Who's the Greatest World Champion of the 21st Century?

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June 06, 2012

In the summer of 1999 – serving as a stirring prelude to the arrival of Chris Jericho in a WWE ring for the very first time – a clock that proclaimed itself the “Countdown to the New Millennium" began to appear at WWE events.

Though the spectacle was certainly the perfect way to introduce “Y2J” to the WWE Universe, it also helped usher in an explosive new century of WWE action. And amidst the epic rivalries and monumental moments that would unfold over the next 12 years, a new breed of World Champion emerged as well.

But, who is the best of the best of the 21st Century? In search of the answer, WWE.com runs a countdown of its own, ranking the greatest World Champions of WWE from the year 2000 to the present.

Plus, check out a special “honorable mention” section at the end, featuring elite World Champions who may not have met the criteria to be ranked 1 -10, but are no less deserving of high recognition.

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