WWE Records

The New England Patriots' 2008 perfect regular season in the NFL has reminded us that perfection is something sought after by many, but achieved by very few. 2008 was no different; in fact, the year should brought many surprises and changes to the landscape of WWE, and perhaps send some of sports-entertainment’s most elevated records crashing down. Then again, some accomplishments in the history of the squared circle may never again be matched, so let's takes an in-depth look at the annals of wrestling lore

Undertaker - Undefeated streak at WrestleMania

This incredible record at sports-entertainment’s biggest spectacle has seen many of WWE’s mightiest fall to the power of The Phenom. “The Streak” – as it has become commonly known to our fans – began at WrestleMania VII, when Undertaker defeated WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. This unparalleled run continued in 2007 at WrestleMania 23, when The Deadman defeated Batista in front of more than 80,000 fans to capture the World Heavyweight Championship. As the Road to WrestleMania XXIV began, many wonder if Undertaker will be able to continue The Streak in Orlando. He currently stands at 18-0.

The Fabulous Moolah - Women's Championship (10,170 days)

Moolah was the first recognized Women’s Champion in sports-entertainment history in 1956, and the 1995 Hall of Fame inductee made her name by holding onto the title for nearly 30 years, losing it in 1984. The dominating Diva paved the way for all other female competitors to follow with grace, grit and class, and she became the gold standard by which all future champions would measure themselves. Moolah would remain a fixture in WWE for years following her title reign, and will forever be remembered by our fans during WWE’s “Attitude” era alongside Mae Young. Sadly, Moolah passed away in November 2007.

Bruno Sammartino - WWE Champion (2,803 days)

Sammartino’s nearly-eight-year run as WWE Champion is a feat that may never be duplicated. The reign is the longest WWE Championship reign in sports-entertainment history, and Sammartino defended the title while becoming a fixture at Madison Square Garden. The impact of Bruno Sammartino’s time as WWE Champion is best summed up by the reaction of the crowd the night he first lost the title to Ivan Koloff in January of 1971: Stunned silence. Sammartino would regain the title in the late '70s, but not long after losing it to “Superstar” Billy Graham, injuries would force him to eventually retire.

Honky Tonk Man - Intercontinental Championship (454 days)

He’s “cool, cocky, bad,” and he holds the record for the longest Intercontinental Championship reign in WWE history. No one could predict that when Honky Tonk defeated Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the title in June 1987, he’d “shake, rattle and roll” his way to the record books. Yet Honky Tonk Man and his trademark gee-tar played keep-away with the title for over a year, until he hit a sour note against the Ultimate Warrior.

Ric Flair - 16-time World Champion

For the better part of the past 35 years, Flair has been “Wooooo!” –ing his way to the top of sports-entertainment, “stylin’ and profilin’” with more World Championship reigns than any other Superstar. His greatness has been second to none and his battles with such names as Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Vader, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat and his friend, Triple H, have become as legendary as “The Man” himself. Such in-ring accomplishments have become second nature for the “Nature Boy,” who hopes to once again hit the top of Space Mountain.

Edge - 12-time Tag Team Champion

Though the longest reign with a Tag Team Championship in WWE history belongs to Demolition’s Ax & Smash (478 days), no Superstar has ever held more Tag Team Titles than Edge. An 11-time World Tag Team Champion and one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (ironically, with his rival, Rey Mysterio), the Rated-R Superstar was a mainstay at the top of the tag divisions for much of his career before ultimately changing his opportunistic focus to the WWE and World Heavyweight Titles.

Hulk Hogan - WWE Championship (1,474 days)

Hogan’s time with the gold around his waist may not be the longest in history, but it is the reign that helped catapult WWE into the mainstream. With Hulkamania running wild in the early '80s, sports-entertainment, Hogan and the other Superstars of WWE became household names. The defining moment took place on a night when another record was established, at WrestleMania III in the Pontiac Silverdome before 93,173 fans. It was there that Hogan delivered the “Slam Heard ‘Round the World” to the 500-pound Andre the Giant.

Trish Stratus - 7-time Women's Champion

Trish Stratus stormed onto the WWE scene in 2000 and let her managerial success carry over to the ring, capturing her first Women’s Title at Survivor Series 2001. Even more remarkable, Trish provided our fans “100 percent Stratusfaction guaranteed” by winning the gold a record seven times, including an unforgettable final match at Unforgiven 2006 in her hometown of Toronto where she went out on top with a victory over longtime rival, Lita.

John Cena - WWE Championship (380 days)

Cena’s third championship reign began when he defeated Edge at Unforgiven 2006 in a TLC Match. Cena looked to make his most recent championship stand atop WWE one for the record books. And he might as well have done so, especially having defended it successfully against Superstars like Shawn Michaels, The Great Khali, Umaga and Randy Orton. Sadly, it was the unforeseen that brought Cena’s potential record reign to a screeching halt, when he tore his pectoral muscle in October 2007 and was forced to vacate the WWE Championship.

Gregory Helms - Cruiserweight Championship (385 days)

Shortly after ditching his superhero alter-ego on Raw, Gregory Helms made an immediate impact with his new attitude and focus. At Royal Rumble 2006, Helms shocked our fans as a surprise participant in a Cruiserweight Open for the title held by SmackDown’s Kid Kash. Helms won the title that night, and moved over to SmackDown where he set two records: Becoming the longest reigning Cruiserweight Champion, and the longest title holder of any kind in SmackDown history.

Andre the Giant - 15-year unbeaten streak

No list of this magnitude would be complete without Andre the Giant. The “Eighth Wonder of the World” and first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, Andre remained unbeaten in WWE for nearly 15 years, from almost the moment he arrived in March 1973 until 1987’s goliath encounter with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III. Though he only held the WWE Championship once (1988), Andre’s power and prowess made him one of the most dominating athletes in the history of WWE, and arguably the world.