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TSJ101 Opinion: Thoughts From The Chubby Guy 60: Are The Cruiserweights The Return Of The Heavyweights?

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TSJ101 Opinion: Thoughts From The Chubby Guy 60: Are The Cruiserweights The Return Of The Heavyweights?

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, it has been a long time, a really LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time since I have written this, and now seems to be a good time to do so, so, without further a do, HELLO dear readers, it is your favorite wrestling writer, Gregory Black, and I am here to bring you yet another edition of your favorite evening time read, “Thoughts From The Chubby Guy“, TFTCG for short.

And you know? It has been a long time, a few months, to be exact, since the last time I’ve written or recorded a TFTCG, and during that time, a lot has gone on, we have a President-Elect in Donald Trump, which is kind of horrifying, The Chicago Cubs became World Series Champions, The Dallas Cowboys are the winning-est team in the NFL right now, and the Oakland Raiders are not that far behind them, Hillary Clinton looks like the life has been sucked from her soul after the election, Fidel Castro died, and we’re on our third WWE Cruiserweight Champion as of last night, when Rich Swann beat The Brian Kendrick to win the prestigious title.


Last night was the debut of the new WWE Network show “205 Live“, which was a showcase of the entire cruiserweight division in the WWE, and really, it seemed to be needed. Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty of the article. When the Cruiserweight Classic was first announced, it was well received, as it had been years since the division was around, and by it’s end, was left to being made a joke, as Hornswoggle, yes, the one Finley referred to as “Little Bastard“, was crowned the last cruiserweight champion of the division, which essentially killed it altogether.

When the division went away, it left those who were part of that division in limbo, with some fighting for mid-card titles and others? Well, not. It was a fairly confusing, as some would go on to try and compete for the Heavyweight and company titles. And while some believe that the cruiserweights of today being company champions are the results of both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan winning the titles, the one(s) everyone should credit are
Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero, all of whom were part of the WCW Cruiserweight division at one point or another.

When any of those legends held a title, it made the point that the average sized competitor would make for a credible champion, be it the Intercontinental, United States, World or WWE championship. And in them moving from the Cruiserweight division to the heavyweight division eventually opened the door for smaller competitors to start aiming for the big titles of the company. Which…didn’t appeal to some wrestling traditionalists. The most common complaint being “if it looks like the fans can kick this guy’s ass, how can he be a credible champ?

A noteworthy concern for any booker, which is why the WWE handled their smaller champions the way that they did, putting them in incredibly difficult odds, in which if they could overcome them, made them look strong and credible. Turning the smaller guys into giant killers, so that the fans could get behind them.

After while, it phased out the “Heavyweight” division, until the WWE opted just a couple of short years ago to recommission the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, reintroducing the Heavyweight division to the company. However, it now established guys like Daniel Bryan as a heavyweight, because of his popularity with the fans, the company couldn’t just ignore the fans desires to see their favorite giant killer become champ. He did win, and then lost, and then won, and then lost, and then became I.C. Champ, and then, unfortunately, had to retire.

But, getting back to the original point, once the Cruiserweight division was reintroduced, it now laid out the groundwork for an inevitable return for a true heavyweight division, where guys over the weight limit of 206 and up can compete. Oddly enough, with the cruiserweight weight limit in the WWE peaking off at 205 lbs., that means that the heavyweight division is essentially…EVERYONE ELSE! From The New Day, to SLYNO, to The Miz, to Seth Rollins, who back in the day would have been considered the classic cruiserweight, at 217 lbs.

When the division was touted for RAW, it made sense, because the show is three hours long, which gave more than ample time to showcase the talent, however, I felt like, when watching them showcase the talent, it felt like it was a completely different show altogether, utilizing the color scheme of the CWC, changing the rope color, canvas, and stage scheme, I personally felt like they were ostracizing the division, more than highlighting it, although I’ve heard others praise it.

But, with 205 Live, and it being a strictly Cruiserweight showcase, it now feels like the heavyweight division now has a chance to really comeback, although there isn’t a heavyweight title, there are both company titles in both the World and Universal titles, it still breathes life into the division. And now, the game can only become more interesting. Smart move, WWE, smart move.

And with that, ladies and gents, I must take my leave, for I have to head to training, and get some more stories together for the WWE and UFC departments, and so, I want to thank all of you for reading my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful website, and hope that you guys do happen to check us out more often. This is Gregory Black, wishing you a great evening, an easy going rest of the week, and a very relaxing weekend. Have a great one, folks.

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