From his conference call to promote NXT TakeOver: San Antonio:
"I think it's a work in progress. I think as a standalone the feeling for cruiserweights is slightly different and then when you begin to integrate them into what's an already existing product there's a growth curve there that needs to take place, not only for the talent standpoint but for how the creative teams and the company utilize those talent. 205 Live being its own platform I think gives those guys a different vantage point to be able to showcase what they do in a much more effective manner. But don't get me wrong, when you're talking about 205 Live and you're talking about them appearing on Monday Night Raw they certainly both feed into each other. The exposure they get from being on Raw is massive compared to the exposure they get from being on 205 Live but there's a synergy there between the two. So I think it's clearly a work in progress. I still believe in that show, I have high hopes for that show. I think it's one of those deals where a few years from now it just feels like a staple part of what we are and what we do and has a really robust following. That's truly my belief."
The cruiserweights haven’t exactly been given much time to work with on Raw, and are generally treated like the Divas division once was. That’s to say much of the roster gets thrown into multi-man tag team matches while one or two get a quick video showcase.
It’s still early, of course. As Triple H notes, the company is still learning how to best utilize the cruiserweights and it could take some time before they find the right formula. The WWE Network also gives them some extra time to develop shows like 205 Live without having to rely on high viewership.
There will be growing pains but Triple H’s belief in it could go a long way to giving it the time it needs to become something more. The question is whether or not that’s a realistic goal.
Is it? I’ll leave that up to you, Cagesiders.