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Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa were announced for the Cruiserwieght division as well when the started airing promos on Raw.
They were in the tournament but that seemed more like a foreshadowing of their break-up. Maybe something else was planned, but Ciampa got hurt in the match he turned on Gargano and won't be around for a while. I think Ciampa can go on to better things than 205 Live. Gargano though is a great wrestler but a bit bland and might be destined for 205 Live. Honestly, the best spot for both was to remain a team and get called up to SD! together, but that won't happen now. I don't know about monetarily, but in terms of push and exposure, Gargano staying on NXT for as long as he can instead of going to 205 Live is better for him.
After the tournament, there were promos on Raw for the new division, using clips of the tournament and interviews with the wrestlers. Gargano and Ciampa were in those packages, but by the time the cruiserweights made it to Raw, DIY were tearing it up on NXT, and they never joined Raw.
I think getting called up is better for the wrestler's pocket, but they have even managed to screw up Nakamura on the main roster, so as far as the fans getting to see them do what they do best, I'd rather everyone stay on NXT. Which is a paradox, because one of the main reasons that NXT works is that it never get stale because the top of the card always moves on.
Nakamura isn't being misused as much as he's been sucked into Jinder Mahal's black hole. With him on top, and the writing for him so dreadful, there's just nothing else Nakamura can do. They gave him the big push right away, the fantastic entrance, the big wins over Cena and Orton, and he's in the main event title picture. The push is fine. The problem is who the champ is right now. They need to end this experiment and put the belt on Nakamura and get him a fresh set of challengers, namely Styles and Owens, but they couldn't do that too quickly because they had invested in Mahal just as Nakamura was being called up. It was just bad timing. My concern is that Mahal has to keep the title through the end of the year because they're promoting a big tour of India, and it's centered almost exclusively around Mahal and the Singh Bros. I doubt they take the belt off of him before those shows, and they're not going to have him be the challenger in those matches and lose.
Last edited on Fri Oct 6th, 2017 01:17 pm by srossi
This thread was great before AA ruined it.