I can't help but think that WWE's insistence on devaluing and/or altogether removing mid-card titles isn't hurting them in the long run. There's only so much room at the top and everyone - you, me, the superstars and even Joe the hobo on the street corner can work out who's seen as viable for consideration as a top guy and who's going to languish in the low to mid card until they are either let go or leave of their own accord.
Which is why it frustrates me so much that WWE just plain ignored the fact that at least 75% of the fans want
to see a decent tag division with several, continual
teams going around; we want
to see a light heavyweight or European or some
other singles belt. But since WWE refuses to see the worth of having these belts - as well as refusing to acknowledge public opinion that fans really do want to see more belts; more competition - so maybe we, the fans who pay to see their product, the ones who fill Vince's pockets, can actually give a flying fuck about matches that happen down the card.
Yet WWE thinks they can gauge a wrestlers worth and appeal from crowd response and ratings alone - ratings are reflected much the same way as crowd response (except it's harder to watch something else if you are in the arena) - when you throw two guys out there to a cold crowd, why on earth should they care? These guys are not in contention for anything. There's a great yawning void between guys like JTG or Yoshi Tatsu and contention to even the US or IC titles. We know these guys aren't going anywhere, they're not doing anything. So, they don't rate. And if they don't rate, WWE won't push them.
My point is, slowly we are seeing guys with potential trickle over to rival promotions like TNA. WWE is basically feeding the other promotions. And they're not just the scraps - they're rich people scraps.
Which, it turns out, aren't that bad....as scraps go. WWE doesn't see the gold beneath the surface of a stale and tarnished superstar. And they're slowly losing a long distance race, because they're running full speed - a week at a time. Tortoise and hare, anyone?
(I probably should have blogged this but A)I didn't realise how long I'd go on and B)I don't blog