- The Cruiserweight Classic
- Talking Smack
- The Edge & Christian Show: That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness
- Legends with JBL
AND THE WINNER IS…
THE CRUISERWEIGHT CLASSIC
The ever evolving WWE Network has done a tremendous job in attempting to constantly provide original content beyond the former pay-per-view events and pre-shows. WWE has set high expectations for production and in 2016 there have been several new programs that have caught the attention of fans. First off, Legends with JBL has been quietly entertaining. Although I wouldn’t say JBL is a great interviewer he has had some great guests with a lot of interesting stories. The Edge & Christian show was a breath of fresh air as it catered to a key demographic of network subscribers that are obsessed with wrestling insider talk. The runner-up in this one would have to be Talking Smack which has been a tremendous post show since the brand split. It is unique to Smackdown and should remain that way and allows many talents to show case their personalities that isn’t often seen on an episode of Smackdown!
Now for the winner! Despite the current Cruiserweight division as we see it on RAW and 205 Live, this summer we saw exciting action and a lot of new talent in the Cruiserweight Classic. I had no interest initially in watching this weekly but after episode one I was hooked. It was great to see various wrestlers from different nations and promotions compete in highly entertaining tournament. Every week you had a least one match that showcased the highest quality of wrestling. I became a fan of guys like current Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa, Mustafa Ali and Jack Gallagher because of their unique styles, personalities and stories to make it to the WWE. It was a great summer of action with outstanding commentary by Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan. We’ll see if the success of the CWC will translate to the new WWE United Kingdom Tournament. The hope remains that the excitement surrounding the CWC will eventually translate to RAW & 205 Live. If you aren’t enjoying the action you see weekly right now, head back to the on-demand section of the Network and relive the CWC!