The Television Title is not the most important title in pro wrestling by any means, but it has had a long history of tradition and a reputation for its holders being work horses such as Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson of Four Horsemen fame. Tully Blanchard held the title for 353 days, Arn Anderson for 336 days as far as singular title reigns go. Arn Anderson hold the record for most days as TV Champion with 870 across 4 different title reigns according to wikipedia (which is fairly decent as far as traditional wrestling facts are concerned).
I remember a time when even under card matches had great story lines. I remember a jaw dropping Best of 7 series between Booker T and Chris Benoit over the Television Title that really had you believe that the TV Title was every bit as important as the World Heavyweight Title. IMO, Booker T is the greatest Television Champion of all-time. He was a fighting champion that won over the crowd by working his butt off and shedding his sweat and tears for that Television Title Belt. Now, we’re reduced to Eric Young in a delusional gimmick accusing D’Lo Brown of coming for the TV Title at a gas station?
Whatever happened to the work horses like Booker T, or the tough-as-nails TV Champs like Arn Anderson? Heck, I’ll even take Rick Steiner. All I’m saying is that Impact Wrestling needs to wake up and realize that the same title that shot Booker T to singles stardom after Harlem Heat could be the same title that launches a Crimson, Kaz, or James Storm to stardom. Life is what you make it, and so is the Television Title.
by Brian Phelps – http://www.wrestlersway.blogspot.comArn Anderson, Booker T, Chris Benoit, Eric Young, Impact Wrestling, TNA Wrestling, Tully Blanchard, WCW