While Monday Night Raw is busy filling the immediately vacated Universal Championship that Finn Balor just won, Smackdown was busy debuting two new titles. This week we got a clear look at the Smackdown Women’s Championship and the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. Fans should be surprised at these new titles, not just because of their appearance either.
First, the Smackdown Women’s Championship. This is pretty much the WWE Women’s Championship (which by the name is clearly the #1 women’s championship in the company) but in a blue motif instead of red. Both women’s titles are modeled after the current WWE World Heavyweight Championship that Dean Ambrose currently holds. This is clearly an attempt to give the women’s division the appearance of being on the same level as the men’s division- at least WWE are trying this time.
Next up is the Smackdown Tag Team Championships. Take the titles that The New Day have been parading around with for over a year, change the plates to silver and put them on a blue leather strap. Now you have the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.
Nothing is unique about either new title. They are just recolors of the current titles that went to Monday Night Raw. This is fine and dandy since it does give the appearance that the titles are all on the same level as each other. Only in name are they separated as far as lineage or level in the company. These titles both carry “Smackdown” in the title while the titles Monday Night Raw received carry not the show title but “WWE” as in the name. I understand they need to be differentiated somehow but I was hoping for more than just a slightly different name.
Look at the Intercontinental title and the United States championship. Both have co-existed for years in WWE and are fine by fans and are on the same “level” according to WWE records. They are unique to each other and carry different lineages with them.
Starting new titles off fresh with no previous lineage gives the company plenty of options- too bad WWE dropped the ball here. Twice.