Now it is truly WORLD Wrestling Entertainment. Under the guidance of Triple H, not only has the company gone truly global, but between NXT, some form of working relationship with EVOLVE, and now the Cruiserweight Classic, it is becoming more and more apparent that The Game is not as much of an isolationist as his father-in-law. Not only are he and his team of talent scouts, men like William Regal, trotting around the world seeking out the best and brightest regardless of reach, creed, or style, they are also allowing them all to shine on the Network during the CWC.
Let's give a big kudos to Triple H and the company for the immensity of this undertaking. You can't even tell that the CWC is in the same arena as NXT. But we're not here to praise production values, we're here to praise and rank the competition, here are the top 15 greatest Cruiserweights taking part in the CWC.
15 The Sihra Brothers (India)
14 Kenneth Johnson (United States)
13 Noam Dar (Israel/Scotland)
12 Tajiri (Japan)
11 Johnny Gargano (United States)
10 Zack Sabre Jr. (England)
9 Ho Ho Lun (Hong Kong)
8 Tony Nese (United States)
7 Tommaso Ciampa (United States)
6 Jack Gallagher (England)
5 Gran Metalik (Mexico)
4 Lince Dorado (Puerto Rico)
3 T.J. Perkins (Philippines)
2 The Brian Kendrick
1 Kota Ibushi
He is simply the best Japanese Cruiserweight in the world right now and, to quote Enzo Amore, you can't teach that. The Golden Star is a former three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion who defeated Finn Balor for that very title. He has been to many places including Dynamic Dream Team (DDT), which stylistically is a parody of WWE (Bread on a Pole match, anyone?). He would eventually go on to become one of the most feared strikers in the world, who also has one of the highest dropkicks you'll ever see. Coming off neck surgery, Ibushi says he just wants to make the fans happy and his first round match with Anoa'i dynasty member, Sean Mulata, main evented the first episode of the CWC. A purveyor of high flying Japanese Strong Style, he would deliver a Last Ride Powerbomb to his foe to move onto the next round. As someone who has wrestled at several of New Japan's Wrestle Kingdom (their WrestleMania), he is no stranger to this kind of pressure. This combined with his skills, has made The Golden Star the early favorite to win the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic.
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