WWE Cruiserweight Classic: 7 Observations from the first episode
Is the Crusierweight Classic a subtle sign that WWE may be changing its approach to 'sports entertainment' in the future?
The first episode of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic aired this Wednesday and it lived up to all the hype, featuring 4 exciting and fast paced matches extolling a variety of wrestling styles. The main event of the episode featured a scintillating bout between Sean Maluta and the much hyped Kota Ibushi.
The matches were generally unpredictable and featured some fantastic wrestling and all in all was a very good hour of ‘sports entertainment’.
The Cruiserweight Classic shows what the WWE can achieve if they broaden their horizons a little bit, and WWE’s future looks safe in the hands of Triple H. Here are our observations from the first episode of the CWC.
#7 The difference in presentation
The first thing we noticed about the Cruiserweight Classic was the difference in the set. Instead of ramp and a titantron, the wrestlers came out of a walkway more akin to the indies and New Japan and it definitely gave the CWC set a different look, differentiating itself immiediately from the main roster and even from NXT.
All the wrestlers received pre-match vignettes to give the audience at home and the live crowd an idea of who they were and their motivations. It showed how effective good vignettes are and hopefully Vince was watching.
The mat on the ring also had the CWC logo and the tapout logo. Ring mats in WWE are almost always blank. The graphics in the show were also top notch.
The presentation of the CWC gives it a vastly different look from the rest of WWE programming, and the indie feel is sure to please the hardcore fans. The Cruiserweight Classic is also presented like an actual sporting event would be presented, and it was a refreshing change.