Let’s assume that WWE will truly have an undisputed champion after the TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs) pay-per-view on Dec. 15. Let’s put aside the possibility of John Cena and Randy Orton switching titles, with Orton capturing the World Heavyweight Championship and Cena snaring the WWE Championship, or any other strange scenarios.
Is going to one champion at the top of the ladder, if you’ll excuse the impression, a good idea?
It always makes sense to have one clear-cut champion. The two championships worked when there was a clear brand split between RAW and Smackdown. The WWE champion was affiliated with RAW; the World Heavyweight champion was associated with Smackdown. With the same wrestlers appearing on RAW and Smackdown, that barrier has largely broken down, so there isn’t the need for two champions.
When WWE is on the road, however, having two champions makes sense. It allows the WWE champion to work one tour while the World Heavyweight champion works the other tour. This almost assures that fans will see a WWE or World championship match, even if WWE is running events in difference cities on the same night.
There is another benefit to having one undisputed champion. It would elevate the United States and Intercontinental championships.
The U.S. and Intercontinental titles will always be secondary to the WWE or World Heavyweight championship, but being the U.S. or Intercontinental champion should be a desired goal. That’s not how it has been lately in WWE.
The Intercontinental and U.S. championship have too often been presented as weak champions. They are fodder for the WWE and World champions, as well as their top contenders.
How often did Wade Barrett, Curtis Axel and Antonio Cesaro lose while they were the U.S. or Intercontinental champion? U.S. Heavyweight champion Dean Ambrose lost to C.M. Punk this past week.
Ambrose is a fine U.S. champion, but he doesn’t have an opponent. With Orton as WWE champion, why would any babyface pursue Ambrose and the U.S. Championship? Why would C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan or Big Show target Ambrose? It looks like they’re taking a step down by competing for a secondary title.
The same holds true for the heels. Why would any of them challenge Big E. Langston for the Intercontinental Championship when they could face Cena for the World Heavyweight title instead?
If the undisputed champion works both RAW and Smackdown, the U.S. and Intercontinental titles can be the top titles on either Raw and Smackdown. It will elevate the prestige of the titles, as well as the profile of wrestlers pursuing or holding those titles.
The Intercontinental and U.S. championships used to be important. They were defended with honor by high-profile wrestlers such as the Magnificent Muraco, Randy Savage and Bret Hart. Combining the WWE and World Heavyweight championships may return the U.S. and Intercontinental championships to the prominence they deserve.
RICHARDS TO CZW: Davey Richards, who made his debut in WWE’s NXT as part of a tag team with Eddie Edwards, has been removed from Ring of Honor’s Final Battle 13 event in Manhattan on Dec. 14. Richards and Edwards, the American Wolves, were slated to take on Roderick Strong and Jay Lethal.
Instead of a public sendoff at Ring of Honor, Richards will compete the same night at Combat Zone Wrestling’s (CZW) Cage of Death XV. Richards’ opponent will be announced on Monday.
CZW has added Chris Hero and Davey Richards to Cage of Death. Those are two quality additions to Cage of Death.
MYSTERY OPPONENTS: Davey isn’t the only Richards without an opponent for an upcoming event in the Delaware Valley. Stevie Richards doesn’t have an opponent yet for his Extreme Rising World Championship defense on Dec. 28 at the old ECW Arena.
EARLY BIRDS: Much to the pleasure of Achilles Heel, WWE has already announced five matches for TLC on Dec. 15 in Houston. In addition to the TLC match between Randy Orton and John Cena, A.J. Lee will defend the Divas Championship against Natalya, and Big E Langston will defend the Intercontinental title against Damien Sandow.
There will also be a pair of 3-on-1 handicap matches. C.M. Punk will take on all three members of The Shield (Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose). Daniel Bryan will take on the Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luk Harper, Erick Rowan). It will be interesting to see if further seeds are planted for a Punk-Bryan match at WrestleMania.
TICKET DISCOUNT: Wells Fargo Center was offering a Cyber Monday buy-three-get-one-free promotion for Smackdown on Jan. 7. I don’t know if the deal is still available, but it’s a sign that there are plenty of tickets still available.
DEEPER DISCOUNT: The Greek god of wrestling already told you about the offer of two lower bowl tickets to TNA’s event on Dec. 27 at Temple’s Liacouras Center for $30. But that doesn’t compare to the Liacouras Center special offer of four lower level tickets to TNA for $9 apiece. That’s right $9.
There must be a lot of unsold tickets remaining for this event.
BAD NEWS FOR PHILLY: There will be announcement Tuesday regarding the site of WrestleMania XXXI. The Wrestling Observer is reporting the event will take place on MArch 31, 2015, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The future home of the San Francisco 49ers is also slated to host the Super Bowl in 2016.
Philadelphia was reportedly one of the final two cities in competition for WrestleMania.