Hoisting the WWE Title happened for all of these men on the date and event specified. Unfortunately for each, the title reign was short-lived. Before the night was through they all lost what they worked so hard to achieve.
Andre the Giant
February 5, 1988 – Main Event I
As legendary as he is, Andre the Giant never held a major title in the WWE for more than a short moment. After winning the title from Hulk Hogan, Andre immediately sold it to Ted Dibiase. The title was vacated and eventually won in a match at Wrestlemania by Randy Savage when he defeated Dibiase.
April 4, 1993 – Wrestlemania IX
A member of the famous Anoa’i Family which includes The Rock and current superstar Roman Reigns, Yokozuna won has WWE Title at Wrestlemania IX. Getting a little too cocky, his manager Mr. Fuji accepted a challenge from Hulk Hogan for a match with the title on the line. Hogan won, ruining Yokozuna’s Wrestlemania moment.
Randy Orton and Triple H
October 7, 2007 – No Mercy
After holding onto the title for 380 days, John Cena was injured just days before the No Mercy Pay Per View. The title was vacated then awarded to Randy Orton at No Mercy. Orton was forced to immediately defend the title on the first match of the night. He would lose this match to Triple H. Triple H had already been booked to face Umaga that night so instead of a grudge match, the WWE Title would be on the line. Triple H successfully defended his title, this time. A backstage announcement from Vince McMahon let the world know Orton was going to use his rematch clause as the night’s main event in a Last Man Standing match. Orton would win the title in one of the strangest booked Pay Per Views of all-time.
June 7, 2009 – Extreme Rules
Two men with some of the most memorable ladder match moments in history, Jeff Hardy took on WWE World Heavyweight Champion Edge at Extreme Rules for the title. Hardy won the belt only to have the celebration short-lived when CM Punk came out after the match to successfully cash in his Money in the Bank Contract. This moment led to the beginning of CM Punk’s main event status.
February 21, 2010 – Elimination Chamber
The unstoppable John Cena thought he would head into Wrestlemania with the title after winning it back in the Elimination Chamber match. Unfortunately for him, a fresh Batista came out and won the title off a beaten down Cena setting up for their match at Wrestlemania.
February 15, 2011 – SmackDown
Vickie Guerrero’s new boyfriend Dolph Ziggler was awarded the title, by her, after it was stripped from her ex-boyfriend Edge for using the banned move, the spear. Former SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long happened to return this same night with a different agenda in mind. Long setup Ziggler to defend the title against Edge, something he was unable to do as Edge would win the match.
July 25, 2011 – RAW
After CM Punk left with the WWE Title, a tournament was setup to determine a new champion. Rey Mysterio would win this tournament and the title only to then be forced into a match against John Cena. Cena won his match against Mysterio later leading to a match against CM Punk at Summerslam.
August 14, 2011 – Summerslam
Duel champions CM Punk and John Cena met at Summerslam to determine who the true holder of the WWE Title was. Punk won the match and the title. Karma came back to bite him as Money in the Bank contract holder Alberto Del Rio rushed out and successfully cashed in on Punk to steal the title away.
December 18, 2011 – TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
After a long drought of never winning a main event title, Big Show finally won it at TLC. Clearly exhausted, another Money in the Bank contract holder took advantage. Out came the undersized Daniel Bryan to cash in his contract and win the title from Big Show before he even had a chance to celebrate.
August 18, 2013 – Summerslam
An almost identical repeat from the Summerslam two years prior, fan-favorite Daniel Bryan won the title only for someone else to come out with a Money in the Bank contract to take his moment away. This time around it was Randy Orton. The two continued a feud with Bryan continuously getting screwed by Triple H. On the bright side, these moments have helped catapult Bryan into an elite level of popularity and pretty much forced the WWE to write Bryan in as the champion at Wrestlemania.