WWE names top 15 world heavyweight champions since bringing back the Big Gold Belt

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It seems we're not the only ones who celebrated the anniversary (in a way) of the rebirth of the world heavyweight championship or, as it's been so affectionately known as for so long, the Big Gold Belt.

WWE.com documented the 10-year mark by dedicating yet another click-baiting list to the subject. Although it's only been in existence for a decade, there have already been a bevy of top stars to hold the title, so the promotion named the top 15.

It's a subjective list and not given any criteria. The number of days each man held the title is listed, as well as key wins during said title reigns, but you know what they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

That's why we can't wait to get your take on the list itself.

Let's get to it.

15. Goldberg (84 days)

Sort of amazing in hindsight that he even held the belt at all. His time with the company was tumultuous at best, with both sides unhappy, Goldberg creatively and WWE with the return on its investment. His entire run was underwhelming and the fact that he won the belt at all should be considered an accomplishment.

14. Daniel Bryan (105 days)

Arguably the most entertaining of anyone on the list, Bryan transformed himself from a bland babyface to one of the best heels in the business with a slow turn for the ages. He was also working with much bigger guys but always pulled it off without issue.

13. Randy Orton (138 days)

When looking back at his time with the strap, Orton was rather underwhelming. I suppose his becoming the youngest world heavyweight champion earned him this spot but not much else. He did have a few memorable matches with Christian and should be lauded for putting Mark Henry over clean.

12. Kane (154 days)

The WWE.com article puts Kane's title reign over by driving home the point that he beat Undertaker at three separate shows in three separate matches, each with a different gimmick. Frankly, his time with the title -- and that feud -- was a drag.

11. CM Punk (160 days)

Before Punk was really considered a top guy, he was cashing in multiple Money in the Bank contracts to win the world heavyweight title on two separate occasions that didn't necessarily lead to memorable reigns but he was doing outstanding work with Jeff Hardy during their 2009 feud before "The Charismatic Enigma" left the company.

10. Chris Jericho (106 days)

This one I don't understand. Sure, he had plenty of good matches, but when looking back at his second run with WWE following his 2007 return, his world heavyweight title reigns are not what comes to mind.

9. John Cena (105 days)

Of course they would find a way to get him on here but again, his two reigns with the belt weren't exactly memorable and he's far too closely associated with the WWE championship to even bothering remembering his time with the Big Gold Belt.

8. Mark Henry (91 days)

Surprising to see him this high on the list but pleasantly so. When Henry opened the "Hall of Pain" for business, he was on point with his promos and his work inside the ring. The dude was a legitimate monster heel.

7. Rey Mysterio (140 days)

The article on WWE.com literally says his reigns "may not have been the most stellar ..." Then why the hell is he this high? He had a good run in 2005, winning the Royal Rumble before taking the title in a triple threat at WrestleMania and defending the belt the next couple months. Solid but not spectacular.

6. Sheamus (153 days and counting)

WWE is hitching its wagon to the pasty Irishman and hoping he can lead them straight to the promised land. The only problem is no one wants to see him feuding with Alberto Del Rio for the 18th pay-per-view in a row.

5. King Booker (126 days)

This spot is well deserved because even the mere mention of the King Booker gimmick takes me back to those days and reminds me how much I utterly despised that character. That means he was doing his job and I hoped week after week he would lose that belt.

4. Undertaker (207 days)

Stature and standing count for something and that's what got "The Deadman" this high. Two of his three separate reigns started with a win at WrestleMania but he never held the title for all that long as he took increasingly longer hiatuses to wind down his career. Still, he deserves it for name alone.

3. Edge (409 days)

Now this one makes sense because the world heavyweight title and Edge damn near became synonymous with each other when he was on Smackdown tearing it up. He won the belt seven times, the most in history, and retired with the belt after retaining it at WrestleMania.

2. Batista (507 days)

Hard to argue with this one. Once Triple H decided he was going to make Batista, there was no stopping "The Animal" and he dominated the main event scene on Smackdown (and Raw to a lesser extent) from 2005 until he left the company in 2010. His initial reign after winning the belt from "The Game" lasted 282 days, the longest in the belts history, and the only reason that happened was because he tore his tricep. That run alone lands him here.

1. Triple H (616 days)

You knew this was coming. As many of you commented in the "This Date in History" post dedicated to WWE bringing it back and simply handing it to him, this belt was all about "The Game" from roughly 2002 until 2005 when he used it to make Batista a top level superstar. He doesn't get a lot of credit for that because of what many have called his "Reign of Terror." The guy took a dump on a lot of different guys, some deserving, some not. The number of days he held the belt means his occupying the top slot is justified but it's a bitter pill to swallow for us smarks.

Thoughts on the list, Cagesiders?

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