How and Why WWE Should Bring Back the Television Championship
There are many defunct titles in the world of wrestling. Some are forgotten while others are sorely missed.
Titles like Hardcore, ECW and Cruiserweight championships are looked upon with fond memories by many fans, while titles like the United States tag team and Six-Man tag team championships are never discussed.
One title that WCW utilized very well throughout the years that WWE should consider bringing back is the TV title.
The WCW TV title was used in a very interesting way. It was held by up-and-coming superstars to give them a boost, mid-card stars the company didn't trust with a major title and main event stars to give them something to do until a bigger feud opened up.
Let's look at some of the ways bringing back a version of the WCW TV title could help WWE, and a possible way to accomplish it.
I have also included some videos from the greatest Television Championship feud in history: Ricky Steamboat vs. Steve Austin
The TV title has a long history, and it is one that is filled with both marquee and unknown names.
Bringing back a title and keeping the lineage WCW had with it would also give WWE a way to show a little more appreciation to the guys from WCW.
This title was used by just about everyone who mattered in some way or another.
The list of legends and hall of famers who have held the title includes Sting, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, WIlliam Regal and Paul Orndorff.
Ricky Steamboat had the most combined days as champion, with 748 days spent with the title around his waist, while Booker T held the title the most times with a total of six reigns.
The history of the TV title is one that WWE could capitalize on, especially since they have many of the former title holders still working for the company in some way.
There were many great matches that were fought when this belt was on the line, including some classics between Steve Austin and Ricky Steamboat.
Many wrestling legends who held the title still work for the WWE in some way.
Give new superstars a boost
Stars such as Alex Wright, Prince Iaukea, Chris Jericho and Diamond Dallas Page held the title early in their runs as a way to give them a quick push.
WWE has a long list of superstar who could use a lower/mid-card title run to boost their image.
Guys like Tensai, Yoshi Tatsu, Brodus Clay and Santino would all benefit from holding a singles title, even if it was for just a couple of weeks.
New superstars like the members of The Shield, Big E Langston and Ryback would also benefit from the kind of exposure a singles title brings.
Gives struggling superstars a spotlight
We have to face it, not everyone is a future superstar. To be great you must have great passion, but great passion does not always lead to success.
Superstars who are treading water in the WWE might get a boost of confidence if they were given a token title run.
Mid-card stars like Stevie Ray, Perry Saturn and Konnan held the title as a way to boost their credibility.
Did you know Alex Riley was still a WWE wrestler?
If you said no, it wouldn't shock me at all. He is seldom used and hasn't had any shot of getting back into the spotlight.
He could really use a quick run with a title to instantly increase his profile and make fans remember why they cheered for him so hard when he was beating the Miz senseless.
Sometimes a person just needs a little boost to get going, and the TV title could be that boost for many.
Main Event superstars could hold it periodically to add credibility
If the title is only held by no-names and has-beens, then it will never be looked upon as anything but the low-card title.
WCW was smart to have major superstars hold the title from time to time to give it a more glossy shine.
When a main event superstar is without a major angle, holding the TV title gives them something to do between major feuds.
Big names like Ric Flair, Lex Luger and Dusty Rhodes held the title to increase its prestige. Today's stars like Randy Orton and John Cena could do the same.
Sometimes Randy Orton seems bored, and why shouldn't he? He has been taking a back seat to other superstars over the past year, which is admirable.
But Orton is not viewed as the top dog anymore. If he had held a singles title during that time, then it might make him seem a bit more successful than he has been over the past year.
Even if John Cena only held the TV title for a week, it would still give the championship some star power, especially if he acted like he was really happy to have the title.
How to bring back the title.
In order to drive up interest in the title, WWE would have to make a big to-do about it over the course of several weeks.
When WWE introduced the European title, they held a tournament over the course of several events, which was eventually won by The British Bulldog.
This could be how they bring back the TV title, with every WWE superstar being eligible to compete in the tournament.
If you have someone like CM Punk deliver a promo about how badly he wants to win the tournament and the title, people will take notice.
If WWE were to bring back the title, there would have to be a set of rules for how it is featured and defended. Here is a set of rules I think could help the title to stand out and be looked at as something different than the I.C. and U.S. titles.
- The title is defended every week. This could happen on Raw, SmackDown, Main Event or a pay-per-view.
- The challenger each week is chosen by a lottery. The person who challenged the last week is ineligible if they were unable to win the title.
- An alternative to a lottery would be fan voting through the WWE app or website.
- If a superstar is injured and cannot defend the title, two names are pulled from the lottery.
- The matches have a 15-minute time limit. A draw means the champion retains and the challenger has to try their luck in the lottery.
Having a title with these rules would make things a little more interesting in WWE. There would be title changes more often, and more superstars would get some time in the spotlight.
Making the champion defend the title every week would also give bragging rights to those who hold it for extended periods of time.
It could even be held by superstars who already hold another title. Having a tag or singles champion also holding the TV title would make them look even better than they already do.
The amount of upsides to this scenario heavily outweigh the downsides, and that is why it would make sense for WWE to bring back the Television Championship
What do you think? Would anyone benefit from WWE bringing back the TV title this way?
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