WWE reportedly considers NXT Cruiserweight Championship plans

Dec 2, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

There has reportedly been talk of dropping the WWE NXT Cruiserweight Title.

Sunday’s NXT WarGames event will see NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong defend against Joe Gacy, who does not meet the 205 pound weight limit for the cruiserweight division. This comes as WWE recently dropped the weight limit for some matches on the weekly WWE 205 Live TV show, and started allowing female Superstars to compete on the show.

In an update, it was noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that there’s plans to drop the Cruiserweight Title as a way to switch things up. It remains to be seen if they will move forward with these plans, and what a new title would be based off of.

It will be interesting to see if Gacy wins the title from Strong this Sunday, and if this leads to the end of the NXT Cruiserweight Title.

Stay tuned for more.

5 Responses

  1. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    This will mark what, the 4th time (3rd in the “WWE era” 4th if you count the original WWF Light Heavyweight Title from the early 80’s) they have tried and failed with a cruiserweight division.

    Let’s be blunt about the fact the company has never been behind such a division and failed to promote it and the show it was tied to. And besides, seeing how they’ve gutted the roster, they don’t have the depth to even have a division anymore.

  2. Dick Eagle says:

    I personally never had an issue with the cruiserweight division, I never understood TNA’s X-division. “Not about weight limits, it’s about NO LIMITS” cool catchphrase but doesn’t actually say what is special about the title. The WWE hasn’t had very good luck with cruiserweights, obviously if they bring back and take away the title every few years.

  3. Jon says:

    Would be interesting if it was made into an Openweight championship.

  4. mth says:

    Not a fan of weight divisions anyway. Would rather see talented cruisers mixing it up with everyone rather than being pigeonholed into an exclusive division. Hopefully Gacy wins it and they revamp the title into something more interesting than just the belt the small guys fight over.

  5. What? says:

    It’s also been too watered down by the “WWE style.” Cruiserweight matches were supposed to be the crazy, high-flying stuff (and to feature the smaller guys since an under-200 beating an over-400 is a little too much suspension of disbelief, unless it’s Rey Mysterio apparently), and what’s going on in NXT/205 Live isn’t half as crazy as what WCW did with their division, which in turn wasn’t half as crazy as what those guys were (and a new generation of wrestlers still are) doing in Mexico, Japan and basically everywhere else.

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