Originally Posted by Absolutely!
It's a cliche, but the champion makes the belts, not the other way round.
If Sulaiman follows through with his anti-competitive and ridiculous ruling then the WBC belt becomes meaningless. Wlad would not need to earn it to retain his consensus status as number one heavyweight, the same way he doesn't need the WBF title to legitimise his claim.
Wlad is #1 with or without the WBC and even if he dropped all his belts.