Jordi Creed discusses TJ Perkins becoming WWE's First (Rebirth) Cruiserweight Champion
On Wednesday night, viewers of the Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network were treated to a classic that did the tournament's name proud. TJ Perkins, an 18 year veteran of in ring competition squared off against Gran Metallik in the Finals after having defeated fan and bookie favorite Kota Ibushi in the semis earlier that night. All three of the matches that night in my opinion are match of the year contenders, whether it's Gran Metallik managing to best the best technical wrestler in the world Zack Sabre Jr, or whether it's either of TJPs matches, all three were outstanding.
Also that night, Triple H unveiled the new Cruiserweight title, a beautiful belt with a purple strap that was awarded to TJ after he defeated Metallik in the last match of the night. Suffice to say, the Cruiserweight title is my new favourite belt in WWE. It has a silhouette reminiscent of a professional boxing title, which fully does justice to the competitive aura of the tournament and the division itself.
For me, TJ was the perfect man to defeat Kota Ibushi and to win the entire tournament. Being relatively unknown in the mainstream wrestling world besides as the man behind the Manik persona in TNA, having TJ beat what the commentators called the best cruiserweight in the world allows WWE's first ever Cruiserweight champion to also be a star. WWE can claim they themselves have moulded. With plenty of years left in the business, TJP has the potential to be a massive part of WWE's future, especially with Triple H's influence within the company growing. Expect alot more big moments for TJ in his career, but until then, tune into Raw on Monday to experience the inception of the new Cruiserweight division and it's first ever champion, TJ Perkins.
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About the Author: Jordi Jack Creed
British wrestling fan and college student. Favorite wrestlers are TJ Perkins, Zack Sabre Jr, Pentagon Dark, and Shinsuke Nakamura. Jordi also enjoys films, fashion, and hip hop.
Dom Bouchard reflects on WWE before social media.
How Social Media Changed Wrestling
Remember when you had to buy wrestling magazines to get your wrestling fix? When we didn't know the wrestlers names or we didn't know Vince McMahon was the owner of the WWE. I do and no I am not that old. I had the honor to travel with most of the early 90's WWE superstars. You won't believe me but back then if you wanted to know insider information and tidbits you had to be there. Physically, unless you were Wade Keller or Dave Meltzer. I used to to drive the guys around town when they were in the Montreal or the Ottawa region. I remember receiving a phone call from Kerry Von Erich to tell me "Dom I will be at the Dorval airport tomorrow at 8 am."
I would train with those guys. My usual training partners were either Kerry or Paul Roma and once I even trained with Warlord.I looked like a seven year old. I remember sitting in a room with Sid Justice and he told me his real name. I was 21 years old and seriously thought "Holy sh*t Sid Justice isn't his real name!" He would talk to me about his family and his passion for softball. All the while I had to pinch myself to realize I was given so much respect from those guys.
Tatanka would explain how to do the Tomahawk Chop without killing the other guy actually jumping from the bed in the room while Taker and Jerry Sags laughed. I remember hearing knocking on the door while talking with my buddies Bill, Dom, and Dan, and Kerry Von Erich and I opened the door and there stock Taker with two 24 packs of beers on each shoulders. We put them on the bath and retrieved ice with the empty boxes to fill up the bath.That was just the start of the evening. As everyone gathered in the small room Taker said if anyone talks about wrestling tonight I throw him out the window.We were on the 7th floor... Let's just say my hopes to do a live podcast ended pretty quick. "Holy sh*t, we talked about football, hockey, baseball, women and what not... but no wrestling! I remember going to the catering the day of the old TV tapings in Ottawa.It was unreal and both Animal and Hawk talked to me as if I was part of the crew. Jim Duggan and Owen Hart were having fun and making everyone laugh.
Everyone talked back then instead of tweeting.I talked to Vince McMahon and I didn't know he was the owner.He was extremely cool and he acted as one of the boys. My best friends back then were Jerry and Brian of the Nasty Boys. They were extremely great guys. Jerry brought me and a friend to his room and let me pose with the WWF Tag Team Championship Belts. Memories to last a lifetime and I will keep posting blogs about those awesome moments.Today even though Social Media drove a wedge between the fans and the wrestlers it is now a brand new way of interacting with them.
About the Author: Dom Bouchard
Dom Bouchard is a featured columnist on ZWrestleTalk. Dom back in his heyday drove WWF wrestlers around Canada. Dom also hosts a podcast recently renamed to ZWrestleTalk Radio. Dom has interviewed Jerry Sags, Road Dogg Jesse James, Cody Hawk, and Brodus Clay (Tyrus).
Creator of ZWrestleTalk. This page I give you my thoughts on the current state of the WWE product. I look back at the history of WWE. Sometimes even predict the future. If your lucky you get comedic articles too.