Saturday, 5 April 2014

WWE - Would a Cruiserweight division work in 2014?

The WWE Cruiserweight Championship
In 2008 - the WWE officially retired their Cruiserweight championship. The division was home to many talented stars and only a handful of them managed to see success once it ended.

Brian Kendrick - one of the talented stars WWE used to have in their Cruiserweight division
I personally enjoy Cruiserweight wrestling and believe that the division, had it been given the attention it deserved could still have been viable in 2014.

So where did they go wrong? The belt wasn't taken seriously, full stop. It was consigned to a low card status and saw championship reigns by Jacqueline, Chavo Guerrero Sr and Hornswoggle. The division was never given the spotlight it deserved.

Killing the Cruiserweight division...
The WWE now seems to focus on smaller stars so I believe that 2014 is the time to bring the title back.

So how would they do it?

In my opinion, the Intercontinental and United States Championships have lost their prestige and are indistinguishable from each other. They are hardly ever defended as it is so why not get rid of one of them? This obviously wouldn't be the first time that WWE have retired a championship - hell they even unified the Intercontinental championship (a title with a lot of heritage) with the World Heavyweight Championship back in 2002.

The Intercontinental title has a strong lineage and originated in WWE - unlike the US title (which became WWE property following the purchase of WCW, back in 2001) So let's retire the United States Championship.

So the WWE could announce a unification match between their mid card champions. They should not announce the rebirth of the Cruiserweight title at the same time as it would take the focus off the unification and vice versa.

When the title is revived, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon should announce that the title is coming back and the champion will be decided with a tournament, culminating at a major PPV (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series). The participants of this tournament should be the folllowing:

These guys should be featured prominently in the new division.
Evan Bourne
Rey Mysterio
Sin Cara
Justin Gabriel
Tyson Kidd
Yoshi Tatsu
Seth Rollins
Adrian Neville
Corey Graves
Cody Rhodes.

Every match in this tournament should be a show stealer. They should be hyped and should not be a 5 min match at the beginning of RAW.

Adrian Neville and Corey Graves could be called up from NXT.
The winner? I would like to see Tyson Kidd win but for exposure for the title I think Seth Rollins should walk away with the championship here.
Rollins should defeat Tyson Kidd in the final of the tournament and the two should go onto feud thereafter. This would be an awesome feud to kick-start the new division and give it the spotlight it rightly deserves.

Future Cruiserweight Champion?
Raw, Smackdown and NXT is full of smaller talent who could be utilised in such an awesome way. The WWE needs to give them promo time, ample match time and spots on every PPV. With this and the correct storyline the division would be a great success.

Give me your thoughts below! Thanks for reading!!!!!!

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