These are definitely exciting times in the world of professional wrestling, especially around the WWE. Since last month’s brand extension draft, which split the roster up between Raw and SmackDown, fans have been curious as to what other corresponding changes will be coming to WWE television in the next few months. Think about what new changes are on the horizon when things start to heat up with the Road to WrestleMania right around the corner?
It has already been announced that the Raw brand will feature the return of the Cruiserweight Division, and a new Heavyweight Championship due to the departure of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose. There is now doubt that fans all over the world have been elated to see a shake up in the WWE Universe. However, there are fans who are fearing the worst, with thoughts that their favorite superstars will still live in the WWE creative cemetery.
But this is a new era in the WWE and it’s a good time to begin brainstorming ideas, and there's no better place to pull from than the past. Sure there have been some horrible, horrible, hooooooooorible ideas in the past, but hindsight is 20/20, and we are here to guide WWE in the right direction. Today we will be looking at 10 things they should bring back to television, and 10 they should never mention again.
20 Do – Bring Back The Hardcore Championship
While there are some talks about new titles possibly being brought to WWE television, there are a number of fans who would love to see the return of old titles, like the Hardcore Championship. There is some give and take with the Hardcore Title being restored, as the concept of hardcore wrestling established during the 1990s and early 2000s is something that cannot be brought back to the current era of WWE programming.
19 Don’t – Bring Back The European Championship
While we’re on the subject of returning championships to the WWE, one of the titles that shouldn’t be brought back is the European Championship. Sure, it was a title that was worn by a number of great superstars in the mid-card tier, as that list includes the likes of D-Lo Brown, Owen Hart and X-Pac. However, there are already two championships that are expected to boost the mid-card – the Intercontinental and the United States Championships.
18 Do – Bring Back Former Superstars
When splitting the current WWE roster into two different shows, WWE understood that it meant there was a need to add a few extra superstars from other places. The WWE can't completely raid all of the top stars from NXT, due to it helping the company make money as a nationally touring developmental promotion. So it’s been nice to see a number of former superstars returning to WWE television to add some extra veteran experience to the WWE roster.
17 Don’t – Bring Back Every Superstar
Sure, it would be great to see some familiar faces return to the WWE. While the ones mentioned earlier can provide depth and proven experience, not all former WWE superstars are going to help the overall program.
Specifically, it’s actually good news that Kurt Angle is not on his way back to the WWE. While he should be given one more match, he doesn’t need to be brought back to a full-time schedule that his body may not be able to handle. It's not so much Angle as what he represents, which is older guys who can only wrestle part time.
The new Cruiserweight Division doesn’t need too many veterans either, with the influx of young stars that we were introduced to through the Cruiserweight Classic tournament on the WWE Network.
16 Do – Expand The Tag Team Division
The fact that the NXT development brand has been a great resource for the new era of WWE programming goes without saying. NXT has given us strong independent wrestlers, who have become even stronger WWE superstars like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Finn Balor. However, one of the strongest traits that NXT possesses, is a deep tag team division which features teams who are already prepared for their main roster debuts.
15 Don’t – Activate A Second Set Of Tag Team Titles
Unfortunately, this has been announced to happen, but it's a big mistake by WWE.
While the WWE should consider bringing new tag teams into the fold, they don’t need two separate sets of titles. Because The New Day currently holds the WWE Tag Team Championship belts on Raw, SmackDown is technically without a set of champs for the time being. The depth of the WWE’s tag team division was questionable before the brand split, and trying to rebuild two tag team divisions seems too difficult for WWE to sustain.
14 Do – Bring Back Previously Underused Female Talents
The WWE is not going to bring back female veterans like Trish Stratus or Lita to the new era of WWE. But what the company can do is continue to scout for the best female wrestlers competing in the independent circuit, similar to how they have scouted much of the current NXT roster. There are loads of talents that can be found throughout the country, especially in independent promotions like Shimmer Wrestling in Illinois.
13 Don’t – Create A Second Women’s Championship
While we’re on the subject of improving women’s wrestling on the WWE, one of the things that is feared is the company may bring a second women’s championship to television. The WWE has just reinstated the WWE Women’s Championship and retired the Divas Championship, which was originally a SmackDown exclusive title to give the B-show women’s roster a title to fight for in an effort to keep them relevant.
12 Do – Feature Interpromotional Matches
Remember the successful video game franchise “SmackDown vs. Raw” that the WWE used to bring us? A huge part of the video game’s storyline was a war between the Raw and SmackDown brands that would culminate with a final match at WrestleMania and the person you selected for the career mode would hope to play a big role in that WWE war. One would assume that is going to eventually happen in the current WWE era as the WWE Tag Team Championship and the WWE Women’s Championship currently on the red team.
11 Don’t – Have Brand Specific Pay-Per-Views
Remember how dull many of the older pay-per-views from the original brand split era were? That’s because the WWE tried to have some months where they presented two pay-per-views in 30 days where superstars from both brands had an equal chance to be presented to the audience in big, marquee match cards. The problem is that the current depth doesn’t really allow for having multiple pay-per-views in a single month.
Sure, the WWE fan can just pick up the WWE Network and not have to pay the $50-60 they would have to pay for each PPV like they did back in the original brand split era. However, the importance of having a match at one of these special events begins to diminish when there is more added to the WWE schedule.
10 Do – Bring Back The Cruiserweight Championship
It hasn’t been officially confirmed by the WWE, but there’s writing on the wall that the WWE is going to bring back the Cruiserweight Championship to television. Raw announced that they were going to be the home for the new Cruiserweight Division on their Monday night program and there’s going to be plenty of ways they can help form their own take on a division that has created a number of stars over the years that include Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero and Juventud Guerrera (at least when looking at both WWE and WCW). This is one of the few examples of a returning championship being extremely beneficial to the WWE product.
9 Don’t – Repeat The Former Cruiserweight Division
It was mentioned earlier that the WWE should bring back a few of their former employees to add veteran depth to the new era of WWE’s roster. Among the names that shouldn’t be included is the last man to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship – Hornswoggle. His character as Finlay’s little friend was great for comedy on WWE television, but having him revealed as Vince McMahon’s illegitimate son did not entertain us as the creative team likely hoped.
8 Do – Feature Celebrity Guest Hosts
While it may not be one of the best ways to help ensure storylines with a lot of depth, having celebrities come in to make an appearance once in a while might be good for bringing in some extra viewers. If nothing else, it will help the television ratings for the WWE. That’s how they make money and it’s going to be what might allow the WWE to have five hours of live programming on primetime television.
7 Don’t – Feature Celebrities In Matches
While there’s no harm in allowing a celebrity or professional athlete to make an appearance on Raw or SmackDown, having them involved in actual matches is not a very good idea. This is where the line should be drawn. Non-wrestlers shouldn’t really be allowed to have a 10-to-15 minute match at a big event like SummerSlam or WrestleMania. Remember how WCW often had celebrities like Jay Leno and David Arquette involved in matches?
6 Do – Have The King Of The Ring
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin made his initial splash to help start the WWE’s Attitude Era shortly after defeating Jake “The Snake” Roberts in the finals of the 1996 King of the Ring tournament. It was the birth of Austin 3:16 and the rest was history. While it has had sporadic appearances at best, it was always a memorable tournament that helped establish future superstars. Other names that benefitted from the tournament included Bret Hart, Triple H, Kurt Angle and Edge.
5 Don’t – Feature International Pay-Per-Views
It’s okay to see some expansion of WWE with the new brand split, which allows for one or two championships returning from the grave and maybe the King of the Ring tournament. But as mentioned before, certain things should be left in the WWE creative graveyard. Having pay-per-views in other parts of the world would mean that the WWE is going to have to either air them early in the morning our time or have them shown on a tape delay. Wasn’t that the reason the WWE moved SmackDown from taped Thursdays to live Tuesdays?
4 Do – Cut Raw To Two hours
How often have fans complained that there seems to be too much filler for the three hours of Monday Night Raw? The problem with having an extra hour of programming is that it means more work for the creative team that is expected to help fill that extra hour. It’s now a lot harder with the brand split and having only half of the WWE roster on that one three-hour weekly show. It would be okay if the WWE actually devoted more of that extra hour to actual matches.
3 Don’t – Bring Back Sunday Night Heat And Velocity
One of the least enjoyable shows on WWE television was Sunday Night Heat (the secondary show for Raw) and Velocity (the equivalent for SmackDown). There’s a reason both shows only got about a million viewers on a good week. The one or two matches were usually involving jobbers in squash matches or two guys on the lower part of the card who the creative team felt they couldn’t fit into the main show.
2 Do – Use Triple H As An Authority Figure
It’s been awhile since we saw Triple H on WWE television. The man who was in charge of The Authority was someone who was the perfect heel figure with power in the WWE. Someone who could speak well on the microphone and have the psychology to help get a storyline to progress made him the best fit as the “C.O.O.” on WWE. We haven’t seen him since he lost to Roman Reigns earlier this year at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
1 Don’t – Use Triple H As A Wrestler
The time for the Game in the WWE has passed and it would be a shame if Triple H came back for another run as an in-ring competitor with the results being negative. How often do fans complain when their favorite superstar stays active a little too long and the results of their matches show that they are past their prime? Triple H is getting up there in age and probably should consider remaining in the authority role he does have in the WWE as Vince McMahon’s heir apparent.
At the same time, it’s questionable what Triple H has to prove as an active wrestler. He has pretty much done everything one would want to do in the WWE, short of breaking Ric Flair’s record of 16 world championship reigns. While he was one of the best villainous champions in recent WWE history, it’s better that he hang up his boots for good before our last memory is someone who should have retired earlier.
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