Hey Yo! It's The Wrestling Classic here with another list for ONE37pm. This time, we're going to have a little bit of fun as I get to reminisce about my childhood and talk about something I remember fondly, World Championship Wrestling. My earliest memories of watching wrestling live are watching both WWF and WCW. I’ll always have a soft spot for WCW due to my nostalgia for its signature brand of professional wrestling "where the big boys play." For this latest piece, I'm going rank the 10 greatest WCW Champions of all time when it comes to the company's top prize - the World Heavyweight Championship.
First things first, though - I want to mention some facts and criteria for this list before I start. The first thing I want to educate people on is that WCW officially recognized the WCW World Championship in January 1991 when Ric Flair defeated Sting, separating themselves from the NWA World Championship lineage. There were 22 WCW Champions in its 10-year run since that pivotal moment in the company's history.
Another thing I want to make clear is that I’ll only be considering the championship reigns that happened in WCW from 1991-2001 before WWE purchased the company. Therefore, The Rock, Chris Jericho, and Kurt Angle weren’t considered for inclusion in this list. My decisions are based on the significance of the superstars' reign or reigns with the title. There were a lot of short reigns and the title did change hands quite a bit, so I really want to focus on the champions that truly elevated the title while they held it.
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