While the WWE 24/7 Championship was effectively retired last month by Nikki Cross, its fate seemingly was sealed months earlier.
The title basically vanished from WWE programming during the summer, almost immediately after Triple H took over the day-to-day operations of the company. It only makes sense, considering recently the title seemed like it existed to create segments that amused former WWE head honcho Vince McMahon.
The 24/7 Championship did continue to exist at house shows throughout the summer and fall, changing hands with the same frequency at times, including at least one show where a referee briefly won (and lost) the title. And Dana Brooke did wear the title to the ring when competing on Main Event, though she didn't defend it on the show. The title was retired in early November after Cross defeated Brooke on Raw for the championship and subsequently dropped it in (near?) a refuse bin.
Now, Fightful Select reports that the 24/7 title purposefully disappeared. A source said the title "was almost never mentioned in a creative sense, but allowed for some fun moments for live event shows. The future of the title seemed to be up in the air and it wasn't something that we heard Triple H ever talk about." +
None of this should come as a surprise given what we saw -- or more accurately, didn't see -- on WWE programming the past few months, with the 24/7 Championship chase segments disappearing from Raw.
More recently, wrestlers closely associated with the "24/7 division" have re-emerged as "regular" performers, most notably Akira Tozawa, who has finally ditched his ninja getup in favor of normal ring attire.