WWE: Is It Time to Bring Back the Cruiserweight Championship?

Travis Taylor@@WriterTaylorFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2012

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With 15 wrestlers weighing 215 pounds or less and no need for two heavyweight champions, is it time for the WWE to bring back the Cruiserweight Championship?

The Cruiserweight Championship was first brought about in WCW in 1991 as the Light Heavyweight Championship, when Brian Pillman defeated Richard Morton in a tournament final to crown the first champion.

It was created because at the time, WCW had an enormous amount of lighter, quicker talent who were too small for the heavyweight title and needed a real, respectable championship to pursue.

From 1991 until it was deactivated in 2007, in both WCW and the WWE, the title was held by many of the all-time greats, including Pillman, Jushin Liger, Ultimo Dragon, Rey Mysterio and Chavo Guerrero.

WWE legend Chris Jericho held it four times.

According to WWE.com, in its entire run, there were 78 different champions, including multiple reigns. In its time, it was a greatly respected and sought-after championship. 

In today’s WWE, there are 15 wrestlers who are at or under the traditional 215-pound weight limit. More than enough to create a new division.

Some of these wrestlers are nowhere near getting a heavyweight title shot, even with two heavyweight champions on the roster. And many of these men are extremely talented. The list includes Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel and Zack Ryder.

Think about it. These wrestlers are getting lost in the shuffle. Many of them get very little TV time. Ted DiBiase, who weighs in at 214 pounds, has been rarely seen since March.

And there are just too many of them to make a serious run at the Intercontinental or United States Championships.

With the brand extension now unofficially over, there is no need for two heavyweight champions. The WWE would do well to unify the titles currently held by Sheamus and CM Punk and bring back the Cruiserweight championship to help ignite the mid-level guys and create some real interest there.

The cruiserweight division in years past has always relied on quicker, more high-impact, risque moves. Given that the PG Era is still hanging on, this type of wrestling could really draw some excitement, especially for the older fans who need something with more of an edge.

Just look at the match between Dolph Ziggler and Kingston from just a few weeks back on Monday Night Raw. Even Jim Ross called that match main-event caliber.

Several more high-profile names like Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Christian could be briefly thrown into the mix to legitimize the title faster.

The WWE has a deep enough roster to bring back this title and, in the process, perhaps create some future world champions.