Thursday, August 18, 2011
Champs or Chumps
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Photos are from WWE.com
Regular readers of this blog know that I (we) vent a lot about the lack of focus on the champions in WWE. Most recently on the Summer Slam pay per view. I think many still consider this one of "the big 4" events on the WWE PPV calendar. But once again there was no tag team title match. No Intercontinental title match. And no U.S. title match. Not only were there no title matches, but fans didn't see Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes, David Otunga, or Michael McGillicutty that night.
Think back to past Summer Slams. The IC title match some years was THE MATCH of the card. Mr. Perfect vs. Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith vs. Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon come to mind immediately. Tag team title matches also meant something back then. The Brain Busters vs. the Hart Foundation and Demolition vs. Hart Foundation come to mind.
This year, we didn't even see any of these champions on the card. But Dolph Ziggler defended the U.S. title in a dark match against Alex Riley. I'm curious why the WWE didn't save the Cody Rhodes-Ezekiel Jackson IC match for Summer Slam instead of having it two nights earlier on SmackDown! And the tag team division is in the toilet right now, so I guess it's better there was no tag team title match.
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