So there’s been some discussion around the Internet, why Enzo and Cass should get a title run, and why they never seem tog et any titles. NXT, RAW, they’re always in the title hunt, but don’t seem to get the titles. Some people think there’s a reason why. Here’s my take.
I now have a reasonable response why Enzo and Cass didn’t get tiles, but AJ, Nakamura, and Samoa Joe did.
See, AJ, Nak, and Joe came in as big names. And, I’m positive, when they signed their contracts, they had guaranteed title runs built into it. That’s very common for bigger names, and it’s one of the only incentives the WWE has to lure over big stars (liek AJ and Nak).
Enzo and Cass never had that. They’re WWE born and bred, and have never wrestled elsewhere. They have no star power to leverage, no indy bookings to compare, no wild offers from another company with MASSIVE pockets to force the hand of the current promotion…
They had talent….and charisma…..and Enzo’s mouth has carried them all the way to the big show, at the top of the card. All without a title shot.
Who got titles? Top returning stars who didn’t ‘need’ the title…but the title needed THEM. The Hardy’s made the tag division noteworthy….Matt is the buzz of the industry, and people are chomping at the bit to get his “broken” character on WWE tv….
But the Hardy’s didn’t *NEED* the titles….on the contrary, the titles needed the Hardy’s!
So, basically….the title runs are rewards (and contract incentives), where top names get promised title runs (sometimes lasting all of 24 hours) and lower names never get a chance to shin.
Aka the Glass Ceiling.
This is why Enzo and Cass don’t need the belts to get over. The belts are doing just fine in the hands of the Hardy’s…and giving the titles to E&C (Enzo and Cass, not Edge and Christian) doesn’t build them up more…doesn’t build the titles up more…..
Anderson and Gallows needed the titles to be relevant. They got to hold them for a short while because they, too, were promised championship runes (I’m betting)…..but their booking was SUPER weak, their characters suffered, and only now, with Southpaw Wrestling, are they able to show their charisma and humor….cause the shit they were doing before was LAME…..they got the belts MONTHS after they should have, just because the New Day needed to break the record. So, A&G lost some of their shine being held back as champs….not being champs, and not being booked strongly, hurt them badly……..so getting to be champions helped bring some of that lustre back.
Hopefully a run with the Hardy’s will help get A&G back on track, otherwise, they’ll end up being muscle for AJ or Finn, and little else.
So, there you go. Belts are rewards and incentives……and Enzo and Cass haven’t done anything to deserve a reward (ratings, crazy dangers spot, getting mainstream attentiom)….so, they don’t get the reward of the titles, but they get merch sales, and audience reactions (which are currency backstage) to eventually build up enough Vince Credit to get a title run.
Until then, they’re getting paid, and getting made.