Last week, I continued to talk about returning to the world of The Sims 4 and building a new livable space for my little virtual Robin. While I was satisfied with what I had built, I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing my adventures in the world at the moment. There are a lot of things happening in my life and one of those things revolves around the WWE and the recent WWE Draft.
Just before Wrestlemania, my brother and I decided to take the plunge and subscribe to the WWE Network. We’ve been generally pleased with it and we still subscribe to the service and are willing to pay the monthly fee. And I’m kind of glad we did because, recently, there was a massive shakeup in the WWE as the Draft took place, which split the roster in two. Some of the wrestlers went to Raw while the rest went to Smackdown.
This is also pretty big news because, not only was the roster split, but the number of titles the WWE Superstars could go after became rather limited as a result. The Raw team of Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley drafted The New Day, Charlotte and Rusev (with Lana), that means the titles these guys currently hold, which are the WWE Tag Team, Women’s and United States titles, respectively. On the other side, Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan selected Dean Ambrose and The Miz (with Maryse) to Smackdown. This means the Smackdown roster can go after The Miz’s Intercontinental title and, more importantly, Dean Ambrose’s WWE World Heavyweight Title, the most coveted championship in the WWE.
Obviously, the Raw side of things needed something like the WWE Heavyweight Title; the United States title is kinda like the “B” title. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins did try to win the title from Dean Ambrose on Battleground but they were unsuccessfuly. So, recently, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley decided to, of course, create their own belt. And the new, most prestigious title for the Raw roster was created and it’s going to be called… the WWE Universal Championship.
To quote The Miz,” Really? Really?”
That’s the name for the new “A” championship for Raw? The “Universal” Championship? Look, I get the logic behind why they named it that way. The WWE loves to call its fanbase the WWE Universe because the universe is a big thing and in encompasses everything. So, since it’s supposed to be the biggest title that all the WWE Superstars on Raw will be going after, it’s named the WWE Universal Championship. Also, since the word “universal” conotates the feeling of something extremely vast, it would be bigger than the current “puny” World Heavyweight Championship that’s in Smackdown.
I get it. That doesn’t make it sound and dumber, though.
I guess my problem with the name is that it doesn’t really sound awesome or tough. In fact, it sounds like a bunch of 10-year olds who just love the WWE got together and go around pretending their WWE wrestlers and then decided to create their own belt. Honestly, it sounds like a really childish name!
And I’ll bet the folks over at the WWE Creative department agonized for days to think of a new name for this new title. Yet, this is what they came up with! When I first heard they were going to call it the WWE Universal Championship, I scrunched my face in disgust because of how silly it sounded. It certainly didn’t roll off the tongue!
Not only that, if you hold the Universal Championship, it doesn’t sound like you’re a champion in the WWE. You know why? That’s because there’s another company that practically trademarked the word “universal!” So, if you do hold the Universal Championship belt, it actually sounds like your the champion of Universal Studios!
The people over at WWE Creative could’ve selected a menagerie of words that have the same meaning. They could’ve used “Supreme,” “Ultimate,” “Global” or a myriad of other words. Okay, “Global Championship” does sound a little silly so I’m glad the WWE didn’t go with that. But the other two? Why not? I mean, calling someone the “Supreme Champion” sounds intimidating, right? And calling it the “Ultimate Championship” could be giving some honor to The Ultimate Warrior, so you could spin it that way! See? Instant backstory!
But you know what? The WWE can quickly fix the name while keeping the word *ugh* Universal in the title. You know how? All they need to do is add the word “heavyweight” after the wold “universal.” And, based from history, simply doing that works for me.
When the WWE did the Draft way back in 2002, both Raw and Smackdown had different titles as well. Over at Raw, Eric Bischoff created the World Heavyweight Championship and the “original” title, the Undisputed Championship became the WWE Championship. And, you know what? I didn’t like the way “WWE Championship” sounded as well!
But I still liked the way “World Heavyweight Championship” sounded. And it’s all thanks to the inclusion of the word “heavyweight.” It made the title sound really like a big deal! It makes it sound prestigious and something that’s incredibly difficult to actually win! The word “heavyweight” makes the guy who holds the title sound like a really tough guy; after all, he is a heavyweight!
But, for right now, I guess we’re all stuck with the kid friendly name of Universal Championship. I do hope that Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley do stick “heavyweight” in. That way, they don’t have to backpedal and rename it since they already announced it on Raw.
Honestly, the WWE has pulled off a lot of bonehead moves. The naming of the new championship on Raw is just the latest one. But they’ve done a lot more. So, next week, I’ll go talk to some of the really stupid things they’ve done that really grinded my gears! See you then!
What do you think of the name “Universal Championship?” Let me know in the comments section below!