Now that Antonio Cesaro and Kofi Kingston have successfully defended their titles at TLC, who could be next for the champions? How about each other?
With the two men being in several matches together and having dominated their recent opponents, are they on the road to title unification?
It seems like the WWE is finding different ways to get the two mid-card champions in the ring at the same time. Since Kingston won the Intercontinental title from The Miz in October, he and Cesaro have fought six different times.
They have met in both singles competition and tag team bouts and are nearly matched in wins. Kingston has won three times, Cesaro twice and one match ended in a draw.
Other than the thrill of seeing the two champions battle it out, why are they spending so much time in the ring against each other? Eventually, one of them is going to begin winning their series of matches, which will make the other title seem less important.
There are not three tiers of singles championships in the WWE. But they might be testing out a possible feud between the two. The result? Unification of their championships.
The two titles already have a history intertwined together.
Both titles began in the ‘70s. The United States title started in 1975 when Harley Race beat Johnny Weaver. Pat Patterson first wore the Intercontinental belt after he won it in a tournament in Rio de Janeiro in 1979.
The United States title originated in WCW, while the Intercontinental title is a WWE original. After the WWE bought WCW, the United States title was defended as a WWE championship.
On Nov. 12, 2001, Edge challenged and defeated US champion Kurt Angle to capture the belt. Six days later he fought and beat Intercontinental champion Test at Survivor Series to unify both belts. (WWE.com)
It was not until 2003 that the US belt was reactivated. SmackDown general manager Stephanie McMahon created a tournament to fill the returning title. Eddie Guerrero defeated Chris Benoit in the finals to win his second United States championship. (WWE.com)
Unification between the two could do wonders for the thinner roster in today’s WWE. Having one mid-card title to vie for means better matches, as well as a better variety of matches. Having only one title means holding the title is much more prestigious.
Additionally, having one less secondary title would make room on pay-per-views or other matches and feuds to be shown and addressed.
The only downsize would be less chances for the younger, less experienced talent to shine. One less title means one less new guy gets to have a belt.
Despite the pros and cons, the signs still point to unification. Cesaro and Kingston keep crossing paths. They keep winning their matches and dominating their feuds.
Eventually, something's got to give.