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Back in the day titles meant something, it meant you were one of the best, it meant you worked hard to achieve that spot. A title meant you were somebody, someone who was a big deal in the company. Title reigns were quite long and not so thrown around, the title holder could bring his own personality to the title. How the title was carried was with respect and dignity. Now they're more of a joke, getting put on random people for the sake of doing so. People like Santino getting thrown in as the face of Smackdown! and becoming US Champion over other more deserving people.
The WWE has lost it's touch with the significance of each title, eliminating the European Title, Hardcore Title, Light Heavyweight Title and Cruiserweight Title. They've left no room to cater to the other wrestlers who could fit into these categories. Not only could these titles bring in more roster talent and entertainment, but it could bring in more value to the company and it's wrestlers.
The European title was one of the most coveted singles titles in WWE, yet it was unified. The door this title has to many wrestlers is wide, wrestlers like Sheamus, Barrett and McIntyre could've held this title with pride. McIntyre could've held it for a long reign. This title could've kept the WHC and WWE title from being moved around so much at times.
The Intercontinental title was the most prestigious title after the WWE title. The legend Pat Patterson was the first to win it, Chyna was the first woman to win it, Jericho was the first to hold it the most, Honky Tonk man held it the longest. The IC title had pride in it and was the WWEs secondary title, but then was united with the European title and later became inactive. Inactive? One of the best titles became inactive, then became a shit title when the World Heavyweight Championship overshadowed it and took it's place as a secondary title. Even though the IC title is secondary in Smackdown! it's overall position is not secondary. Cody Rhodes has brought back life to the IC title, the old white strap and sketch logo do justice. This title gives much opportunity to others but it's not being given right, still thrown around as such on Big Show. A shame. Thank god Cody has it once again.
The Hardcore title, the title held the rule of NO dq, countout and falls count anywhere and later implemented the "24/7" rule where the title was up for grabs at any given time. The days of weapons, environment and anywhere was allowed. Blood was almost always certain. Foley was the first title holder, Raven held it the most and it's change in many, many hands. The Hardcore title held no real significance as it was just a brawl to beat the hell out of your opponent and win. The title was fun and exciting, it also give rise to more hardcore wrestling and wrestlers more fit for this type than any other.
The Tag Team titles, the tag teams of Road Warrior and Animal, The Colons, MNM, Team Angle/WGTT, Los Guerroreos, DX, Hart Dynasty, Dudley Boyz and the Bashum Brothers. All held the titles as well as a mix of other teams. Today they have no significance because of the LACK of tag teams. The teams are thrown together randomly and given a lame name, then end up splitting up due to stupid reasons. Where does this title currently fit? No where. Smackdown! And RAW both have wrestlers that can be paired to make good tag teams but they stay under used. So if we have a lack of tag teams, what's the point in having the title? Why give it to a team if we only see them once a month? They've ignored this title for too long and now it's stuck.
The "Divas" title, the Womans title was scrapped and we were left with a very 12 yr old girl pink, butterfly style title. The woman's division is very short handed, there's not many match-ups besides the same redundant ones we see. The title stays in hand for a good amount of time, but it holds no value. Beth defeated Kelly Kelly, in which Beth was deserving of it. Beth was defeated by Nikki who then loses it to the coming back of Layla. Layla? What about Eve? Natayla? Tamina? AJ? Alica Fox? Katlyn? You're probably thinking, who? Exactly, who? The Divas title has touched one main hand; Kelly Kelly. The rest of the divas don't seem to exist. The women's division needs light. Remember Lita, Trisha, Mickie James, Sable, Alundra Blayze, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler, Michelle McCool? Of course, not only because they were sexy but they were relevant. Many of them held the divas/woman's title and it had competiton. So like the tag titles, what's the current point of the Divas title?
Lastly, the World Heavyweight title and WWE title. Both are the most sought after titles in the WWE and both do well in hands of wrestlers. The only complaint is we see the same people world title holders; Cena and Orton, currently the WWE has taken a new route and made Punk and Sheamus champs. When will we see the title to touch hands for Ziggler, Kofi, Cody, Miz, Barrett, etc and actually MEAN something?
We need the retired titles back! They bring more value to the company and it's wrestlers and give more room for a bigger and better roster. It brings more competition and entertainment and I guarantee it puts more butts in those seats and more tv ratings and PPV buys.
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