The World Heavyweight Title has been known for being prestigious as the top belt on SmackDown, which was the main title for Raw at its re-instatement in 2002. The title is synonymous with WCW. Many great wrestlers held that title before its collapse.
That was then. Presently, this title regrettably represents mediocrity.
World title matches used to main-event WrestleManias, let alone pay-per-views. Now, it’s relegated to the opening match for pay-per-views. Can the World title match even be considered a “main event?”
As of now, the match will feature defending champion Alberto Del Rio against Jack Swagger. The match should be built up as a technical, hard-hitting classic. It should be one of the main events for WrestleMania. Instead, it will probably be slotted to open the show.
WrestleMania 27 had the World Title open, with Edge retaining against Del Rio. Last year’s WrestleMania 28 featured Sheamus defeating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds. It appears that the World Title is being treated as a joke.
Gone are those classic battles between Hogan, Sting, Goldberg and Ric Flair. The successful revival of yesteryear with Triple H, Batista and others holding that title are gone. Those days might as well be buried under the debacle the World Title has been recently.
Don’t blame the wrestlers. They’re doing their job admirably.
Big Show had great feuds for the title with Mark Henry and Sheamus. Sheamus’ reign featured classic battles with Show, Bryan and Dolph Ziggler. The current champion Del Rio is enjoying his career revival as a babyface champion.
The problem isn’t the superstars’ performances. The problems lie with the WWE Creative Team. They don’t view the title as a top-tier title anymore.
It almost seems like punishment. Does that make sense to get the crowd hyped for a marquee match only to book it as the first of the night? No!
As long as the WWE Creative Team views the World Title as they do now, the World Title match isn’t a main event.