Despite their current abundance of championships, Bully Ray believes WWE should introduce an Ironman Championship, with the defending champion competing every week.
Across all of their brands, WWE has nineteen active championships, although both the WWE and Universal Championships, and Raw and SmackDown Tag Team Championships, respectively, are currently unified.
The company’s insistence on having too many championships at any given time has often been a matter of concern among fans and critics, with the issue stretching back decades. Many of these championships – such as the Intercontinental Championship, which hasn’t received a premium live event title defence since WrestleMania 37 – have lost WWE’s respect.
Despite this, WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray believes Vince McMahon’s sports entertainment giant should introduce a twentieth championship; the WWE Ironman Championship. This would showcase the company’s best in-ring talents through them wrestling every week on WWE programming.
“Maybe they should [get rid of the US and IC Title], but I would love to see them do what I’ve been talking about for a while now – the Ironhorse, Ironman, Ironwoman Championship – a wrestler that wrestles every single week on Raw and SmackDown. Back in the day when I originally thought of this, I said wrestle on Raw, NXT, and SmackDown. Obviously NXT now being a definitive developmental brand, I’ll take NXT out of the equation. I want to see this person wrestle on RAW and SmackDown.”
Bully Ray elaborated on the championship, stating that Ricochet or Ciampa would perfectly suit such a championship:
“You know who would be a great workhorse champion? A guy like Ciampa, a guy like Ricochet – a guy that can go out there every single night and have great, great matches on television. Who are you? I’m not the world champion but I’m the best wrestler for any given 15 minutes on television. That’s what the championship represents.”
Although the Intercontinental Championship has previously been described as WWE’s workhorse championship, that accolade has largely been dropped in recent years due to lacklustre booking surrounding the championship. Ricochet serves as the current champion in his first reign, which began in March 2021 when he usurped Sami Zayn.
The most recent WWE championship to be introduced was the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships, established in March 2021 when Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez were awarded the titles. They’re currently held by Toxic Attraction’s Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne.