Some people may criticize the importance of streaks in pro wrestling because the outcomes of matches are predetermined. Although this is true, the fact that a promoter has a certain wrestler embark on a winning streak proves he is one of the greatest talents in the organization. If nothing else, a historic streak is a sign of the wrestler’s popularity and standing in the promotion. Take a look back at the top five streaks in wrestling history.
5. Goldberg’s undefeated streak: 173-0
Although Goldberg was greener than St. Patrick’s Day during his undefeated streak, he was easily the most popular WCW wrestler on the roster. While on his epic streak, WCW booked Goldberg’s matches to make him look like an unstoppable monster. The highlight of his streak was defeating Hulk Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Title.
4. Lou Thesz: 1,941 straight days as NWA World Heavyweight Champion
The fact that the WWE made such a big deal out of CM Punk’s 434-day reign as WWE Champion shows how different this era is from the past. Lou Thesz personified old school wrestling as a legitimate tough guy, athlete, and role model. Thesz’s first NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign lasted six years from 1949 to 1955.
3. Bruno Sammartino: 2,803 straight days as WWWF World Heavyweight Champion
As great as Lou Thesz’s streak was, it pales in comparison to Bruno Sammartino’s first WWWF World Heavyweight Championship reign. Sammartino had the same qualities as Thesz, but the WWWF Champion was even more popular as an Italian-American in the northeast. His streak as men’s World Champion may never be broken.
2. Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak: 21-0
Older fans may scoff at where I ranked The Undertaker’s streak with respect to Thesz and Sammartino. But WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of wrestling and The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at this event for over three decades is phenomenal. The WWE has branded “The Streak” as the most significant yearly event at WrestleMania.
1. Fabulous Moolah: 28 straight years as Women’s Champion
How long is 28 years? It would be the equivalent of someone becoming WWF Champion at WrestleMania II in 1986 and not losing the title until WrestleMania XXX in 2014. The Fabulous Moolah reigned atop the female wrestling world for four decades. And when she was World Champion, female wrestlers were pro wrestlers, not Divas. This is clearly the greatest streak in pro wrestling history.
Honorable mention greatest pro wrestling streaks
Verne Gagne reigns as AWA World Heavyweight Champion for 2,625 straight days. WCW Nitro defeats WWF Raw for 84 straight weeks in the Nielsen ratings. Raw airs for 21 straight years and counting. CM Punk reigns as WWE Champion for 434 straight days in the modern era.
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