10. Cody, ROH World Heavyweight Champion
1st Reign; 23 June 2017
After toiling in the low to middle end of WWE for many years, Cody RHODES has made it his purpose to prove his right to the upper echelon of professional wrestling. This personal journey has taken him around the world; competing with the very best this planet has to offer.
Ring of Honor, in my opinion, is the pinnacle of the American independent professional wrestling paradigm. Standing on top of that organization to champion yourself as the greatest in the world is a platform that many would take heed to. Taking into account Cody’s path and who he beat to win this championship, it is safe to say that the effectiveness is clear in this young man’s victory.