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Holy flying Superstars, Batman! Will a WWE Network show bring back cruiserweights?

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According to Spyware Wrestling Insider, the answer is yes.

According to a report on the site, the WWE has been culling potential Superstars in the making for the project, making a list of those they want involved and even already reaching out to a few. The series would focus solely on cruiserweights around the 200 pound range, a division that set World Championship Wrestling (WCW) apart from the then-WWF and helped establish its dominance during the beginning of the Monday Night Wars.

Wrestlers like Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Dean Malenko and others welcomed fans and tore the roofs off of arenas, whetting the appetite of those in attendance while the main eventers like Hulk Hogan, Goldberg and Sting closed out the show. It's a tried and true formula the WWE, for some reason, hasn't stuck to, since they've banished almost every high-flyer minus Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne -- although the latter is not too long for the WWE, methinks -- from Stamford.

Thankfully, if Insider is correct, the "vanilla midgets" -- is there a dumber term in the business? -- of the wrestling world will have a much larger platform on which to shine. Guys like TJ Perkins, AR Fox and Ricochet that are burning up the independent scene can continue doing what they love but making considerably more money. And unless you're some sort of wrestling hipster -- "oh, I've liked YAMATO since he was wrestling under his real name in Japan" -- seeing guys who bust their butts night in and night out earning as much as possible is a great, great thing.

Although it doesn't solve the problem of the WWE thinking these guys can't cut the mustard, it's definitely a step forward. It's an adhesive bandage on a much bigger wound. I would love to see them ply their wares on Raw rather than being relegated to a niche program but when dealing with the WWE, baby steps, not grand sweeping initiatives, are the norm.

There's just one tiny detail about Insider's report that puzzles me. They claim that the WWE traveled to and fell googoo gaga in love with the gym at Sunlife University except ... well, there is no Sunlife University. Not in Florida, not in anywhere! So unless this is just a typo of some sort, this kind of throws a giant wrench in the entire scoop. The WWE certainly can't tape a show from a location that doesn't exist, right?

Regardless, the rumor is now out there in the wild plains known as the world wide interwebs. Would you be interested in seeing a cruiserweights only show on the WWE Network?

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