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5 ways to improve WWE's Cruiserweight division

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6.37K   //    25 Nov 2016, 17:40 IST
WWE has failed in making the Cruiserweight division must-see so far.

Following the division's demise in 2007, fans constantly asked when we would see the Cruiserweights return in WWE. Years passed, and there were no new developments until the Cruiserweight Classic was announced for the WWE Network in the summer of 2016, and it immediately took the entire wrestling world by storm.

The 32-man tournament featured exceptional wrestling for ten weeks straight, culminating in an exciting series finale in September, with T.J. Perkins winning the trophy, in addition to becoming the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight champion. Needless to say, after what we witnessed throughout the Cruiserweight Classic, viewers could not have been more thrilled to see them resurface on Raw in September.

The division would be exclusive to the Raw brand and help add excitement to the ever-draining three-hour program.

Although it's only been two months, the Cruiserweights on Raw have been a bit of a letdown thus far, but it has had nothing to do with their in-ring work. Rather, due to a lack of stories and real rivalries, fans haven't been given much of a reason to care about them.

That said, the division is far from the point of no return, and there is still time to salvage it. Here are five ways WWE can improve the Cruiserweight division and get it back to its former glory.

#5 More than one story

Cedric Alexander takes the fight to Ariya Daivari.

It's weird how many similarities there are between how the Cruiserweight division is now and how the women's division once was in WWE. Among them is the lack of stories the Cruiserweights are given, outside of the main title picture.

Since the division was re-launched in mid-September, the only real rivalry we've had has been between The Brian Kendrick and T.J. Perkins over the Cruiserweight Championship. And even that feud was slightly disappointing, due to awful acting in various backstage segments and mediocre matches.

Besides that, what have the rest of the Cruiserweights been up to? Absolutely nothing. They have an abundance of talent, so they should have several stories going on simultaneously.


#4 Less tag team matches

Rich Swann and T.J. Perkins double team Drew Gulak.

Remember when the “Divas Revolution” was born, and all we ever received were six-woman tag team matches?

That's essentially the same thing that has happened with the Cruiserweight division, just with better wrestling. In addition to WWE Cruiserweight Championship matches, the last two pay-per-views (Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series) featured six-man tag team matches on the Kickoff show with the Cruiserweights.

Yes, both bouts were entertaining from an in-ring standpoint, but they accomplished absolutely nothing. The multi-man matches allow each of the Cruiserweights to showcase their skills, but singles matches will better help them establish identities for themselves. Having the heels win once in a while would be a nice change of pace as well.

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A Digital Journalism Major at Endicott College, Graham Mirmina (aka Graham “GSM” Matthews) joined SportsKeeda in July 2016. He has been a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report since May 2010, and also contributes work to What Culture! and Hidden Remote, among other established sites. His ultimate goal is to one day work for WWE in some creative capacity.
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