On July 19th, the show currently known as Thursday Night SmackDown will be moved to Tuesday nights and become the WWE’s second live television show known as Tuesday Night SmackDown. And with the news of a live SmackDown show comes the news of the revival of the brand split. At some point in time a draft will be held and the current roster will be split between Raw and SmackDown. There have been many discussions about how WWE should divide the roster, what ideas the WWE should stick with, and which ones they should leave behind. However, one of the biggest pieces of information to come out is the potential return or establishment of another World Title.
In the earlier years of the Brand Split, the WWE made the decision to have the WWE Championship exclusive to SmackDown while Raw would have the World Heavyweight Championship. At the time, this made sense do to the massiveness of the roster and the huge star power throughout the company overall. However, with the current state of the product, two World Champions seem likes it would be another failure for the company in its attempts to create stars. However, there are several people who would love to see the WWE go back to the two-World Champion system.
And so, to argue both points of either bringing back/establishing a new World Title or keeping the one World Title they have now as the only belt, this article will be arguing seven points for two World Championships and seven points against to see whether this would be a benefit or a detriment to the company overall.
15 Con - Potential of Two Money In The Bank Matches
It is possible to have too much of a good thing. While fans excited for the Money in the Bank match ever year, the match definitely lost its value during the initial brand split, as both shows had their own Money in the Bank match, making the event feel far less special. Imagine if there was another briefcase holder running around while Seth Rollins held the briefcase. Would his cash-in have been as successful? We heavily doubt it.
Now, it's not a certainty that the WWE will go back to having two Money in the Bank matches if they bring back a second world championship, but based on history, we'd be that they do. What we'd suggest, because we know everyone at WWE is reading this, is to have a single MITB match between brands, making it feel like the absolutely huge honor that it is.
14 Pro - More Merchandise
13 Con - Plenty of Title Belts Already for Sale
12 Pro - Shows Their Commitment to SmackDown
11 Con - A Brand New Title Would Need to Be Built Up
10 Pro - Elevating Midcarders
9 Con - Elevation is Dependent on Booking
8 Pro - Adds to Brand Competition
7 Con - One World Champion Produces the Same Results
6 Pro - Lightens the Load
5 Con - Just Make the World Champion Attractions
4 Pro - Gives SmackDown Identity
3 Con - Defeats the Purpose of Title Unification
2 Pro - More World Champions
1 Con - Not Everyone Should be a World Champion
A new World Title can mean that more stars and more World Champions are created, but should there be more World Champions is the million dollar question? In the past 10 years of the WWE, we’ve seen a good number of wrestlers go onto become big stars by becoming the World Champion, but there have been just as many who haven’t. Can anyone honestly say that Sheamus, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, or Rey Mysterio’s drawing power really increased from their title reigns? Most of the people on this list fell right back into wherever they were on the card before a World Championship, which goes to show that the title reigns themselves don’t mean much. Shouldn’t “World Heavyweight Championship” be a title that is placed on some of the bigger stars of that period? If more wrestlers become world champions and the timing and booking isn’t right, then their title reign will be forgotten. There have been several big stars throughout WWE history have never won world titles such as Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Mr. Perfect, and others. And if they became stars despite winning the title, then that ultimately drives the point home that the title doesn’t make the guy, but rather the guy makes the title.
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