The United States and Intercontinental titles were prestigious back in the old days. They were a stepping stone for mid-card level wrestlers to push themselves into the main event scene. For the past few years though, both titles seem like an after thought in the WWE.
We are now on the road to WrestleMania 29 and both the US and Intercontinental Champions have no opponents for the event. On Raw this past Monday, Antonio Cesaro just lost in a non-title match to Ryback. The last week on Smackdown, Cesaro lost another non-title match to Randy Orton.
This begs the question, are Cesaro and his US title even relevant in the WWE right now? When Ryback beat him on Raw, Mark Henry came out and stared at Ryback. This suggests Ryback will face Henry at WrestleMania 29 in what could be an enjoyable sight to see. As for Cesaro, he was just left beaten inside the ring with no feud going into WrestleMania 29 at the moment.
Barrett and his Intercontinental title seem to be in a similar position too. All he did on Raw was lose in a non-title match to Alberto Del Rio. Much like Cesaro, Barrett has been losing a lot of matches lately too.
It looked like Barrett was set to face Sheamus at WrestleMania 29 for his Intercontinental title. But this idea has been nixed as Sheamus is now more likely to team up with Orton and Big Show to face The Shield instead.
At this point in time, both Barrett and Cesaro have no opponents for WrestleMania 29. At this rate, they may even be lucky to be booked at the event at all.