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Old 06-05-2018, 06:10 PM
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When did this become a common wrestling platitude?

I've noticed for the passed year or two this phrase gaining some steam on the forums. A poster will point out that a popular superstar does not need to carry around a championship to get people interested. While this is sorta true (Cena is a guy people will want to see with or without gold), it's kind of a redundant statement. Guys like Daniel Bryan are going to be loved whether they're against Brock Lesnar or Kevin Owens/Zayn, true, but if I was given the choice to watch him carry around the most important prize or fool around some more the decision is clear to me.

Maybe I'm an old man and think the man should elevate the title and not the other way around, but I don't recall anybody saying these things about the big names in pro wrestling's past. I'm sure if I dug around I will not find "Stone Cold didn't need the title at this point" as an ordinary, insightful bead of wisdom. So why are we saying these things now?

What does it mean to truly need a championship, anyways? Does a fresh face profit greatly from being the guy who carries around an important title? Because the last three years:

Finn Balor
Sheamus (yep)
Dean Ambrose
Bray Wyatt
Jinder Mahal


...kinda say otherwise. I don't believe there is a performer on the roster who is too big for the prop that's purpose is to indicate the best in the company. If anything it needs that quality now more than it ever has with one title barely represented and the other locked in a lengthy game of "What's The Capital of Thailand?"

When somebody says that The Miz or any other guy that could make the show interesting "doesn't need the title" I have no idea what the hell that really means.

Help me out here.
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Old 06-07-2018, 03:07 AM
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Time was when being the world meant you were the top guy the man to beat and winning the secondary belt meant you were next in line.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:19 AM
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I agree with Spidey. The main focus should always be the richest prize in this industry. That’s not always the case, but it’s not like I haven’t disagreed with the WWE before. Let’s take a look at the WrestleManias that didn’t have the WWE Champion, or the World Champion, or the Universal Champion involved in the main events.

WrestleMania VIII – Hulk Hogan vs. Sid Justice
WrestleMania XI – Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Lawrence Taylor
WrestleMania XXVI – The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels in a No Disqualification Streak vs. Career match
WrestleMania XXVIII – John Cena vs. The Rock
WrestleMania 33 – The Undertaker vs. Roman Reigns in a No Holds Barred match

Out of these 5 WrestleMania main events, one could say that the top Championship Title Belt was not necessary to headline the Show of Shows. At the time that these matches took place, these SuperStars did not “need” the Championship Title Belt at the respective points in their career.

Hulk Hogan was already a legend, who already passed the torch years before. Sid Justice was doing the job to Hogan, while Macho Man Randy Savage and Ric Flair were carrying the company’s flag. Lawrence Taylor was the celebrity. Bam Bam Bigelow was doing the job to L. T.. The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, and the Rock were all “above” the Championship Title Belt by that time, and were already considered main attraction Legends who could still go. Roman Reigns is just on a different level that both SuperStars and Legends are on. He’s somewhere between both, at least that’s what WWE is trying to portray him as.

Point is, although I don’t agree with how WWE handles (or mishandles) the WWE Universal / World Champions and Championship Title Belts, some SuperStars / Legends just surpass being Champion at some point in their careers. Some characters are just so over, that holding the Championship Title Belt sort of brings them down, especially when the drop it to the next Champion in line. As far as Finn Balor, Sheamus, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Jinder Mahal, and any SuperStar not classified as a Legend on the current roster are concerned, I agree, they are not above the Big W Belts.
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It's the reason championships have lost prestige that's what it is.

I don't dislike the fact that Lesnar is holding the belt I dislike the fact that he doesn't defend it as rarely as the modern wrestling demands him to defend him. But you can't deny that both Lesnar and AJ Styles right now are the top guys in the company and they SHOULD hold the championship.

WWE have used world championships to elevate people like Jinder, Sheamus, Ziggler, Del Rio, Balor, Swagger and countless others who were unworthy of being world champions. That's a mistake. The world championships should be held by the top stars.
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On RAW the true top stars are Reigns, Lesnar and Rollins and on Smackdown Styles, Bryan, Orton and Miz. Joe, Braun, Balor, Ambrose, Owens, Lashley, Zayn are trying to get there and the rest of the roster are midcarders.

Wrestlers should get over with the US and IC titles and when they are ready then they hold the world title. Simple as that.

Jinder, Reigns, Owens, Rollins, Balor, Sheamus, Punk, Khali, Ziggler, Swagger, Orton. All of them held a world championship before they were ready for it and they all failed in these title reigns.
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The WWE for a long time has held little regard for titles. They hotshot the titles so much that everyone gets to hold one of the company’s belts. It’s about the brand, not the title or the wrestler.
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