Wednesday, December 27, 2006

WWE's Triple Crown

An interesting stat from the WWE archives. There are 12 wrestlers in WWF/WWE history who have achieved "Triple Crown Status". The Triple Crown of WWE is when a wrestler has held the 3 major belts from the WWE: The Intercontinental belt, the tag team belt and the Heavyweight belt. Pedro Morales was the first to achieve this in WWE history. DX & RKO both have all achieved this, as has the late Eddie Guerrero.

The 12 Triple Crown wrestlers:

Pedro Morales
Bret Hart
Shawn Michaels
Steve Austin
The Rock
Triple H
Chris Jericho
Kurt Angle
The Big Show
Eddie Guerrero
Chris Benoit
Ric Flair
John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Rob Van Dam
King Booker
Randy Orton

An impressive list of wrestlers. The most notable missing entries; John Cena, Undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Mick Foley and Ultimate Warrior, who are all 1 belt shy of the achievement. Cena would seem to be the most likely next addition to this list, as he should be a tag title holder at some point in his great career.

According to Wikipedia:

* Shelton Benjamin, Test, Johnny Nitro, Val Venis, Jeff Hardy, Roddy Piper, William Regal, and Marty Jannetty all need a world title reign.
* The Undertaker, Batista, Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley, and Rey Mysterio need a secondary title reign (IC title).
* John Cena and Bobby Lashley need a tag team title reign.

Note: For some reason, Kane is not mentioned amongst those to have held the triple crown. Kane has held the tag title several times and the IC title once. He held the WWE heavyweight title for just 1 night, by beating Stone Cold in Pittsburgh, PA on 06-28-98. It was a first blood match, in which the ref got knocked out, Undertaker interfered and hit Austin with a chair causing him to bleed. The title was won back the following night by Austin. (thanks to Myspace friend "Heartthrob" for hooking us up with this info!).


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