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WWE Cruiserweight Tag Titles? Not Yet, Please!

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Hideo Itami Akira Tozawa

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.

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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Carol: Should Shane Be WWE Champion?

Shane seems poised to be Mr. McMahon 2.0. Does that also give him a free pass to grab the title this year?

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Shane seems poised to be Mr. McMahon 2.0. Does that also give him a free pass to grab the title this year?

The McMahon family is known to be egomaniacs, both on and off screen. One member of the McMahons who has made his presence known on weekly television is Shane. When Shane returned to WWE after a seven-year hiatus, fans were ecstatic to see their favorite McMahon back on television. Yet, that excitement has now waned since Shane is hogging the spotlight.

Shane’s push began back at Crown Jewel, where he replaced an injured Miz in the tournament to win the award to call him “The Best In the World.” Since then Shane’s been the center focus of SmackDown as he proudly proclaims his new title of being the best.

After beating The Miz at WrestleMania, Shane has set his sights on destroying WWE’s top star Roman Reigns. With the help of Drew McIntyre, Shane has managed to beat down The Big Dog.

So what’s next for Shane if he and Drew after they’re finished with Reigns?

Well, if the rumors are true, Shane may challenge Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship.

I’m like the rest of you; I am against the idea of Shane being WWE Champion. Yet, don’t be surprised if WWE actually goes this route.

In the past, we’ve seen members of the McMahon family win championships. Shane is a former tag team, European, and Hardcore champion. Yet, unlike his father and brother-in-law, he’s never held the WWE Championship. But that could change depending on the direction of his storyline.

Shane loves to brag that he’s the best in the world and with him being unstoppable, he feels like he can do anything. So the next logical step in his plan is to get his hands on the WWE Championship.

With the Scottish Psychopath in his corner, Shane has the upperhand in his quest for the gold. McIntyre could easily take out Xavier Woods and Big E, giving Shane the opportunity to pin Kofi. Winning the WWE Championship would further increase Shane’s ego along with earning him more boos from the crowd.

Having another McMahon hog the championship belt would bring a lot of heat. WWE has been in a creative slump as of late and Shane’s title win could go either way. It could set in motion new challengers, who are looking to take down Shane McMahon. Or the fans’ hatred towards Shane will continue to grow with him as champion and lead to more viewers tuning out of WWE television.

As I stated earlier, I’m against Shane McMahon winning the WWE Championship, yet I’ve come to expect the worst in WWE these days, so it’s only a matter of time before he’s holding the belt.

Personally, I’d like to see the championship opportunity given to Shane’s henchman Drew McIntyre. Drew’s long overdue for a singles career and championship run. Maybe with Shane as champion, this will open up the opportunity for Drew to break free from his role as enforcer and stake his claim as a championship contender.


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Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (6-19-19)

After weeks of silence, what is the state of the NXT championship and of Undisputed Era?

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After weeks of silence, what is the state of the NXT championship and of Undisputed Era?

Undisputed Era vs Everyone: I’m not an Adam Cole fan, but I’ll admit that he at least shares the joy with his buddies. I like that UE is making this a win for all of them, rather than just Cole even though he was the only one to win at TakeOver XXV. I had been beginning to doubt whether UE could get back to their winning ways, especially with all the descent between Strong and Cole, but it seems like everything’s good for now. Also, love that they’re using the Championship as a stepping stone to get the rest of the male titles.

I do have a question: Where’s Johnny Gargano? We’ve finally heard from Cole, but there still hasn’t been a peep from the former champ. What is going on?

The six man was REALLY good, even though Dream, Breeze, and Riddle seem like extremely strange bedfellows, they worked really well together, but they weren’t the team that the Undisputed Era are, and that was the decider. I was really happy Strong got the pin and that things seem good in Undisputed Era, but I’m not sure things will stay that way for long.

NXT Tag Team Division: I like that the Street Profits are touting themselves as the People’s Champs of tag team wrestling, but with Forgotten Sons and Undisputed Era both gunning for the titles, I’m not sure the love of the fans is going to be all that helpful.

NXT Women’s Division: I loved Mia Yim’s promo on Baszler, I think a lot of people have overlooked Yim since she hasn’t been featured prominently on NXT since her debut, but she’s easily one of the best female performers in the promotion. I can’t wait for her and Baszler to lock up again.

When I saw that Taynara Conti and Xia Li would be locking up, I was immediately intrigued because a match between two badass martial artists is either amazing or a trainwreck. Unfortunately, the match wasn’t long enough for either woman to really show their stuff. It was still an okay match, but I was hoping for more from both women.

Breakout Tournament: I LOVE this idea. One of the biggest complaints against WWE, in general, is that the rosters are so big, only a few people get any TV time, so for there to be a tournament exclusively for guys who haven’t been on TV to get a chance in the sun is an idea I can get behind!

Damian Priest vs Raul Mendoza: So after weeks of promos and speculation. Punishment Martinez, now known as Damian Priest, made his debut by beat the holy hell out of Raul Medoza, who put up a pretty valiant effort. I’m usually very skeptical about newcomers who were big in ther promotions because they never seem to live up to the hype, but I was impressed by Priest. We’ll see what happens down the road, but he’s probably going to be NXT Champ before too long.

Overall Comments: That was a really good episode! Cole is finally back in NXT and everything is getting set up for the summer heading into SummerSlam weekend.

I loved how the Undisputed Era is building on Cole’s success, but I don’t think all’s well in the kingdom given Strong and Cole’s issues with each other. I think that will come to a head down the road.

Gargano’s continued absence puzzles me since it’s really unusual, even for NXT, for a former champ to go almost a month without some kind of promo or rematch.

I wish Conti vs Li had gotten more time.

I can’t wait for the big cage match next week.

The Breakout Tournament is genius and I can’t wait to see those matches!

That’s it for Tiffany’s NXT US Takes! Tune in Sunday for Stomping Grounds coverage!


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