RiZE: The questionable booking of the United States Championship doesn’t surprise nor faze me at all. I’ve come to expect this type of negligence by WWE’s Creative team when it comes to the mid card.
As far as the treatment of the championship goes, I think it's utter nonsense.
Why the WWE feels the need to hot-shot the title every month or so after Dolph’s reign is profoundly ambiguous.
Who should be United States Champion?
Quite frankly, I don’t necessarily have a problem with the current champion, Santino Marella.
Despite his lengthy jobber status, Santino has managed to retain the admiration of the WWE Universe. Yes, even more so than a number of the WWE’s “main-eventers."
However, if I were deciding the titles fate, Zack Ryder would’ve never dropped it to Jack Swagger. I understand storyline circumstances, but the WWE built the Dolph/Ryder program for months. It was foolish to have Zack drop it in the manner he did.
Charlie: In 2011, the United States Championship was being treated fairly.
The belt was snug against Dolph Ziggler’s waist for a while. Then Zack Ryder came along for a much-deserved title reign. Along came Swagger to ruin the fun.
Swagger as champion was just awful. I’m not even going to go into details about his reign because, well, there are no details.
The title going around Swagger’s waist was a mistake and now Santino Marella is champion. Okay, I’m a fan of where it’s going.
Santino has had a pretty good push recently and having it end as U.S. Champion seems like a sweet deal.
E-Rage: The United States Championship was treated fine until Ryder lost it to Swagger. Swagger has only defended his title once against Justin Gabriel to the best of my knowledge. He did nothing for the title and it did nothing for him.
When Dolph Ziggler held the title, it at least had some meaning. He held it for 182 days, which is a respectable accomplishment.
When Ryder took the title, it seemed to be elevate the belt even more. Fans now cared for the status of the title since it was in the hands of a beloved wrestler.
Now with the title in Santino’s hands, I have more faith in it. Santino is loved by fans everywhere and can be a great champion if given some feuds.
I would like to have seen Ryder become champion again, which may not happen for quite some time. Like I said before, Ryder was beloved and made the title seem prestigious. The crowd reaction to when he won the title was something that we rarely see nowadays.
John: The United States Championship gained much prestige after the feud between Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder, which showcased two young talents in a great series of matches. It ended perfectly with Ryder capturing the title, but then losing it a few weeks later to Jack Swagger.
Right there is when it went back to the boring mid-card title it has been for awhile now.
When Ziggler and Ryder possessed it, both carried it extremely well. It was the next step in Ryder’s career, which was great. Then, we gave it to a washed-up World Champion who has no charisma and can’t get past the mid-card anymore.
This week, I will admit, WWE made the right decision in giving Santino the title. He has a great crowd reaction and the fans love him.
I’ve actually been waiting for the chance to have him be in a serious feud. He is funny and could draw a bigger pop than half of the locker room.
Now is when the title can restore the prestige is once gained. That is why the United States Champion should stay in the hands of Santino Marella.