1. WCW: Rick Rude 

From November 1991 to December 1992 

2. WWE: John Cena 

Cena's run for the US title with the spinner belt in 2004 raised him to main event status.

3. WCW: Steve Austin  

Austin was US champ for 8 months, lost to Steamboat.

4. WWE: MVP   

Hassan Hamin Assad, aka Alvin Burke Jr., is a US pro wrestler during the late 2000s 

5. WCW: Diamond Dallas Page    

With Diamond Dallas Page's rising in 1997, the public began to favor him.