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    Posted: 01/March/2017 at 16:13
During the Cruiserweight Classic, NXT was showing a number of matches with guys like Kota Ibushi, and that masked luchadore that was so good came in second during the tournament, and then disappeared off TV.

Lately the UK tournament is finished and we're seeing an influx of the UK competitors showing up in NXT.

Now, I'm fine with these guys showing up momentarily as all new recruits to the WWE go through NXT to learn the WWE style, and that makes perfect sense. However, we're seeing guys like Noam Dar, and Pete Dunne, AND we're getting UK title matches on NXT.

That rubs me a little wrong. Noam Dar has been with the WWE for a while now. If he just needs some polishing, or he needs a gimmick change or something like that, then so be it. But that UK Title match should not be taking place in NXT. The UK title isn't supposed to be NXT's answer to the Intercontinental and US championships on the main roster.

I've heard rumors of the UK division getting their own show similar to 205 Live, but TBH it almost seems like 205 Live could get built up to a 2 hour show, and include the UK division. From what I've seen it seems like all the UK division guys are cruiserweights anyways.

Regardless, it does not seem like these guys should be having divisional matches on NXT.

What do you guys think?
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The UK thing is supposed to end up as a weekly show filmed in the UK for guys that work for certain companies. It's supposed to be designed as a way to get the best talent under the WWE banner before taking them to NXT and up, therefore I don't like the idea of them merging it with 205 live.

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How many are bigger than the 205 weight limit though?

I mean, if they were all the size of Sheamus, or Wade Barrett, I'd understand, but all the guys I've seen (which admittedly is maybe only 20% of them haha) are cruiserweights anyways.

That said, if they want to film in the UK I think that's great! I think that's what they've needed to do for years now. They have so much European talent that they could put together an entire brand of people that live a couple hours flight from their filming location. It'd make for happier talent relations when working for the WWE doesn't mean packing up and moving overseas for years at a time. Sure, it's fine to visit or take a short tour, but when you end up with a several year tenure being away from your friends and family for so long can really make burnout a big deal.

Regardless, NXT is the wrong place to be having these guys perform week in week out, so while I enjoy the fact that these guys show up once in a while, I feel like it's a mistake to have them defend the title on NXT unless NXT is also going to host other title matches like the Intercontinental Championship, and the US Heavyweight Championship, etc.


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See I have no problem with the UK talent being blended into NXT, none of these guys are ready for the main roster and there isn't enough decent UK talent to create a whole new brand. Making the UK title a extension of NXT is the best fit for it right now.

Same for the Cruiserweights, this division needs to be a separate entity from the main roster and kept as far away from Vince McMahon as possible, he just has no clue about how to book them. The horrible piss break Cruiserweight stuff we've been getting on Raw is clear evidence of that.

Keep the Cruisers on 205 Live with Triple H in control and maybe showcase some of them on NXT which is a environment they are far more suited to.
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