How to save WWE’s cruiserweight division

You have to hand it to WWE; when they do something right, it resonates. Granted, it then gets run into an early grave due to repetition and the whims of a xenophobic septuagenarian who loves fart jokes. Occasionally, however, greatness can emerge from the hallowed halls of Titan Towers and the WWE Power Pla… I mean, Developmental Center. Without a doubt, the Cruiserweight Classic was the best action available for $9.99 a month in 2016. WWE actually took risks with non-contracted wrestlers, and gave back to Mauro Ranallo the respect he deserved for so long. But then the cruiserweights had to be under the eye of Vince McMahon, and 205 Live was the unfortunate result. Luckily, with a nod to THE Brian Kendrick, “I’m a man with a plan”. And no, Mr Nestlemania, this will NOT be a PowerPoint!

Increase the CW standards to 100 kg.

I’m pretty sure the only reason that Vince determined his cruiserweight division to end at 205 lbs is because 205 rhymes with Live. But does anyone remember how incredible the cruiserweight division was in WCW? Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Benoit personified hour one of Monday Nitro, and none of those grapplers qualify as 205 Live combatants. Were they no less legendary cruiserweights? Of course they were, and they were all under 220 lbs, or 100 kg. Main-event talent like Finn Balor, Dolph Ziggler, and Seth Rollins could make special appearances to get talent over. You could even give the show a cheesy title like “100% 100s”. Of course, Andrade “Cien” Almas may cry gimmick infringement, but he checks in at 225 lbs, so he can just go back to being La Sombra for all I care. YOU come up with something better!

Start The Tag Team Division Already!

If NXT can create a second mid-card belt for ITS one-hour show, surely the Purple Brand (that needs to end as well, purple only works for Prince and Velveteen Dream) can conjure up a second belt for those not in immediate contention for the CWC. While a TV belt makes some sense, more can be done with booking through the implementation of tag straps. Already on the roster, you have ready-made teams of Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado & Gran Metallik) and Captain Gentleman (Kendrick & Jack Gallagher) to go up against new partners. Speaking of ready-made teams…

Cross-Promote With NXT.

Let’s face it, NXT is chock full of cruiserweights! All of the Undisputed Era clock in under 220 lbs (reDRagon would be amazing on “100% 100s”). Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano can continue their Never Ending Feuding on Tuesday nights as well as Wednesdays. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch could finally get some booking love. Have the UK and North American belts defended on more than one show to add much-needed exposure to them. I mean, the ENTIRE UK Classic outside of Wolfgang consisted of cruiserweights. There would never be a senseless re-match one week later that Rocksta… I mean, Drake Maverick, still falls back on occasionally. That being said, Maverick has done much better than I thought he could as GM. Kudos to Spud!

The Return Of The King.

There have been many improvements already made to the brand. Pointless tag matches on Raw seem to be history, as well as the hideous purple rope coverings. More advertising seems to be in place on both Raw and Smackdown, adding legitimacy to Maverick’s booking practices. It’s just that, um, well… Cedric Alexander is not Cruiserweight Champion material. Yes, we all chanted, “Please Sign Cedric!” after he lost in the CWC, and he certainly has main roster potential with his hybrid style. But, no one has exuded the “IT” factor as champ quite like your King Of The Cruiserweights, Adrian Neville (give the man his first name back, for God’s sake!). He is still under contract with WWE, and you could book him in a CM Punk manner with him threatening to walk away again while champion of “100% 100s”. Neville vs Balor for the future of “100% 100s” next April? Try putting THAT on a Wrestlemania pre-show, Vince!

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