Does WWE Have Too Many Championships? A Look at the Argument and Ideas

Michael Wollin@MichaelWollinCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

In WWE there are nine champions. On all three brands they have a main title. On Raw and Smackdown they have a tag-team title, secondary title, and a women’s title. Some say there are too many titles in WWE. Some would say there are not enough. A lot of fans of WWE have ideas. They can be good and bad all at the same time.

So Now before I get into any of what I want to talk about here is a little history of the brands and their titles.

On March 25th, 2002 WWE had the brand extension by having Raw and Smackdown their own brands. Ric Flair ran Raw, Vince Mcmahon ran Smackdown. WWE held a draft and whoever was drafted to what brand, thats where they wrestled.

The two titles, The Undisputed and Womens Championship were the only belts to be defended on both brands. The other titles becoming exclusive to where the title holder went.

Then McMahon Challenged Ric Flair to a match and the loser lost their half of the company and the winner gained sole ownership. Vince won with an assist from Brock Lesnar. Then Vince named Stephanie Mcmahon as the Smackdown GM and Eric Bischoff the Gm of Raw.

Then at Summerslam 2002, Brock Lesanr won the WWE Undisputed Championship against The Rock. Lesnar refuesed to defend the title on Raw and the title became exclusive to Smackdown

The the following week, Eric Bischoff instated the World Heavyweight Championship to HHH. Now Raw and Smackdown had a main title.

Smackdown revived the U.S. championship in July 2003 and created the WWE Tag-Team championship in a eight team tournament and it was awarded to Chris Beniot and Kurt Angle at No Mercy on October 20, 2002. Cruiserweight title was an exclusive title on Smackdown.

Then on Raw, they started to have a series of unification championship matches

  • RVD (I.C.) vs. Jeff Hardy(European) in a ladder match. RVD won the match and unified both titles and the European title was retired
  • RVD(I.C.) vs. Tommy Dreamer(Hardcore) in a harcore match. RVD won and the the belt were unified and the Hardcore title retired.
  • HHH(World Heavyweight) vs. Kane(I.C.) in a unification match at No Mercy 2002. HHH won and unified the two titles and retiring the I.C. title.

In May 2003, then Co-General Manager Stone Cold Steve Austin reinstated the Intercotinental Championship and Christian was awarded the title after winning a battle royal at Judgment Day 2003.

Then in July 2003, then General Manager Stephanie McMahon brought back the WCW U.S. Championship and revived it as the WWE U.S. Championship and on July 27, 2003 Eddie Guerrero was awarded the WWE U.S. Championship after defeating Chris Beniot in a tournament match finals.

So to keep score,

  • Raw belts were: World Title, Womens, World Tag-Team, I.C.
  • Smackdown belts were: WWE Title, WWE Tag-Team, U.S., Cruiserweight.

Then in June 2006, WWE launched the ECW brand and at ECW One Night Stand 2006 Rob Van Dam cashed in his Money in the Bank title contract and defeated John Cena to become the WWE Champion. Then on the first ECW on Sci-Fi, Van Dam was awarded the ECW Championship thus becoming a double champion.

On the September 28, 2007 edition of Friday Night Smackdown, Hornswaggle was stripped of the Cruiserweight title and on March 3, 2008 on it was moved from the active list to the defunct list.

In July 2008, Smackdown General Manager Vickie Guererro introduced the Divas Championship and at the Great American Bash Michelle McCool defeated Natalya to become the first Divas Champion.

That now leads me into now.

What ideas are out there that could help out WWE in the title situation where there are nine champions. There are numerous so here are a couple.

  • Unify the WWE championship and World Heavyweight Championship and rename it the WWE World Heavyweight Championship .
  • Unify the WWE and World Tag-Team Championship and rename that as well the WWE World Tag-Team Championships.

By unifying those belts it will emphasize the top guy or top team in the company. It will put a compitition type of feel to WWE viewers, creating a ranking list, having more #1 contender matches gives off more of that competition feel.

Keeping the U.S. and I.C. championships active it will bring an emphasis on those belts as brand exclusive belts, have them defended on a regular basis. Keep the ECW title active cause it seems that the ECW Championship is secondary title and not a main title.

Now while these are good ideas, there is the other side of the argument. One of them is by taking away the WWE and World title as well as the tag titles from Raw and Smackdown, then there really is no more seperation of the brands.

WWE has so many top guys that it would be hard to pull off and some wrestlers would lose fan interest. Some just like the idea of having all the belts as is. Like I said before there are all sorts of ideas that can be argued as a good or bad.

If you got any ideas, leave a comment. Everyone has an idea. Thanks for reading.