What if WWE retired the World Heavyweight and United States Championships? What value does TNA Wrestling’s gold have? And for the love of Sports Entertainment, can I get some wrestling!
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. If you’re tweeting, part of the Twitter Universe, then you’ve probably have come across this hash tag, #IWantWrestling. You can thank former WWE Head Creative writer Dave Lagana for rallying fans to let the world know that we want wrestling. In the spirit of #IWantWrestling, I wanted to touch upon a few things that occurred this past week in sports entertainment. So you know the drill. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–Wrestling, I Want!
The WWE Draft finally drew to an end this past Tuesday as WWE.com revealed the remaining draftees. Major issue taking place right now in the WWE is the fate of its championships. Over on SmackDown, Wade Barrett and Sheamus are both the mid-level champions, which obviously causes friction in regards to “Who’s the best?” Not since the days of The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin battling for bragging rights as to who was the superior World Champion, have we seen two equals in a similar situation. Will the fans finally see an all-out brawl pitting The Celtic Warrior against The London Brawler leading to the reunification of the Intercontinental and United States Championships? Or will WWE take the effortless way yet again and have Kofi Kingston naturally win back the IC belt and bring it back to Raw?
Another blunder in the WWE Draft was the separation of the WWE Tag Team Champions. The Big Show was drafted to Monday Night Raw, while Kane remained on SmackDown. If the Tag Team Division was just above flatline, then Show and Kane could have unreservedly appear on both shows defending the straps. But since there are no Tag Teams, except for the former champions Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel, who happen to be invoking their rematch clause tonight on SmackDown, Show and Kane will either retire the championships, or lose it out of convenience. Welcome to the WWE, where Tag Team Wrestling no longer exists.
Then there’s the issue of WWE’s World Championships. For the record, there is simply not enough star power in the WWE that warrants two World Champions (let alone two mid-level champions). This Sunday at Extreme Rules, a new World Heavyweight Champion will be crowned. Either the title will remain on SmackDown if Christian is victorious, or the belt will find its way on Raw if Alberto Del Rio is victorious.
It seems obvious that the “Big Gold Belt” will remain on SmackDown; however, what if the belt does go to Raw? We would have a similar situation of SmackDown’s two mid-level champions, if Raw happened to have two World Champions. At this day and age, the significance of two championships in each division has lost its relevance. So why not retire the United States and World Heavyweight Championships? Remember back at WrestleMania VI, there was no match more important than the WWE Champion taking on the IC Champion in the main-event. If WWE were to retire a belt from each division, it would elevate the importance of being a champion. The WWE Championship could take precedence on WWE’s flagship show, while the Intercontinental Championship could reside on its “B-Show.”
If you think WWE is cluttered with gold, just take a look at TNA Wrestling: TNA World, X-Division, TV, and Tag Team Championships. For a promotion that only airs television once a week for two hours, there’s an awful lot of gold and not enough time to sell its importance.
Kazarian is the X-Division Champion and has only been able to defend the belt twice on pay-per-views, while, at the same time, not being associated in storyline with his challengers. Gunner is the TV Champion (f.k.a. Legends and Global Title) and has sparingly defended the belt. This past Thursday, Gunner retained the belt against Christopher Daniels.
How ironic that ROH’s World TV Champion puts over TNA’s TV Champion?
By working a decent match with Gunner, Daniels raised the importance of the belt by a notch. That’s the whole point of being a champion is having decisive victories over the challengers.
Beer Money Inc. are the reigning World Tag Team Champions, and have defended the belts against Ink Inc. and the makeshift team of Rob Terry and Murphy (f.k.a. Phill Shatter). TNA had a thriving tag team division, but with Ink Inc. and Generation Me splitting, and The Motor City Machine Guns injured, the belts are starting to lose its value.
And speaking of losing value, Bully Ray stated that he would trade all 23 Tag Team Championships for one TNA World Championship. A championship that has ended up in the garbage (literally) whenever a new champion is crowned.
Sting is now regarded as a fighting and defending champion after defending the belt three times in the span of eleven days (Lockdown and two Impacts!). Most of those were under the ten-minute mark, but sure, Sting’s defending nevertheless. He’s given opportunities to Rob Van Dam, Mr. Anderson, Matt Hardy, Bully Ray, and (let’s not forget) Jeff Hardy. Could Sting be in the echelon of greatest TNA World Champions? If he is, he didn’t have to do much to get there.
What was with Mr. Anderson eyeing Sting from the edge of the ring? The broadcast announcers made mention of it as if Anderson was about to do something, but it cut to commercial. Then when Impact! returned, no mention was made of what he did next.
TNA has a long road ahead before anyone can start taking the promotion and its champions seriously.
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