Professional 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.
In 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?
During 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.
Since the PPV era began, there have been several notable title changes that haven’t been followed up with a rematch...