There was once a time when the World Heavyweight Championship was arguably the most prestigious title in WWE.
Eric Bischoff re-introduced the belt in September 2002 and awarded it to Triple H after WWE Champion Brock Lesnar signed an exclusive deal with Stephanie McMahon and SmackDown.
The World Heavyweight Championship became the premier title on WWE's flagship show. Men like Triple H, Batista, Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Shawn Michaels and Edge held the belt and treated it as the ultimate prize. And it was.
Those days are long gone. The title has lost its luster, And for the last several years, World Heavyweight Championship matches have opened WWE pay-per-views. That's not generally great match placement for what is supposed to be a premier championship.
This past Monday on Raw, 2013 Royal Rumble winner John Cena made the decision to compete for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXIX.
But he didn't stop there. Cena would essentially say that going for the World Heavyweight Championship would be the easy way out, and that he would be virtually guaranteed to win it.
Talk about dissing an entire section of the WWE roster.
Should WWE merge the World Heavyweight Championship and WWE Championship?
Regardless, after such disrespect for the title by Cena, it's clear the title is not treated as a premier championship anymore. If that's the case, it's time to unify it with the WWE Championship.
That can happen if John Cena and Dolph Ziggler continue to feud. After all, CM Punk and The Rock are busy with each other, so Cena will have nothing to do until after Elimination Chamber without that rivalry.
In theory, Cena does not have to choose his opponent now. And as far as I know, he's signed no contract binding him to a WWE Championship match.
If CM Punk regains his championship at Elimination Chamber, The Rock will get his rematch at WrestleMania. Meaning John Cena will be placed in that match as well.
But, if Cena and Ziggler are still feuding (and if Ziggler cashes in and wins his Money in the Bank title match during that feud), there could be legitimate arguments for all four men to want to face each other.
In the scenario in the article, who should win a unification tournament?
A Fatal 4-Way match just won't be as exciting as a unification tournament. Just think, the first round could be Cena vs. Ziggler for the World Heavyweight Championship, the next could be CM Punk vs. The Rock for the WWE Championship, and then the winners of those matches face each other in a unification match.
And yes, that means we could easily see Rock vs. Cena II to unify the titles. Or we could see CM Punk vs. Dolph Ziggler. You get the idea.
This scenario, while less likely than others (like Rock vs. Cena II, for example), is still possible, especially since Dolph Ziggler brought up the topic of unification in an interview on the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
The World Heavyweight Championship was once a prized possession that headlined pay-per-views. It was once coveted by the best names in WWE. Now, it opens shows and apparently isn't even worth John Cena's time.
While the World heavyweight Championship may have a special place in the heart of this author, the title does not deserve to be disrespected as it has been. If WWE can't respect a world title, then it's time to eliminate it.
Either WWE should treat the title with the respect it once garnered, or they should merge it with the WWE Championship and give it a glorious send-off. It's time to unify the titles.