The WWE World Heavyweight Championship is one of the most prestigious prizes in sports entertainment, a title which every superstar wants to hold at some point in their careers but only a lucky few get to do so.
We all know (I hope we all know) that WWE is scripted, so they determine who their champions will be in order to put on the best product possible for their fan base. The majority of the time, the fans are happy with the superstar who is picked by Vince McMahon and the company.
However, a former WWE writer has revealed the truth behind why some people aren't awarded a chance to hold the championship.
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Former WWE writer Freddie Prinze said on the Talk Is Jericho podcast, according to Wrestling Inc, smaller performers aren't given a chance to have a run with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship because they're too injury prone.
He said: "A lot of the times, the writers come up with great stories, and talent's onboard, and they don't think it sucks, and they can contribute, and it inspires more ideas, and then a knee gets blown, and then your story sucks. And that's just a cold, hard fact.
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"And that's why Vince doesn't always like to give the title to a smaller guy because he thinks they're going to get hurt more and that damages the company. And that frustrates a lot of fans because some of their favorite guys are the smaller guys, but unless you're built a different way, you can't take that many hits.
"A lot of guys can't function injured and I hate seeing the guys get hurt. I hated seeing Seth [Rollins] get hurt. I hated seeing Bryan get hurt."
The risk/reward factor is going to play out a lot more in the future when it comes to selecting a superstar to push for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship because of how many WWE superstars have suffered injuries in the past 12 months.
However, the alleged excuse used for not putting the championship on smaller wrestlers is ridiculous. Your size doesn't affect how injury prone you are. Wrestling overall is a dangerous sport, so anyone who steps foot in the ring is at risk of injury if they don't perform at their best and take care of their own and their opponent's safety.
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