The brand split is upon us, and with that, many additions are being made to both Raw and SmackDown to assure that the rosters have enough talent. The WWE has committed to fill out the rosters by bringing back old wrestlers like Rhyno, Jinder Mahal and Curt Hawkins.
That said, the Raw brand is making a huge move by bringing the cruiserweight division to their show. This is a brilliant move, given how exciting and popular cruiserweight wrestling is in both modern wrestling and in the past. If you don’t believe me, go back and watch 90s WCW and you will see some great wrestling.
So now, we bring you a new, five-part series examining 25 wrestlers who should inhabit this new cruiserweight division. They are some of the best in the world that would surely make the cruiserweights the must-see men on Raw.
The final installment of the series will examine wrestlers outside the WWE who have a lot to add to the company. So without further ado, here are four non-WWE competitors who should join the Raw Cruiserweight Division.
Kenny Omega (United States, 203 pounds)
A respected worker doing his wrestling in Japan, Kenny Omega is the current leader of the Bullet Club. He has been doing some of his best work in current time, so it might be time to strike while the iron is hot with “The Cleaner.”
Omega is very athletic and solid in the ring to say the least. The best part with him is that upon entry to Raw’s cruiserweight division, he’d already have an angle he could work. Like A.J. Styles before him, he could be the new leader of the re-formation of The Club with Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
While those two roamed the tag team division dominating the competition, Omega could be wreaking havoc in the cruiserweight division. He also has great ring psychology and an interesting persona to go along with it, which could give Omega all the tools he needs to be successful in the WWE.
Will Ospreay (England, 174 pounds)
At just 23 years old, Will Ospreay has already taken the pro wrestling world by storm. His phenomenal match with Ricochet over in Japan gave him great notoriety and attention for his insane athletic ability and acrobatics. It also gained him praise and criticism from old timers, the most memorable of which came from former WCW Champion Vader, who panned it as a spot fest. It led to match between the two recently, which Ospreay put over the much larger, older Vader.
All that said, Ospreay has an exciting style that would lead to some incredibly memorable matches in the WWE Cruiserweight division. Of course with age, he has plenty of time to get to the WWE. However, with the new division installed on Raw, it would be a perfect fit for the Englishman. Imagine a feud with fellow Brit, Neville. That would be two high-flying countrymen engaging in an insane, acrobatic bout.
Ricochet (United States, 197 pounds)
If there is a cruiserweight in the world right now that is better than Ricochet, that would shock me. In my opinion, Ricochet is the best right now. He is a mixture of insane athleticism, agility, explosiveness, technical skill and high-flying ability. He is probably one of the best flyers right now.
His stint on Lucha Underground as Prince Puma showed that he could be in the main event picture and flourish. That means he would need to be in the cruiserweight title picture immediately. If you think Neville’s Red Arrow is an impressive high-flying finish, wait to Ricochet pulls out his 630 Splash. It’s a sight to be seen.
Joey Ryan (United States, 205 pounds)
This is probably the longest shot of the bunch, but Joey Ryan would be a great addition to the cruiserweight division just based on his persona. Yes, he would need to greatly tone down his gimmick as the sleazy wrestler sponsored by a porn website. However, given his viral fame garnered by his Penis-Plex he used in Japan, and continues to use now, fans would take to Ryan quickly.
He also brings another facet to the cruiserweight division in that he’s not a flyer, he is a mat wrestler. Not all cruiserweights need to be the guy heading to the top rope. Ryan is a sleazy version of Rick Rude, which is why his character is so great. Will WWE bring him in? Probably not. But they should, as he could add a lot to this new cruiserweight division on Raw.