Thursday, 1 March 2012

A Brief Assessment of the Benefits of Reintroducing the Cruiserweight Division to WWE

Since the Cruiserweight Championship was retired back in 2007, many talented wrestlers have been left to rot on the minor shows, or even released, because their comparatively small size meant that the decision maker(s) in the company couldn't imagine them matching up physically to the likes of Kane or The Big Show, and subsequently sent them to purgatory - better known as Superstars.

The solution to this problem has been staring WWE in the face the whole time, and it now seems like they may be realising this, as there is speculation that a new all-cruiserweight show will be featuring on the WWE Network (if/when it ever gets off the ground). It appears WWE are looking to bring in some extra talent to use on the show, but they should not miss the opportunity to give some of the talented cruiserweights already on their books a chance to get involved in something meaningful again.

With the likes of Tyson Kidd, Trent Barreta, Yoshi Tatsu, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater all sitting around without a proper feud at the minute, WWE already have a strong group of wrestlers at their disposal, particularly if they were to also utilise guys like Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and Evan Bourne (assuming he survives that long), even occasionally.

Not only would the introduction of a cruiserweight division give some of the less prominent talent a chance to shine, it might also help improve the overall product.

With the cruiserweights recieving their own show, more airtime can be given to the divas and tag team divisions. Both are currently in need of some TLC (tender loving care, not tables, ladders & chairs, though that might also work), and if the extra time this move would free up was spent on developing more feuds and allowing competitors sufficient time to have a proper match WWE may find that interest in these divisions also goes up.

This is not to say that the cruiserweights should be taken off the main roster altogether. The cruiserweight show can be used as a stepping stone to the secondary titles, and there is still a place on television for a good cruiserweight title match here and there. They can also still make a strong contribution to the tag team division - a decision that makes extra sense considering the dearth of teams at present.

The reintroduction of the cruiserweight division is a move that, if handled correctly, could benefit WWE across the board, and it's one that I would fully support. Well, so long as they don't get Hornswoggle involved again...

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