The first change concerns two of the year’s first pay-per-views – the “Royal Rumble” and the “Elimination Chamber.” In the past, the Royal Rumble winner gets a shot at their brand’s major title and the other brand finds their number one contender through an Elimination Chamber match.
The WWE is sticking with tradition in this case and said that the winner of the Royal Rumble will get the world title shot at “Wrestlemania” and the Elimination Chamber will no longer have anything to do with it. Presumably, the titles might be on the line inside the chambers now like they used to be.
The WWE also mentioned that, since there will only be one world title now, the Intercontinental title will get a boost in prestige now as the second biggest title in the WWE. With past champions like Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat, it is a title with a prestigious history and this might make it important again.
The WWE will also have to change how their “Money in the Bank” pay-per-view since there will only be one contract available, so there is only reason to have one match instead of two at each event.
The final big change is that, with only one world title, there will be fewer chances for wrestlers to prove themselves by winning the big one. With two titles, names like Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk got a chance to prove their place. Now, with only one title, there is not enough to go around to everyone in the WWE and it may mean that some fan favorite younger wrestlers might not get another chance at the top titles.