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From the WWE Rumor Mill: What was the original Survivor Series match for the cruiserweight division? 

Enzo and Kalisto will do battle in singles competition at Survivor Series, but the original plan was completely different.


Enzo Amore and Kalisto are set to go one-on-one at WWE Survivor Series
Enzo Amore and Kalisto are set to go one-on-one at WWE Survivor Series

What's the story?

Enzo Amore is scheduled to defend the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto at Survivor Series, but this may not have always been the plan.

Wrestlinginc.com is speculating that the championship match was a late change, and that the 205 Live roster was initially supposed to do battle in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match.

In case you didn't know...

Once again, Survivor Series is being branded as the one night of the year when RAW and SmackDown go head to head. The champions of each brand are scheduled to do battle, with Jinder Mahal and Brock Lesnar's match the obvious standout. Teams of RAW and SmackDown combatants will also take part in elimination matches.

There are nine active championships on the main roster, meaning one champion was always going to be left without an opponent. This was going to be Enzo Amore, and the Certified G will instead put his title on the line against fellow RAW superstar, Kalisto.

The heart of the matter

Until the Cruiserweight Championship match was added, Survivor Series was shaping up to be only the 11th pay-per-view in WWE history not to feature a title bout. Wrestling Inc. is reporting that this was almost the case, as the original plan was for the cruiserweight division to do battle in elimination match action.

Enzo and Kalisto would have captained their respective units, continuing their rivalry through the Thanksgiving season. Amore was scheduled to be joined by Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari, the small band of heels on 205 Live that have come round to Enzo's presence.

Kalisto's team would have included Sin Cara, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Rich Swann. The notable name there is obviously Kalisto's former Lucha Dragon tag team partner Sin Cara, who is currently embroiled in a feud on SmackDown Live with United States Champion Baron Corbin.

The match was changed at some point to a simple one-on-one championship match.

What's next?

Survivor Series is just 17 days away, meaning there is little time for things to change when it comes to the 205 Live roster.

The event takes place in Houston and will feature Kurt Angle's RAW taking on Shane McMahon's SmackDown in a star-studded main event.

Author's take

If the cruiserweight division was given 10 minutes to go and have an all-out thriller of an elimination match, it could well have been the making of the division. As it is, Enzo will stumble his way through another championship defence somewhere in the middle of the card.

Kalisto's future does not seem particularly rosy.

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