Cruising

While attending a recent live production of a WWE event one question came to mind:

Where are the cruiserweights?

 

Nearly two decades ago the cruiserweight division in then rival WCW helped to raise the game of almost every competitor in both the WCW and WWE.  Now, it seems like an afterthought.

 

At this particular show, the non-televised main event was announced before the 205 Live broadcast seemingly in an effort to keep those in attendance around long enough to make it through the show. In that respect it worked. Sort of.

 

Most fans headed for the exit the moment that WWE ended its’ scheduled programming but for the fans that stayed, well, they were able to see some sound technical wrestling.  The fact is, though, no real or perceived effort has been put into making it the best that WWE fans know it can be.  And it’s unfortunate.  At one time the WWE had no real cruiserweight division, just an undercard.  But the undercard is where most pro wrestlers were able to improve and become truly dynamic sports entertainers.

 

Most fans would say that it isn’t okay to have a cruiserweight class just to have one.

 

The only thing, in most cases for most companies, that helped them survive was the cruiserweight division.  And it also improved the undercard of the WWE.  If the creative forces behind the tremendously successful WWE brand were to provide 205 Live and its’ talent with some sort of direction it would instantaneously be noticeable and then maybe the fans would stay around to watch.  And once the fans become engaged in the product it could help to bring everyone up some. Including those at the very top.

 

The good thing is that WWE realizes the cruiserweights as a necessary compliment.

 

Now they just have to realize the potential.

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