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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
I think there's a post asking for this at least once every two weeks. Thought they might only be doing it for the women's titles, because of the very few women left on the SmackDown side, but apparently the plan is bigger than that:

    Originally posted by F4wonline (sub only)
    Although plans could change a million times before then, the plan as of Monday night was to unify all of the major titles in the next year. There will be one World Title, one tag, one IC and one women’s title. The idea is to do the WWE/World Unification match at WrestleMania this year.


(Italics are mine)

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.14

Very interesting ... with all of the crossing over of shows that is done/can be done, I think this is a good thing ... hopefully we'll get a brand-spanking-new title belt at the end as well.

However, I do like the idea of having an IC champ on one show & the US champ on the other ... with the influx of mid-carders over the past year (and with more NXT, there's surely more to come), I think having a secondary title on each show is beneficial.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.56
I am not a big fan of taking away the US title, but I am ok with unifying the rest of the titles. There really only should be one champ at a time. I wasn't fond of it when it happened in 2002, but it was ok for a time, because it allowed people like Eddie, Rey and others who would normally never see the title get it. Now, I do think its time to move to having one champion and maybe one roster as well. Which means there will be cuts a comin' if they go that route.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.87
Finally got their excuse for doing UT/Cena at next year's WrestleMania. From a "titles must be prestigious" standpoint this is good, but I think this'll end up hindering their creation of new stars.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
They should definately unify the Women's titles. Not sure about the others. They have a gigantic roster and it is alread tough giving everyone something to do.
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.98
Man, I'm gonna miss that US belt design.

If this is the plan, they should unify the belts right before the draft and possibly unveil that long-suspected new company logo.

I prefer two midcard belts, and I think the designations are currently distinct enough to hang around. The US champ should be the upper low-card figure, the IC champ should be the highest midcarder, and the world champ should be the top guy of the roster.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.77
For the World Titles they should just do like Boxing and have multiple titles, but the possibility to unify them.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    Finally got their excuse for doing UT/Cena at next year's WrestleMania. From a "titles must be prestigious" standpoint this is good, but I think this'll end up hindering their creation of new stars.

If they did do Cena/UT, they wouldn't waste the unification match on something that is already their biggest possible WM match.





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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.48
Hoping they go with the World Belt if/when they unify as opposed to the silly-looking Cena-inspired belt.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.64
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    Finally got their excuse for doing UT/Cena at next year's WrestleMania.


I thought that too, but I think the streak vs. title has played itself out, and streak and all the titles would seem like all the Wrestlemania eggs in one basket. Plus Undertaker would almost definitely have to win and I don't want him as the guy unifying them. At the same time, there isn't anyone currently on Smackdown besides Undertaker who they'd see as worthy of that.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.47
    Originally posted by Amos Cochran
    but I think this'll end up hindering their creation of new stars.

Nah, the title will just end up changing hands twice as much as the current two. Everybody wins! :-)



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.77
    Originally posted by Broncolanche
    Hoping they go with the World Belt if/when they unify as opposed to the silly-looking Cena-inspired belt.

What, and miss out on the opportunity to sell $300 replicas of a whole new belt design?



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.48
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by Broncolanche
      Hoping they go with the World Belt if/when they unify as opposed to the silly-looking Cena-inspired belt.

    What, and miss out on the opportunity to sell $300 replicas of a whole new belt design?
Good point. I just never want to see the stupid Cena belt again.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.64
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN for the new concept of double Money in the Banks.

It means ... there won't be that.
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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.93
    Originally posted by Mr Shh
      Originally posted by Amos Cochran
      but I think this'll end up hindering their creation of new stars.

    Nah, the title will just end up changing hands twice as much as the current two. Everybody wins! :-)


No, not everyone wins. That just means it changes hands between 4 guys (say Sheamus, HHH, Cena, & Orton) more often. Instead of a new title holder every couple of months, it'll be a new one every month or even less. I *HATED* that more than arguably anything else of the WWE in the early/mid 2000's; it got so difficult and ridiculous to keep track of who was champ.

I say ok to the Divas and Tag titles being unified; there's too few competitors for either division. But keep the other titles as is. Otherwise, if you unify the world titles, you're basically just admitting that Smackdown and about half the wrestlers are insignificant and that you're better off with a very trimmed down WWE roster with less TV time. With in itself isn't a bad idea, IMO (more focus on the 'cream of the crop'), but I highly doubt the WWE would trim itself of that much fat.






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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.62
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Originally posted by Amos Cochran
      Finally got their excuse for doing UT/Cena at next year's WrestleMania.


    I thought that too, but I think the streak vs. title has played itself out, and streak and all the titles would seem like all the Wrestlemania eggs in one basket. Plus Undertaker would almost definitely have to win and I don't want him as the guy unifying them. At the same time, there isn't anyone currently on Smackdown besides Undertaker who they'd see as worthy of that.

Come on, does anyone think that they would unify the belts and not include HHH? I can't say it would be a bad thing, other than the fact that I can't think of anyone on the same level to go against HHH that is a fresh match up. Other than Undetaker of course, but then your winner is a given.




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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.59
I think unifying the US Title/Intercontinental championship is long overdue. Those belts have long been watered down as it is now.

Instead, the owner of that belt could be on both shows which opens up a lot more angles. Having Miz on both Smackdown and Raw would be AWWWWWESOME!
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.10
    Originally posted by supersalvadoran
    Instead of a new title holder every couple of months, it'll be a new one every month or even less. I *HATED* that more than arguably anything else of the WWE in the early/mid 2000's; it got so difficult and ridiculous to keep track of who was champ.
But is it any less ridiculous or difficult now? Imagine someone who hasn't watched wrestling for 10 years, and they ask who the champ is now. "Well, there's separate TV shows, and the shows have separate champions, and one's the World Champion and one's the WWE Champion, and the championships are equal except for when they're not, and the guys all show up on the other show all the time except when they're not allowed to which is all the time, and there's no real rivalry between the shows except for when there is..."
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    I think the streak vs. title has played itself out, and streak and all the titles would seem like all the Wrestlemania eggs in one basket. Plus Undertaker would almost definitely have to win and I don't want him as the guy unifying them.
I assume it will be World Champ vs. WWE Champ vs. Rumble winner, which (in turn) makes me automatically assume Undertaker vs. Cena vs. HHH.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.98
    Originally posted by KJames199
    But is it any less ridiculous or difficult now? Imagine someone who hasn't watched wrestling for 10 years, and they ask who the champ is now.


I usually compare it to NFL conferences. Except there's no Super Bowl.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.46
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    At the same time, there isn't anyone currently on Smackdown besides Undertaker who they'd see as worthy of that.


You'd probably have said the same thing about Jericho months before he went on to unify the belts for the first time. Which doesn't mean you're wrong, but WWE does from time to time try to give these big honors to guys trying to establish themselves.



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