I have been meaning to write this article for a few weeks but due to work and the Bulls showing all of us how great they are, I am finally getting a chance to speak my mind on a couple things that have been bothering me in the world of wrestling.
When the WWF went to the roster split back in 2002, a majority of wrestling fans knew that things were going to change for the worse. In 1999 when Smackdown! made it’s debut on UPN, it was almost certain that WWF would take over and they did so by forcing Ted Turner and WCW out of business. Personally, I was really happy with what was going on with Smackdown! because I didn’t have cable at the time and the only way I could watch RAW was to go to a friend’s house, have that friend tell me what happened the next day or wait for Shotgun Saturday Night (later Jakked) to see the results. Then the roster split comes in which some stars are only on RAW and others on Smackdown!. This decision by Vince McMahon in my opinion is what has started a decline in credibility that wrestlers have and the titles that they are holding today. Since then, titles such as the European, Hardcore, Women’s and Light Heavyweight have all been retired. Today, only the WWE, World Heavyweight, Intercontinental and the newly introduced Divas belts remain. I believe the lack of titles has impacted the roster.
There are too many wrestlers and not enough titles. This is one of the many reasons why the WWE/World Title has changed hands so often in the last few years. Another reason would probably be because Vince McMahon, Triple H and the rest of the writers don’t know their head from their ass when it comes to talent these days. An example would be when Christin won the World Heavyweight Title at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view only to lose it on Smackdown! that same week. What I am about to present next is something that wrestling fans can find disturbing.
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Irish Yeti): In 2007, the WWE Title was held by only two wrestlers (Triple H and Randy Orton) and in 2008, Triple H and Edge were the only ones to hold the belt. In 2009 however, the title changed hands nine times. Just by looking at history, that’s way too many times and thus, has ruined the significance of holding a title in WWE. For the World Heavyweight Title, it changed hands seven times in 2009 and eight times in 2010.
If the WWE wants the significance of holding a title back, I think it is a must to bring back titles such as the European and Light Heavyweight Title. One problem I believe one unfortunate decision they made is that they retired the Women’s Championship and replaced it with the Divas Championship. Since the titles have switched countless times, we as fans cannot and will not remember many of the victories for guys like John Cena or Randy Orton. We all can remember the times when Steve Austin, The Rock or Hulk Hogan won their titles. Sadly, winning the title these days doesn’t mean as much as it did 15 years ago.
This last point is something I won’t spend much time on but WWE recently announced that their initials no longer stand for anything. Supposedly, WWE is entertainment and not wrestling. My question is why? Does McMahon hate the word “wrestling” so much? If so, what is he going to do about WrestleMania? Will he now call it “EntertainmentMania”?