Chris King is breaking down why Lio Rush winning the NXT Cruiserweight Championship on this week’s episode of NXT was a mistake.
First I have nothing but respect for “The Man Of The Hour” Lio Rush and this is not even about him personally. WWE has a bad track record of incorrectly making the choice for a title change instead of looking at the big picture. A good example is at WrestleMania 33 when The Hardy Boyz made their shocking return to WWE.
They were immediately inserted into the Triple-Threat-Ladder Match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. Going into that match the tag team that in my opinion should have won the tag titles was Enzo and Cass but, because of The Hardy’s popularity, WWE decided to have them win and shortly after Enzo and Cass were split up as a team.
I feel like WWE made the same mistake with Rush defeating Drew Gulak on NXT. Gulak became the Cruiserweight Champion at Stomping Grounds and since then he has single handedly brought some much-needed prestige to the Cruiserweight Title with dominant victories over the best 205 Live has to offer. Gulak portrayed a cold-hearted and vindictive champion with a killer instinct.
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— Drew Gulak (@DrewGulak) August 30, 2019
The last time we saw this on the purple brand was when Neville returned from injury and obliterated the entire Cruiserweight division. This is one thing the division has lacked since it’s inception is consistency in title reigns. Gulak was the perfect superstar to change all that and have a lengthy title reign for the first-time-ever in 205 Live.
WWE recently announced that 205 Live will be making the jump to Friday nights and I truly felt that this new and improved Gulak was the glue holding the brand together but now it appears the Cruiserweight division will be led by The Man Of The Hour. I’m not taking anything away from Rush’s amazing performance on this week’s episode of NXT he and Gulak had a fantastic match I’m just not convinced that ending Gulak’s impressive title reign was the right thing to do.
I t will be very interesting to see how having Rush as the new Cruiserweight Champion will impact 205 Live on a different night and a brand-new NXT atmosphere. Those are my thoughts on this situation I would love to hear your feedback.