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The 5 shortest Title reigns in history of WWE

The total length of the five shortest reigns in the history of the WWE Title is a paltry 13 minutes, 34 seconds. The list of Superstars that are among the unfortunate five may be more stunning than the final total itself. Even John Cena is included on this list of some of the most seasoned Superstars in WWE history. In light of this, WWE.com presents five of the quickest and possibly most unexpected WWE Championship reigns in history.

Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan was channeling his inner Frodo in August 2013. Diminutive. Scrappy. fighting the bad forces on a foolish quest.  The “Yes!” Man’s odyssey came to an end at SummerSlam that year, as he squared off against John Cena in the title contest. Bryan finally defeated The Champ to win his first WWE Title after a long back-and-forth. The Authority’s golden kid, Randy Orton, slithered down the ramp to cash in his Money in the Bank contract, and shortly after left L.A.’s Staples Centre with the title in tow. As confetti flew down, guest referee Triple H startled the WWE Universe when he struck Bryan with a Pedigree.

John Cena

When John Cena performed at Elimination Chamber 2010, it must have compared to winning the lotto and then realising you lost your ticket. The Champ defeated Triple H, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Ted DiBiase, and Kofi Kingston in a gruelling Elimination Chamber Match to win the WWE Championship, defying all odds. As John was enjoying the victory, Mr. McMahon, his archrival, entered the ring and told Cena that he would be the champion at WrestleMania, but only if he could defeat Batista. The Animal quickly dispatched the worn-out Champ by dropping him with a Batista Bomb before capturing the championship for himself.

Yokozuna 

Even a 589-pound man occasionally bites off more than he can chew. Take Yokozuna, for instance. The main match of WrestleMania IX saw the substantial Superstar competing against Bret Hart for “Hit Man’s” WWE Championship. Yokozuna was able to win the title with aid from his manager, Mr. Fuji, who rubbed salt in Hart’s eyes. Fuji, though, consented to a match between him and his client when Hulk Hogan came out to see how Hart was doing. Big error. Fuji returned to the well and threw salt in Hogan’s direction. This time, though, he whiffed and instead briefly rendered Yokozuna blind, allowing his rival to triumph in a dizzyingly quick 22 seconds.

Seth Rollins 

Unfortunately for Seth Rollins, his second WWE Championship reign lasted about two minutes, or about as long as it takes to cook a great poached egg. At WWE Money in the Bank 2016, The Architect, who had recovered from an injury a month earlier, faced off against Roman Reigns for the championship. Even though he triumphed over his erstwhile comrades in The Shield, his celebration would be brief. Rollins was left with one of the more humiliating moments in WWE history as Dean Ambrose, the third member of the Shield, decided to cash in after winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match earlier in the evening.

Andre the Giant 

Everyone has a price, as Ted DiBiase of “The Million Dollar Man” is fond of saying. Andre the Giant demonstrated on the evening of February 5, 1988 that even he was willing to compromise on his morals when the going got tough. DiBiase had previously tried unsuccessfully to purchase the WWE Title, but he now placed his hopes in Andre. The then-champion Hulk Hogan was about to face The Eighth Wonder of the World as “The Million Dollar Man” watched. DiBiase even sent in a ringer referee who called a dubious three-count in order to guarantee the 7-foot-4 Superstar’s victory. Andre instantly gave the title to DiBiase after receiving it, ensuring his position at the top of this list of questionable distinctions.

NameEventTime
Andre the GiantThe Main Event 19881m 48sec
Seth RollinsMoney in the Bank 20162m
YokozunaWrestlemania 92m 6sec
John CenaElimination Chamber 20103m 33sec
Daniel BryanSummerSlam 20104m 7sec

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