WrestleMania XXX will go down in history for hosting a number of ground-shaking moments that will certainly shape the future of pro wrestling. One such moment may go down as the most shocking moment in the pro wrestling history — the 21-0 undefeated streak of The Undertaker coming to an end in his match with Brock Lesnar. Fans are still passionately debating the decision on the WWE and Undertaker’s part to end “The Streak,” which is likely a sign that the Deadman’s in-ring career has, or is about to, come to a close. While the 21-0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania XXX is certainly an amazing accomplishment, it’s fair to say that some other incredibly impressive streaks in wrestling history have been pushed aside and, to some degree, forgotten about. So, we decided to look back at some of the other streaks that had a massive impact on professional wrestling. While there will almost certainly be a new streak in the future that the WWE can throw its marketing muscle behind, some of the records set by the items in this list seem impossible to dethrone in today’s environment.
7. CM Punk’s 434 Day WWE Title Reign
Wrestling fans have often criticized the fact that today’s wrestling storylines are too fast-paced and that nothing really has the longevity to be taken seriously from a storyline perspective. However, the CM Punk title reign that lasted from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013 was certainly a throwback to the old school territory days. Punk’s reign was the longest since Hulk Hogan’s 1,474 day reign from the mid to late 1980’s, which is a pretty phenomenal accomplishment for a guy that probably didn’t think he would ever lead the WWE while he was working his way up through the indy scene. The lengthy title reign will likely be the top accomplishment of Punk’s career as he never ended up main eventing a WrestleMania before leaving the company in early 2014.
6. The Fabulous Moolah’s 28-Year Women’s Championship Reign
WWE Hall of Famer The Fabulous Moolah was a true pioneer in professional wrestling, becoming the first female to become a true marquee name in the business. On September 18, 1956, The Fabulous Moolah defeated Judy Grable to win the vacant Women’s Championship. That title reign would last for an astonishing 28 years. At the WWF/MTV television special “The Brawl to End it All” that preceded WrestleMania 1, Moolah would put the title on the line against the up-and-coming talent Wendi Richter. The WWF’s faith in Richter was evident as they decided to crown her the new Women’s Champion and began to market her alongside Hulk Hogan as the new leaders of the company. Richter would have a relatively short lived reign as the champion before losing the title back to Moolah in a match that was considered the first “screwjob” in pro wrestling. Despite the questionable nature of her second title reign beginning, Moolah’s incredible 28-years as Women’s Champion is a feat that we will surely never see again in wrestling.
5. Goldberg’s 173-0 Undefeated Streak
One could easily argue that Bill Goldberg had the greatest rookie year in the history of the wrestling business. The former Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle made his debut in 1997 and tore through 173 opponents consecutively, setting a consecutive win record that still sits untouched today. WCW knew they had something special as the crowd reaction began to build momentum as the streak itself became an important part of Goldberg’s overall character and presentation. The momentum led WCW to pull the trigger and crown Goldberg their World Champion on Monday Nitro by defeating “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan on a live episode of WCW Nitro in Goldberg’s hometown in Atlanta. Goldberg would remain undefeated through late 1998 before losing to Kevin Nash at that year’s Starrcade, a move that was criticized in similar fashion to the reaction to The Undertaker’s loss at WrestleMania XXX. When the dust settled, Goldberg’s undefeated streak was a central part in establishing his superstar status and played a huge role in WCW’s offence in the Monday Night Wars.
4. WCW Nitro’s 84-Week Ratings Win Streak
Speaking of the Monday Night Wars, you couldn’t write a list about wrestling streaks without including the streak that nearly put Vince McMahon out of business. WCW Nitro’s most successful period in the ratings war with WWF Monday Night RAW led to a 84-week win streak that seemed like it was never going to end. Riding the success of the nWo storyline, Bill Goldberg and one of the deepest talent rosters in wrestling history, WCW became the number one wrestling company in the world and one of cable television’s most watched shows. Then, everything came crashing down. On the January 4, 1999 episode of Nitro, Tony Schiavone would give away the results of the taped episode of RAW airing on the other network in a move that backfired hard. While the WCW brass thought it was funny their former midcarder Mick Foley won the WWF Championship on the other show, their not-so-loyal Nitro viewers decided to switch the channel to see the moment play out on the other broadcast. This would be the moment that the WWF won back control of the ratings war and marked the end of the 84-week win streak for WCW.
3. Bruno Sammartino’s 2,803-Day Title Reign
Bruno Sammartino carried the then WWWF Heavyweight Championship for almost a decade through the 1960’s into the 1970’s, which is a testament to the popularity and drawing power Sammartino had with the northeast wrestling audience during that period. The strongman from Abruzzo, Italy was arguably wrestling’s first big time “common man” character that found a way to connect with the audience in a way that made him feel like he was truly one of them. When Bruno lost the title to Ivan Koloff in 1971, the hush that came over the crowd was akin to what you’d expect to hear if someone had died in the ring. When combined with his second title reign from the mid-1970’s, Bruno’s total combined number of days as champion sits at an untouchable 4040 days, which is just over 11 years. Good luck touching that, John Cena!
2. The Undertaker’s 21-0 Undefeated Streak at WrestleMania
When Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX, the life of the crowd seemed to instantly escape the New Orleans Superdome as the fans began to digest the fact that “The Streak” was actually over. Those both inside and outside the wrestling business thought that The Undertaker would eventually end his career with his undefeated streak at WrestleMania intact, mostly because of the fact that “The Streak” had become such a central piece of the WWE brand over the last several years. It was truly much more important than the WWE World Heavyweight Championship itself. While the decision to finally end “The Streak” will be debated for years to come, it’s clear that the 21-match streak will forever go down as one of the most untouchable feats in wrestling history.
1. Andre the Giant’s 15-Year Undefeated Streak
Vince McMahon has called Andre the Giant the “greatest attraction in the history of the business.” The first ever member of the WWE Hall of Fame spent the bulk of his wrestling career making special appearances for almost every major wrestling territory in the game whilst maintaining an undefeated streak throughout. The believability of such a thing would be questionable if it wasn’t for the fact that Andre was a legitimate 7’4” and nearly 500 pounds. Andre’s undefeated streak would be used as a central building block in the build-up toward his famous match with Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III. Although Andre was going in as the challenger to Hogan’s title, it felt as if Hogan was the underdog challenging Andre given the 15-year streak riding behind the Giant. When Hogan slammed Andre and pinned him for the victory, the biggest torch in the history of the wrestling business was passed to Hogan ultimately set Hulk up to lead one of wrestling most popular eras. Andre’s streak will go down as the greatest streak in wrestling history and will undoubtedly go unchallenged in the future.