Bringing Meaning Back To Tired, Old Titles
by, 11-25-2013 at 08:20 PM (2518 Views)
Way back when I was a lad, each title meant something special and individual in it's own right. Granted, there were fewer, but each one represented a certain tier and level of accomplishment and herein I think, lies the answer.
WWE needs to reestablish a level of ranking where certain guys are only involved in one scene at a time. For instance, if you are in a tag team, you should rarely, if ever, show up in any angle or match concerning any other title. If you are one month fighting for the IC title, you cannot just be seen to be challenging for the WWE title at the next PPV - especially and particularly if you failed to win the IC title! Just what kind of message is that sending to fans? That the IC belt is meaningless, thats what.
WWE shies away from rankings (aside from the very bogus "#1 Contender") because they don't want the fans to see anyone as less than the others. They are all "SUPERSTARS"!!! Well it's making everything bland and boring because it's turned into a flat and featureless landscape. What WWE doesn't want to acknowledge is that we already do see them in terms of title level, yet they keep trying to force us into wanting Cena or Orton with the main titles and someone like Bryan with a tag belt.
Wresting needs a caste system. You cannot have angles and storylines that will work for very long without a clear hierarchy. It needs it to bring that passion and touch of belief - that spark of excitement that it seems to have lost.