10 Wrestlers Who Refused To Drop Their Title
From Shawn Michaels to Hulk Hogan, here are 10 wrestlers who refused to lose their titles across WWE, WCW and more
There are always risks for a promotion when they decide to put one of their titles on any given performer.
The talent could bomb, they could get injured or suspended while holding it (and thus need to vacate) or they could – ala Chris Jericho - have their title stolen while eating at a Longhorn Steakhouse.
The wrestler themselves may also decide they like holding onto the title so much that they don’t want to drop it.
Be it due to contract disputes, personal beefs or just plain old ‘being Shawn Michaels’, a wrestler refusing to drop their title when asked can lead to plenty of problems.
Check out 10 Wrestlers Who Refused to Drop Their Title below.
10. Rey Mysterio
Rey Mysterio is one of wrestling’s true good guys, a career babyface who is beloved by all from fans to his co-workers.
Though the masked man has been a model employee for the vast majority of the last 30 or so years, there have been a couple of instances of him speaking up and using his veteran status to change creative plans.
One such time was in the summer of 2009, when Rey was reigning as Intercontinental Champion.
Mysterio and Chris Jericho had been battling for months and trading the title in a great programme that not only enhanced their own stock, but made the title itself more important, too.
Rey was puzzled, then, when the order came for him to drop the strap to Dolph Ziggler at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, just one month after beating Y2J for the gold.
The Biggest Little Man successfully argued that he deserved a longer run with the title and convinced Vince McMahon that he shouldn’t pass it on to the Show-Off.
Rey beat Ziggler at Night of Champions and then a month later at SummerSlam, but a Wellness Policy violation saw him forced to lose it to John Morrison shortly after.