Several years ago, CM Punk claimed to be the Best In The World, based on his impressive 434-day reign as WWE Champion. But is he truly the best?
The best World Champions throughout history often got to the mountain top more than once, helping cement their ultimate legacy. Therefore, it make sense to combine all of their World Title reigns into a single number to establish dominance.
Which leads us to this experiment, which we don't believe has ever been quite done before.
In selecting the Top 50 Longest-Reigning World Champions, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories poured through the records of more than 200 recognized World Champions (men and women) in the following North American based promotions:
WWWF/WWF/WWE (1963 - present, although the Women's Championship was established in 1956; note this also includes the NXT Championship)
All Elite Wrestling (2019 - present)
TNA/Impact Wrestling (2002 - present)
ROH (2002 - present)
NWA/WCW (1948 - 2001, excluding the NWA Title beginning in 1993 when the company split from WCW)
AWA (1960 - 1990)
ECW (1992 - 2001 and 2006 - 2001)
From there, we combined the number of days for EVERY World Title reign each wrestler had, whether they were in the same promotion or not. Note that the calculations go up until August 28, 2020 - so the final figures are likely to fluctuate as time goes on.
Ready? Here we go!