10 Times A Former World Champion Got Squashed - TheSportster

Every wrestler stepping inside the ring would intend to dominate their opponents throughout the course of the match. It all depends on the abilities of their opponents, and sometimes they would get their wish and pick up a comprehensive one-sided victory. In wrestling terms, we call that a "Squash Match," and we have seen quite many of that kind of matches in WWE and occasionally o=in other promotions.

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But what comes off as the surprise is seeing a big-time wrestler suffer a squash loss at the hands of his opponent. There have been numerous instances where even former world champions suffered the horrendous fate. Let's take a look at ten of those instances in the rundown below.

10 John Bradshaw Layfield (Vs. Bobby Lashley, SmackDown - May 2006)

JBL & Bobby Lashley WWE

Right from the start of his WWE title reign, JBL summoned legitimate heel heat from the crowd. Despite losing the title to John Cena at WrestleMania 21 and failing to capture the World Heavyweight Championship from Batista, JBL got things under control when he won the United States Championship from Chris Benoit at WrestleMania 22.

But the title reign didn't last long for the self-proclaimed Wrestling God, as Bobby Lashley was too much for him to handle. The two superstars collided for the title on the May 23, 2006, episode of SmackDown, and the result saw Lashley squash JBL in under two minutes to win his first United States Championship.

9 Bob Backlund (Vs. Diesel, MSG House Show - November 1994)

Bob Backlund vs Diesel

Bob Backlund is well-known among the pro-wrestling for having the second-longest WWE Championship reign in history, holding the title for a record 2135 days.

But his second reign with the title was not as impactful as his first, as he lost the championship three days after winning it from Bret Hart at the 1994 Survivor Series PPV. What makes it even worse is the way he lost the title, as he was completely taken off guard by Diesel during their match at an MSG house show on November 26, 1994. The match only lasted 8-seconds which saw Diesel hitting a Jackknife Powerbomb to win his first and only WWE Championship.

8 Jeff Hardy (Vs. Sting, Victory Road - 2011)

Sting Vs. Jeff Hardy Impact Wrestling

Jeff Hardy has held the Impact World Championship 3-times so far in his career. His second reign came to an end at the hands of Sting at the March 3, 2011, episode of Impact. Hardy received a rematch for the title at the Victory Road PPV, but things didn't go very well for him that night.

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Hardy was battling his inner demons during that time and didn't come quite prepared for the big night. The match had to be cut way short after it became obvious Hardy was not fit to compete. Sting had to pin Jeff Hardy by force to end the match in 90-seconds and retain the title.

7 Daniel Bryan (Vs. Sheamus - WrestleMania 28)

Sheamus Vs Daniel Bryan

Daniel Bryan had an inspiring run with WWE - from his WrestleMania 30 heroics, to coming out of retirement after a near career-ending injury, he has done it all. But WrestleMania 28 will always remain as one of the most forgettable moments in his WWE career. He defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Royal Rumble winner Sheamus at the event, and let's just say things didn't turn out the way he planned.

He took a moment to get a good luck kiss from his then on-screen girlfriend AJ Lee, and Sheamus used the distraction to hit Bryan with a Brogue Kick out of nowhere to end the match in 18 seconds and win his first World Heavyweight Championship.

6 Finn Balor (Vs. The Fiend SummerSlam 2019)

Finn Balor Vs. The Fiend

Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt had crossed paths multiple times throughout their WWE careers. Their first high-profile one-on-one match happened at the 2017 SummerSlam PPV, where Balor, in his Demon King persona, defeated Bray Wyatt considerably.

Wyatt did not forget the moment and went right for Balor after reinventing himself as The Fiend. The two superstars faced off for the final time at the 2019 SummerSlam PPV, and Wyatt dominated Balor in a one-sided contest to defeat the former Universal Champion in 3:25 minutes, sending a warning to the rest of the roster.

5 Cody Rhodes ( Vs. Brodie Lee, Dynamite - August 2020)

Brodie Lee as the AEW TNT Champion

Cody Rhodes won the first major world championship in his career when he defeated Christopher Daniels at the 2017 ROH Best in the World PPV to win the ROH World Championship. He has also held the NWA World Championship on one occasion. When he, along with the Elite, worked together with Tony Khan to form AEW, the fans thought he would be the face of the new promotion. But after losing the privilege to challenge for the AEW World Championship, Cody became the inaugural AEW TNT Champion.

However, his reign came to a stunning end at the hands of the late Brodie Lee. The two collided for the title at the August 22, 2020, episode of Dynamite, and the fans witnessed a completely one-sided affair as Lee defeated Cody in 3:10 minutes to become the new champion.

4 John Cena (Vs. Brock Lesnar - SummerSlam 2014)

Brock Lesnar Vs John Cena at SummerSlam jpg

Not everyone can say that they have defeated John Cena in a squash match in a WWE ring. The 16-time World Champion was the face of the company for over two decades and has competed against some of the prominent names in WWE history. But Cena felt like he ran into a brick wall when he faced Brock Lesnar at the 2014 SummerSlam PPV. Cena defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Lesnar at the event, and the Beast Incarnate dominated Cena right from the start of the match.

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Cena had to endure 16 excruciating suplexes at the hands of Lesnar before The Beast mercifully ended the match with an F5 to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

3 Kevin Owens (Vs. Goldberg - Fastlane 2017)

Goldberg Vs. Kevin Owens Fastlane 2017

Goldberg must have the record of winning the most squash matches in pro-wrestling history. He made a career out of dominating his opponents, and he proved it once again when he defeated Brock Lesnar at the 2016 Survivor Series PPV in his first match in 12-years. He followed it up with another monumental squash match victory, and this time it was for the Universal Championship. He collided with champion Kevin Owens at the 2017 Fastlane PPV, and the contest lasted only 22-seconds.

Kevin Owens spent most of the time walking around the ring until Chris Jericho made the distraction. It allowed Goldberg to hit Owens with a Spear and the Jackhammer to win his first Universal Championship.

2 The Fingerpoke Of Doom ( WCW Nitro - January 4, 1999)

The Fingerpoke Of Doom

When the original nWo disbanded in 1998, the faction split into two, with Kevin Nash leading the Wolfpac faction and Hollywood Hogan leading the Hollywood faction. But the group reunited in 1999 in some controversial fashion when Hogan faced Kevin Nash for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the January 4, 1999, episode of Nitro.

The match saw Hogan simply poking Nash in the chest with his index finger, which prompted Nash to throw himself down the mat, allowing Hogan to pin him to win the title and thus reuniting the nWo once again.

1 Kofi Kingston (Vs. Brock Lesnar, SmackDown October 2019)

Brock Lesnar Vs. Kofi Kingston SmackDown

Kofi Kingston's road to winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35 is one of the most inspiring storylines in WWE history. Kingston overcame all the obstacles put in front of him to finally realize his dream and defeat Daniel Bryan to win his first WWE Championship. Kingston successfully defended the title against the likes of Randy Orton, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe & AJ Styles. He took on all comers, but he wasn't quite prepared for Brock Lesnar.

Kingston accepted Lesnar's challenge and defended the title against him on the SmackDown 20th anniversary episode on October 4, 2019. Lesnar shocked everyone by catching Kingston with an F5 straight away and defeated him in just 8-seconds to win the WWE Championship for the fifth time in his career.

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