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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

Agreed, it makes the championship division feel low-rent and unimportant instead of top-of-the-mountain and larger than life.
 

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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

How to bury your belts in one easy step: Just tell the few remaining fans who have cared about the last few title changes that they wasted their time doing so.

That’s true. Honestly WWE was doing a decent job at the start of the brand split in 2016, especially with Miz/Ziggler for example... and then Idk wtf happened because I can barely remember who won the title since then.
Give the champions some mic time to cut memorable promos, a couple of heated feuds, a couple of great matches.. AT LEAST.
All I see is a bunch of rince and repeat shit and nothing valuable to invest in.

I could probably name by order almost every WHC between 2002-2008 just for example, but not the past 2 years IC champ.I couldn’t tell u who was the tag champs 6 months ago!
Vince saw a squirrel and forgot about it.
 

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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

Well, yeah, there is a bigger problem. The people they're pushing aren't main eventers. It's like.....gee, I wonder what could've possibly gone wrong when the last 5 WWE Champions are Randy Orton, Jinder Mahal, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston. The title isn't prestigious? Well, color me the fuck shocked. Maybe a guy who could cut a promo every now and then would go a long way.....

There's a reason Steve Austin shows up and his star power overshadows everyone else on the roster. Hell, there's a reason the most over guy on either brand right now has done almost nothing but cut backstage promos for the last 3 months and is the only person in WWE with a character. This company doesn't remember what the E in their name stands for.
 

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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

I thought people wanted to hold belts because being the champion meant they were the best at something and they'd get more money and opportunities from it.

If you tell me the title sucks, and you need to fix it, then you're already starting from underneath.
 

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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

It is going to be hard to bring prestige to any belt when there are at least 12 belts in the company. They only need 3.
 

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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

There are currently 22 belts in WWE.

22.

No wonder none of them are prestigious...
That's 22 belts across 5 brands and nobody watches all 5, I don't see how the existence of titles on brands you don't watch lowers the prestige of the titles on the brands you do watch.

I never hear about how too many titles lowers the prestige of NJPW's titles and they have 8 on one brand!
 

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Re: It's probably NOT a good thing that every Champ trys to"Restore the Prestige of the Title"

Totally agree. And this is an example of Vince's lazy, can't be bothered, one size fits all to creative nowadays.

I mean...why would a heel give a shit about restoring the prestige of anything?
Surely as a heel they should be very self centred and all about themselves? Nakamura should just see the I.C Title as another title to build his own legacy going forward. He shouldn't give a toss about the lineage of the title and past champions. He should be all about himself.
 

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It would be a good idea if they actually did it! ...they meaning WWE creative and booking. Titles like the Universal Title and both Women's Titles were never built up enough to have any prestige.

The closest we saw to restoration was Miz who (somewhat) made the IC title seem important. They blew 2 big chances with Roman as both and US Champ and Cena as US Champ (Daniel Bryan as IC champ was cut short due to injury). Roman and Cena fought primarily midcarders in their reigns. If they (main event level guys) had feuds with other ME level guys that made it a point to pursue the titles and continued with main eventers holding them and challenging for the. afterwards, they would have been elevated.
 

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I feel a big reason why those titles were so prestigious in the past is because they were defended in literally every singles match that the champions had. Today these champions are constantly wrestling on tv in non title matches, and it's not that uncommon for them to lose those non title matches.
 

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Why go after a belt if it’s not prestigious. Tell me why it’s prestigious. Sami Zayn can talk about Pat Patterson being from Montreal, like him, and Nakamura being Japan’s greatest IC Champion. This belt has sentimental value to both of them. AJ Styles can talk about how he loved the United States and always wanted to be a US Heavyweight Champion because he was a boy in Georgia who never dreamt he’d see the world, but loved the United States.

Find a promo in it. Find an angle. Find a feud that captures the essence of what that belt means.

When Cena was US Champion, it meant something. Why? Because it was the first title Cena won. It was his gateway. And the United States is all about opportunity, so there’s the open challenge. Opportunity, ruthless aggression, the United States.

Tag teams should talk about why they’re a tag team, what makes tag team wrestling unique, and why being the best tag team in the world is their chosen #1 goal in the world. It’s the sweetest science in professional wrestling.

If you’ve got a Cruiserweight Title, why is being the best wrestler under 205lbs important to you? Why does size matter in 2019?

Etc.
 
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