Welcome to another edition of eWN Round Table, where we gather some of the most active writers here on eWrestlingNews and share the platform to answer some questions surrounding a centralized topic, upcoming event, etc.
This is meant to showcase the potential for both a wide range of perspectives as well as how sometimes, there can be a group consensus no matter what your viewpoint is, so we also invite all of you to join in on the discussion by answering these questions yourself in the comments section below.
For this particular volume, we’ll be focusing on the WWE Clash of Champions 2019 pay-per-view.
Participants for this round = Anthony Mango, Richard Staple, Ethan Absler and Kyle Dunning.
1) “How many times do you think the 24/7 Championship will change hands on this show?”
MANGO: I’ll go with 4. I can see 2 of them happening on the first segment and then two other quick segments happening throughout the night, if they’re able to squeeze in that many. If not, it could only be once, but it’s definitely happening at least one time just to remind people the title is on the line.
STAPLE: My bet is for 5.
ABSLER: I can see the 24/7 Title changing hands at least twice during the show. I’ll admit, I was a bit worried upon the introduction of the 24/7 title as I thought WWE would execute it the wrong way, but I am pleasantly surprised. The title has been a highlight of RAW and Smackdown for the last few months.
DUNNING: Difficult to predict due to its nature. I’ll say three times, as that seems to be the average.
2) “Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode are facing Raw tag team champions Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins. What is going on with Raw’s tag team division? How do you feel about this?”
MANGO: This is entirely WWE going back to the well of sacrificing the tag team titles in order to, in their minds, give more heat to a singles feud. Why it isn’t The O.C. fighting them for the belts, I have no idea. But I have zero faith these titles are staying on Strowman and Rollins for more than the Raw after this event at maximum, and it’s going to take until closer to Survivor Series for WWE to care about who the champions are, and then they’ll readjust.
STAPLE: It’s terrible. There was no need to put these titles on Rollins/Strowman just so you could trade dissent between the two. The tag titles need to be held by TAG TEAMS, not singles stars who chose to team up.
ABSLER: I am really unhappy with Roode and Ziggler challenging Rollins and Strowman for the tag titles. What happened to the RAW tag division?? We have some of the most accomplished teams in the world like the War Raiders, the Street Profits, the O.C., and still two make-shift teams are the ones fighting for the titles. It’s nothing against any of the four performers in the match, but creative has forced 4 singles superstars into the tag team spotlight and that is unacceptable given the talent in that division. WWE needs to use it, or most likely they’ll lose it.
DUNNING: On one hand I am glad Ziggler and Roode are being used to some degree. On the other hand, how many tag teams are sat on the sidelines doing nothing? I know Authors of Pain are still waiting for Akam to recover from injury, but we have the likes of The Ascension, Heavy Machinery, B-Team, Street Profits, and so many others who should be keeping this division pumping. Instead, WWE reverts to sticking randoms together as per usual.
3) “Who are you rooting for to win the King of the Ring tournament and who do you think will win? Was this tournament a success?”
MANGO: So I added this question into here before we knew they’d take this off Clash of Champions. Now that that’s happened and with the finals being Baron Corbin against Chad Gable, I’m thinking this isn’t anywhere close to the success it could have been. Had this been a more high-profile match actually on the event, featuring two people like Ricochet or Samoa Joe or Drew McIntyre against Andrade or Kevin Owens, I think it would have gone down much better. Now, they’ve shot themselves in the foot. If Gable wins, it won’t matter. If Corbin wins, people will be disappointed. Corbin will win and I’ll be rooting for him, as there’s more of a chance he’ll succeed with the gimmick than Gable, who I just don’t have faith will keep WWE’s attention long enough. I dig him, but they’ll stop caring in no time, and he might as well try to help save 205 Live instead.
STAPLE: I’d love for WWE to see Gable’s underdog story through to the end. I’d definitely say that the King of the Ring Tournament was successful. It wasn’t nearly as predictable as I thought it would be, it has allowed superstars that haven’t really been productive all year to have high quality matches, and the right people are going over. We’d appreciate guys like Corbin, Elias, Gable and Andrade more if they were allowed to have matches like they did in this tournament regularly.
ABSLER: I am rooting for Chad Gable to win this thing. I think Gable has been dealt a series of bad hands, especially after the premature split of American Alpha. Gable is so talented and has proven he can get over with the fans. I think he would be the ultimate underdog story to win King of the Ring.
DUNNING: I’d like to see Chad Gable win, as it would cement his WWE career and show the world he’s someone to take seriously, even if other superstars (a couple of inches taller) refer to him as “Shorty” .. Be A Star WWE! But in reality, Baron Corbin probably deserves this win more than anyone, due to how universally hated (minus MSG fans) he is. If the tournament elevates the winner to the next level in their careers? Then yes, it’s a success. This question relates to next week’s Raw though, as WWE decided to axe it from the PPV.
4) “Are there too many belts in WWE for this event to sustain itself? If so, which championships would you get rid of?”
MANGO: There are certainly too many titles, but with the brand split going on, it’s kind of impossible to get rid of any of these belts. There needs to be a balance of champions between the rosters. But if I had to get rid of any, the women’s tag titles or the 24/7 title are the only ones you can get rid of, so I guess I’d nix one of those, but I enjoy the 24/7 title too much to see that go away and the women’s tag titles make sense if they’d just dedicate some time to it. It’s WWE’s fault these belts struggle, not the performers. If we keep the Wild Card rule and abandon the brand split, though, everything should be merged with only one world champion, one women’s champion, one midcard (IC) champion, one tag team championship, one women’s tag team championship, the cruiserweight and 24/7 titles and that’s it.