Between 1971 and 1977, there were only 3 WWE champions. On February 8th 1971 Pedro Morales won the title and held it for an incredible 1,027 days, before finally being beaten by Stan Stasiak in 1973.
So how long did Stasiak hold the belt for after that? 9 days. Nine, whole days. Stasiak dropped the belt to Bruno Sammartino a little over a week after he had won it, with Sammartino going on to hold the belt for an even more incredible 1,237 days.
Stasiak’s only title reign was the very epitome of a transitional one.