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Ex-WWE Star Explains Why Cruiserweight Division Failed

Ex-WWE Star Explains Why Cruiserweight Division Failed


A former WWE celebrity has blamed Vince McMahon as the principle cause why the Cruiserweight division by no means actually took off in WWE.

There have been just a few begins and stops for the Cruiserweight Division in WWE over the past 30 years whereas the corporate’s Government Chairman Vince McMahon was working issues.

In December 1997, Taka Michinoku gained a event to change into the brand new Gentle Heavyweight Champion. On the time, WCW’s Cruiserweight division was thriving with thrilling matches and a deep roster, so WWE tried to emulate it with its personal division. It lasted for about 4 years, which was after WWE purchased WCW in March 2001.

It was within the spring of 2002 after the primary WWE Draft when the corporate created the Cruiserweight Division for Smackdown. Vince McMahon and WWE made it unique to the blue model whereas the Ladies’s Title was unique to Uncooked.

Some nice wrestlers like Billy Kidman, The Hurricane, Tajiri, Rey Mysterio, Matt Hardy and quite a few others held the tile. It lasted till July 2007 with the diminutive Hornswoggle as the ultimate Cruiserweight Champion.

There was one more WWE Cruiserweight Title revival in September 2016 after one more WWE Draft. It will change into a part of a present known as 205 Dwell. That might change into the NXT Cruiserweight Title, which led to January 2022, in order that one final simply over 5 years.

Matt Hardy, who was a former Cruiserweight Champion in WWE, gave his ideas on Vince McMahon not actually pushing the Cruiserweight division on a latest episode of the Excessive Lifetime of Matt Hardy podcast.

“It’s Vince-ism. He thinks what attracts is having an enormous bigger than life celebrity that’s both your world champion or attempting to be the world champion, then after they stroll by way of an airport that folks acknowledge, ‘Oh, my God, this man’s a star’, and in Vince’s thoughts, like small individuals who don’t stand out fairly as a lot, aren’t as massive of a deal.

And I believe that type of the stigma from Vince is why the Cruiserweight Championship by no means bought a ton of promotion, in some ways. He’s similar to, ‘okay, positive, these guys can exit and so they can have these nice matches, however no one sees them as like, you already know, family title, a bigger than life star, they’re gonna recognise in an airport’.

You understand, that’s as soon as once more one other one in every of Vince’s massive points of interest had been massive, tall, muscular, jacked up dudes, you already know, he beloved that as a result of they’re gonna stand out at an airport.”

H/T Inside The Ropes



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