Part I: WWE titles have lost their credibility; What will McMahon do about WrestleMania?

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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.

Time for stats (Cue 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”?

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2 Responses to “Part I: WWE titles have lost their credibility; What will McMahon do about WrestleMania?”

  1. Pie in the Sky Says:

    Agreed. I mostly stopped watching wrestling shortly after Kurt Angle left WWE. Even before that, the product was becoming too kiddish. I turned it on a couple times during 09-10 and saw William Shatner hosting Raw (wtf?) and some guy named Sheamus who’d win the title after like 2 months.

    I agree that they should bring back those titles. Hated the brand divisions, but I guess WWE prefered to hire more wrestlers and make sure their are less options for “Senior Citizen Impact.” Not sure why they eliminated the hardcore title unless it had too much violence. Loved the 24-hour rule and stipulations they had with those lower-level titles.

    The lower-level titles gave more credibility to midcard feuds. Now the midcard feuds are based on some ridiculous storylines and are built up poorly. Before you had the lower-midcard (Euro), tag, midcard (hardcore), upper midcard (Intercontinental), women’s, lightweight, and WWE championship. Each division had something to fight for. Last I remember, you’d have women and crusierweights on a brand that didn’t have a crusierweight and women’s title. God forbid that you’re a fan of that particular wrestler because they’re probably becoming a jobber…

    Too kiddish. Too predictable. Matches were watered down because of their rebranding toward a younger target market. Characters weren’t built up properly and built too fast. With MMA attracting older fans, it’ll be hard for wrestling to recapture the exposure it had during the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.

  2. chucky Says:

    Yeah, I hear what you are saying Fro. They still have the U.S. title and the tag titles but they seem all but useless these days. As far as I’m concerned, screw the Divas/Jeff Hardy TNA title. I mean seriously, Brie Bella? What the fuck? They womens division(I hate the term “Diva”) has sucked goat balls since Trish Stratus left. They’ve had a couple of good ones, but overall they are there for 15 years olds to jack off to.

    Wrestlemania was a farce. Say what you want about HHH or Undertaker, but they had the match of the night. In contrast, the Miz/Cena match stunk up the joint. Especially the finish. Lawler/Cole should have ended at WM. Instead, we get two more months of this bullshit. As far as I’m concerned, every title should be defended at what is supposed to be the biggest show of year. A 2 minute eight man tag? Why bother? Punk/ Orton was good, but I would have preferred Punk winning. Snooki? At least she didn’t really botch anything, but we find out later that John Morrison was a douche to Trish Stratus because Melina wasn’t in the match. Daniel Bryan/Sheamus U.S. Title match pushed back to the dark match? Just a fucking trainwreck. This wasn’t the worst WM in history, by far, but it should have been a hell of a lot better than it was.

    The WWE has a lot of other problems aside from what I said here, but this is a good place to start talking about it.

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