Daniel Bryan is out of action and thus, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has no real storyline or matches to headline any WWE event. At this point, they even have the title vacated until Money in the Bank. Here is a different way I believe WWE could have handled the situation.
Bad News Barrett and Sheamus could take over the role of main-eventers temporarily and make the midcard mean something again. With Bryan out, Barrett could come out at the opening of Monday Night Raw and say that he is our intercontinental champion and, with Bryan sidelined, the next in line to be an "A+ player" in the WWE. As soon as this is said, Sheamus's music hits and he comes down to the ring to say HIS reasoning for being the next guy to carry the WWE. The buildup could really be phenomenal and make for great TV as a much needed diversion to the World Heavyweight champion being injured. It would obviously need an authoritative figure to get involved and announce the match as a unification match. Bad News Barrett could really play on his "bad news" gimmick and Sheamus could try to show why he was, at one time, a main event guy on the roster. Both of these men could truly legitimize themselves and win over the crowd. Think about back when Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon stole the show with their epic ladder match at WrestleMania for the intercontinental title.
The WWE could really treat both of these men as true main event superstars in the absence of their number one guy. Their merchandise sales would go up, as would the overall meaning of the midcard titles. Remember when the intercontinental title truly was a worthy strap? If a superstar won that title, you knew they had the ability to one day be a real main event superstar in the business. Somewhere along the way, this was lost. Now, both midcard titles feel like fillers or almost jobbers at times. Imagine the prestige that could be brought back to the title while filling in for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
I believe the best way to unify any belt is through a ladder match, but with two guys like Barrett and Sheamus, a last man standing match may be more suitable. It could be an incredible match to headline a pay-per-view event while in desperate need of a replacement headliner. This could even bring the winner of the feud to instantly challenge Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship upon his return and set up a feud from there. A unification feud like this could have a very positive impact on the product and create a really solid plan for the future of WWE. Of course, it's unlikely that this would ever happen and even less unlikely it will happen on the terms I've presented here, but it makes you think. What if? What if this happened? I, for one, would be intrigued and interested in the outcome. I would love to see what the future of the belt had in store for us and who the future champions would be. The midcard title could again be the next top guys showing us what they can do and why they will be main event guys.
Would you like to see something like this happen? If it did, who should be the unified midcard champion?
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