Bring Prestige Back To The World Titles

Ryan SzAnalyst IIApril 15, 2010

FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  A replica of the WWE world championship belt rests on top of Kyle Busch's #18 Z-Line Designs/WWE Smackdown Toyota prior to the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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It's time for a change in professional wrestling when it comes to the titles in the promotions. From the 80s all the way up to the early part of the 21st century the titles and the people who held them were held up as great like they should have been. Yet things are so much different now.

Now the titles are part of a big hot potato game where they switch hands every couple of months. This along with non-wrestlers being made champion have devalued the titles to the extent where they are basically a prop to help move a feud along.People have always had ideas about trying to rejuvenate the importance of WWE world titles and I intend to share my own and see what the IWC thinks about them.

First off, the WWE needs to combine their world titles because two world titles cuts any value/prestige that they had in half by giving wrestlers more than one shot to become top dog of the promotion. Combining the titles would also give the audience a chance to see more feuds between the champ and people that they might not have faced if they only had one. The WWE had the right idea when they unified the tag titles it rejuvenated interest in seeing those belts defended, sure they have fumbled a bit because ShowMiz now just defends the belt in squash matches, but the interest did indeed increase.

The best way to determine a unified world champ would be to have a tournament like March Madness. I know this was tried in WCW and failed but that was due to terrible booking and bad storylines. To make it work create a tournament for each show Raw and Smackdown then seed wrestlers to where you have main eventers against mid carders and so on.

To spice it up have a couple upsets early on in the tournament to create Cinderella stories to help push newer wrestlers and give them more exposure. How shocking would it be for someone like Edge getting eliminated by R-Truth or Shelton Benjamin? Not only would these mid card wrestlers get a desperately needed push, it would give the audience a sense of realism as it becomes more difficult to predict who would win the title.

The tournaments could also be used to create new storylines and feuds for wrestlers to have after they've been eliminated and could be used to build stronger characters. The finals of each tournament would then be for the respective world title for the show which leads to the feud between the two champs. Take a month to build this story and have the final for the undisputed championship at Bragging Rights which would also help create the image of which show had the undisputed champ on their roster.

Now let the new champ retain the title for a few months and also have those victories be clean so that it makes him look like a legitimate guy. After a couple of months the champ would need to turn heel as a way to set the stage for a showdown between a new face. The best way for this to happen is by having the champ become cocky about how he is unbeatable, maybe even have him start to fight dirtier.

This sets up a feud between a face in the company to want to take on the champ, but he would need to lose to help increase the heat for the champion. Now the fans are really starting to dislike this heel champ and they are salivating for another fight between him and the babyface. Have the babyface win the Royal Rumble to ensure that he faces the champ at Wrestlemania.

This becomes the most important part to ensure that this feud works and the title becomes more legit, the match can't be a squash and the face has to become the new champ with a clean win. To make the match more epic give it a stipulation that isn't too over the top, preferable an ironman match. This way the fans see an hour long battle between the top heel and top face of the WWE for the Undisputed championship.

If the WWE were to do this right they would have endless options for branching storylines and new superstars while at the same time bringing legitimacy back to the world title.

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