built up with victories over legends like The Undertaker, so it would make sense for him to win the World Heavyweight Championship at least once. Besides that, he only held the title for about two months and then never held it again.
Jack Swagger had all the charisma of a cardboard box and his acting ability could only have been rivalled only by Linda McMahon. His push came out of nowhere. However, from a kayfabe perspective, he won the Money in the Bank contract and took advantage of a weakened world champion to win the title. Sure, it sucked, but from a storyline perspective, you can just about justify it when comparing against others. Also, he didnít hold the title for too long either, and was a good in-ring worker, as demonstrated in matches with guys like Orton, Cena, Undertaker and Rey Mysterio.
Jinder Mahal, on the other hand, held the most prestigious championship on offer with no merit behind it whatsoever. Storyline wise, it was completely unbelievable that a former member of a comedy act could suddenly become world champion within a month of a push. He has barely any charisma, his in-ring ability is mediocre at best, his push was unjustified and he shouldnít have held the title for as long as he did with guys like AJ Styles and Randy Orton on the brand.