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WWE News: Championship match relegated to the Kickoff show 

Riju Dasgupta
5.75K   //    14 Nov 2017, 11:22 IST

The Cruiserweight Championship won't be defended on the main card
The Cruiserweight Championship won't be defended on the main card

What's the story?

There has been renewed interest in the Cruiserweight Division ever since Enzo Amore picked up the coveted championship title. Until quite recently, Amore was set to defend his championship against the former champion, Kalisto, on the Survivor Series main card.

However, have confirmed that the show has been moved to the Survivor Series Kickoff Show. What this essentially means is that no title will be defended on the main card.

In case you didn't know...

Survivor Series is the only time of the year when RAW takes on SmackDown Live in direct head-on competition. The Cruiserweights, while a part of RAW, are essentially independent of the current inter-brand feud.

What this essentially means is that their resident champion, Enzo Amore, will defend his prize against his arch nemesis from his own division, the high flying luchador, Kalisto.

The heart of the matter

Enzo Amore and Kalisto have gone back and forth with the prize, with Amore retaining his championship on multiple occasions by devious means. The Survivor Series Kickoff show is a two-hour long program, and this match was moved to the same to get people to tune in and watch the show.

Although it may seem unfair at first glance, bear in mind that the main card is extremely stacked and if anything, the crowd may not care for a Cruiserweight match that is not as big as the featured attractions.

What's next?

Kalisto turns a year older and will celebrate his birthday on 205 Live this week. Expect the Cruiserweight Champion to some have tricks up his sleeve on this occasion, as he attempts to strike the first blow. And then, on to Survivor Series 2017, this weekend...

Author's take

I can't wait for this feud to end so that Enzo Amore squares off against a more entertaining opponent, who's in his league in terms of charisma and mic skills.


As for this match being on the Kickoff Show, like Chris Jericho mentioned in his podcast with Austin Aries, it does not matter, because people watch the whole thing on the WWE Network, anyway.

No offence Kalisto, but I'm rooting for Enzo Amore on Sunday.

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Riju Dasgupta
Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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