Bonus edition of the RAW View, because some comments made by Rey Mysterio in a recent interview with the Huffington Post caught my attention... Interview Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lucha-undergrounds-rey-mysterio-explains-the-evolution_us_5841e5b7e4b0b93e10f8e1e3?
The Portion of the InterviewThat Got My Attention
“I think starting from the very beginning, the styles have changed a lot. I think that’s due to the fact that you see more lightweights coming around. I didn’t think this would happen at all because for a long time management kind of just pushed us aside. It seems like something that was often talked about in 1996 and 1997—in the early WCW years. Along with Chris Jericho and Dean Malenko, we got that whole Crusiserweight division pumped up and ready to go. It lasted while it was in WCW. When WWE purchased the company, it kind of just went away. I remember Dean pushing for the division’s return for so many years and they never really pursued it, you know? Finally, after all these years it’s out there and that’s the whole evolution of this business. It might be a bad thing to say but the heavyweights don’t rule this world anymore. It’s all about the style and what you can bring to the table—how exciting you can be. The show has to catch your attention. And I think the Cruiserweights know how to do that.”
- First, the cruiserweight division in the WWE was pushed aside because the WWE was pushing Rey Mysterio, who was more than happy to get a main event slot
- There have been rumors of Dean Malenko's efforts trying to get the Cruiserweight Division brought back to the WWE, funny enough there has never been any word of Rey actually helping the cause!
- Considering the number of HEAVYWEIGHTS that can do all the same things Cruiserweights can do, Heavyweights still rule the world of pro wrestling, always have always will.
I like cruiserweights, when they are going up against one another, due to the pacing and the moves they do, it’s very exciting… and I very much enjoyed the Cruiserweight Classic, a small sample of the best Cruiserweight wrestlers in the world coming together for a WWE sponsored tournament to see who gets booked to be the best due to who signed a contract with the company. However, in the recent months, the hype around the Cruiserweights has kind of dropped dead like a parrot in a Monty Python sketch, because the second the Cruiserweights were put on Monday Night RAW, they were exposed as not being anything special. It was even seen on full display with the firt couple of episodes of 205 Live, a show dedicated to the Cruiserweights. Now this isn’t the fault of the Cruiserweight wrestlers and it isn’t the fault of the current WWE Creative Team… no… the problem started back in late 90s.
You see when Cruiserweights first exploded on the main stream scene in United States thanks to WCW Programming, they were something special, their style of wrestling was rapid with high risk antics and they only went up against one another… so they stood out from the heavyweights who had a slower (and safer) style of wrestling… but then a couple of things happened… First you started seeing Cruiserweights wrestling the Heavyweights… more often than not losing… but then there was the day a major death nail was put into wrestling’s coffin: Rey Mysterio Jr started getting booked to beat the Heavyweights in WCW: the second that happened BOOM, the long standing factor of a good big man can beat a good little man in wrestling was shattered. Sure smaller guys beating larger guys is nothing new, but for the most part the smaller guys in wrestler were still bigger than the cruiserweights… and Rey Mysterio was the smallest of the Cruiserweight! So when you have the smallest dude beating the biggest dudes, it takes a lot of credibility away.