wrestling is an industry steeped in tradition.
While many things have changed
over the years, many longstanding traditions remain intact. One of those that
even the least observant fan has to notice comes after a champion loses his or
her title. Inevitably, you will hear them demand their contractually obligated
rematch for said championship.
today’s wrestling world of monthly PPVs and multiple weekly television
programs, these rematches help stretch out feuds, fill a programming slot and
answer a big question: Will the new champ solidify his or her reign, or can the
former champ turn him or her into a one-hit wonder?
the second half of 2016, we saw Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks turn the automatic
rematch into a game of hot potato with the Raw Women’s Championship. But not
every former champ gets a shot to reclaim his or her title. In some cases, the
loser left the WWE. In others, the new champ quickly lost his title before a
rematch could take place.
At WrestleMania this year,
Bray Wyatt and Goldberg both lost their titles, but neither man received the chance to fight to get it back. In Wyatt's case, he switched brands before he could get a rematch, and Goldberg simply bowed out of WWE after Mania.
the PPV era began, there have been several notable title changes that haven’t
been followed up with a rematch...
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.