WWE: Tag Teams, Women, Brands? Is Unification The Way Forward?
In the build up to Wrestlemania XXV, Carlito and Primo Colon challenged John Morrison and The Miz to a match that would Unify the WWE and World Tag Team Championships, as well as the Tag Team Division in general, giving the Champions the power to appear on any brand.
Last Night, on the WWE's 900th Episode of RAW, Melina accepted the challenge of Unifying the Women's and Divas Championship, in a match at Night of Champions, in a Lumberjill Match. Many Internet Journalists saw this coming, due to the publicly accepted "The Divas Championship means nothing."
Many Internet Wrestling Sites are now speculating, that for Wrestlemania XXVII in Atlanta next year, the WWE will unifying RAW's WWE Championship, and Smackdown's World Heavyweight Championship.
(If you've ever played The Brand Warfare story in Smackdown vs Raw 2010, think along those lines.)
This would be huge if this would actually take place. Is Unifying nearly everything in the company a good idea? I shall weigh up the pros and cons of this, as well as using The Unification of the Tag Team Divisions as evidence and as an example. Time, for a Harrison Analysis!
Pro: Unifying USUALLY makes the Belts more important.
When done right, the above statement is true. Take the Unification of the Tag Team Belts for example. The Colons didn't do much, but things dramatically changed when Chris Jericho and Edge won the Championships at The Bash on June 2009.
Unfortunately, Edge got injured out of nowhere, but Chris Jericho did a great job of teasing a mystery Tag Team Partner. I know a lot of people went 'ergh' over The Big Show, but thinking about... The Best Wrestler In The World, with The World's Largest Athlete! Makes sense now, eh!?
These two then went on a rampage for the rest of the year, giving other teams a rub like The Legacy (Night Of Champions), Cryme Tyme (Summerslam), MVP and Mark Henry (Breaking Point), Mysterio and Batista (Hell In A Cell), and eventually, to a Main Event slot at the first ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs Pay-Per-View, in a TLC Match against D-Generation-X.
Yes, we all know that the WWE have now pretty much butchered their Tag Team Division, but that's besides the point. Jerishow almost single-handedly made the Tag Teams in the WWE seem important, and showed that they could headline a Pay-Per-View. I think it could easily happen for the women too if the WWE open that opportunity out. On the other hand...
Con: Doubling The Competition isn't necessarily good...
These next two points are defining a double-edged sword. This is the negative side. By unifying a brand, a championship, or a division in general, you open up the talent pool. This can be a negative issue due to many of those in the mid-card positions that were on one brand, could find it even harder to break the glass ceiling.
Look at Gail Kim, the Internet's female wrestling darling, within the WWE. I'm sure many of you readers would love to see Gail Kim with another Women's Championship reign (I would, for sure), but it just hasn't happened for her on RAW. Wwith the Smackdown Divas on the way in a giant single female division, the odds of her being top of a double heaped stack is even MORE unlikely.
Bottom line is, that many in a division that's doubled in size, will get lost in the shuffle even more.
Pro: Fantasy Match-Ups and Sharing Talent!
This is the other end of that sword. By unifying a brand you also open up a lot of potential matches by putting a brand against another, like with Bragging Rights last year, when John Morrison faced The Miz. For example, John Cena vs The Undertaker, or CM Punk vs Randy Orton for instance.
I've always noticed how RAW or Smackdown treat a wrestler from another brand coming in, as a big deal, like when The Undertaker comes to RAW now and again. Also, sharing talent around more often can add to the ratings.
Imagine if Smackdown had people like John Cena, Randy Orton, or Triple H on the blue side more often. That would surely boost ratings and add an element of surprise of a show... Well, maybe not Smackdown because it isn't live, but I'm sure you get the idea.
It would be a more interesting product if they shook up the names a little bit, besides a yearly draft which doesn't do much in the long run.
Con: Too many Cooks?
Know what they say about cooks and broths right? Same thing could apply here. The WWE has a talent pool of about 70. You often see TNA struggle to get their full roster of 60-70 on their programming (including Xplosion), so I'd have to question whether four hours of programming would be enough. Well five, but who watches Superstars these days to see a bunch of jobbers/mid-carders?
Which leads me to my final point...
Pro/Con: The Brand Separation?
This is an easy pro OR con, deciding on whether the WWE still divides the brands or not. Let's face it, no-one cares about the brands anymore. Look at last year's Bragging Rights. Were any of you readers watching chanting "Let's go Raw!" or "Come on Smackdown!?" I know I wasn't.
If they still keep the brands, they are automatically holding back and pegging certain talent. Unifying the two top titles and keeping it one division would make the other look a bit lame in my eyes. If they unify the top titles, the brand separation needs to go. Otherwise, I don't see the benefits of Unifying the WWE and World Championships.
Well, there's my analysis. Unifying the brands together could be beneficial, but only if done right. If the WWE don't do it half-heartedly like they do with many things within the company, like pushes.
What do you all think?
Drop me a comment and let me know. I'm Andre Harrison and that was you analysis.
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