WWE appear to be in a “more is good” phase right now. After the brand split and Smackdown going Live on Tuesday nights, two Pay-Per-Views have been added to each month as well. The immense amount of content can take quite a toll on fans.
The WWE Network is now the platform which WWE intends to use as a one-stop shop for all things wrestling and entertainment. Many believed that NXT alone was worth the $9.99 paid per month for the Network. However, The Cruiserweight Classic seemingly added a whole new level of value to it.
In retrospect, one day we will see just how important the inaugural CWC tournament was and the impact it has had. It became such a huge hit that it was the most tuned-into program on the Network, even overtaking NXT.
The tournament saw 32 competitors from all over the globe weighing 205 Pounds and under. The tournament was won by Filipino-American TJ Perkins, who defeated Full Sail favourites Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann, before pulling off an upset against Kota Ibushi in the semi-finals and defeating Gran Metalik in the finals to win the tournament and also be crowned the new Cruiserweight Champion.
The idea of Cruiserweights seems to have floated well in the head office, because according to Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer, WWE are considering doing a weekly Cruiserweight show on the Network:
"The idea is to do the Cruiserweight Classic show as a regular show as opposed to the tournament. The idea they are looking at is a weekly Cruiserweight television show that would be added."
Meltzer added that the idea is to pair it with NXT and make it a year-round ordeal. It will be interesting to see as WWE have already recruited quite some talent from the Cruiserweight Classic tournament.
WWE had even brought up the idea in a fan survey recently which goes to show that they are definitely looking for feedback on what the fans think of the idea. The Cruiserweight Classic will remain special because it was only a Nine-week long ordeal that would take place annually.
Also, what made it special was the unique feel that was given to it, and it was approached in a more sporting manner than the entertainment style that WWE usually does. The positive is that WWE really is looking into the interests of the younger audience and looking to enhance the Network and its value.
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