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Ultimo Dragon. Billy Kidman. Juventud Guerrera. Rey Mysterio Jr., pre-57 knee surgeries and 60 extra pounds.
These are just a few of the names which made up World Championship Wrestling's (WCW) cruiserweight division, one of the most exciting and innovative collections of wrestlers ever assembled.
Earlier this year, rumors began spreading of a cruiserweight-centric program for the ill-fated WWE Network. The idea for the niche program was met with mixed feelings as some felt the talents of smaller wrestlers should be displayed on Raw or even Smackdown while others were just happy the high flyers might see a comeback, regardless of time or place.
Since the fate of the rumored program is fixed onto the fate of the yet-to-be launched network, chances are good it will never see the light of the day.
Despite this, WWE has taken some curious actions regarding cruiserweights which might get some conspiracy-happy Cagesiders talking.
What am I rambling on about exactly? Find out after the jump.
Take a jaunt over to WWE.com and on the front page, you'll see a story with the headline reading, "The Title that Changed Sports-Entertainment."
Pretty high praise for a belt which was suspended with Hornswaggle as its final champion.
The article is an interesting albeit short look at the cruiserweight division as it was known in WCW, neglecting to go through its murky history in WWE. Taking shots at former WWE employee and current TNA albatross Eric Bischoff, the article goes on about Ted Turner's deep pockets and Bischoff's willingness to dive in and pay big bucks for some the best talent the wrestling world had to offer.
For the next three years, these men stole the show every night as they traded the WCW Cruiserweight Championship back and forth in bouts that highlighted Mexican lucha libre, Japanese strong style and Hart-style submission techniques all at once. These men were changing sports-entertainment in front of everyone's eyes. The only problem was few could see it.
The article touched on how the idea of Chris Jericho or Eddie Guerrero holding a world title seemed ridiculous in WCW but a few short years to evolve and show WWE fans their natural charisma which was hindered in the Atlanta based company was all they needed to turn the thought process around.
In the past, a secondary title meant the Superstar was destined for greater things.
The most obvious example of this kind of title was the Intercontinental Championship - specifically during the late '80s and early '90s when it was held by future WWE Hall of Famers like Ricky Steamboat, Mr. Perfect and Bret Hart, just to name a few. With that championship, WWE fans knew they were watching a talented Superstar who would one day be in the main event. With the WCW Cruiserweight Title, it was less obvious.
The article does nothing but praise the division and the style of wrestling, giving it more credit than WWE booking ever did while it was still around. That in itself doesn't mean much but then I hopped over to WWE's official YouTube channel.
There are about two dozen WCW-era cruiserweight matches which were uploaded in the past day or so.
Is WWE trying to tell us something? Or are they trying to gauge interest in a cruiserweight comeback?
What do you think, Cagesiders?