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All 32 Participants Of WWE Cruiserweight Classic Revealed; Ibushi, Tajiri, Kendrick, Sabre Jr, TJ Perkins & More!

World Wrestling Entertainment announced today the 32 wrestlers that will be participating in this year’s inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic. There is a list of all 32 men on WWE.com which are accompanied with bio’s on each wrestler. To look into it in more depth, you can click right here. The following are the names of the 32 participants.

  1. Kota Ibushi
  2. Gran Metalik
  3. Tajiri
  4. Zack Sabre Jr.
  5. Noam Dar
  6. Da Mack
  7. Zumbi
  8. Clement Petiot
  9. Fabian Aichner
  10. Harv Sihra
  11. Gurv Sihra
  12. Rich Swann
  13. Brian Kendrick
  14. Cedric Alexander
  15. Akira Tozawa
  16. Jack Gallagher
  17. Johnny Gargano
  18. Tony Nese
  19. Tommaso Ciampa
  20. Ho Ho Lun
  21. TJ Perkins
  22. Anthony Bennett
  23. Drew Gulak
  24. Tyson Dux
  25. Lince Dorado
  26. Sean Maluta
  27. Raul Mendoza
  28. Kenneth Johnson
  29. Alejandro Saez
  30. Damian Slater
  31. Jason Lee
  32. Ariya Daivari

The tapings for this 10-week tournament will take place at the home of NXT, Full Sail University, beginning June 23. The Cruiserweight Classic will start airing on the WWE Network Wednesday, July 13 at 9:00 pm EST.

Mark’s reaction: I’m most excited to see that Kota Ibushi will definitely be in the tournament. I think he weighs right around 205 lbs, so he just makes the cut as a cruiserweight. I figured Ibushi would be in the tournament after Phillips and Graves alluded to him being in it when he was shown at ringside during NXT TakeOver: Dallas. However, it’s nice to have the confirmation.

I’d like to see Ibushi win it and go on to be an active member of NXT/the main roster. I like Zack Sabre Jr. in this tournament, but I think since he’s still so young that he’ll do just fine in the future without winning it. Ibushi’s 34 years old and needs the win a little bit more to speed his time in WWE along (if he does in fact stay).

The other two names that stood out to me when reading this list was the return of Tajiri and Brian Kendrick. Those were some surprises. It’ll be nice to see the two of them back in a WWE ring again. Although I don’t think they have any chance of winning, it’s smart to put those two in the tournament as it gives the casual fans who may not watch NXT or much independent wrestling a few guys they recognize.

Picture used above is courtesy of WWE.com.