Wait, did we get another title? What's going on? What's it going to be? Is it something really fresh and exciting? The short answer is no. It's isn't. When Mick Foley strode out to the ring with the title in his bag, there was true anticipation. Most of the WWE Universe waited as Foley revealed the title...and it was not what people were anticipating.
Considering it was Mick Foley, most people would rightly assume that this was going to be the reintroduction of the WWE Hardcore Championship as Mick Foley was the first ever Hardcore champion. Sadly, this was not the case.
This would make the 24/7 championship the 11th WWE championship to exist in the WWE and Mick Foley started things off with a comedic scramble that perhaps had the most irrevalant WWE Superstars to come out and grab the championship. The title will be defended anywhere at any time in any place. It could be WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, WWE NXT and/or WWE NXT UK.
Does this excite the young fan in me? Not really. It doesn't. But that opinion is going to differ from person to person so that It would be wrong to say that this is the consensus of every WWE fan out there. So, to get into it further, here are 5 reasons why the WWE 24/7 Championship is DOA.
#5 Horrible Title Design
Look at that title. It's shiny. It's green. But it has no soul. In professional wrestling, on some level, it's about presentation. Maybe, it's the manufactured nature of the whole thing. The design is similar to how people felt when the WWE Universal Championship was revealed. Ironically, Mick Foley was part of that unveiling as well. The crowd certainly made their voices heard.
For the most part, the title design has been a problem in WWE for a while now. Right now, it could be argued that the best Championship design has to be the WWE Championship and the maybe the WWE Intercontinental Championship as they still comes across as a serious title. But then again, the designs are not in the same league as past championships.
#4 Diluting the value of WWE Championship belts
It's true. It's damn true. With the WWE 24/7 Championship being unveiled, it makes it the 11th Championship on the WWE roster right now. The problem in WWE right now is that the titles have lost meaning over time.
They have become props for the show, and the 24/7 championship comes across as irrelevant to the proceedings. Even WWE Legend Jim Ross made this point on Twitter as well.
#3 Rehashing the WWE Hardcore Championship
The great thing about the WWE Hardcore Championship was that there was some meaning behind it. It organically became its own thing, even the belt was presented to Mick Foley as a joke by Vince McMahon. When the 24/7 championship was introduced, it added more intrigue to it and not just comedy.
The 24/7 Championship feels like a poor rehash with the wrestlers involved are more of the lower mid carders on the roster trying to get a WWE championship to their name.
#2 The WWE 24/7 Championship has no meaning (right now)
The WWE 24/7 Championship has no meaning. It was just put in the middle of the ring by Mick Foley and then all the lower mid-carders ran towards it. By all accounts, even Mick Foley look disinterested in the segment.
The crowd booed when he unveiled the new championship and that started things badly. There was no energy and the crowd in the arena sure made that clear. Maybe, the sentiment will change over time.
#1 It's just a bad ratings booster
Back in the old days, the running joke in the television industry was that everyone knew a TV show was in trouble when they would introduce a kid into the mix to boost ratings. Similarly, that seems to be the case here with having the introduction of the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Having wrestlers do wacky things similar to a 3 stooges comedy may help ratings in the short term. But the act gets old after a while. If Vince McMahon continues in this path and Triple H unable to take the reins, it won't be great for the ratings in the long term.
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