In 2001, WWE bought WCW and WWE already had a few championships on their roster, but with the addition of WCW Championships there was an inflated number of championships on the card. WWE realized and began to unify the championships after the Invasion storyline. Championship games are sweet business, but the possibility of one championship stepping down in favor of another is a big deal.
Sometimes the most prestigious championship is retired in favor of the most recent title. Ultimately, there were some great title unification matches that lived up to the billing, and others fell flat, which was disappointing given the magnitude of the match. CM Punk and John Cena’s WWE Championship Match at Slam summer 2011 is not included as both were WWE Champions and the WWE Title line resumed with Punk as the sole WWE Champion.
ten Michelle McCool vs. Melina – Night of Champions 2010
Michelle McCool represented LayCool, although Layla was the Recognized WWE Women’s Champion, and Melina was the Divas Champion in their lumberjack match to unify the two championships at night of champions 2010. McCool and Melina had an exceptional match in the previous night of championsand their 2010 showdown was disappointing for both women’s standards.
The inclusion of loggers didn’t help matters either. Nonetheless, despite a brief back and forth, Melina was distracted by Layla, and McCool kicked Melina in the face to become the Unified Divas Champion, which sent the Women’s Championship into retirement.
9 The Settlers Vs. The Miz and John Morrison – WrestleMania 25
WWE decided to merge the Tag Team Championship division into one for the first time in seven years, and the Settlers entered as the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions, and they were pitted against the World Tag Team Champions. The Miz and John Morrison. It was a shame they didn’t even make it to the main card of Wrestle Mania 25.
It was a lumberjack match, and more fans would have enjoyed this fight if it had been featured on the main show. It felt like the tag team split was an afterthought, but Carlito and his young Primo emerged victorious with both championships in their possession.
8 Triple H vs. Kane – No Mercy 2002
Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship and Kane’s Intercontinental Championship were on the line in a title unification at No mercy 2002 and it was one of the showpiece matches on the card. They didn’t headline the card, but neither man was ready to back down.
Kane had the upper hand and he chokeslammed the game through the broadcast table. Ric Flair stepped in and he helped Triple H get the better of Kane en route to retaining the World Heavyweight Championship. The Intercontinental Championship ceased to exist for seven months, which was a questionable decision in the first place.
seven Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar – Wrestle Mania 38
One of the greatest major events in the history of WrestleMania featuring Universal Champion Roman Reigns and WWE Champion Brock Lesnar battling the winner to become the undisputed WWE Universal Champion at Wrestle Mania 38. It was their second meeting in a WrestleMania main event in five years, and it was better than their Wrestle Mania 34 match.
The Beast Incarnate took the initiative early on, dominating the tribal leader with a few power moves. Reigns regrouped and threw Lesnar through the barricade. They chased each other’s signature moves, and Reigns countered the F5 and fired Lesnar with a spear to go out as the undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
6 Rob Van Dam Vs. Tommy Dreamer – Raw (08/26/02)
Rob Van Dam had a knack for the retired championships in 2002, and he was involved in another title unification match on the August 26, 2002 edition of Raw. RVD was the reigning Intercontinental Champion, Tommy Dreamer was the Hardcore Champion, and the two ECW Originals gave the Hardcore Championship the send off it deserved.
They know each other’s styles very well and the match went back and forth. There was a sense of inevitability with RVD that prevailed, and Dreamer was visibly emotional after the fight.
5 Chris Jericho Vs. Steve Austin – Revenge 2001
Chris Jericho barely had time to celebrate his WCW Championship victory over The Rock, and he faced Steve Austin in the tournament finals to crown WWE’s first-ever undisputed champion at Revenge 2001. The Texas Rattlesnake had a slight advantage and he walked down the aisle, sensing an opportunity to capitalize on Jericho.
No doubt they were capable of producing better, but Mr. McMahon and Booker T ensured that Austin would not leave as undisputed WWE champions. In the end, Jericho deserved the win and he became WWE’s first-ever undisputed champion.
4 Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy – Raw (7/22/02)
Rob Van Dam and Jeff Hardy’s chemistry is great, and the duo were involved in a ladder match again on the July 22, 2002 edition of Raw. The European Championship was over, and the winner would be crowned Intercontinental Champion.
They hit a home run in another enticing ladder game with both pulling all the saves. Hardy gave his best, but RVD’s Five-Star Frog Splash from the top ladder proved to be the deciding factor.
3 Carmelo Hayes vs. Roderick Strong – NXT: New Year’s Evil 2022
2022 started with a bang in NXT at New Year’s Evil 2022 with Carmelo Hayes entering as the NXT North American Champion and Roderick Strong as the NXT Cruiserweight Champion in a title unification match. Strong represented the diamond mine, and it was the opener of the night, which was fast and back and forth.
Hayes was showboating and the fight spilled out. It was a brilliant wrestling match between the two. They were tied and Hayes took the win with a top rope ax as the NXT Cruiserweight Championship ceased to exist.
2 The Usos Vs. RK-Brother – SmackDown (05/20/22)
The Usos are the oldest SmackDown Tag Team Champions in WWE history, but they were looking to join their cousin Roman Reigns as a unified champion. The Usos watched RK-Bro’s Raw Tag Team Championship in a title unification match on the May 20, 2022 edition of SmackDown which was originally scheduled for WrestleMania backlash.
Riddle tried to push The Usos back but they isolated Riddle on their side of the ring. Nonetheless, once Orton got in the ring, he hit Jimmy with the RKO but Jey broke it. However, Riddle attempted to RKO, Jey from the top rope but the Tribal Leader interfered and he grabbed Jey’s leg to stop the impact with Riddle crashing to the mat below, and Jey’s Uso Splash was enough for The Usos to add the Raw Tag Team Championship. to the Bloodline as the undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
1 Randy Orton vs. John Cena – CCM 2013
Two of the greatest of all time, Randy Orton and John Cena, faced off in the biggest match of their rivalry at CCM 2013. The Viper was the reigning WWE Champion and John Cena’s World Heavyweight Championship was on the line in a TLC match with the winner becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Orton and Cena weren’t TLC specialists by any stretch of the imagination, but they made the stipulation work. Cena was handcuffed and he eventually broke free. In the end, Orton’s sinister plans worked as he pulled a loose rope, and he sent Cena crashing through a table with the Viper reclaiming both titles in one of the biggest wins ever. his career.