During a recent episode of his 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW authority Eric Bischoff discussed the lack of importance that championships face in WWE, and how can the situation be changed.
WWE HAS OFTEN BEEN ATTACKED FOR THEIR LACK OF FAITH IN CHAMPIONSHIPS
WWE has often been attacked for the lack of importance they show to their championships, which brings down their prestige, at times beyond recovery. One of the most notable examples is champions losing to someone in a non-title match. 50/50 booking turns down the importance of a championship, which only recovers when a dominant champion tries to restore the prestige of the title. Then the cycle continues.
BISCHOFF RECALLED HIS WCW DAYS
Bischoff recalled how in WCW, the United States Championship was a stepping stone or a launching pad for a performer who would go on to battle for the more glorious WCW Championship. He believes that championships should be an important part in the journey of a wrestler. The journey is a big part of the story, and according to him, without structure, story and potential, a championship has no meaning and it becomes a random prop for a wrestler.
“We often hear about belts meaning something, that’s a general criticism I’ve been hearing since 1987. One of the ways that making a championship mean something is the establishment of structure that creates a journey. The journey is a big part of the story. I think when you have the structure of a US title being the last step to the ultimate prize, that inherently creates a lot of story, structure, potential. Without it, it’s just random,” Bischoff opined.
While Bischoff is a firm believer in not copying the past, he endorses the process of taking inspiration from the past and introduce some elements to enhance the current product of a promotion.
BISCHOFF WANTS WRESTLERS TO REMIND THE AUDIENCE WHY A TITLE IS IMPORTANT
He wants wrestlers to go inside the squared circle and remind fans and the locker room of the importance of the championship and remind them of the glory of chasing behind it and ultimately, holding it. He also wants a financial standpoint or storyline bonus to the holder of the World Championship which he believes will make the audience understand the importance behind holding it.
“The average person can’t relate to the fact that if Roman Reigns wins the World Championship he gets a really really touring bus as a dressing room. They don’t relate to it. That’s a perk, tell me about the money man. What does it mean to your life, your children, why is it so freaking important to you? I don’t often hear those other things articulated, it’s just ‘Oh, he’s the champion.’ So what,” Bischoff commented.
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