Wrestling outcomes are predetermined and everyone knows it. That’s not up for debate. And you would think that the results being known in advance should theoretically make it easier for titles to change hands inside the ring. However, sometimes that’s not what happens. People get injured before big matches, belts get dissolved and resurrected months or years later, backstage politics lead to sticky situations, and sometimes the people writing the shows create wacky situations in order to justify their paychecks. Whatever the case, there are definitely some champions in the history of professional wrestling that would rather people forget just exactly how they won their titles.
10. Owen Hart Pinned Someone Dressed As The Champion
Following the infamous Montreal Screwjob, the rest of the Hart Foundation attempted to follow Bret Hart out the door to WCW. Unfortunately for Owen Hart, he was the only one not allowed out of his contract, and stayed behind. Hart immediately entered into a feud with D-Generation X over their role in the Screwjob, and ended up feuding with the European Champion, Triple H (speaking of dumb ways to win the title, Triple H was only the champion because his friend and partner in D-X, Shawn Michaels, allowed himself to be pinned and lose a match that had been set up to punish both men). In order to mess with Hart, Triple H agreed to a title match, but instead sent out Goldust dressed in a silly costume and pretending to be the champion. The tables were turned on D-X, however, when Hart defeated Goldust and Commissioner Slaughter announced that the title change would still count, even though the man who was actually champion had not even participated in the match.