WWE: The Case for a World Television Championship
Recently here on Bleacher Report many writers have been expressing their opinions on the WWE mid-card scene. Many different ideas have been thrown around, ranging from unifying the United States and Intercontinental Championships to bringing back the Cruiserweight division.
I do agree that the U.S. and IC championships should be unified. Seeing that the WWE can hardly put together good mid-card storylines, it is hard to have two mid-card titles. But I have an idea that could spark new interest in the mid-card and low card ranks.
The WWE has seen a decrease in television ratings, mainly on Smackdown. My idea could also help solve this problem as well. My idea, is that the WWE develop a World Television Championship that is only defended on television.
This will add increased interest to the mid-card superstars and should help boost ratings. Let me explain my thinking.
It is no secret that the WWE no longer cares about a Cruiserweight division, all they want is big powerful superstars. In essence this World Television Championship would be a Cruiserweight/Light Heavyweight Championship.
Of course, any superstar could challenge for the belt, but I have a hard time believing John Cena would be a Television Champion.
The fact that the Championship would only be defended on television would add to the interest of the belt. The usual match on Smackdown or Raw between mid-card superstars (Evan Bourne and Chris Masters for example) would have a different meaning to it if the match were over a championship.
By allowing any superstar to compete for this championship, the WWE would open up new doors for rivalries and storylines.
A Smackdown match between Daniel Bryan and Jack Swagger for the World Television Championship should spark some excitement in the WWE fan base. Fans would want to tune in to see if the WTC will be defended on the show.
ECW had a World Television Championship and the title was defended with success. Superstars such as Rob Van Dam, Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho all held the championship.
WCW also had its own World Television Championship. It managed to survive for over three decades (first as the NWA Mid-American Television Championship) and was also defended with honor and prestige. Steve Austin, Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat were all multiple-time television champions.
With the past success of television championships in ECW and WCW and the current success of the TNA Television Championship, one has to wonder why the WWE has not had a television championship of their own. I think now is a great time to develop a WWE World Television Championship.
There is a ton of underused talent in today's WWE and a new championship could help the product greatly.
In closing I would just like to list some of the superstars who could be included in the World Television Championship picture; Alex Riley, Chavo Guerrero, Chris Masters, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Evan Bourne, Ezekiel Jackson, Jack Swagger, Justin Gabriel, R-Truth, Sin Cara, Ted DiBiase, Tyson Kidd, Vladimir Kozlov and Zack Ryder.
A storyline with any of these superstars would be both fresh and exciting for WWE programming.
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