T.J. Perkins is crowned new cruiserweight champion.
The WWE roster has been shaken up quite a bit in recent weeks. Several new champions have been crowned, and the cruiserweight division is about to kick off on Raw following the finals of the Cruiserweight Classic.
Let’s go through some of the bigger stories from the past week.
New Cruiserweight Champion
The finals of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic featured T.J. Perkins defeating Kota Ibushi and Gran Metalik to win the tournament and become the first cruiserweight champion of the New Era.
Triple H introduced the new title before the final bout of the tournament took place, with the fans in attendance going nuts when he unveiled the belt to the world.
Congratulations to my old friend @MaskaraManik… What an incredible performance! #cwc #newcruiserweightchampion!!!!
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) September 15, 2016
Think I’m gonna learn some of these moves!!! #EvolveOrDie #CWC
— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) September 15, 2016
Congrats to @MaskaraManik he killlllllled it! #CWC Also, respect to all the contenders, thanks for putting on a show that entertained us all
— Austin Creed (@XavierWoodsPhD) September 15, 2016
According to WWE.com, Perkins will be joined by Brian Kendrick, Rich Swann, Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander, Noam Dar and Lince Dorado when the division launches on Raw on Sept. 19.
Perkins was an underdog pick at the beginning of the tournament. Most had Ibushi or Zack Sabre Jr. pegged to win the whole thing, so it was nice to be surprised for once.
New SmackDown Champions
Raw may have crowned a new cruiserweight champion, but SmackDown saw three titles find new homes at Backlash.
Becky Lynch defeated five other competitors to become the new women’s champion, Rhyno and Heath Slater won the tag titles and AJ Styles bested Dean Ambrose to win his first WWE belt.
The only person to walk into Backlash with a title and leave with his reign intact was The Miz, making him the longest reigning singles champion on the entire roster.
The blue brand is being shaken up by these new champions, and with Kevin Owens being universal champion on Raw, WWE is committed to pushing the new generation of Superstars.
First Look at Cody Rhodes in Arrow
Cody Rhodes has been keeping himself busy in his post-WWE career. Not only has he been going around checking names off his list of dream opponents, but he is also expanding his acting career.
Rhodes will appear in the new season of Arrow alongside his one-time SummerSlam opponent, Stephen Amell, and just like in the WWE ring, it doesn’t look like they are on the same side.
The trailer featured above shows Rhodes at the 37-second mark slamming Amell‘s Oliver Queen into a wall by his throat.
Other than the fact he will be shirtless, we don’t know much about the role Rhodes will be playing. He could be someone from the comics or a totally original creation for the show.
Either way, it will be fun to watch Rhodes and Amell square off one more time. If his guest appearance is well-received, it’s always possible it could turn into a recurring role.
Finn Balor Provides Return Update
WWE has released a video with Finn Balor talking about his shoulder injury and the timetable for his return to the ring.
The former universal champion says he is five months away from being back in action, which would give him the chance to return in time for WrestleMania 33.
Balor suffered a torn labrum during his match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam after being powerbombed into the barricade.
The Demon King will likely receive a rematch for the title he never lost when he returns, and since Kevin Owens currently holds the Universal Championship, he might have the opportunity to regain the title from the same man he defeated for the NXT Championship.
Let’s hope Balor‘s recovery goes well and that he doesn’t push himself to come back sooner than his body will allow.
Paige Issues Statement
Paige has been a hot topic of discussion ever since she was suspended along with her real boyfriend, Alberto Del Rio, on Aug. 18, according to WWE.com.
WWE.com also announced Del Rio’s departure from the company on Sept. 9, and many assumed Paige would also be leaving since the two are in a relationship.
Paige has debunked these rumors by releasing a statement on Instagram and saying the rumors of her leaving are “completely false.”
This is good news for her legions of fans, as she is still considered one of the top names in the women’s division. She may have been overshadowed a bit by the likes of Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Lynch, but she has a proven track record and a large following.
What do you think will happen? Will WWE put Paige back into the hunt for the title or will it make her earn her way back to the top?
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