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What is a champion?

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I’ve been an avid wrestling fan since my childhood. I’venever seen titles change hands as much as I’ve seen within this month. Alsosince when does a champion lose on a frequent basis?
My focus is going to be on the WWE and no disrespect to ROHand TNA championships I’m also a fan of them also.
Do the WWE titles have history and prestige? Haven’tlegends held these belts and defended them with pride? Do current title holders lose power or focus once they get a championship?
I’m going to give a brief list of names associated withtitles and ask a simple question at the end of each list.
The Divas Championship/Women’s Championship has beenheld legends like the Fabulous Moolauh, Trish Stratus, Lita, Sable, Chyna, MickieJames, Michelle McCool, Luna Vachon, Gail Kim, Natalya, and Beth Phoenix. (Personally I liked this championship betterbefore they became Divas.) Did these ladies lose as often as recent titleholders?
The United States Championship has been held bylegends like Harley Race, Sting, Barry Windam, Steve Austin, Lex Luger, andRicky Steamboat. Did these guys lose matches as frequent as the current titleholders do?
The Intercontinental Championship has been held by legendslike Bret Hart, Curt Henning, Triple H, Shawn Micheals, Rick Rude, ChrisJericho, Edge, Owen Hart, The British Bulldog, Scott “Razor Ramon” Hall, andthe Rock. Once again did these guys lose matches as frequent as the currenttitle holders?
The World Heavyweight Championship (WCW and nowSmackdown Championship) has been held by legends of the likes of Ric Flair,Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Hulk Hogan, Big Van Vader, Booker T, Goldberg, andSting. Like before, did these guys lose much while holding this title?
The World Wrestling Entertainment Championship hasbeen held by Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, BrunoSamartino, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, Andreathe Giant, and CMPunk. How often do they lose? Did they ever lose non-titlematches cleanly?
Now with every championship there are jokes and mishaps withsome. I’m not talking about David Arquette, The Mountie (Gimmick was bad notthe wrestler) and who was the last person to hold the US Belt that actuallyclaims to be from the US. Does the WWE Champion ever get pinned cleanly outsidea PPV?
What I’m saying is that a champion should not lose matchescleanly on a regular basis. Yeah it’sgood for hype and it’s good for some build up. How about having the championpinned in a random tag match? I’d also like to see the occasional squash matchreturn, were a champion takes on someone that is on the bottom of the roster.Does anyone remember when Ric Flair was WWE Champion and he faced Shawn Michaelswhen Shawn was still a Rocker? (Look it up)
Also what happened to build up and limiting encounters withlegitimate challengers? Doesn’t that build anticipation? The occasional teaseof a champion vs champion match instead of frequent ones, having a championbeat another champion tarnishes the credibility and history of thechampionship. On that subject, Night of Champions should be the only time thereis a champion vs champion match, outside of Wrestlemania. Plus go back tohaving the WWE championship and US Championship exclusively on RAW and theWorld Heavyweight Championship and Intercontinental Championship on Smackdown.Have the championships trade shows midyear. Another idea would be to have theUS Championship and the Intercontinental Championships showcased or defendedmore often on the other shows with superstars on the bottom of the roster. Whentitles are defended they become more prestige.
My main point for the singles titles and this also goes forthe World Tag Team Championships is to defend the titles more often. Use moreof the bottom of the roster for some of these defenses. Bring back credibilityto these legendary Championships.

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  1. Hurtts101's Avatar
    No disrespect, but having trouble with your blog. I wonder how old you are when you say you've been an 'avid fan since childhood' yet have never seen titles change as much as the last month. Last I checked, in the last month the WWE championship changed hands once, World Heavyweight once, US once and IC twice. Considering it was just Wrestlemania ad in a sense, a new season, that wasn't bad. And Really, since the US was held for 6 months... Clearly you either weren't there or don't remember the beloved Attitude Era or even worse Invasion Era when titles changed virtually every week.
    My second bewilderment is you say you want titles to go back to being show exclusive, which isn't a bad idea, but then say the IC/US should be defended on other shows.
    Anyway, enough nitpicking. I get the whole 'a champion should never lose' thing, but by having them lose the occasional nontitle match, it makes allows the other guy to seem like a genuine threat to the title. The only complaint about this is in a case like Cessaro's US run, they never went anywhere with it.
  2. TheGreatOne's Avatar
    WM 22, world WWE, tag womens US which is 5. Probably more...just off the top of my head in response to previous comment.
  3. THE PAINFUL TRUTH's Avatar
    As painful as it is to agree with certain aspects of this blog I would agree that each ppv needs an identity. While the E has progressed in this (Money in the Bank, Hell in the Cell) it still needs a LOT of work (Over the Limit, Payback). Night of Champions should be champ vs champ even if it is a US vs Intercontinential title match.
  4. Hurtts101's Avatar
    While it wouldn't work as well now, I always thought during the height of the brand split that the PPV between RR and WM should have been a Bragging Rights type highlighted by Champion vs Champion to see which title would main event WM...
    As for Truth's comments about PPV identities... I never was a fan of the gimmick PPV's. I think it kinda took away from the significance of the matches. I'd rather see a Hell in the Cell or TLC match as a final end to a feud, not a yearly PPV...
  5. weems's Avatar
    I agree that champions should not be losing matches until it is time to drop the belt. In fact, I agree with the gist of the blog despite the fact that it was impossible to read since you did not proof read it before posting. The site does have a feature that allows you to make edits after posting which I would highly recommend you do to fix all of the typos. "It ishard to readyour blog when youcombine words and don't usethe spacebar."
  6. Bagg's Avatar
    I dont agree in terms of titles changing hands rapidly right now, back in the attitude era, belts changed constantly. the IC title especially. The world title i think they just did because theyre realizing del rio is a flop as a babyface and Ziggler needed to win the title in that building. But i agree when we talk about the champions treated like jokes.
    I felt in Jan/Feb that they were finally getting somewhere, with Cesaro holding the title longer than anyone in years, and it all amounted to nothing, where he lost for months in non title matches and by the time he lost his title, nobody cared, pretty sure not even Kofi.
    Titles are never defended, champions are always losing. Aside from Cenas belt, i truly believe the titles dont even need to be there because theyre pointless. If anything, Dolph Ziggler, is currently holding the old IC title from the 80's era, rather than being deemed a world champion himself.
  7. weems's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bagg
    I dont agree in terms of titles changing hands rapidly right now, back in the attitude era, belts changed constantly. the IC title especially. The world title i think they just did because theyre realizing del rio is a flop as a babyface and Ziggler needed to win the title in that building. But i agree when we talk about the champions treated like jokes.
    I felt in Jan/Feb that they were finally getting somewhere, with Cesaro holding the title longer than anyone in years, and it all amounted to nothing, where he lost for months in non title matches and by the time he lost his title, nobody cared, pretty sure not even Kofi.
    Titles are never defended, champions are always losing. Aside from Cenas belt, i truly believe the titles dont even need to be there because theyre pointless. If anything, Dolph Ziggler, is currently holding the old IC title from the 80's era, rather than being deemed a world champion himself.
    You couldn't have said it any better.
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