Ever since WWE unified the WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship at last years TLC pay-per-view, the rumours about the future of the two mid-card titles have been up in the air some what.
Dean Ambrose's United States title reign proved how little WWE thought of the belt and how easy it was to become over looked in favour of the bigger picture. Tag team and six man matches always came above him defending his title and many thought this was because it was going to play a big part in the break up but it never did, it was just conveniently over looked.
With the feud's in WWE now there is no need for two mid-card title belts, the two were never actually supposed to be on the same show, during the brand split the United States title was exclusive to Smackdown and the Intercontinental Championship was exclusive to Raw, and now that it has all become one big show, it doesn't feel like both titles are needed.
Money in the Bank
Money in the Bank proved that when neither title was defended because both men were scheduled to be involved in ladder matches for either a contract or another title, meaning WWE obviously don't think a lot of their mid-card titles if they are pushing the champions toward the bigger prize.
Now that Bad News Barrett is injured and the IC title is technically vacant until the Battle Royal next Sunday, there is a feeling that the titles could be unified as early as Battleground.
Sheamus is already a part of the battle royal and if he wins he will technically hold both titles and could announce the unification the following night on Raw. But whether or not this happens remains to be seen.
There have already been rumours that WWE are set to turn the World title back into two belts because of the problems it would cause at Night of Champions and Money in the Bank, but WWE got past this expertly last week, but whilst the title remains as two belts there will always be the on-going rumours. So the real question is, when will the two belts be changed into one?
Either way, it seems this idea has been in the pipeline for WWE for a long time and this could finally be the perfect opportunity. Sheamus has always been the rumoured unifier and so could finally get a chance to put his name in the history books if he becomes the first ever USIC champion next weekend.
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