Last week during my WWE Raw recap, I talked about Team Rhodes' tag team championship win and how it created an incredible moment for the WWE universe. I questioned whether the moment was more important than the titles themselves; if they will be fighting champions or if the titles were simply a tool to make the moment seem more important.
More generally, it's no secret the secondary titles in WWE are often nothing more than props -- by secondary, I mean the tag team, Intercontinental, United States and Divas championships. I want them to mean something more than I perceive them to mean, and maybe I'm in the minority in this crusade.
Case in point -- on the last Raw before the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, Divas champion AJ Lee gets pinned by Brie Bella; U.S. champion Dean Ambrose taps out to Daniel Bryan's Yes (No) Lock; and Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel is pinned by Big E Langston. This happens often, when champions like these lose to those going into big matches on pay-per-view, even if the champion is also going into a match in six days.
Should I stop complaining about this? Does it really matter? Does anyone care? Is this just an old-school gripe because these titles meant so much when I was a kid? If it doesn't mean anything, why did AJ Lee get a tattoo of the night she won the Divas title on the back of her neck? Why do I feel like certain champions feel such pride when they hold the gold and talk about it during media interviews?
What happened on Raw will likely happen again in the future. Maybe I'll complain about it next time, too. Maybe I won't. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we get there.
What else you need to know from WWE Raw:
* The only "secondary" champions who didn't lose on Raw, Cody Rhodes and Goldust, looked great in a post-match brawl with The Shield.
* Randy Orton beat Dolph Ziggler. The bad news is that Ziggler lost again. The good news is that he had some awesome offense, which is a glimmer of hope that he will one day come back to prominence. Having such a great, unique string of attack against a guy like Randy Orton will make people start to elevate him in their minds again.
* The Real Americans beat Tons of Funk. Antonio Cesaro with another Giant Swing, this time on Brodus Clay. The highlight for me was Zeb Colter introducing a buillwhip to his arsenal, shades of Dirty Dutch Mantel! (Yes, I nerded out.)
* Santino Marella beat Heath Slater, but the real story is that this match had an Elvis theme, and the Cobra had Elvis hair.
* The Big Show interrupted the Orton-Bryan contract signing by driving into the arena in a semi truck. Very fitting. Bryan and Show celebrated on the truck to close the show.
* I loved the footage of Bryan training with Shawn Michaels at his training facility in Texas. I thought it really hammered the point down well.
* The Wyatt Family impresses me more and more every week. This week they defeated The Miz and Kofi Kingston with an impressive showing. I'm digging this rivalry with The Miz.
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