As seen on WWE television as of late, there have been several title changes.
Although title changes in the history of the professional wrestling business are not uncommon, WWE usually doesn’t do hot booking meaning that they do everything and anything to get a big reaction with title changes.
You rarely see titles be defended on worldwide television such as Raw and SmackDown Live. When you do, the matches either end by a flunky finish such as DQ or count out. Rarely does a challenger actually beat the champion and win the title on television.
Historically, the sports entertainment company waits until a PPV (pay-per-view) event in order to have a title change hands. The reason that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon likes to do this is due to the fact that he wants his fans to pay to see a big match take place or see a new champion be crowned.
It’s smart business. This has been done for years now by various promotions not only in the professional wrestling business but also in boxing and MMA (mixed martial arts). We now know why Mr. McMahon has been booking so many title changes as of late. Most notably, The SmackDown Tag Team Titles, Raw Women’s Title, and Cruiserweight Titles have changed hands.
The New Day lost the SmackDown Tag Team Titles to The Usos, Sasha Banks lost the Raw Women’s Title to Alexa Bliss last week on Raw in the main event, and Akira Tozawa lost the Cruiserweight Title to Neville.
Dave Meltzer talked about the title changes on a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio. He mentioned that McMahon is one of his phases where he wants to do quick title changes as often as possible.
In all three cases, it’s clear that McMahon wanted the heels as champions and only had them drop the title on television to get fans talking about it. This is a wise move, to say the least. Many people have said that McMahon is the greatest promoter in the history of professional wrestling.
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