I’m going to admit, there are two things that I like when it comes to wrestling; international wrestlers and cruiserweights. Give me Rey Mysterio and Fenix over Brock Lesnar and Undertaker any day of the week. Nothing against the big guys, but I like my wrestlers small and fast as opposed to large and hulking. So when WWE introduced the Global Cruiserweight Series, I have to admit that I marked out hard. Some of the World’s most talented wrestlers under 205 lbs competing in one 32 man tournament, SIGN ME UP!
Yeah, with New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Super J Cup and the GCS going on this summer, I’m going to be a happy mark. I have heard the rumor milling running hardcore when it comes to these tournaments. Wrestling fans can be notorious gossipers. But one of the main things I have noticed is people instantly throwing all of the world’s best cruiserweights into the WWE’s camp. People like Riccochet were rumored for months of their involvement with the GCS until Trevor Mann finally ended rumors by saying he was going to be in the Super J Cup. Yes, tragically, WWE is not the mecca for everyone. People have contracts and lives to live. Personally speaking, I cannot just pack up my shit and spend 10 weeks in Florida to film this thing and this holds true for a lot of wrestlers who have taken route in various parts of the world. One of the main reasons that WWE is going to have a hard time finding Japanese and Mexican talent. However, the WWE does have several arms to reach out to obtain talent. Promotions like EVOLVE (or Dragon Gate USA) and PROGRESS have been key players in this game.
With this in mind, I decided to create a list of wrestlers who will most likely end up in the GCS. In order to make this list, I have chosen to eliminate all wrestlers currently affiliated with NJPW, ROH, and CMLL who have all banded together to work on the Super J Cup. This will hopefully be a much more inclusive list of people we can legitimately see in the up and coming tournament. Also, I will be avoiding anyone who is not considered a Cruiserweight. I love the fact that names like Pentagon Jr get tossed around regardless of the fact that the man is a solid 20 lbs overweight for being a Cruiserweight and has historically been booked as a heavyweight. So with that in mind, no heavyweights.
Keep in mind that this list will also not include those either in the GCS already or in a qualifying match, so we can already count the following as heading to Full Sail this summer: Zack Sabre Jr, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Noam Dar, Ho Ho Lun, Akira Tozawa, Rich Swann, Lince Dorada, Jack Gallagher, Pete Dunne, Flash Morgan Webster, TJ Perkins, and Fred Yehi. Continue reading “Top Nine Wrestlers Who May Appear in the Global Cruiserweight Series”