So as we enter the month of September we move our Top 10 countdown series to champions of the mid-card level in pro wrestling. Since we will later in the year do a similar countdown of World Champions this edition is for those who predominately won more titles that are NOT World level championships, such as the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, Cruiserweight/Light-Heavyweight title, Television title and even Tag-Team titles, etc.
Number 10: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
As many fans know the "Hot Scot" never obtained the big one, the WWE Championship, or any such World title, during his days in professional wrestling but that doesn't mean he never won anything. Before coming to the WWF he worked for several regional promotions in the NWA including Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling. While there he won the Mid-Atlantic title on three occasions and he also held the Pacific Northwest title twice. While he was only won the Intercontinental Championship once, he held the NWA/WCW version of the United States Championship on three separate occasions. He is also a two time former NWA Television Champion among many other tag-team titles won over the course of his career. Piper was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2007.
Number Nine: Booker T
While Booker T is best known as the Five Time, Five Time…WCW Champ, he has held more tag-team titles and mid-card singles titles over his illustrious career. He started out in GWF with his brother Stevie Ray (as "Ebony Experience") and held there tag-team titles on three occasions. When he moved to WCW he held the WCW World Tag-Team Championship 10 times with Stevie Ray as "Harlem Heat" but also the WCW Television title six times and U.S. title once. After he moved to the WWE after the acquisition of WCW he held the U.S. title three more times, the World Tag-Team Championship three times with three different partners, the Hardcore title twice and was the 2006 King of the Ring, along with the Intercontinental Championship once. In TNA he debuted the "Legends" Championship and held the World Tag-Team titles there once more this time with Scott Steiner. Booker T was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame with last year's 2013 class.
Number Eight: Rey Mysterio
Everyone who remembers when Rey-Rey still wrestled regularly remembers him as a multi-time Cruiserweight Champion in WCW, five times to be exact. He also was the only one to hold the WCW Cruiserweight Tag-Team titles with Billy Kidman before they were retired when WWE bought WCW. In WWE he has held the same Cruiserweight title on three more occasions, the Intercontinental Championship twice, and won the 2006 'Royal Rumble.' Rey also held the WWE Tag-Team Championship four times, with four different partners. Back before he started in ECW he wrestled in AAA in Mexico and both WWA and WWC in Puerto Rico. While in WWA he held the Lightweight and Welterweight titles each three times. He was inducted into the AAA Hall of Fame class in 2007.
Well there is the first part of this month's Top 10 countdown, and feel free to let us know the merits of this listing and those we have profiled so far. Next week will continue up the charts to numbers seven, six and five, with four, three and two the following week and number one all by themselves in the last stanza of September.
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