5 of the most protected WWE Champions of all time
In the storied history of WWE, wrestlers have come and gone, but only a few managed to bag the top spot in their respective eras. When a Superstar is pushed and the company sees ratings or revenue increase with each passing day, said wrestler gets protected in the ring.
In professional wrestling, protecting a wrestler can be defined as making sure that he comes out on top on a regular basis, and rarely loses a match. These protections lead to fans believing in the Superstar as being someone who is untouchable, and can't be easily defeated. When it comes to protecting a Superstar, Undertaker's WrestleMania streak comes to mind. For more than two decades, Taker was protected at 'Mania and he went on to win 21 consecutive matches. This protection is frequently afforded to champions, especially World Champions.
Let's take a look at 5 most protected WWE Champions of all time.
#5 The Ultimate Warrior
By the time WrestleMania 6 came around, The Ultimate Warrior had become one of the hottest acts in professional wrestling. He was going head to head in terms of popularity with none other than Hulk Hogan himself. This resulted in a Champion vs Champion match at The Grandest Stage Of Them All, which Warrior ultimately won.
Warrior's WWE career was marred with controversy, and he didn't stay for long in the company. Warrior's winning percentage in WWE was a whopping 89.4%, for wrestlers who had wrestled more than 100 matches. Looking at these figures, it's not hard to believe that Vince McMahon was all set to replace Hogan with Warrior, as the face of his company. A string of backstage controversies, however, led to a rift between McMahon and Warrior. One wonders what incredible in-ring records Warrior would have made had he stayed in WWE in the early 90s.