I recently got into a debate with one of my followers on Twitter about why the cruiserweight division needs to come back. Though I disagree with him wholeheartedly, I get his point about it not helping many smaller wrestlers. It’s all in the presentation, not saying things like “he can’t do anything with heavyweight x because he’s a cruiserweight” and such. The reality is, not everyone is supposed to be a world champion on your roster ANYway. Not everyone SHOULD main event. My entire point was and IS “divisions give the people in it something to do other than jobs.”
As I type this, I’m watching Survivor Series 88. In this match I’m watching they’re having a tag team elimination match. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels are in it. Back in 88 they were midcard guys. A few years later, they were the main event of WrestleMania. That does not and will not happen for everyone. But when you look at them, they are guys who got the big push that their tag partner never got. I say this to say: WWE breaks up good tag teams all the time where both guys are nothing more than tag team wrestlers. They’re not going to be a midcard champion, much less world champion. In the future, WWE is going to pointlessly break up The Usos, even though we can’t tell the difference between them. They should stay a tag team forever. Not break up and feud just because it is tradition. That’s why the tag team division in WWE sucks. They slap midcard acts or main event acts working the middle together and break them up months later, until there is but three or four true tag teams in the territory. The New Day is probably going to get broken up soon, purely because they’ve failed so horribly at getting over. And that will leave The Usos, Kidd and Cesaro (who will inevitably break up) Los Matadores, The Ascension, The Lucha Dragons, and The Prime Time Players (who they did nothing with then broke up for nothing just to put them back together again) as the only tag teams in the promotion. Stop it. Put tag teams together and give them YEARS. That way, if one of the members of the team merits a singles push, it will mean more if you go the tired route of making his former partner his first feud.
The Divas division can be summed up with “there’s some good talent on the roster and in NXT, but WWE does not give more than six of them any regular TV time at a time.” Many wrasslin fans are derisive of the Divas division but last year I remember Paige and Naomi had the best wrestling match on a pay per view card. I believe it was Money in the Bank. I refuse to fact check. Anyway… there is good talent THERE but not only will fans not give the Divas a chance, WWE refuses to give them time to work or camera time to get any sort of personality over. Paige debuted wrestling good matches. Let me tell you workrate fiends something you fail to realize: wrestling for wrestling’s sake is boring. As much as the 24/7 news cycle in real sports is overwrought and much ado about nothing, the stories in and around the games are infinitely more interesting than the games themselves. So, when WWE had Paige out there wrestling good matches with no story other than “I’m new here, debuted and won the title, so now these bitches is jellis” it was no wonder she wasn’t getting over except for the workrate marks. In SAYING this, I’m saying I appreciate her WORK… and saying she’d be over if they gave her more than “she’s crazy” in terms of personality and character development. She has been around over a year now and her only character development in that time was a reprisal of Mickie James impersonating Trish Stratus with the now retired AJ Lee. WWE did a lovely episode of the Monday Night Wars talking about how the women can be an important part of the show and… now which one of them is important now that AJ is gone?
I really hope Daniel Bryan is not seriously hurt and his career isn’t ending soon. Contrary to what many think, I like him and appreciate what he does. WWE will suffer a great blow if he has to retire due to injury. My only thing with him is I do not see him as a guy meritorious of winning the Rumble and main eventing WrassleMania annually like the workrate marks. And this is a direct result of accepting that WWE refused to use CM Punk in that role. Many wrasslin fans are guilty of seeing this world as they wish it was. I see it the way it IS. Back in the 80s a guy like Bryan would have done well to even win the IC strap. Here in 2015, I hope he is able to defend that belt and hold on to it for the foreseeable future. As I alluded to at the top, the midcard is home to guys who should only work the middle, and guys who are main event level that work the middle until it’s their turn to main event again. Bryan and Cena are obviously the latter and I’ve really enjoyed Cena as the fighting champion coming out and taking on anyone who would challenge him for the belt. With guys who are such high prorities in the territory, it naturally elevates all who work with them in importance. Then, it raises the standard for who should be the next champion. You can’t just have Kofi Kingston win by Fruit Rollup. We would all repudiate such booking and excoriate WWE via social media. At the moment, only guys such as Reigns, Rollins, Sheamus and Rusev should even be considered for divesting Bryan or Cena of the gold.
This brings me to my dream: the return of the cruiserweight division. Names like Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, and Rey Mysterio have held that title and gone on to win or defend a world title at WrestleMania. The point of this division is NOT to keep guys from main eventing or to elevate guys to main event status. It’s to give Neville something to do other than job. Hideo Itami, Tyler Breeze, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn and others in NXT are in danger of getting called up to the main roster just to do favors to make Roman look strong. A guy like Tyson Kidd could shine as cruiserweight champion. Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins would be good cruiserweight champions between pushes at the main event level. Heath Slater is criminally underutilized as a comedy jobber. He is entertaining and a good worker. I have been saying here since I’ve BEEN here, he’d be a dope chickenshit heel champion. Kofi “Birdchest” Kingston would be dope in cruiserweight battle royals and ladder matches. As I keep saying, the talent is there, it’s just not being used right.
Between Raw and SmackDown, you have five hours of TV. Lately they haven’t been shoehorning in superfluous celebrity segments and terrible attempts at comedy as much. Cut down on the melodramatic monologue promos wasting segments and have tournament wrestling. What if they did tournaments starring the midcard on both Raw and SmackDown culminating in a title match at the PPV? That would be dope. You don’t always need to have soap operatic Shakespearean storylines… after all this IS sports entertainment, right?