With two days remaining in our “Christmas Chaos” World Championship match, it’s never too early to be thinking about the future. Several title defenses are being planned for next month, and while we don’t know the full details on who will be competing, we do know some of the stipulations and how these are going to go.
World Championship: (potentially) Charles Wilfong (c) v. Nicholas Griffin
At press time, Charles Wilfong is the reigning world champion and was given the opportunity to choose his opponent or have a month off from competition in January. His 250-plus day reign may still come to an end before 2016 is over, but that hasn’t stopped him from provisionally accepting a challenge from longtime-rival Nicholas Griffin in January. All of this is of course contingent on Wilfong retaining the title this week, but if he does, he will have a one-on-one bout of some type of mutually agreed match-type. Given the prestige with which these two have treated the belt, it’s safe to say this will be an in-person affair of some sort, though the deliberations on what form the match could take may be lengthy.
In the event that Wilfong loses the strap before January, it will really be up to the current champion and the commissioner as to what happens. It’s very likely that any new champion would opt not to have an immediate title defense in January, though they will probably feel pressure to do so. Wilfong would be a likely candidate; though he has no guaranteed rematch clause, his long reign as champion probably affords him another title shot in the near future, if he loses.
Ohio Valley Championship: Joe Patterson (c) defends in a 20-person “Spinning Scramble” Match, January 16-19
Joe Patterson probably does not want another multi-person match after defending his title against nine other people in December, but that’s what he’s going to get. Commissioner John Wyatt Edgar will not disappoint a fanbase pining for more excitement in this newly-crafted title defense.
The match, which will have four rounds over four days, will be a literal race to the finish. Edgar will be posting “calls to action” at predetermined random times during each day of scoring, and participants will be awarded spins on the “Wheel of Randomness” depending on how quickly they respond. The spins, will in turn, give them points. It’s an interesting concept that seems like it should be at least pretty fair to all participants, but still slightly favors the champion who is notorious for being awake at any and all hours of the day.
This match, which eschews traditional categories in favor of speedy responses, will feature up to 20 total participants, and those will start to be named sometime this weekend.
Internet Championship: Riley Wedge (c) v. ??? (One-on-one match)
Riley Wedge’s victory to secure the Internet Championship was as important to him as it is to the prestige of the title. As one of DubPoints’ most notable figures who has finally achieved championship glory, he is expected to be put into a high-profile matchup immediately in order to further raise the honor of the title.
As a general man about town, Wedge can be paired up with a seemingly endless list of opponents, and while he has rivals close to him who very much want a sanctioned shot at the title (and may get one in the future), it’s likely that he will encounter someone familiar yet challenging. Wedge is a promotional mastermind, and his bout will generate a lot of publicity and attract interest, but it remains to be seen what form this match will take. It is likely that Edgar will push for some kind of mutual agreement between Wedge and his opponent on a bout that is competitive but that maybe isn’t necessarily a traditional DubPoints contest. Either way, this promises to be one of the more exciting matches on the card.
Gang Wars Championship: Pugs of Anarchy (c) v. Mel ‘n’ Del Connection
Whether or not you agreed with the fact that Edgar overrode his own decision and kept the Gang Wars belts in the hands of the Pugs of Anarchy, the reality was there was no definitive victor in last month’s matchup. The Mel ‘n’ Del Connection finished as co-finalists in the “Christmas Chaos” bout, but weren’t really definitively eliminated or victorious.
This presents a scenario which stretches out a feud that has gone on since September even longer. During this time and multiple matches, both teams have laid claim to the belt, but the Pugs have openly stated that they are ready for new challengers. Without a definitive conclusion to this rivalry, it’s hard to completely agree with them — but it almost goes without saying that the losing team of this matchup probably is going to move on to other divisions for a while. Considering that both Griffin may have a singles title shot in January, and the fact that the Delbrugges have earned themselves the first-ever “Dubby in the Bank” title shot, there’s still a backup plan for either losing team.
Cats’ Meow Championship: Bursee/Bumbico v. Lewis/???
Many thought Edgar was crazy when he announced a second tag team title would debut in January, complete with a cat-centric design and title. But the Cats’ Meow championship needs a home, and two teams have been selected to compete for it.
Charles Bursee selected multi-time champion Luke Bumbico to be his partner in the first-ever matchup, which will see him competing against the resurgent Allen Lewis and a partner of his choosing. The match type has also yet to be determined, but look for a huge push from Edgar for it to somehow be cat-themed. Either way, an in-person meeting is unlikely given that Bumbico is not regularly in the Valley, but that actually opens up the options for Lewis’ partner even more. Whether the title ends up being on the same level as some of the others in DubPoints remains to be seen, but we will at least have our inaugural champions after next month.
Fantasy Sports Championships
It looks like we will have our first-ever Fantasy Sports Champion with the conclusion of the Griffin-Clyde Fantasy Football matchup on January 1st, with our second-ever champion being determined following the conclusion of the ongoing College Bowl Pick ‘Em. Both champions will get their own belt specific to their sport, though they will fall under the same championship lineage.
Check back in the coming days as we begin to announce competitors for these events!