NJPW was also in talks with ESPN, Vice, and CBS Sports for a TV deal.
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When I got into wrestling (later than most, but still 12 years ago), one of the first things I couldn't understand is why the WWE US/IC titles existed.Which other midcard titles should get retired?
WWE had two shows and two brands for the better part of the last 12 years. It's hard to argue that having 1 title for 2 brands with 40 different roster members/show proves anything, the argument could be made in kayfabe that a champion frequenting one show devalues their status as the best. It's a deficit for either show to be without a champion, in the midcard.When I got into wrestling (later than most, but still 12 years ago), one of the first things I couldn't understand is why the WWE US/IC titles existed.
When you're a champion, that means you're the best at a certain thing. Best wrestler, best female wrestler, best tag team, best cruiserweight, etc.
Even "back in the day" it didn't make sense in kayfabe. Midcarding isn't a division, it has - especially in WWE - meant you aren't on the level of the top guys.
While since getting away from the E and seeing NJPW where it feels like "oh you aren't on the level of Okada? Yeah cause that's really hard, guys like SANADA are still world class athletes", It still feels like a consolation prize and it enables lazy writing.
In WWE, Lashley REALLY felt like he was less of a star with it. He's holding that belt, so you don't think of him as a main eventer, and you don't even realize how much ass he's been kicking without that golden anchor they had to book their way out of. The best midcard champs I've ever seen (obvious 2015 Cena) were guys who didn't need the belt. I can't even remember guys like Adam Cole with the North American title doing much with it.