SoCalAndy wrote:Right now, PWG doesn't have the kind of roster that is steady(as in available for every show) like ROH does.
This is true... but there are a bunch of reliable local midcard guys. A Scott Lost or a T.J. Perkins holding a midcard belt would stabilize the company's direction, if anything.
If PWG did get a new title, a lightheavyweight belt wouldn't work because nearly everyone on the roster would be able to challenge for it, and it wouldn't be special.
See, I just don't think that major fed weight limits have anything to do with anything. The only true non-juniors who have held the PWG Title are Pearce and Steen; SD, AJ, Joey and even Frankie are juniors, through and through. That hasn't affected the PWG belt as a *heavyweight attraction* at all. Weight doesn't matter; booking does.
WCW and WWF's junior weight limits being around 220 has got nothin' to do with nothin'. If you set a PWG junior belt weight limit at 180 pounds, a lot of guys could go for it (T.J., Scorp, Tornado, Quick, Topgun, Excalibur) and a lot of guys couldn't (Ronin, Disco, Sabin, B-Boy, any of the top-carders). If the midcard guys had a belt to fight over, with feuds and build-up and mic time, no fans would be complaining about weight.
Either way, I like the current system with all the singles workers working their way up the ranks to get to the PWG Championship.
Fair enough. But the problem with that is, as with every wrestling company, most guys *aren't* going to work their way up the ranks. Scorpio, Excalibur, T.J., Disco, Talwar and Scott Lost are all long-time PWG mainstays who've never gotten a shot at the PWG Title... Quicksilver, Tornado and Generico have each gotten one token shot. That's a lot of guys who've failed to work their way up the ranks. It's not because they aren't entertaining -- it's because you can only have so many topcarders.
So you then have two options: you can keep the midcarders without a belt, saying that their goal is a main-event belt they'll never even get a shot at... or you can give them something to wrestle for. You make it so just about every wrestler in the company has a belt that he's plausibly in contention for. Just like that, the middle of your shows are more interesting, and you have a new tool to push people with.
I think the current shittiness of the WWE is making us forget what a great thing secondary titles have been to companies over the years. As wrestling fans, I don't think any of us regret that Shawn and Razor fought for a "midcard belt" instead of angling to fight Yoko. The Malenko/Guerrero classics for the ECW TV belt wouldn't have been quite as fun if they were just vying for shots at the Sandman. It's not a burial of midcard guys -- done properly, a secondary belt *elevates* midcard guys.