When the WWE announced the Cruiserweight Classic in 2016, it was received with a lot of promise and fanfare. Cruiserweight wrestlers from around the world would participate in a tournament to see who was the best cruiserweight in the world. At the end of the tournament, T.J. Perkins was crowned the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He headed to RAW with a lot of momentum, but his anticipated acceptance by the main roster fans was met with utter silence.
The Cruiserweight title bounced between Perkins, The Brian Kendrick, and Rich Swann during its first few months. When Neville returned from injury, it rightly remained around his waist for a long time. Fast forward to Enzo Amore beating Neville and the Cruiserweight division was somewhat relevant again. Granted Neville was given the proper platform to shine with amazing talent, the wrestlers he was working with were not on his level. The WWE decided to bring in Enzo because he was “Smacktalker Skywalker” and had the audience’s attention. However, things were about to change for the worse for the Cruiserweight division.
Neville walked out, Rich Swann was arrested and suspended, and now Enzo Amore has been shown the door by the WWE due to alleged sexual assault accusations. On 205 Live this week, Daniel Bryan announced a new 205 Live General Manager would be announced to address the newly vacated Cruiserweight title. In my opinion, it is time for the WWE to scrap the Cruiserweight division and rebrand it all together.
The WWE should take the Cruiserweight division and make their own X-Division Championship like Impact Wrestling or the NEVER Openweight Championship like New Japan Pro Wrestling. With all of the talent currently in the WWE, this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase these talented wrestlers who cannot or have not reached the upper mid-card level like The Miz or the main event level like AJ Styles and Roman Reigns. These wrestlers could use this division as a springboard to the next level, possibly competing for the United States or Intercontinental Championships if they are able to get over with the crowd.
Maybe the WWE could allow their champion of this new division to travel to some independent promotions and perform there, similar to what WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne is doing currently. Recently, there was a match between Dunne and Impact Wrestling’s Champion Austin Aries at a Destiny World Wrestling event in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Just imagine if someone like Chad Gable or Cedric Alexander were able to travel to an independent show in the United Kingdom, Mexico, Japan or Australia and take on the champion or high profile wrestler in that independent promotion.
It could be broadcast on the WWE Network. It could be a win-win situation. The WWE could potentially get new customers ordering their network and it gives the wrestling fans the opportunity to see some amazing matches.
I believe the WWE has a golden opportunity to make the best of a bad situation. There are plenty of options on what to do with a newly rebranded division. We could fantasy book for days the possible scenarios that may not happen, but in the infamous words of those associated with the professional wrestling industry would say – never say never.