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WWE Cruiserweight Tag Titles? Not Yet, Please!

There have been persistent rumors about WWE adding a Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship in the near future, with potential designs being supposedly leaked. This would add another goal for competitors, which is a plus for a show with only one belt as it stands. While a great idea on the surface, this will create a problem that is more dire than the problem it will solve.

As it stands, WWE has 16 Cruiserweights on the roster. One of these(Neville) is most likely not coming back. One is out with injury(Noam Dar), but due to return soon. One competitor is the Cruiserweight champion(Cedric Alexander). This leaves thirteen competitors, more than enough for a tag division, right?

No.

This would severely undercut the roster and create a very stale championship scene for both titles. There are three tag teams already established on the roster, although one of them has shown signs of dissension the past few weeks. Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik) and the team of The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher have both been teaming for weeks and working well. The one team that has not (as per this week’s 205 Live) is Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa.

Let’s assume that those three teams stay together through all the tribulations they are facing. That will leave six men currently available not in tag teams or holding the title belt (not including Dar, who again, is injured). To maintain a solid singles title picture, at least three competitors besides the champion should be  actively in the hunt. With a face champion (Alexander), those three will be Drew Gulak, Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali.

The tag division should have at least four teams competing as well. As it stands, we only have three, but we have three competitors not accounted for thus far (Ariya Daivari, TJP and Tony Nese). While Daivari and TJP are both heels (so is Noam Dar for that matter), there doesn’t seem to be any connecting threads for them to utilize. With just three teams, it creates stale and stagnant story telling that will drive fans crazy.

How does this get resolved? Much like Drake Maverick, I like to take a negative, and turn it into a positive. The roster needs to be expanded. Not dramatically, but I’d propose at least one more tag team and two singles competitors. I think WWE would not have to look further than Florida to accomplish this.

Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly both fit under the weight limit. A case can be made for them to compete for the Raw or SD Live tag titles, but 205 Live might be just a stepping stone to their tag domination. Despite their wrestling style, TM-61 are a little over the weight limit. British Strong Style could be an option if Pete Dunne were to be listed on the actual WWE roster.

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Singles competitors are a bit easier to come up with. If Pete Dunne is not an option in the future, Tyler Bate has already wrestled on 205 Live and his strength would fit well there. Lio Rush is a no-brainer once he has adjusted to the WWE style more. Ricochet would be another option, but I feel like he is bound for Raw or SD Live because of his technical skill and amazing strength. Roderick Strong was part of two phenomenal matches in the most recent 205 Live tournament. There are two other potential fits via weight, but I refuse to let their talents be kept from main roster fame (Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole….BayBay).

I’m sure there are other options out there, not currently on the WWE roster. I haven’t delved into those options because I feel like the current roster is stacked to the gills. That’s far from a knock to those talents outside the WWE. If there are people out there you feel like you’d add, let me know! I love expanding my exposure in the Cruiserweight division!

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