News broke this week of Degeneration X's possible induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Degeneration X was definitely instrumental in shaping the wildly successful attitude era. But with group inductions now in vogue, the Hall of Fame figures to be the latest in a string of WWE entities to become devalued.
The WWE seems to struggle with discretion. Many successful ideas seem to be one themed pay-per-view away from dilution, with once novel concepts suffering from overexposure.
Diluted WWE properties lose meaning through an addition of sort. The unwarranted increase reduces once precious entities to mere sideshows.
The WWE isn't quite there yet in devaluing the Hal of Fame, but give it some time. Upon its resurgence in 2004, the WWE had the right idea: Induct one big name in addition to several deserving names that would make up a respectable class.
With the WWE running thin on icons, it appears it has launched a plan to rinse, wash and repeat with group inductions, even if group members in question have already been inducted.
When all is said and done, multiple-time inductees could be the rule rather than the exception.
WWE Money in the Bank still has meaning as it has only been unsuccessfully cashed in once. But the concept has certainly cooled from its origins of being an annually featured match at WrestleMania.
Following the success of pro wrestling's most spontaneous briefcase, the WWE decided to give Money in the Bank its own pay-per-view (good) and feature one Money in the Bank match for each world championship (bad).
God forbid that diluting temptations lead to Money in the Bank contracts being draw up for secondary championships.
It was once the ultimate end-all, be-all match to end longstanding feuds. It is now a promotional tool.
Mick Foley once fell 16 feet to his near perish at the climax of a two-year feud with the Undertaker. This furthered the mystique of WWE's demonic structure. And for what? So WWE superstars can compete in Hell in a Cell matches simply because that's the name of the pay-per-view?
ECW was the Nirvana of professional wrestling, an anti-establishment genre defined by its cult following. The counterculture of ECW is what gave it character and made it stand out from the national landscape of sports entertainment.
The promotion was brought back by the WWE by popular demand with a show on SyFy. The demand quickly waned with every hint of WWE influence until it was ultimately cancelled in 2010.
There was once a time when a limited number of WWE championships made it a big deal for those with the coveted opportunity to hold them.
The WWE Champion, Intercontinental champion, WWE women's champion and tag team champions were all spotlighted, held to a higher standard than all other superstars.
Since 1997, the European, hardcore, United States, WWE tag team, world heavyweight and WWE Divas championships have been introduced to the WWE.
Some titles have been retired, some not. Either way, a championship in the WWE isn't what it once was regardless of stature. Fewer titles would mean more value. This is a long-term business model the WWE should consider.