|U.S. Champions through the years|
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Magnum T.A., Dusty Rhodes, and Harley Race. They're just a few of the greats to hold the United States championship. That was back in the NWA and the title was second only to the World Heavyweight championship. That was a lifetime ago.
Since the WWE has brought back the legendary title, it's been more of a prop in my opinion. The same could be said about the Intercontinental title, but I do believe the company is trying to restore some of the old glory to that title. I don't know if it's because it's an old WCW title and Vince McMahon didn't "create it", but it seems like the U.S. means nothing. But really it seems that most titles in the WWE these days have little to no value. When a belt gets hot potatoed every few months (or in some cases weeks) it devalues the titles.
I grew up in the era when Hulk Hogan held the world title for four years. Honky Tonk Man was IC champ for 64 weeks. Randy Savage had a more than year long world title run. Since May 2011 (which is 14 months as of this writing) the U.S. title has changed hands five times. I had no problem with Kofi Kingston or Dolph Ziggler or heck even Jack Swagger's reigns. It was Zack Ryder's run (please don't hate on me, I love Zack Ryder but he was NOT ready for a major title run when he got it, I mean look at him now) and current champ Santino's run that bother me. Both of these guys were lower mid card when they won their titles (if even that) Neither man brought nothing to the title in my view. And again, I enjoy each as performers and entertainers, but I'm still of the mindset just being over with the fans does not equate a title run.
|Cesaro wins! Next champ?|
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Just to recap, I don't dislike Santino at all, I just think putting one of the most prestigious titles in the history of wrestling on his waist is a real waste of gold. The focus needs to go back in to restoring some integrity to the titles the WWE has, including the tag team titles. But that's a topic of conversation for another day.