WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley introduced the brand new WWE 24/7 Championship Monday evening on Raw. The announcement got here amid 24 hours of hypothesis following WWE’s tease at Money within the Bank that it could be including an 11th championship belt.
The newest announcement is a part of WWE’s ongoing efforts to fight viewership turmoil with current scores on Raw and SmackDown Live falling to alarming ranges. Part of this surge included Brock Lesnar’s shocking victory at Money within the Bank Sunday evening as WWE seems to be defaulting to familiarity when it comes to filling star energy.
“Let’s make Monday nights Raw again!” Foley proclaimed earlier than unveiling the predictably controversial belt design (what belt is not controversial as of late?) that was booed by the stay viewers in Albany, N.Y.
The 24/7 Championship is open to each impartial contractor throughout all WWE platforms together with WWE Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT, 205 Live, NXT UK and even part-time legends.
The introduction of a championship that may be defended 24/7 appears designed to stimulate WWE’s lackluster stay occasion enterprise, which was particularly addressed by Vince McMahon throughout final month’s Q1 2019 earnings name. WWE has since constructed a stay occasion workforce in an try to repair this situation.
Titles have by no means meant much less in professional wrestling at the very least in my profession than they do now. https://t.co/pf5yfHP6nF
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) May 20, 2019
It’ll be attention-grabbing to see simply how dedicated WWE stays to this new championship and for the way lengthy. For a number of generations, WWE has struggled mightily to promote its extra prestigious championships, not to mention current titles just like the Women’s Tag Team and Cruiserweight Championships. Once upon a time, the Intercontinental Championship was a precursor to Money within the Bank in that it was designed to organize an up-and-coming Superstar to be a world champion. These days, not solely does WWE have two secondary titles, with the addition of the United States Championship shortly after the collapse of WCW, each titles are meaningless.
There’s no proof to counsel that WWE will enhance the way it presents its champions and/or championships. This was most just lately obvious Sunday evening at Money within the Bank, when Samoa Joe misplaced his United States Championship to Rey Mysterio. Joe gained the title from comedy act R-Truth in a Fatal Four-Way on the March 5 broadcast of SmackDown Live. He went on to efficiently defend the title simply twice at WWE Fastlane and WrestleMania 35, whereas dropping 5 TV matches in non-championship competitors earlier than dropping the paper title to Rey Mysterio Sunday evening.
WWE views championships as collateral that makes it really feel justified in having champions lose non-title matches. For years, if not a long time, WWE has operated underneath the misguided notion loss will not damage as a lot if the wrestler in query is a champion.
TOMORROW NIGHT: @ActualMickFoley will announce the @WWE’s NEWEST championship LIVE on Monday Night #RAW! #MITB pic.twitter.com/FSlyQj8H1G
— WWE (@WWE) May 20, 2019
Not solely does the addition of the 24/7 Championship devalue what it means to be a champion in WWE, as a result of extra of titles it already has, WWE’s lack of focus and route with regards to these championships all however ensures the 24/7 title may fail to resonate with followers as a really significant accomplishment.
Update: Mick Foley introduced a “scramble” to crown the inaugural 24/7 champion. Titus O’Neil formally turned the first champion earlier than being upended by Robert Roode, who unexpectedly escaped with out the title. ‘Nuff stated.
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