Originally Posted by URATOOL
That’s an understandable perspective, which is why I stated that my view on championship reigns is more of a “classic” outlook. The reigns that I put more value into are the ones that have a driven focus on someone doing everything they can to keep a hold of their prized possession. Cody’s reign didn’t have that for me as he would talk about the belt, but there was never a credible threat of him losing the title; the reign was more about making Cody look good with a prop than it was about him being a great IC champion (even if he said it 20,000 times). Had it been Cody sneaking away with title wins or even him finding loopholes to avoid defending, I would give the reign more credit, but the time spent with the belt was focused on his character development in relation to making him seem on Randy’s level; which was an obvious fallacy as Cody now sits where he’s at less than a year after losing the belt.
And frequency of defenses isn’t the key to a successful reign for me; just a key ingredient. I compared Cody to Devon in that both reigns had title defenses few and far between them. Both men were/are featured in tag matches during their time holding the belt. But you would say that Cody’s reign was better simply because you enjoy the transformation of Cody. My argument is that they are the same type of title reign; focused on the character, not on the characters desire to be seen as one of the better athletes in that specific division/card placement. With a title run like Ziggler’s, at least he gave off the appearance of being the next big thing due to his reign with the mid-card belt, which is how I feel the title should be used; a stepping stone. This is why Ziggler was able to move from Upper Mid-Card to Main Event level and manage to stay with it until he got traction in a division with much bigger fish, whereas Cody was being talked about as the next potential WHC champion only to be in the position he finds himself in this year. This is not a bash on Cody as he will be in the main event level soon, but if his title run had been more than just a prop he was holding, I feel they could have used his reign to catapult him like many others to another level. As I said before, we have differing opinions and I am perfectly okay with that; you are right in that the titles are props these days but I feel that they can be used for more than that in order to help developing mid-carders into more threatening and credible main eventers.