This past Sunday at Backlash Jinder Mahal become the WWE Champion. The decision to put the belt on Jinder has been polarising, to say the least. While some fans are arguing that it is good that the WWE are pushing new talents, and that they are still able to surprise even the most clued up of wrestling fans. Many others are claiming that it is an absolute joke that does nothing but tarnishes the reputation of the company’s most prestigious belt.
While I can understand both sides of the argument, I will wait to see how his title reign plays out in the coming weeks. The guy has nuclear heat with some fans at the moment, and the company could be smart to play up to it. Alternatively, it could actually drive some fans away from the product as frustration grows at other talents not being given the push they deserve.
But how bad can Jinder Mahal’s title reign actually be? There is a fair chance that it could go down as one of the worst in the company’s history, if it is not handled correctly, so with that in mind, let’s take a look at the ten worst WWE title reigns the company has given us in the belt’s storied history so far.
The Miz had the best run of his career last year following the brand split and had he won the WWE title during that time, I’m sure he could have achieved great things. Unfortunately for The Miz, his WWE title reign came way too early in his WWE career.
Back in November 2010, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and defeated Randy Orton for the WWE title on an episode of Raw. His victory was met with a fairly venomous reaction from the WWE universe, and a shot of a little girl in the crowd with a look of utter disgust on her face is still a popular internet meme today.
The Miz would go on to hold the title for an astonishing 6 months, in a run that even saw him beat John Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania 27. The former reality TV star would eventually lose his belt to John Cena one month later at Extreme Rules, in a rare example of fans actually cheering a John Cena title victory.
The Miz’s reign may have been long, but it was universally hated by the WWE audience and was a prime example of a man just not being ready for the big-time.