At Sunday's TLC pay-per-view on the WWE Network, Enzo Amore defeated Kalisto to regain his Cruiserweight Championship. It wasn't a terribly surprising outcome, but it might have caught some by surprise considering the emphasis placed on Kalisto's return to WWE and joining the cruiserweight ranks.
With that in mind, many fans are wondering what exactly this means for Amore, Kalisto and the rest of the cast of 205 Live? Is Muscles Marinara the man going forward? Is Kalisto really not relevant? There are some in the WWE Universe wondering if Enzo's victory has long-lasting meaning.
Here are Five Reasons Why Enzo Amore Beat Kalisto At TLC.
When Neville left WWE, he did so in unceremonious fashion. Rumors are he was unhappy, but no one seemed to know that until he was simply gone and walked out before an episode of Raw. Many have speculated it was a combination of being pigeon-holed in the Cruiserweight Division and missing out on bonus pay from his WrestleMania match. Others believe Neville was upset about having to lose to a lesser performer in Amore.
Either way, WWE does not take kindly to wrestlers just leaving the company. If Neville was unhappy, and Amore was the reason, it might be a nice little F'U' to Neville to say, "hey, we don't need you and Enzo was our guy, instead of you anyway." It's petty, but it's possible.
The Kalisto win might have been a quick decision to draw attention away from the fact that people were going to notice Neville was gone. Bringing in a guy who's been out of action and giving him the title would create some positive buzz. But, it's possible this was not something WWE wanted to do. Instead, there was a chance it was a move they needed to do with the intention of having Amore win it back.
Kalisto very well could have been a short-term fix for a hiccup the WWE wasn't expecting.
If the WWE had no intention of giving Kalisto a lasting run, they may have decided he's not the man to carry the Cruiserweight brand into the future. His mic ability is lacking but his in-ring talent is second-to-none. That may not have been enough and WWE probably wanted to go with the guy who they think better leads the way.
If the company felt Kalisto was not the right guy, it would make sense to take the belt off him and draw attention back to Amore.
WWE does a lot of quick title changes these days, especially when it comes to the Cruiserweight Title. Yes, Neville held it for a while, but recently, he lost it to Akira Tozawa and then Enzo Amore. Maybe the WWE felt they needed to continue that trend but then realized they needed to make Enzo believable as champion.
TLC was full of last-minute changes. The Cruiserweight Title could have been another quick turn that landed the title back around Enzo's waste. It's giving too much credit to WWE not to just decide on a whim to change the plan.
At the end of the day, WWE must feel Amore draws viewers and ratings better than the other 205 Live athletes. If so, it would make complete sense to keep the title on him, make him the number one heel of the division and have guys try to take it from him.
Everything in WWE is about ratings, drawing viewers and marketing. Clearly, WWE sees Enzo as the guy in the Cruiserweight Division. They must think he has something going since nobody backstage seems to like him all that much.
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