WWE.com – Editors’ Choice: Who is the greatest WWE World Champion ever?

Photo of WWE champions John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.

The WWE Trinity – John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels

What makes a “Great” champion? Is it the number of titles a wrestle has one? Is it down to the talent a wrestler has in the ring? Is it strength, determination and the will to never give up? Well WWE.com have posted an article looking at a select few are worth to be given the title of a “Great” champion.

It comes to no surprise that Shawn made the list, he wasn’t a multiple time heavyweight champion like Ric Flair, John Cena and Triple H. But Shawn was a great champion, in a time WWE needed a great champion and a soldier to lead the company against rivals WCW.

Shawn Michaels

Photo of WWE Champion Shawn Michaels

WWE’s “Main Event” Champion- Shawn Michaels.

The WWE underwent a transitional period during the mid-’90s. A “New Generation” of talent was slowly beginning to emerge as the Monday Night War with WCW went nuclear. When Shawn Michaels became WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XII in 1996 (his first of four career World Championship reigns), WWE needed a soldier who they could put out on the front line to protect their turf. The Heartbreak Kid was that man.

Pundits have attempted to diminish the historical significance of Michaels’ ’96 reign as the years have passed, but the facts cannot be disputed. During an era when the WWE needed a saviour, The Showstopper moved to the front of the pack and carried the torch through some incredibly dark days, fuelling the fire with his work rate and passion.

HBK may have been removed from the battlefield by the time the war was ultimately won, but his tenure as champion was undoubtedly the reason the soldiers who followed him had the opportunity to fight at all. — RYAN PAPPOLLA

To see who else made the list visit the source link below.

Source: WWE.com

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