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The introduction of a new WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Raw drew criticism from some, but new champion Seth Rollins says the show needed it to get back on track.
WWE held a tournament to crown the first Raw World Heavyweight Champion in May. The company’s top stars competed for the award and Rollins ultimately emerged as the winner, after a victory over AJ Styles in the final.
The elephant in the room, however, was Roman Reigns.
“The Tribal Chief” unified the WWE Championship with the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 38 and has yet to lose either. Unfortunately, his dominance at the top of the card and lack of appearances on Raw left the show’s Superstars without much to fight for until recently.
“It really helps now that we have a title that is there every Monday, where people feel like they have something to aspire to,” Rollins explained in the latest “Out of Character with Ryan Satin.”
“Unlike before, where there was only one champion who had a part-time schedule. Before, it was really hard for artists to think about where they wanted to go next. There was no end game for them, and that can kind of create a little of worldliness”.
Now, they have something to fight for in the World Heavyweight Championship, and Rollins has strived to be a fighting champion.
The 37-year-old WWE mainstay quickly got to work defending the new world heavyweight title in a match against Damian Priest, the first time a world title had been defended on the show in years, and then traveled to NXT, where he put on his belt. the line against NXT powerhouse Bron Breakker.
“I’m under no illusions that this title is the same as Roman’s title,” Rollins continued. “You can’t just go in there and pretend like all of a sudden this title is so important. No one is going to believe that crap. But the way I always saw the champions that I looked up to and aspired to be, they were champions who took titles to territories or each town and defended it. Then, over time, people thought it was a big problem.”
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“If Roman was doing what I’m doing, there really wouldn’t be a need for a secondary championship. There would be no need for another world heavyweight title on Raw, because we would have someone doing those things. “
Short of a world title on Raw, an attempt was made to elevate the importance of the United States Championship.
The belt’s lineage was highlighted on television, with the show’s top stars battling it out for the belt. However, even so, that did not seem to be enough.
“We did our best with the United States Championship for a while, but it never really felt like a World Heavyweight Championship,” Rollins added. “If we were just kind of a one-star promo, then fine. But we got stars across the board.”
“Kevin and Sami, we’ve got AJ Styles, all of Judgment Day, really. Drew McIntyre, Sheamus and Edge. All these people, and I’m probably leaving a bunch of them, who are capable of being World Heavyweight Champion. heavyweight or has been a champion in the past, or is ready to be in the future. So we need a title that they can compete for, that is available and available.”
Ryan Satin is a WWE analyst for FOX Sports. Satin previously appeared on FS1’s “WWE Backstage” and founded the Pro Wrestling Sheet, where he published countless stories as editor-in-chief. Follow him on Twitter @ryansatin.
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