Which one are we at? Last PPV, they changed the PPV after it was announced, and at that point it was because Vince decided the tag match wasn’t a strong enough headliner, so he switched it to a WWE Title match. Now, the WWE match is canceled for a tag match. Obviously for different reasons, but it’s odd how things go?
Honestly, I’m not too bothered by this. In fact, it’s refreshing. I’ve long since demanded WWE cut back on WWE/World Title matches, perhaps even alternating the title defenses from PPV to PPV, except for the major ones where both can be on the line. Will it means a dip in buyrates? Possibly they will this month due to the circumstances. But let’s be completely honest, WWE has been selling most of their 2012 PPVs with non-title matches. Maybe the success hasn’t been there, but I don’t think there’s much of an argument to be made that the World or WWE title matches really added much to the standard John Cena main events without the titles.
And, use contendership matches on PPV more often.
It’s easy to picture a solid card with a WWE title match, a #1 contendership match for either main title, the World Champion in an angle/non-title/tag match, and still do a decent buyrate. Sure, it’ll take a bit of extra effort, but it’s worth it.
In a perfect scenario, the new TLC card would be structured around the World title match. I’d even more the TLC gimmick to that match, and let the 6 man tag be a tables match, leave the rest of the card as it is, and maybe add the chairs stipulation to the IC or US title matches. Sell a card without the WWE champ, and then you’ll do even better when you do have him included.
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Great idea. And I say this not caring who wins the match.
Obviously, a Ziggler win over John Cena would be huge. And it’s a ladder match, so it’s a safe way to allow Cena to put Dolph over.
But, as a die-hard Ziggler fan, I hope Cena wins. Let me explain.
Cena with the briefcase is such a more interesting scenario in the World Title division. Smackdown and the big gold belt are being used to make Sheamus one of the big go-to guys in the WWE. It will be very hard to book Ziggler in that without one or the other losing steam. I’m sure more IWC fans want Dolph to succeed, but Sheamus has so much more potential in terms of being a major star. His look and size will get him over in a way that Ziggler never can. Dolph’s best goal is to aim for being the next HBK or Hitman in WWE. Obviously not a shitty position to be in, but they were never the real go-to guys, and when they were, WWE wasn’t successful.
So, let Cena win. A win for Sheamus over Cena would be much more impressive than over Big Show or Orton when it’s time for the Great White to get the gold back.
As for Ziggler, if he keeps the title, he’s not going to have a great run. Sadly the Money in the Bank briefcase is not the stepping stone WWE lauds it to be. It’s a great way to get your first main event exposure, but it was never the method these guys stayed in the main event. Every single time the Money in the Bank winners won a title, they eventually lost in inauspicious manners, and dropped down the card.
If the recent rumors are true about Dolph being one of the true major stars of the future… let him lose. Let him earn his rise to the top. Let him turn face on Vickie and be the next Hitman or HBK in similar ways. Those men won their first titles with the boyhood dream pushes, not cheap heel pushes (yes, I am forgetting/ignoring Ziggler’s 2 minute World title reign). Ziggler can be a baby face we cheer for on his way to the top.
And then let him break our hearts once he gets there. Man, I wish WWE would have the balls to do something like this again. I am not much of a Rock fan, nor a fan of the Attitude Era, nor was Survivor Series 98 a great WRESTLING event. But **** me if it’s not great sports entertainment. The Rock heel turn/swerve at the end was a thing of beauty. It took a lot of guts for them use go this route, and they’ll need to use those same balls to do it with Ziggler.
Will it happen? No, I’m not delusional. But I do think it’s delusional to think a Ziggler win over Cena will mean much in the long run since Dolph won’t be able to capitalize on the momentum with Sheamus being the blue chipper on the blue brand. Add the rumors and logic of Ryback moving on to the Big Show for the World title at WrestleMania, or the Orton heel turn… Ziggler isn’t going to do much as champ if he uses the briefcase to win the belt.
And on that note, peace out.
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