Brian Kendrick: WWE's Cruiserweight Dilemma Explained

Kendrick sheds light on cruiserweight division perceptions.

by Atia Mukhtar
Brian Kendrick: WWE's Cruiserweight Dilemma Explained

In the highly competitive world of professional wrestling, possessing the "It factor" can mean the difference between obscurity and superstardom. Vince McMahon, the influential Chairman of WWE, often uses the "airport test" as his yardstick to measure this elusive charisma: does the Superstar compel the attention of onlookers while navigating an airport? If not, the wrestler's trajectory could take a dive.

This very metric might offer an explanation for WWE's repeated struggles to anchor a cruiserweight division, as posited by former WWE cruiserweight, Brian Kendrick. Speaking candidly on "In the Room," Brian Kendrick brought forth an intriguing perspective, attributing the lukewarm reception of cruiserweights primarily to their comparatively modest physical stature.

Cruiserweights: Underestimated by Viewers?

"Cruiserweights aren't titanic in presence," Brian Kendrick remarked. He postulated that the general viewing audience, especially the average male viewer, might perceive themselves capable of besting a cruiserweight.

"I reckon much of the ambivalence towards cruiserweight wrestling stems from this idea that the average Joe believes he could take one down," he added. The former WWE Cruiserweight Champion ventured further, suggesting that such a mindset could render the entire division unappealing to many.

"Why would someone tune in, with rapt attention, to watch a combatant they firmly believe they could topple?" Brian Kendrick mused. Interestingly, during this discourse, he invoked the name of WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, asserting that Michaels epitomized the American professional wrestling archetype.

However, Brian Kendrick was quick to remind fans of the essence of WWE. Rather than merely being a testament of brute force, it's a mesmerizing blend of athleticism and theatre. "Wrestling isn't just a combat sport. It's a theatrical spectacle. That fundamental tenet, unfortunately, seems to get overshadowed," Kendrick concluded.

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