WrestleMania 29: Kofi Kingston's Absence Highlights Need for Cruiserweight Title

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 1, 2013

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Kofi Kingston and the surplus of of talented speedsters and high-flyers still without a match at WrestleMania 29 serves as Exhibit A in the case of why the cruiserweight title to return.

Men like Kingston are never going to be in CM Punk's position, trying to be the first to blemish Undertaker's WrestleMania record. Kingston isn't going to be next in line for the WWE title or the World Heavyweight Championship, but he's too valuable to go completely unused at the year's biggest event.

The roster is full of guys like him, exciting in the ring, but without direction, without traction. A cruiserweight division offers these men an obtainable goal and a place to shine.

WWE must look at the makeup of its personnel and realize there are far too many ideal cruiserweights to ignore the need for a revival of that division.

Justin Gabriel, Yoshi Tatsu, Bo Dallas, Primo and Epico are all without a match at WrestleMania 29. If WWE had a cruiserweight title around, it would allow for the company to toss four of these guys in a Fatal 4-Way for the title. That title would be a means to add another high-octane match at this or any other pay-per-view.

Evan Bourne recently made his return at an NXT house show. Hunico, Sin Cara and Tyson Kidd are on the mend. What happens to those performers when they heal? As it stands, they will likely go back to being underutilized upon their return.

What about the stars in waiting in NXT?

Wouldn't Xavier Woods, El Generico, Adrian Neville and Corey Graves all be best off at least having the option of going after the cruiserweight title?

It's not believable that someone like Kingston could defeat The Rock for the WWE title. It's even hard to imagine him defeating Wade Barrett or Antonio Cesaro for their respective titles at this point. That doesn't mean he should hang up his boots and head elsewhere.

Kingston, like so many others on the WWE payroll, can wow crowds with his athleticism. He simply needs a stage to showcase it.

The cruiserweight division gives Kingston a place where he can be king. It gives his acrobatic peers a more consistent portion of the spotlight.

WWE has a bevy of superb athletes with no realistic goal in their sight.

A cruiserweight title can reenergize those performers currently with no momentum. It gives WWE easy booking options. Need a good, thrilling undercard match? Let the cruiserweight champ fend off a few challengers, making full use of the roster in the process.

Without a resurrection of the cruiserweight division, is Kingston going to have to sit out WrestleMania 30 as well? Will guys like Bourne and Kidd spend the rest of their entire careers on the WrestleMania pre-show or watching the event from the outside?

WWE has a fantastic option in the cruiserweight division, an element of the past that could help the company build its future.