WWE: Perfect Time for a Cruiserweight Division Resurrection

Mo KhonContributor IIIMay 14, 2012

Bring Back the Cruiserweight Championship
Bring Back the Cruiserweight Championship

It has been roughly five years since the Cruiserweight Championship was last defended in a WWE ring.

Since that time, a lot has changed.

Wrestling in general has become a lot more ground and pound than in the past. Rarely do we now see superstars perform high-risk maneuvers that keep the audience on the edge of their seat.

The WWE of today seems to focus much of their attention on their two World titles.

Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it also appears that everything else just doesn’t feel as important as it should be.

Even worse, when viewers at home see guys like Tyson Kidd, Hunico, Justin Gabriel or Kofi Kingston, they get the urge to change the channel as it's obvious these superstars are out there to enhance other talents.

In other words, they are your everyday jobbers. For as talented as these athletes are, they deserve to be treated a lot better.

It's no secret one of the prevailing factors in the success of WCW was the high-flying style that was put forth week after week.

Sin Cara could be a major player in the Cruiserweight Division
Sin Cara could be a major player in the Cruiserweight Division

From the classic matches by the late great Eddie Guerrero to the conspiracy angle involving Chris Jericho and Dean Malenko, the Cruiserweight Division was without a doubt one of the true bright spots in WCW.

For some reason, however, WWE never seemed to reach their fullest potential with their Cruiserweight division. Perhaps they didn’t believe in it or simply felt the need to invest their time elsewhere.

There are numerous underutilized talents (possibly even hidden talent) on the WWE roster who are capable of making this Cruiserweight division resurrection a real possibility.

These cruiserweights need to be given a personality, a chance to improve their promo skills and most importantly, be given time with actual storylines.

Raw has been hovering around the 2.9-3.4 ratings range for the last several months with viewership decreasing from the first hour to the second hour almost every week. To make matters worse, SmackDown has managed to crack the 2.0 mark only a handful of times this year.

What’s the problem?

1)      Filler is at an all-time high with several vignettes and recaps.

2)      Squash matches are becoming the norm.

3)       John Laurinaitis is taking up too much TV time.

4)      Undercard superstars lack proper character development.

Given all this extra time, is it so much to ask for at least 10 consistent minutes per each TV broadcast to be devoted to a new and improved Cruiserweight division?

Instead of getting some random, unadvertised match thrown together at a PPV at the last minute, WWE can put together a properly built feud between cruiserweights where fans can find themselves engaged in some potential breathtaking moments.

One idea I’ve been tossing around in my mind would be to have a returning Rey Mysterio lead the charge by being the face of this division as he clearly has the star power as well as the support of the crowd.

Just imagine a healthy Rey Mysterio going up against the likes of Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Hunico or Sin Cara. Add a stipulation to it like a ladder match and the possibilities are endless!

It’s been said a lot of times and it’s cliched at this point, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. The Cruiserweight division resurrection will take time, but there's enough talent for it to all work.

It's best for business in the long run and I know Vince McMahon always likes to do what is best for business.

You have the star power in Rey Mysterio, the always high-flyers in Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara and Evan Bourne as well as the mat technician in Tyson Kidd amongst several other talents.

The ingredients are certainly there. It’s just a matter of putting this altogether and getting the formula to work.

It's the perfect time to resurrect the Cruiserweight Title and get this division rolling again.

Give these superstars a chance to grow.

Give these superstars something to be fighting for instead of showing up just to take yet another beating and collecting a paycheck.

Bring back the Cruiserweight Championship!


Thanks for reading along fellow Bleachers! I’m Mo Khon, your new writer here on B/R, and I look forward to providing you with some mind-boggling reads. If you’ve found something intriguing or something downright ridiculous in this article, please leave a comment and let me hear it. I’m anxious to see what you have to say and respect your opinions. I’ll be back Sunday morning to provide you with my predictions for WWE Over the Limit. Stay tuned…