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Vince Russo and Nic Nemeth Open Up on the Real Value of WWE Championships


  • As Cody Rhodes inches towards potentially dethroning Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40, discussions emerge about the real significance of world title wins in WWE.
  • Vince Russo emphasizes the championship’s importance for wrestlers’ financial and negotiating leverage, yet questions its value beyond the business aspect.
  • Nic Nemeth joins the conversation, shedding light on the debate about whether world titles are more than mere props in the storyline narrative of professional wrestling.

The Heart of the Matter

With Cody Rhodes poised on the brink of a career-defining moment against Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, the pro wrestling community is buzzing. Yet, a different conversation is echoing through the corridors of the wrestling world, touching on a subject as old as the sport itself: What does winning a world title truly signify?

Last week, this debate found a platform on “Busted Open Radio,” where Vince Russo and Nic Nemeth offered their insights. “To me, I always saw the importance of winning that belt,” Russo candidly shared. He elaborated on the tangible benefits of holding a championship, specifically highlighting the increased financial opportunities and bargaining power it brings. “If you are the champion now, you are put in a position where now you can make more money. You’re going to be on top. You can negotiate your salary.”

Yet, beyond the clear financial incentives, Russo sparked a further examination of a championship’s intrinsic value, particularly within the context of a storyline. “Now I’m the belt, now I’m the champion, now they need me,” he remarked, emphasizing the leverage but also questioning the deeper significance, if any, beyond these aspects.

While the discussion reflects sentiments held by many within the industry, it also opens up broader questions about the role and perception of championships in professional wrestling’s elaborately scripted universe.

What do you think? Are championships in wrestling mere props, or do they hold a deeper value for the performers and fans alike? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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