The worst fears of many old school wrestling fans were confirmed at WrestleMania 28 when the WWE title match was relegated to the co-main event. Worse still was the World Heavyweight title, which ended in just 18 seconds.
Since WrestleMania, the WWE title has been defended twice, yet both matches concluded without pinfall or submission. While Sheamus, the World Heavyweight champion, has interacted with several on air talents, he has failed to address that he has a rematch with his WrestleMania opponent at the next PPV.
The championship is deemed less important than the other events going on in the WWE universe. This is all but confirmed by the fact that the two biggest matches at WrestleMania had no title implications at all.
However, all wrestlers want to be the champion beyond all else. It needs to be their drive and ambition to be known as the very best. Otherwise the facade of a sporting competition disappears and the WWE essentially becomes a dramatized ballet.
Here are six ways that the WWE could regenerate that prestige in their champion.