But, before we pick apart the first bout to determine the first title holder, there’s a matter of the name and the belt.
The name? I don’t know what WWE was thinking. Honestly, as unoriginal as it would have been, going with “RAW World Champion” or “RAW Champion” would have worked so much better for me. Universal Champion? Are they fighting only in theme parks? Are they some manner of adapter? It’s a clunky name, which is unfortunate. I have a feeling many are going to end up constantly just referring to the holder of the belt as the¬† RAW Champion anyways, so we shall see.
But even with a bad name, here’s the kicker. This is really the make or break item here. The name could be horrifically worse. Talking like, exponentially worse than it currently is. But if the belt itself is awesome? Not many will care. I’ve said it before, I am not a huge fan of the current WWE title, though it has grown on me. The Tag Team belts aren’t horrible, though many don’t like them, and I understand the criticism. The Women’s Belt, while similar to the WWE title, gets less criticism because that belt is a massive improvement over the old Divas belt. The two that fall into the classic look are the US title and Intercontinental title. So without having seen the Universal belt, what WWE needs to get right is the look of this one.
Like, if they unveil it and it too closely resembles the WWE belt Dean Ambrose currently holds? That would be utterly disappointing.
If they unveil it and it resembles the belt that Hulk Hogan most often wore? Then we are getting somewhere. Even if it looked like the big globe belt that Rock and others trotted out, that wouldn’t be so bad.
What would be awesome, but I doubt it happens, would be the big gold belt coming out of mothballs. But, if that’s what they were going to do, I can’t imagine they would have saddled it with such a terrible moniker.
So, for now, we know the name left a lot to be desired. But if WWE hits a home run on the belt design? Then all could be forgiven. I just hope they don’t have the same team working on the belt, that worked on the new RAW logo.
WNZ readers, what are you hoping for?