The early WWE Champions in action

Before Hulkamania took pop culture by storm, Superstars like Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales were the standard bearers for WWE. Watch these iconic competitors battling for the WWE Title in these throwback bouts.

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Dusty Rhodes vs. "Superstar" Billy Graham: WWE Championship Match - September 26, 1977

Dusty Rhodes vs. "Superstar" Billy Graham: WWE Championship Match - September 26, 1977

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Bob Backlund vs. The Iron Sheik: WWE Championship Match - December 26, 1983

Bob Backlund vs. The Iron Sheik: WWE Championship Match - December 26, 1983

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Bruno Sammartino vs. Ivan Koloff - WWE Championship Match: Madison Square Garden November 17, 1975

Bruno Sammartino vs. Ivan Koloff - WWE Championship Match: Madison Square Garden November 17, 1975

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Pedro Morales vs. George Steele: WWE Championship Match - June 30, 1973

Pedro Morales vs. George Steele: WWE Championship Match - June 30, 1973

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Bob Backlund vs. Stan Hansen - WWE Championship Steel Cage Match: April 6, 1981

Bob Backlund vs. Stan Hansen - WWE Championship Steel Cage Match: April 6, 1981

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Bruno Sammartino vs. Ken Patera - WWE Championship Match: Madison Square Garden, March 7, 1977

Bruno Sammartino vs. Ken Patera - WWE Championship Match: Madison Square Garden, March 7, 1977

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