But there have also been great legends and even Hall of Famers that made it big time in the WWE but NEVER won any single belt! Some of them might even shock you!
Even though they never won any belt in their WWE runs though, they are still considered as one of the best of all time and some have truly made an impact in professional wrestling history.
So without further ado, here are the 10 greatest legends that never won a belt in WWE history!
"Big Cat" Ernie Ladd
After retiring from NFL, Ernie Ladd went to pro wrestling and quickly became well known for his size and power! He is one of the earliest known black wrestlers to portray a heel gimmick.
Ernie Ladd made it big time (no pun intended) in NWA and has held various championships there! But not once in the WWE despite the fact he had great feuds with the likes of Bruno Sammartino and Andre the Giant.
He was inducted on the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994.
"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
There is no other man that can make the whole arena shout his signature "battle cry" than Hacksaw! He's pretty much one of the most (if not the most) entertaining person ever in wrestling history.
Not even an Intercontinental or Tag-Team title run was given to him, he did however became King of the Ring and the winner of the very first; Royal Rumble back in 1988.
JYD had a very successful career in his Mid-South Wrestling run garnering over 15 different championship belts! But his WWE run had him 0 belts.
JYD's over-the-top antics is what made him famous to the crowd! He also had some great matches and feuds with a lot of other great wrestlers but despite this, Vince just saw him as a "fun act" more than a legit champion.
Kinda like George "The Animal" Steele (who also never won a belt in WWE.)
In his Mid-South run, JYD mainly won tag-team titles with various partners so I guess it won't hurt if they made him a tag-team champion back then, but it never happened.
The only major accomplishment for JYD's WWE career was he won the Wrestling Classic tournament and was inducted in WWE Hall of Fame back in 2004.
"Playboy" Buddy Rose
Buddy Rose has also wrestled some other great wrestlers in his time such as Tito Santana,Shawn Michaels,Rocky Johnson,and Marty Jannetty. But his most well known feud was against Roddy Piper!
Him and Piper sold out tickets with their feud at the time, everybody wanted to see them fight!
But despite all of that, Vince didn't seem to care about Buddy Rose and his talent. He did had one championship match and that was against Bob Backlund for the WWF Championship but obviously he loss.
After gaining weight, Rose was stuck in a mockery gimmick which is sad to see his career went downhill. In the last few years of his WWE run he was nothing more than a jobber.
I wish they would induct Buddy Rose in the Hall of Fame someday. He's more than just the "blow away diet guy" he's a true legend in his prime.
"Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff
Mr. Wonderful was in the first ever main event of WrestleMania. And despite having multiple championship matches against Hogan, he wasn't able to capture the belt from him.
However he did win some titles in his WCW run after getting released from WWE.
Dusty Rhodes & Harley Race
First off, Dusty Rhodes & Harley Race came to WWE past their prime (in their mid 40's.) Plus both of them already became major superstars in various indie territories at the time like the NWA.
At least maybe an Intercontinental Championship run would be great for these two right? But no, they didn't win a single belt in their WWE careers despite both being Hall of Famers and generally two of the greatest of all time!
Dusty was a famous babyface and was best known for his yellow polka dot outfit where he had a great feud with "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Harley on the other hand was best known for his King of the Ring run.
I guess when they came to the WWE, they've already made a name for themselves so that's why it's no longer needed for them to win championships, that's just my take on it.
Bam Bam Bigelow
Bam Bam has entertained fans of many ages both as a babyface and heel with his amazing moves and in-ring talent but despite this, Vince never saw him as "champion material" for some reason.
His most well known matches were against Lawrence Taylor in WrestleMania XI and Bret Hart in the finals of King of the Ring tournament in 1993. He had gotten close in winning the World Tag-Team titles in a tournament though, but in the end the team of Bob Holly & 1-2-3 Kid managed to capture the belts on the finals.
Bam Bam's only "major accomplishment" (I use to the term very loosely) in WWE was a Slammy Award for having the "Best Head" in the roster... yeah.
(not that kind of head you dirty minded freak! :P)
He did however became more successful in his ECW & WCW runs garnering different championships there!
I hope he gets inducted in the Hall of Fame soon!
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
Snuka is the man who popularized the modern style of highflying maneuvers in wrestling today. He also had a lot of memorable and iconic moments in WWE, most especially the cage match against Don Muraco in 1983!
He did had matches for the WWF Championship against then champion and rival; Bob Backlund. Snuka was always close on winning the belt, but in the end Backlund was always the victor.
Another memorable feud (and possibly his best one) of Jimmy Snuka was against "Rowddy" Roddy Piper. These two have made some of the best matches and segments ever! They are just really entertaining to watch.
Later in his career, Piper became Intercontinental Champion but Snuka wasn't.
He did however became the first ever ECW Champion! Later on he was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. With his popularity and great talent, I think Jimmy Snuka should have been WWF Champion!
Vader is considered to be one of the best big men ever in pro wrestling history! He has the brute strength,agility,intensity,and general talent that most big wrestlers don't have.
He did had a feud against then WWF Champion; Shawn Michaels but never won the belt. He also tried to capture the World Tag-Team titles multiple times but never managed to do so.
For such a great wrestler, everyone still wondered why Vader didn't had a great run in his WWE career in compare to those in both WCW & Japan? I guess we will never know.
Jake "The Snake" Roberts
A lot of people also thought that he won the Intercontinental belt, but he didn't. Despite having feuds with the likes of Randy Savage,Ricky Steamboat,Mr. Perfect,and Rick Rude who are all former IC champions.
The closest thing to a championship he had in the WWF is when he stole the Million Dollar belt from Ted DiBiase. But that isn't even official because he just stole it from him! I'm sure Jake deserves better than that!
According to an interview with Jake himself, he actually requested not to win any belts because he thinks carrying Damien in his shoulder was enough and having a belt would just be more painful to carry around.
But at least he is now finally in the WWE Hall of Fame. He truly deserves to be there and I'm more glad that he was able to change the path of his life thanks to the help of DDP!