Fastest rises in WWE history

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October 27, 2012

Fastest to receive a title opportunity

This one is surprisingly difficult to quantify since there are instances of Superstars making their debuts in championship matches (Carlito, Christian and MNM among them), and in some cases, even winning them. Our statistician team here at WWE.com, however, decided to give the award to one Superstar in particular who had no hype, buildup or experience to speak of when he found himself challenging for the Intercontinental Championship: Santino Marella. Santino was literally handpicked by Mr. McMahon from the crowd when Raw went to Milan and ended up walking, quite literally, into a championship match. What made it even crazier was that Santino prevailed, defeating Umaga for the storied championship only minutes later. And lest the WWE Universe think the win was a fluke, The Italian Stallion went on to win the title a second time a few years later, as well as the WWE Tag Team Titles and, most recently, the United States Championship.

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