The average reign of a WWE Champion since July has been around three weeks. There have been six title changes in the last three and a half months and the WWE Championship is supposed to be the most prestigious title in the WWE.
The current WWE Champion is Alberto Del Rio, who may be the most criticized heel we have seen this year. Going off what my readers say, the IWC does not seem to view the cowardly Del Rio too highly. I do believe many people think Del Rio has the tools to be a good champion, but the writing seems to make him look too weak and gutless to be viewed as a plausible champion.
The good news is that internet darling, CM Punk, is set to take on Del Rio at “Survivor Series” for the WWE Championship. The people crave CM Punk and we may be seeing a potential run for Punk if he can find a way to defeat Del Rio in the future.
The WWE Championship picture has been up and down over the last few months. There have been questionable decisions having to do with so many irrelevant title changes that have left fans asking “Why?”
The one problem with CM Punk’s potential win over Del Rio is that it would be another short title reign the former champion. I think more than anything the fans just want to see a long title reign that has a purpose and is chock full of interesting feuds.
Of all the titles that have suffered, I feel like the WWE Championship has suffered the most. It may not be the worst in terms of challengers or storylines, but since this is supposed to be the greatest belt in the company I feel like it deserves a bigger spotlight. On the last few episodes of Raw, the segments involving the WWE title have been smack in the middle of the card.
Can anyone guess what the main event is always centered around?
You guessed it: John Cena and the Rock.
The irony in all of this is that the Rock and Cena are two of the biggest champions of the last decade and they are overshadowing the belt that made them who they are today. I find the WWE’s lack of interest in creating more buzz over the WWE Championship disturbing.
If the WWE can find a way to make Alberto Del Rio a more ruthless heel and get CM Punk to play more of the anti-hero rather than a full-fledged face, then they may be able to create a heated rivalry between these two. If they can deliver exciting matches with unpredictable results, then the WWE title picture can only get better.
If the WWE really wants to make the WWE Championship race exciting then I would push another contender into the mix so you have three legitimate threats for the title. While Cena is playing around with the Rock, it would be nice to see a fresh face involved in the title picture along with Del Rio and Punk. Fans do not want the same match over and over.
During the late nineties, there were literally half a dozen legitimate contenders for the WWE Championship. Men like Sid, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, the Undertaker, Steve Austin and more could be considered challengers for the belt. Some of the best rivalries during that time were the wrestlers fighting just to become the number one contender for the belt!
Until Survivor Series and the Rock are behind us, the WWE Championship picture will be overshadowed. I think things will only get better, but there will need to be a focus on making the WWE Championship the center of the WWE Universe again. That honestly will not happen until after Wrestlemania.
Current Champion: Alberto Del Rio
Last PPV Match: Alberto Del Rio def. John Cena
Next PPV Match: Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk
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