Ways that the WWE Cruiserweight division ISN’T working. The Cruiserweight Classic was without a doubt the best thing WWE did in the year 2016, and that brought about the cruiserweight division, led by first Champion TJP. Unfortunately, like most fans expected, the division has been all downhill under the guidance of Vince McMahon since that point. The division has lost its two biggest stars in Austin Aries, and reportedly Neville before this past week’s Raw, and with only Enzo Amore and Kalisto to speak of at the top of the division, it could be in serious trouble. We aren’t saying that the cruiserweight division will cease to exist in the next few months, but if they don’t change some things, it could very well be done in the next few years. After the success of the CWC, that’s a shame.
5. No Interaction Outside The Division
According to reports, this is the biggest reason why Austin Aries asked for his release from the WWE, as he felt stuck in the cruiserweight division. Without any interaction outside of the division or any way to move up to the main roster, we might see more of the top stars follow Neville and Aries. We’ve seen Titus O’Neill and his “Titus Worldwide” have some input and interactions with the cruiserweights, but unless those guys see a brighter future in the WWE, what’s the point in staying? Watching the cruiserweight champ battle the Intercontinental Champion or U.S Champion could be fun, and would certainly offer us some fresh matches, and even on Raw, it would be good to see things mixed up because there are only so many six-man tags we can put up with.
4. The Highflying Action Is Incredibly Toned Down
Look around the world of wrestling today, and you will find some of the greatest high-fliers in the history of the business. Guys like Ricochet, Rey Mysterio, Will Ospreay, and even younger competitors like Shane Strickland and NXT’s Lio Rush prove what is great about cruiserweight wrestling. Unfortunately, the guys on 205 Live just aren’t allowed to show the same abilities. It’s understandable why WWE wouldn’t want those guys having Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay type matches every single week, but to catch the fans attention, you need to have some high flying, and it just isn’t happening. If we can’t get characters to care about, we need high-flying action to satisfy the fans, but at the moment, we aren’t getting either, and that might be what kills the division.
3. There Is No Character Worth Caring About
During the WWE’s most successful time period, the Attitude Era, we had so many unique characters to care about, guys like Mick Foley, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and while today’s main roster doesn’t compare to that, it’s certainly leagues ahead of 205 Live in the character department. Sure, there are interesting guys like Enzo Amore, Drew Gulak, and Gentleman Jack Gallagher, but beyond that, the guys are just bland and lack charisma. The guys in the division certainly have talent, but the WWE just doesn’t seem to be interested in giving us characters to care about, so no matter who they bring in, it’s not going to help if the WWE doesn’t want to change.
2. Nothing Worthwhile Outside Of The Title Picture
Ever since Neville took the Cruiserweight Championship from Rich Swann, he had a fantastic run, having great matches with everyone from Akira Tozawa to Austin Aries to Jack Gallagher. But once he and those others left the Championship picture, what was there to do? Unfortunately for the WWE, they couldn’t give them anything significant to work with, and that is seemingly one of the reasons that surround the releases of Neville and Aries (assuming that Neville has indeed left like rumors suggest). Introducing a second Championship is definitely an option, but outside of that, this is something that the WWE desperately needs to fix, or we might see guys like Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann follow in the footsteps of The Greatest Man that ever Lived and The King of the Cruiserweights.
1. Their Time On Raw Is Limited And Repetitive
205 Live is a great show, but no one watches it, and that’s the biggest problem with WWE’s cruiserweights. That’s because fans who might want to tune in are treated to horrendous segments week in, week out on Monday Night Raw. They’re not actively bad, but seeing the same tag team match every week, with little to no character development, and therefore, we really can’t blame people for not tuning in to see 205 Live. On Tuesday nights, that one hour is jam-packed with great story-telling, fantastic character development, and good wrestling matches (especially feud ending matches like Tozawa vs. Kendrick), but no one will ever want to tune in as long as Mr. McMahon is booking Raw, because he will never give them the time they deserve.
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