I think this is inevitable. I think such a thing as the Cruiserweight Classic is an effort to revive that class, something WWE has to know it has plenty of talent for. And it’s a lot easier and more logical for a guy like Neville to vie for a cruiserweight championship than it is for him to be seen as a threat for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. But it’s not even just this specific title. WWE could easily opt for revivals of defunct belts, such as the hardcore championship (extremely unlikely), the TV title (which I would be in favor of) or the previously mentioned cruiserweight gold (also a good idea, in my mind). Adding a Women’s tag team championship might be a good idea too. But I am wary of them adding a 2nd world championship again, because outside of an inevitable unification bout, all that does is dilute things, I think.
This is a given, but I hope it’s the newer faces getting the shots AND seizing the moments given to them. With all due respect to the so-called Old School guys, most of them are in the twilights of their careers. Guys like Big Show and Mark Henry just aren’t major players anymore. Guys like Baron Corbin and Apollo Crews? They absolutely are. These are the kinds of guys that things need to focus on.
I am a sucker for a good manager. And, while I am digging guys like the Authors of Pain, and Paul Ellering is a legend, it’s kind of frustrating to see WWE have to go back to the well. Are you telling me there is not a single scrawny guy (or gal) out there who isn’t a bump-taker, but who can work the mic like Enzo? And serve as the mouth for someone who is otherwise good, except for crappy mic work? There has to be one or two out there. We can’t just get by on the greatness of a couple of Pauls, can we?
Look, I know this one has no shot of happening any time soon, but I said it was my wishlist, OK? Here’s the thing, folks. I cover 3 shows a week now, not counting PPV type engagements. My favorite nights of the week? Wednesdays and Thursdays, though Thursday should become Tuesday soon enough. And why is that? Because one show is one hour long, the other is two. These are good lengths for a wrestling show. Three hours? It’s just too long. I mean, RAW has gotten better over the past few months, but there are still shows that don’t deliver, and I feel in many cases the biggest drawback is timing. If they were working with a two hour show, I think it masks a lot of the issues, though clearly WWE thinks they are fine there, if not only are they keeping RAW at three hours, but they are now going to split the roster, thereby reducing the number of talents to be hanging out in the RAW lockers. I’ve said it before, I will say it again: I would be ecstatic if RAW went to a 1 hour pre-show, followed by the 2 hour RAW. The pre-show could be a recap of the week’s events. Play off of the ESPN involvement and have a SportsCenter-esque show, covering any highlights, news, hype, etc.
I know it will never happen, but it’s fun to dream.
WNZ readers, what are you hoping to see (or not see) with the split?