It has been just over eight years since WWE only had one world championship. Back then it was ironically called the WWE Undisputed Championship. A belt that contained not only the heritage of the WWE championship but also, since December 2001, the WCW Championship.
If recent rumour is to be believed or, more importantly, correct then come WrestleMania 27 we will return to a single world championship situation. If such an action is fulfilled there will be some good changes and some equally bad ones.
For now however lets look at the top five benefits of unifying the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships.
This, I suppose, is only a minor detail since the sport is pre-determined. With two world champions it is never clear who is the best in the business at the current time.
For example, if we look at today, Sheamus is the WWE Champion and Kane is the World Champion. Would Kane be World Champion if there was only one belt to fight for? The same applies for Sheamus.
If only one championship was available then one man exclusively can have the right to call themself the best in the business. It will stop that little annoyance causing most fans to look at the other show's title holder and question the accuracy of their statements.
Every PPV has two World Championship matches with the exception of very special occasions. At this year's Elimination Chamber PPV there were two titular matches. One each for Raw and Smackdown. Since WWE do not want to make either title seem more valuble than the other we got a double helping of a match that arguably should only be seen once a year.
One championship would end this overkill of gimmick world title matches. This would clean up the match card nicely allowing more time for lower card matches such as Intercontinental and US Championship defenses or just plain old non-title grudge matches.
Providing brand seperation did not end with the unifying of the Championships, the title holder would have to be able to appear on Raw and Smackdown everyweek of their title reign. This could even apply to those who are contending for the championship.
It would be interesting to see how many guys in the locker room would be willing to put the effort in to be champion if they knew twice the work on television would have to be made.
Also WWE would have to put the world championship on someone whose ability to perform on two TV shows is not questionable. Look at The Undertaker for this example. He is a great performer in the ring, despite his age, yet the accompanying health problems that come with getting older prevents him from making regular Smackdown performances let alone being able to appear additionaly on Raw.
This is not to say I do not want to see Undertaker be World Champion but if there are other guys more physically able to do the job then they should get the belt.
With only one championship to play around with WWE would not be so willing to place the belt on someone who has yet to prove themself at the top level.
The WWE Championship is meant to be the awaited prize at the end of a long journey not a tool to increase someones credibility within the WWE. If only one championship was available would Sheamus even have a title reign yet or would he be fighting for the United States Championship?
With this point in mind let's take a look at the final benefit...
For all the aforementioned reasons the main championship within WWE would gain much needed prestige and value. This is a problem I have called WWE out on in a past article. I feel unifying the belts will help solve this problem, although only partially.
The rest has to be done by the creative team but you can read about that in my previous article. Unification would not only increase the value of the World Championship but do the same for every other belt male members of the WWE roster could compete for.
The waiting cue to become champion will become longer if only one belt existed. To prove their worth wrestlers will be forced to compete for the second tier championships to show they can run with a title. Those that can't enter these division can start to develop tag teams with others, possibly finding a new path in their career.
Overall it will make the company take more care of all championships.
So if the titles were unified there will be benefits. Although let's remember that for the moment it is only speculation.
Sometime in the future I will look at the negative aspects of unifying the championships but for now this is Squared Circle bidding you farewell.