Sunday, January 29, 2006 9:08 AM
I belive the titles have lost a lot of their luster as of late. And i know people talk. The tag titles, the womens titles, and the CW titles, but hell even the WHC has lost a lot of it's significance in recent months.
The womens title used to be defended by a number of great female atheletes. I can remember when I was hoping Trish stratus would win the title 6 times so she would break the record for most times as womens champion. We had a great womens division. Molly holly, Victoria, Jazz, Gail Kim, Trish Stratus, hell even Torrie and Dawn Marie has a good stint togther with the whole Al Wilson thing on Crapdown. What made the title so great was the diversity in contenders. I mean we had divas like gail kim and lita who could do the high flying stuff. Jazz and Victoria were the rough houses and got down and dirty. Trish and Molly were great at having good quality matches and were great at putting on good shows. But as of late, WWE has let go many of its diva contenders, and rendered it to the point where their only real contender, is Trish Stratus. And As much as i love and respect her work, shes been the champion for OVER A YEAR. And when a title is held on that long, its either because of lack of creative, or lack of contenders. Victoria is a good contender too, but they get her involved in carrying Candice and Torrie who cant even pull their own weight. I mean, hemme was praised for her willingness to learn the ropes, and learn the business. But Candice has yet to show any enthusiasm in her work ethic. And all torrie does is complain about how little time off she gets. They have no passion for the business. Hemme was catching on really well, Ashley has some potential, and Mickie James is phenomenal. And if used correctly could rebuild the foundation of the womens division....BUT...it aint gonna happen. WWE has placed so much importance on looks now a days, that the athleticism of the womens div goes completely unnoticed. And it wont be long before ashley and victoria are let go anyway. And even the womens champion, Trish Stratus, isnt being used correctly. They parade her around as the manager for constantly jobbing Divas like Ashley and Mickie James. So its no wonder that people don't care about this title anymore.
The tag titles. We used to have teams like the Dudley's the Hardy's edge and Christian. They made the tag div what it was. Now the WWE has put the tag belts on people with no creative. They put it on Kane and Big show because they had nothing better to do. And I cant even remember the last time they had a tag match. They put the straps on Batista and Rey to take the pressure off Batista in the ring. But they had one title defense and lost them already to MNM. The tag belts are constantly being paraded around to the newest tag team that walks through the curtain in a desperate attempt to make them "the next big thing." They gave them to the bashems when they came in, they gave them to cade and murdoch when they came in. They gave them to La Resistance when they came in. And what do all these so called "next big thing" teams have in common? They don't even compete in tag matches anymore. If they were TRULY deserving of the belts that teams like the hart foundation, E&C, and the Dudley's held, then they wouldn't be out of commission so quickly. These guys are pushed in reverse. They get the accolades of being the next best tag team, and they work there way back until there unknown.
The CW division. We used to have amazing CW's who would capture the attention of the audience in the palm of their hand. We had rey Mestyrio, Chavo, Kidman, Spanky, London, Noble, even Matt Hardy. Matt hardy was the peak of the division. SD ran Matt Hardy vs rey rey in THE MAIN EVENT FOR SMACKDOWN. THE MAIN EVENT. There has never been another CW match that had main event exposure. And the people went crazy when rey won in his hometown. Now what do we have? We have the Kid Kash giving us a 15 min promo on people named after lizards, and his biggest opponent is "SD's #1 Announcer" Funaki. The has been from kaentai. This is a joke. This isnt a div. This is a side show. And even with they guys they DO have, they force them to slow their style down. Well explain to me this. The CW div is SO crappy that they could leave out matches for weeks and people wouldnt notice. So if these guys got injured during fast paced matches (as they were intended 2) then whats the risk? You get ratings until they get injured. This way they parade around in matches they have to basically throw because of risk of injury, and get stuck with crappy ass storylines. and get shitty exposure.....nice.
Even the World Heavyweight title has lost its luster. They give it to trips on a whim, and he doesn't put anyone over at all. I think the last person he put over was Orton for a month in 2004....wow.Great contribution the company trips. They put the straps on guys like cena and batista for LENGTHY periods of time. Totally playing out any cashe their character has to offer as champion. And by the time they drop the strap, people don't want them as champion. They dont even want to see them period. They had to have a RAW guy come to SD because there roster was SO THIN they had no one to fill the main event spot. Lets count the SD main event contenders:...Orton.....thats it. What the hell do they expect to put on for the crowd? RAW has the roster to make a great heavyweight div, but they super glue the title to trips for long ass periods of time. And cena just dropped it after a 1 year reign. And the SD title couldnt switch hands if they wanted to. Again, this is why its lost its luster.
Eddie (RIP) once said, "A belt doesn't make a wrestler. The Wrestler makes the belt." And thats dam str8. But when you dont have the guys, or dont use the guys to make that championship what it was. Then it loses its meaning. And that becomes inevitable.