WWE Hall of Famer Arn Anderson has discussed a simple thing he would do to improve modern pro wrestling shows.
On the latest edition of his ARN podcast (available early on AdFreeShows), the legendary wrestler revealed that he thinks there are too many titles in wrestling today.
This has long been a complaint of many wrestling fans. Of the two main US promotions, WWE currently has 14 active championships, while AEW has eight titles and ROH has six which have also been featured on AEW TV.
Tony Schiavone addressed the complaint in July 2022 during an episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, simply saying he disagrees and that he enjoys title matches
Aubrey Edwards agreed with him, arguing that it allows for “cool stuff” to happen.
“We get to see cool stuff happen. We get to rotate things in and out. We have amazing roster depth, and that has proven very helpful when you have a ton of injuries.”
However, Anderson disagrees and has suggested a solution to the problem as he sees it.
Arn Anderson would cut the number of belts across promotions
According to Anderson, companies should limit the amoutn of championships to a World Champion, a secondary title that would make the holder the de facto Number 1 Contender to the main championship, and a Women’s Championship.
“There should’ve been a world champion, an [Intercontinental] Title or U.S. Champion that made you the No. 1 contender for the world championship, tag titles, and a women’s championship.”
He also suggested that in the case of WWE, Raw and SmackDown could have a single champion who floats between both shows.
“Like you have two companies with Raw and SmackDown, but still you could just have one champion that floats between the two television shows.”
While Roman Reigns currently performs that role as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, there has been speculation that the two titles would eventually be split again since not long after he defeated Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 38.
This talk has resurfaced in recent weeks, with reports emerging that the split could happen in the near future.
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.