WWE are set to unify the United States championship and the Intercontinental championship in the near future, having already unified the WWE and World Heavyweight titles.
The US and IC titles pay a main part in the mid-card of WWE with current champions Big E Langston and Dean Ambrose set to have a massive 2014.
Langston was given the title following his face turn as a way to put him over to the fans, whilst Ambrose's title reign seems to be their as a way for him to show he is better than the other two members of The Shield. The titles are rarely defended at pay-per-views, as The Royal Rumble card shows and the Intercontinental Championship nearly wasn't defended at last years Night of Champions.
Since unifying the WWE and World Heavyweight champions back at TLC the company have narrowed the field for the top superstars, meaning that wrestlers such as Randy Orton, John Cena, Batista, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk now have just one belt to fight over instead of the two. This means that Bryan and Punk are not involved in a title match at The Rumble, again because Orton and Cena headline with their re-match. They have also took out the choice for The Rumble winner, because they must now face the one champion instead of choosing between the two.
If WWE unified the US and IC titles they would have the same sort of problem, there is a lot of mid card talent that fights for the two belts, they would then have to decide on just two people per pay-per-view to fight for the belt and it will see a lot more none-title pointless matches.
Night of Champions will become a pointless pay-per-view, WWE currently have just five titles, The Divas, where the match lasts around five minutes, The tag team, which is defended on a regular basis at almost every pay-per-view, The US title, which is rarely ever defended because Ambrose is always booked to be involved in tag team action, The IC title, currently held by Big E whilst he completes his face turn and the newly unified WWE World Heavyweight championship, which will be defended at every pay-per-view. The pay-per-view is three hours long, and boasts that every championship will be defended, if WWE ends up with just four title belts, every pay-per-view will see every title defended so it will no longer be relevant.
The company haven't even designed a title belt for the WWE Heavyweight champion yet, with Orton having to carry both titles to the ring on a regular basis. The company seem to be trying to modernise the business or do "what's best for business" without thinking how this will effect the competition. There will be less opportunities and title shots will be fewer as each feud follows on to the next and it will only make the "filler" matches even more unbearable, knowing they will never get a shot at one of the four remaining belts.
There is also news that The Bella Twins are trying to campaign for a Divas tag team title, so the females have two title belts whilst the men only have three. Would that mean we would see more women's matches? Would WWE even allow the divas to take centre stage with a second championship belt? I think we all know the answer is no. The divas have one match a night and their biggest news this year was that they were involved in a TV show, it's not likely they will push the divas division any further than they already have.
WWE just seems to be narrowing the field of champions and it seems like a lot of wrestlers will become less involved in certain title trails and it just doesn't seem fair to have just four title belts with a roster of WWE's size.
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