WWE Should Merge the WWE and World Championships Within the Next Year
I'm sure I'm not the first, nor the last, to say that maybe the status of being a world champion is somewhat watered down in World Wrestling Entertainment.
As I sit and write this column, I think about how the WWE used to have separate rosters for Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
In the last year or two, we've seen that slowly go out the window as SmackDown stars challenge for Raw championships and vice versa.
CM Punk and the Rock, who I thought were feuding for Raw's WWE Championship, had segments on the SmackDown before the Royal Rumble.
The World Heavyweight Championship, which I still believe is SmackDown's top title, has had time on Monday nights with both Alberto Del Rio and Big Show.
Or maybe I'm completely wrong and there are no rosters anymore.
So, then, I ask the question, why do we have two separate world heavyweight champions on what seems to be one WWE roster?
The last I heard of any talks of title unification was back in June of last year. In a report from F4Wonline (posted on Wrestlezone.com), officials thought about merging the United States and Intercontinental Championships.
But the report also mentioned there were no plans to merge the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships because they wanted two champions for the live events.
Here we are at the beginning of 2013, and while we don't see a feud between Wade Barrett (Intercontinental champion) and Antonio Cesaro (U.S. champion) being set up anytime soon, we still have two separate world champions.
It seems the WWE doesn't see the problem with having two world titles for one roster. For me, it waters down the career highlight of holding a world championship multiple times.
Ric Flair, one of the greatest world champions of all time, won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and the WWF Championship over the course of more than 40 years.
Officially, Flair was a 16-time world heavyweight champion, although there are many debates as to whether certain reigns count.
In WWE, we have an eight-time champion in Randy Orton, Edge won 11 world championships and there's been 12 title reigns for John Cena.
All of those names are more than likely heading to the WWE Hall of Fame, but winning a world championship in a company that has two world championships waters down the highlight of holding a world title so many times.
It is a bit different for someone like Sting, Hulk Hogan or Ric Flair because they wrestled for more than one company over the course of their careers.
They put in more years in professional wrestling to earn the number of championships that they have accumulated.
In less time, Cena, Orton and Edge have put themselves in the top 10 of most world championships all time with the legends mentioned earlier.
If the WWE continues to have one universal roster, then maybe having only one world champion will benefit the company in the long run.
A perfect time to make the move would be at WrestleMania XXX. The storyline can begin the night after this year's WrestleMania.
Imagine how much more interest there would be in having two world champions with the expectation of the title unification coming.
But it could complicate where the Royal Rumble winner would go, considering the winner of that match every year earns a main event title match at WrestleMania.
Well, that's what would make WrestleMania XXX a little bit more special. Have the Royal Rumble winner challenge either the WWE champion or the World Heavyweight champion at the beginning of the night.
Then, at the very end, both champions must face each other in the main event. With a milestone WrestleMania, why not have a milestone of two world championship matches?
This is all an opinion-based speculation and storyline pitch. We will have to see as time goes on if the WWE chooses to make the title unification happen anytime soon.
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