Why WWE Needs Two World Champions Following the Draft
The big debate since a new brand extension was announced was whether WWE needs one or two World Champions. From looking online on various wrestling fan pages and forums, the overwhelming majority are in agreement that one World Champion will suffice for both brands.
I am not in that overwhelming majority.
Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the fact that the current WWE Champion, Dean Ambrose, has been appearing on both Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis ever since he won the title at Money in the Bank in June. However, who is to say that will keep up now that he is a “Smackdown” Superstar? If we can remember back to the tail-end of Roman Reigns’ most recent reign as WWE Champion, his appearances on Smackdown became very sporadic and few-and-far-between. Who’s to say the same won’t happen with Ambrose, except on Raw? Or Seth Rollins or Reigns, “Raw” Superstars, if one of them wins the WWE Championship this Sunday at Battleground? Will they appear on both Raw and Smackdown on a weekly basis, or will WWE phase them out of the “other” show?
This brand split was supposed to set Raw and Smackdown on an even playing field, but members of the WWE Universe were quick to point out that Raw still has an extra hour, got an extra draft pick each round, and, just by looking at the rosters, got the better end of the deal (that is not knocking Smackdown; there are very solid competitors there as well). In addition, if we look where the current champions got drafted, Raw got another one-up advantage as well (Raw: Tag Team, Women’s, United States; Smackdown: WWE, Intercontinental). There are also rumors that the Cruiserweight Classic will crown the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, which will be a staple of Monday Night Raw this time around.
Having two mid-card titles is fine, having one set of tag titles and one women’s title is fine, but having just one World Champion is not fine. If WWE truly wants some of their newest acquisitions to have a chance to prove themselves at the next level, there really is no debate: two World Championships are a must.
What say you, gerweck.net readers? Agree? Why? Disagree? Why? All thoughts and opinions are welcome, so let’s get the discussion started.