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9. Cruiserweights Still Exist

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Even if you’re a diehard WWE fan, it can be quite taxing to stay current on Raw (3 hours), SmackDown (2 hours), NXT (1 hour) and 205 Live (1 hour) each week. Something’s gotta give, and odds are the cruiserweights get shorted in that grouping.

So when there’s a WWE Cruiserweight Championship match on PPV – even the kickoff show – you’d think they’d bring their A-game. There was nothing wrong with the title bout between Cedric Alexander and Drew Gulak, but if you were looking to wow the fans and really stand out, this match wasn’t it.

It was a perfectly serviceable match, but it was probably forgotten by the time the opening match of the PPV proper ended. That’s a problem, and that’s a disappointment, because opportunities to impress a larger audience aren’t there too often, and this was a missed chance.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.