So with three of the current title reigns being no longer than three months old, and with two of the other title reigns being over six months old, I thought it would be appropriate evaluate how well each has been presented. Sometimes within feuds the WWE can forget about titles, while the other feuds are purely based on the title. Regardless, the titles should always remain relevant, or else what’s the point of keeping them around? In this week’s edition of the Wednesday Wrap Around, I’d like to break down the status of each title on the main roster, and give it a letter grade. I had done something similar to this back in November 2015, and I think it’s something I’d like to revisit every six months or so. Here’s the link to that post.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship: B
If I had done this break down prior to Reigns winning the title, it would easily been a D-, if not a F. In the build towards Wrestlemania, it was simply a prop for Hunter and Roman, because their feud was based their hate for each other.
Since then, the WWE has done a good job with putting importance back on the main title. AJ Styles was only determined to win that title, and from that a great feud was born. Even though AJ and Roman couldn’t avoid drama, their character initially wanted to avoid it. The reason I give this a B is because that only occurred within the past two months. The most recent feud had to remind the fans of why that title is prestigous.
Women’s/Diva’s Championship: A
Hands down, Charlotte has been the best booked champion going in and out of Wrestlemania. She’s a cocky and arrogant heel that continuously enlarges her own ego because she’s holding the title. Ric Flair would also consistently remind the fans that his daughter is in fact the WWE Women’s Champion. Unlike the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, this title didn’t just heat up within the past two months. It’s been the main focus of the women’s division for quite some time. Along with that, this may arguably be the first time the women’s championship has been on par with the main title, and ahead of the secondary titles.
Most of Charlotte’s feuds have been based on her opponents despising her winning methods. Her character will do anything to keep that title, because she cherishes it. That’s one of the reasons I thoroughly enjoyed most of Rollins’ reign from last year. I find anytime a heel is willing to do anything to remain champion, it only increases the value of the title.
Intercontinental Championship: B+
I’d say the credibility of the IC title has more to do with the wrestlers that have held recently held it instead of the stories it’s been involved with. When Owens was carrying it into Mania, he always made sure to make that title was more important than anything other title on the show. He’s a man that understands the importance of championships and how they should be seen. It went through a weird two day phase where it was in a game of hot potato, but I’d say it got back on track once the Miz got a hold of it. Cesaro vs Miz was strictly about the IC title, and like the WWE WHC, a rivalry grew from that. In my opinion, what elevated it even more was KO’s decision to watch the IC match at Payback. Throughout that match he claimed that he wanted that title more than anything else. KO’s character was talking like that all throughout the fatal four way feud.
For secondary titles, the feuds always need to be based on the championship, or else people just forget about them. I truly hope the Miz can keep up the great work and make it relevant for MITB.
US Championship: F
It appears to me that the WWE can only manage to keep one secondary title relevant at a time. Last year the IC title suffered while John Cena made the US title equivalent to the WWE WHC. As it currently stands, the US title is completely irrelevant, while the IC title seems more desirable. It’s strange how so much can change within a year.
Rusev just won the title on Sunday, so this grade will probably change within the next few weeks. I don’t fault Kalisto one bit for a terrible title reign, as I’m sure he was just doing what he was told to do. In fact, I thought Kalisto had a lot of potential as the champ. He has an awesome move set and unique look, both of which fans can easily get behind. However, the booking staff just never gave him and the title enough spotlight to seem important. It doesn’t help that the last two out of three matches he’s had on PPV were for the pre show. Based on that, I just stopped caring, and I’m sure many other fans did as well.
Tag Team Championship: C+
The New Day hasn’t done anything negative to affect the credibility of these tag titles. Up until now, the Vaudevillians have actually been the only legitimate threat to the titles, because the New Day hasn’t been booked to defend them that often. I expect this will change within the next few months. The New Day has ran out of opponents, but they’ll be fully stocked for the summer. After they’re done with the Vaudevillians (assuming the feud will extend to one more PPV), we can expect the Club or Enzo & Big Cass to challenge for the titles. Both of those teams are extremely over and would make the tag team title scene more interesting.
I think it’s great that the New Day is the most dominant team (rightfully so, they should be the champs) and have run through the division, but at the same time, the WWE has slacked on consistently giving them competition. There was no reason they shouldn’t have defended the titles at Mania against the League of Nations.