In February 2020, at Elimination Chamber history was made when The Miz became the only two-time Grand Slam Champion in the history of WWE, with The A-Lister’s WWE Championship sequel coming a decade after his first reign. Having held the Intercontinental, United States, and the Tag Team Championships – in some form – more than once, Miz cemented his place in WWE history.
While Miz is in a class of his own when it comes to multi-time Grand Slam winners, though, there have been 13 other Grand Slam winners since WWE revised their format of the accolade in 2015, with seven others claiming the achievement prior to that.
WWE Grand Slam Champions
Current WWE Superstars Edge, Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Kofi Kingston and Rey Mysterio can all boast the accolade of being WWE Grand Slam Champions alongside Miz in the achievement’s latest form, while Kurt Angle, Eddie Guerrero, Big Show, Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose making up the rest of the list. Under the previous format, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kane, Booker T, JBL, Rob Van Dam, and Christian can also claim the accolade – but who may soon join them?
Well, with his monumental WWE Championship win on Monday Night RAW, Bobby Lashley is now one title win away from becoming a Grand Slam Champion – and he’s not the only one as AJ Styles referenced on RAW his intention to chase the Tag Team Championships with Omos in order to become a Grand Slam Champion. Here are eight Superstars who could become Grand Slam Champions in 2021.
(Note: While Triple H and Kane would both become Grand Slam Champions under the current format with a United States Championship win, we’ve excluded them from this list due to having achieved a Grand Slam in its previous form.)
The Almighty truly cemented his name in the history books this week when he won the WWE Championship on the first Monday Night RAW of March 2021. While Bobby Lashley’s ECW World Heavyweight Championship win might very well have had some already consider him close to a Grand Slam Champion, now it’s undeniable with the RAW Superstar holding one of the company’s current recognised World Championships.
The Dominator can also boast being a two-time United States Champion, with his most recent reign ending at Elimination Chamber 2021, and a two-time Intercontinental Champion – with the one title standing in the way of a Grand Slam Championship win thus far being a Tag Team Title run, with fellow Hurt Business members Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin holding those belts on the red brand.
Lashley isn’t the only member of The Hurt Business with one title standing in the way of Grand Slam Champion status – although the gold required by Benjamin is arguably the most difficult to achieve. In order to become a Grand Slam Champion in the near future, Benjamin would be looking at either his own Hurt Business partner Lashley – or WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns – to etch his name in the history books.
While the 45-year-old has saw a complete resurgence in his career since joining forces with MVP, a world championship has always evaded him. Benjamin, though, has shown there ain’t no stopping him as he currently holds the titles that would make Lashley a Grand Slam Champion, sitting atop the red brand’s tag team division alongside Cedric Alexander. A veteran of the game, Benjamin is also a former United States Champion and a three-time Intercontinental Champion, to add to his three Tag Team Championship reigns.
While it may seem like Lashley would be the exception to the rule when it comes to the World Championship not being the belt standing in the way of a Grand Slam accolade, Kevin Owens is much in the same boat! While we’ve saw The Prizefighter rack up the singles accolades throughout his WWE tenure, a history of not working well with others has seemingly put the kibosh on Grand Slam Championship status – despite KO being very close to the Tag Team Titles while paired with now AEW star Chris Jericho.
Kevin Owens, though, has held plenty of individual accolades, having held the Universal Championship and NXT Championship, as well as being a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a three-time United States Champion. Will Owens find a tag team partner who can held him further inscribe his name in the history books? Only time will tell.
Sheamus is a man who has stood as the summit of WWE on four occasions as a world champion, and boasts accolades not many other can claim too as a Royal Rumble winner and a former King of the Ring and Mr Money In The Bank, but one title has stood in the way of Grand Slam stardom for The Celtic Warrior, too.
While the 43-year-old defied the odds to return to the ring in 2020 after nine months on the sidelines, it actually looked more likely that Sheamus would become WWE Champion again rather than a Grand Slam Champion. Having held the RAW Tag Team Championships four times, the SmackDown Tag Team Championships once and the United States Championship twice, Sheamus is one of WWE’s most decorated Superstars – but a return to SmackDown in the future may be essential if The Celtic Warrior is to Brogue Kick his way into the history books as Grand Slam Champion, with the Intercontinental Title eluding him thus far.
There’s no doubt about it, AJ Styles’ WWE run has been phenomenal! Despite seemingly entering the company in the twilight of his career, Styles has showed no signs of slowing down and can boast being a two-time WWE Champion to his name. Much like Lashley and Kevin Owens, though, despite holding a world title, and being a three-time United States Champion and former United States Champion, The Phenomenal One is yet to cement his name in history as a Grand Slam Champion with only tag team gold eluding him thus far.
Much like Owens, the surprising part for Styles is that he seemed very close to tag team glory alongside Chris Jericho. Who knows, with Omos alongside him, Styles may very well have the Tag Titles in his crosshairs and could yet make a bid for Grand Slam stardom.
There’s some dubiety surrounding Shinsuke Nakamura’s inclusion on this list. The Japanese star is, of course, a former Intercontinental Champion, former SmackDown Tag Team Champion, and a two-time United States Champion. All that’s missing is a World Championship, right?
Well, the Royal Rumble winner can boast being a two-time NXT Champion, and with Edge teasing that he might challenge the current holder of that title at WrestleMania before selecting Roman Reigns, it’s definitely arguable as to whether it should be included in the Grand Slam Championship accolades. For now, though, Nakamura just misses out on a technicality – but the man from the Land of the Rising Sun may very well have Grand Slam status in his sights at only 41 years old, and could even achieve it without winning the WWE or Universal Championship if WWE recognises the NXT Championship as an official world title.
One other anomaly on the list is Dolph Ziggler. Despite being a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, having cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase for one of those reigns. Despite being the second-most decorated name on the list from his numerous title wins, The Show-Off isn’t officially recognised as a Grand Slam Champion with the ‘big gold belt’ not being recognised as one of the criteria for the accolade.
Ziggler is a six-time Intercontinental Champion, two-time United States Champion, former World Tag Team Champion, two-time RAW Tag Team Champion and current SmackDown Tag Team Champion, but still finds himself on the outside looking in when it comes to Grand Slam Championship Status. If he’s to officially earn the accolade, one more world title reign from The Show-Off will be necessary.
Well, he may just be THE most-decorated WWE Superstar of all time, but one thing John Cena can’t call himself quite yet is a WWE grand Slam Champion. The 16-time world champion’s list of accomplishments is longer than Chris Jericho’s list of holds, but one piece of gold has thus far eluded Mr Hustle, Loyalty, Respect during his lengthy WWE tenure.
While the 16 world title reigns are well documented, John Cena’s United States Open Challenge also lives long in the memory, with the man Vince McMahon called the “quintessential all-American” holding that particular title on five separate occasions. While the 43-year-old rarely needs help in the ring, he’s also a multi-time former Tag Team Champion, having held the tandem titles with David Otunga, The Miz, Batista and Shawn Michaels.
However, despite being a Royal Rumble winner and former Mr Money In The Bank, Cena hasn’t yet got his hands on the prestigious Intercontinental Championship and, with his WWE appearances now seeming few and far between, the WWE legend may never become a Grand Slam Champion. Having tied Ric Flair’s world championship reigns, though, John Cena probably won’t be too disappointed if that one accomplishment is missing from his incredibly illustrious career.