WWE: 6 Wrestlers Who Could Help Reestablish the Cruiserweight Championship
If there is an area of business that TNA has an advantage over WWE, it's the cruiserweight division.
The TNA X-Division Championship, when utilized properly, has been a great focal point of that company. The high flying expertise and daredevil mentality of the X-Division wrestlers have provided some great moments of drama for TNA, and when those guys are on their game, it is definitely a promotion worth watching.
The same could once be said for WWE, in their cruiserweight division.
Of course, that belt no longer exists, even though there are plenty of WWE Superstars who would make viable contenders for the title.
Evan Bourne, Primo, Justin Gabriel, Sin Cara, Tyson Kidd and Yoshi Tatsu are six workers presently on the WWE roster who can bring the house down with a newly reintroduced Cruiserweight Championship as the top prize for their efforts.
Here, in my opinion, are six more.
6: Petey Williams
Petey Williams is one of those workers who any any promoter would love to have in his locker room.
He's a good worker, he's got great ring awareness, and he knows about how to get over in his character. He's also one of the most dynamic cruiserweights the business has ever seen, and he can have a great match with anyone at anytime.
He is also the master of The Canadian Destroyer.
The move is a mind boggling flip piledriver that has to be seen in slow motion to even comprehend the mechanics of how it works.
It's been used by other guys in other companies, but when Williams was in TNA, it was possibly the most anticipated finisher on any night that the curtain went up. He makes it look so effortless, and it would be a unique selling point for him in WWE.
Petey Williams is the definition of the hardworking pro wrestler who loves to entertain. He would be an important building block in the new WWE Cruiserweight Division.
5: Roderick Strong
The Master of the Backbreaker, Roderick Strong, is the quintessential cruiserweight.
He can fly around the ring with the best of them, but he also employs a well rounded ground attack in his repertoire. He has a good look, he can talk and has good ring psychology.
This guy physically looks like a WWE Superstar and would fit right in a revamped Cruiserweight roster.
4: Austin Aries
Every weight class needs some charisma, and Austin Aries has it by the truckload.
Aries is the classic flamboyant heel, and he would definitely be the go to guy when the division needed a rulebreaking worker to carry the title.
The great thing about his character is his ability to get it over in any capacity, so while some fans could very well hate him, most would simply love to hate him.
He would be an outspoken source of action that would keep the division interesting and very entertaining. Of course, there's also the fact that he is a very good worker who seems to get better every time he's in the ring.
Austin has it all, and would bring it all to WWE.
3: Amazing Red
Most of the young cruiserweights I have ever been in a locker room with has been hellbent on going out and killing the crowd every night with moves that defy gravity at a supersonic speed.
This is Amazing Red.
Red would be the Evel Knievel of the WWE Cruiserweight Division. He could be presented in much the same way as Rey Mysterio when he first hit the company, a guy who is the focus of the night, the highlight waiting to happen.
These highlights can be seen in video packages of Red diving over the top rope, flipping backward off of a ladder, all while flashing a confident expression that lets the fans know he's in full control.
Red is the spark that would ignite the Cruiserweight Division like no one else could.
2: Jay Lethal
Jay Lethal is a great example of a good guy who truly loves the business and has worked hard to make his dreams a reality.
His Black Machismo character showed his ability to get over as it was an instant hit with fans. He is viewed as being a very likable guy who gives everything he has in the ring.
If booked properly, Lethal's success in a new WWE Cruiserweight Division would be as big as anything that any heavyweight could accomplish in the company. He is very marketable, and has the work ethic to be the biggest cruiserweight superstar in WWE, and probably even transition to heavyweight very easily.
Out of respect to Randy Savage's memory, the Black Machismo character would obviously have to be shelved, and only used with permission from Randy's family.
But despite what gimmick he would run, Lethal's own personality and love for the sport would most certainly shine through. And, that would keep him among the most popular in the company.
1: Kota Ibushi
If you have never seen Kota Ibushi in action, stop reading this and go YouTube the guy.
Kota Ibushi is the pro wrestler of the X-Box generation, because his moves are computer generated. There is just no other explanation for how he does what he does in the ring.
Ibushi is the most pure definition of the "human highlight reel" that has ever existed in the business. Everyone else has just been a pretender to the throne.
With Kota as the primary focus of the WWE Cruiserweight Division, all of the other stars would find themselves having to step up their game in order to keep up.
WWE is at its best when they have young dynamic superstars at the forefront of the action, exciting performers that bring the crowd to their feet and provide matches like no other promotion can.
Kota Ibushi and these cruiserweights are just those stars.