There’s something about the youngest athletes snatching up the championship in their respective sport that’s just amazing to see, as they disregard any notion of experience being everything, instead relying on their pure will and skill.
Well, that goes for WWE superstars in sports entertainment as well.
WWE thinks so, too, and on Wednesday, unleashed a video of the Five Youngest WWE World Heavyweight Champions, as part of its weekly 5 Things series.
While it takes years for some superstars to reach the top of the heap, these five young lions were each crowned WWE World Heavyweight champ before their 30th birthday.
Who is the youngest of them all?
None other than “the Beast” Brock Lesnar, who was roughly one month removed from his 25th birthday when he defeated the Rock at SummerSlam in 2002 for the World Heavyweight title. The Rock finds himself on the list of Five Youngest WWE World Heavyweight Champions as well, just 26 at the time he was crowned Corporate Champ for defeating the Big Boss Man, Ken Shamrock, the Undertaker and Mankind, as part of the Deadly Games match at the 1998 Survivor Series.
That being said, the Rock isn’t the youngest WWE champ in his own family, as Yokozuna beat him out by only 11 days when he defeated Bret Hart at WrestleMania IX with an assist from Mr. Fuji. However, that reign only lasted a few minutes, as Hulk Hogan accepted an impromptu challenge and snatched the strap from the massive superstar moments later at the same event back in 1993.
So, who do the other two spots on the list belong to? Well, a year after making his WWE debut at the 1990 Survivor Series, the Undertaker captured the World Heavyweight title for the first time in his career at the same event exactly a year later, defeating Hogan to walk out the newly-crowned champ. He too was 26 at the time, although older than the Rock and Yokozuna at the times of their first title wins.
The final spot on the list belongs to Randy Orton, who might be the most interesting as well. “The Viper” was 24 when he won the World Heavyweight championship … but this list is for the youngest WWE World Heavyweight champions.
Fortunately, Orton makes that cut, too, only 27 when Vince McMahon presented him with the WWE title at No Mercy in 2007.
So, Orton’s the fifth-youngest WWE World Heavyweight champ of all time, followed by the Undertaker, the Rock, Yokozuna and the youngest being Brock.