So, this Click Here (wwe.com) is going to be a real thing on The Network starting in mid July consisting of 32 Cruiserweights (less than 205lbs)competing in a ten week tournament to determine the best Cruiserweight in the world.
This is the type of thing that is going to make the Network successful. They're finally tapping into some of the potential this platform brings while getting away from the one show for everyone mentality.
Names have not been announced, so let the speculation begin.
This might actually get me to resubscribe. I cancelled yesterday before my free trial from last month ran out.
Looking at the current roster, going by the billed weights listed on Wikipedia (which, to be fair, is probably a more reliable source than the WWE itself) they can't even field half of a 32 man tournament, which means they might be serious about the global aspect.
On the main roster, they have:
Adrian Neville (194) Kalisto (170) Tyler Breeze (206) Tyson Kidd (194, but out for at least four more months, probably longer) Xavier Woods (205 on the button)
NXT has a slightly larger pool to choose from:
Austin Aries (202, my early pick to win) Chad Gable (202) Enzo Amore (200) Finn Balor (190, doubt they include him) Hideo Itami (182, should be coming back any time now, would be an interesting place to do it if they don't have specific plans for him in NXT) Sami Zayn (Again, don't see them utilizing him here.)
I doubt there's any chance of Lucha Underground letting any of their guys get involved with this (if WWE wanted them) but I'd love to see King Cuerno and Drago take part.
American indie guys that come to mind are ACH, Evan Bourne, Zack Sabre Jr., Chris Sabin, and Kenny Omega (he's did a thing with Up, Up, Down, Down, so WWE clearly don't mind using him on their programming). Would ROH allow their guys to appear, if asked?
The only TNA guys I could even imagine WWE considering are Spud and possibly Tigre Uno and I doubt they'd be willing to publicly acknowledge TNA's existence by trying to get them.
I assume they would want to get Kushida but I imagine All Japan isn't exactly happy with WWE right now, so who knows if they'd allow it?
I'm sure there also a ton of international prospects I know nothing about. I'll be highly surprised if it isn't either Austin Aries or Kalisto that wins it, though.
This idea of a cruiserweight show has been kicking around forever. When it most recently came up in the WON, the concept was all new to WWE guys. That doesn't seem realistic with a 32 person field (and that report mentioned the idea was very fluid.) An interview with HHH on PWInsider mentioned they hadn't actually come up with the list of 32 yet.
I don't think LU/ROH/TNA/major foreign groups are going to want to participate unless they get an exchange of WWE talent working their own shows and/or their guys were protected in some way. That's unlikely to happen, but it's fun idea to think about it.
Even with that, 32 shouldn't be too daunting. Only like a 1/3rd of the people assigned to NXT are TV regulars and there's some cruiserweight who haven't appeared or barely appeared at Full Sail (Rich Swann, Biff Busick, Manny Andrade) who figure to play big roles on this show. The Quackenbush appearance was said to be simply as a guest trainer, but smaller indie promotions like CHIKARA won't/can't stand in the way of their wrestlers working matches for this (and probably smaller foreign groups too.) And WWE seems to doing massive invite only tryouts every other month or so; they've probably got a big list of people who didn't quite make their cut but might still be useful for something like this.
I feel like 32 is too big of a field - it means you've got 16 people who are going to appear just once, and either you have to be very obvious about those who are going far or it takes a while to get a grasp on the tournament - but it will be fun to see who turns up in WWE who wouldn't otherwise get a shot.
My early pick is Gable. I always liked a Benoit type cruiserweight. Don't see them enough this day and age. Sadly this might get Noble and Mercury back on t.v. as the Authoritys plants. I'd be glad just to see them wrestle in this not as stooges.
The big question with the indy guys is that will they adapt there moves sets to the WWe style. Even if this is a cruiserweight tourny they still can't be doing RKO's and Superkicks every other move in the ring. This could be a way for all 3 Mexicools to return!
I don't want WWE to put this on, with the only real reason to put over their own talent. Yeah, sure - its their network and whatever else, but at least have a non-contracted talent win. No point in running this only to have their talent go over everyone else.
With that in mind, I would love to see some CHIKARA representation in the tournament. What's Archibald Peck doing these days?
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Originally posted by Doctor MomI don't want WWE to put this on, with the only real reason to put over their own talent. Yeah, sure - its their network and whatever else, but at least have a non-contracted talent win. No point in running this only to have their talent go over everyone else.
You don't buy Stephanie McMahon, Global Cruiserweight Series Champion?
Why wouldn't they put over their own talent? Why would you have a guy win if it doesn't benefit your company in any way? As long as everyone else doesn't look like crap, there's nothing wrong with it. But who knows, maybe they'll put in some suprises. Nobody expected Gargano and Ciampa to get a win in the Dusty tournament but they did and were made to look strong and have appeared randomly since then (and while they job in general they look strong & competent)
And while WWE might not be able to get all of the great cruiser/lightweight guys out there, I am sure they can get 32 decent to great wrestlers for the tournament. It'll also be a great way to introduce some of their new signees and yeah I'm sure they'll probably throw in some retro guys like Scotty 2 Hottie (assuming he's under or close to 205)
Well, the word has always been that this was a way to showcase La Sombra who is one of the signings they're real big on, which is great. Why not? The fact that this can also be used as a tryout and exposure for everyone like Aries, some trainee we never heard of, to maybe an Ant is even better. They're putting out 10 shows that feature wrestling you won't normally see on any of their programming. Why wouldn't you want them to do this?
I agree with both of you about the New Church. I'm Catholic, and I always did find James Mitchell's gimmick pretty cool and a lot less offensive than some of the stuff the Catholic Church itself is just acknowledging happened now. (You know what I mean!)...