WWE's 15 best World Heavyweight Champions

#14 Daniel Bryan

Days as champion: 105
Key wins: Big Show & Mark Henry, Elimination Chamber

It may seem like a bit of a stretch to call Daniel Bryan one of the best World Heavyweight Champions considering his 105-day reign ended in a whimper at WrestleMania XXVIII. His title defenses more than compensate for his 18-second loss to Sheamus, though.

After essentially picking up the scraps at WWE Tables, Ladders & Chairs by pinning an already weakened Big Show, the submissions expert made his first prominent World Title defense at Royal Rumble 2012 locked inside a steel cage with Show and Mark Henry. Bryan managed to outlast his much larger foes, however, to escape the cage.

Bryan followed the upset by retaining his title inside an Elimination Chamber. Granted, he benefitted from entering the match last, but that doesn’t discount that he had to outmatch fan-favorite Santino Marella, who was on another level that night.

Ultimately, two high-pressure title defenses make Bryan’s reign more reputable than his WrestleMania record suggests.