Let’s face it. Monday Night Raw has not been fairing well at all after the brand split. Smackdown Live has been considered the superior brand of the show in terms of quality, 7 weeks out of 9. Also, Smackdown Live has been creeping up on ratings, and it is only a matter of time before Smackdown Live even ends up on top in terms of ratings.
The problem with Raw mainly comes from the three-hour format which tends to be too much to digest. It also overexposes main event talent and dilutes the product as a whole. This is where the Cruiserweight Division comes into the equation. Needing three hours to fill is not an easy task by any means, but having a division filled with unique talents from all walks of life and all ends of the earth certainly helps.
Some of the expected names to debut in the division include Akira Tozawa, Jack Gallagher, Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa and Lince Dorado, to name a few. In fact, even Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins did not appear this past week on Raw.
The ones who did appear on Raw include Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Gran Metalik, and a returning Brian Kendrick. They had a Fatal-Four-Way which saw Kendrick become the number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship. TJ Perkins will take on Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship this coming Sunday at Clash Of Champions.
Although the four debuting Cruiserweights had a great match, it was not even close to what they did in the Cruiserweight Classic. On the Network special, they were allowed to go practically all out. As many feared, this may not be the same case on the main roster.
Allwrestlingnews.com is reporting that WWE is going to water down the Cruiserweight style, with lesser flips and high spots than what we saw at the Cruiserweight Classic. The possible reason for this is that WWE wants more longevity out of its cruiserweight performers, so they will most likely be slowing down their otherwise fast-paced style of wrestling.
However, with good booking and promising storytelling, things still look bright. Many have already called Raw’s Cruiserweight division as the “indie” division, referring the independent wrestling style that is used, with several flips and high spots.
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