The Cruiserweight Classic

First of all, I meant to write this up, like, a week ago. My bad. Second of all, I’m writing this at 3:00 AM on my phone, so please forgive any incoherence. 

One reason it took me so long to write this is because the CWC was almost too good. Like, what can I even say about it? Gran Metalik, Zack Sabre Jr, Kota Ibushi, and TJ Perkins put on one of the best hours of wrestling you’ll see this year. The entire tournament was phenomenal. It gave guys a platform on the biggest stage in the world, and increased visibility for some of the best wrestlers in the world. Heck, Ibushi got name dropped half a dozen times on Raw, and he didn’t even make the finals. WWE signed a great core group of these cruiserweights, and guys like Rich Swann and Jack Gallagher will get over regardless what happens.

But my excitement is tempered based on how Raw went. The CWC showed us how high quality the Cruiserweight division could be. Monday reminded us that it’s still going to take some work. The inaugeral cruiserweight match was good, don’t get me wrong. And having Brian Kendrick win makes sense using WWE logic. Fans who didn’t watch the CWC may at least be familiar with him. 

But how do you not have your newly crowned champion there? He should have had an exhibition match so people could see what he could do. He should have been at ringside during the four-way. How is it that the only screen time Perkins got was on a exclusive? This was such a huge omission that it baffles me how it happened. 

Introducing four new wrestlers (well, three, but, you know, no one’s seen Kendrick in years) is a hard thing to do. Raw should have shown their CWC video packages, and highlights from their tournament matches, all through the night. Not only would this have given the audience some valuable personal information, but would have built up the four way through the whole show.

The match was good, and the four talented wrestlers worked hard to get the crowds attention, but they shouldn’t have had to. They were not set up well to suceed, and it may be a while before WWE understands what makes these guys special. Heck, it took almost a year for the “Diva’s Revolution” to not be pure cringe. I hope WWE gets it right quicker this time. 

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