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.
Part II will take many men who already call the main roster their home. Three of these men are currently on Raw, while one is on SmackDown. So without further ado, here are four main roster competitors who should join the Raw cruiserweight division.
Kalisto (“Mexico,” 170 lbs.)
Remember that time WWE planned on putting cruiserweights on Raw, so naturally, they drafted one of their three best cruiserweight to SmackDown? Yeah, me too. Kalisto is one of the best cruiserweights in the WWE, and despite getting a run with the United States Championship, his main roster run has been largely disappointing. The biggest waste is that the WWE continues to insist putting him in David vs. Goliath rivalries with guys like Ryback, Rusev and Baron Corbin. It doesn’t allow Kalisto to show off his true cruiserweight skills. How Kalisto hasn’t been wrestling the likes of guys like Neville is baffling. They feud and matches they could put on would be insane. Now that the cruiserweight division is on Raw, Kalisto should be traded by SmackDown to the cruiserweight-exclusive brand. He would thrive there instead of wasting away on SmackDown with no discernible direction.
Neville (England, 194 lbs.)
The cruiserweight division is tailor made for a guy like Neville, who is a spectacular performer in need of a direction. The WWE proved it wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on Neville, who was having great matches, but meaningless ones at that. It led to less investment by the fans in Neville, as did his absence due to a major ankle injury. He is the uncrowned cruiserweight champion that the WWE needs to build the division around. In fact, he, Zayn and Kalisto are the three most established guys that WWE would be wise to keep in contention from the get-go. Just imagine the matches those three could have with one another. It would be a hardcore fan’s fantasy.
Sin Cara (“Mexico,” 198 lbs.)
Although I preferred Hunico to Sin Cara in both gimmick and matches, the fact remains that Jorge Arias (who plays Sin Cara) is going to have to be a part of the cruiserweight division. This version of Sin Cara is vastly superior to the old version, who was played by Mistico. Though his gimmick and character has not gotten over and he receives tepid responses from most crowds, he is still a recognizable wrestler to fans. He could run in the middle of the road, winning some matches and putting over the bigger names. Simply put, Sin Cara’s stock is more important now that a division that suits his size has come onto main roster TV.
Sami Zayn (Canada, 205 lbs.)
You may not know this, but Sami Zayn actually weighs in at the cruierweight limit. Now I know, most people will likely be outraged that I am suggesting Zayn should compete in the cruierweight division as opposed to the main event picture. While I agree he could be in the main event picture, it’s crowded right now and he looks like the odd man out. A strong run in the cruiserweight division, which will continue to allow him to have top-notch matches, could be a nice holdover. It could be a start up like Rey Mysterio used when he came to WWE, when he dominated the cruiserweight division before running into the main event picture. It could allow Zayn to hold gold while waiting to get into the main event scene.