WWE Cruiserweight Classic: Former WWE Champions Among The Newly Released 32-Man Field

Luke Norris - Author

Jun. 13 2016, Updated 5:41 p.m. ET

The WWE Cruiserweight Classic finally has a full list of participants.

The tournament, which was announced back in February, is set to start taping next week at Full Sail University, but only a handful of names had been released prior to this afternoon when WWE announced the full 32-man field. Cruiserweights from around the world, including a few former WWE champions, will compete in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, which will premiere on the WWE Network on July 13. Here’s a rundown of all 32 participants.

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Fabian Aichner

Perhaps one of the toughest competitors in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, Italy’s Fabian Aichner overcame an extremely tough childhood to win grappling championships all across Europe before finding his way to professional wrestling. Even as a cruiserweight, he became a Heavyweight Champion in New European Championship Wrestling on multiple occasions.

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Cedric Alexander

Cedric Alexander comes into the WWE Cruiserweight Classic as one of the favorites. Since making his debut for Ring of Honor in 2011, the 5’10”, 205-lb. Alexander has wowed audiences around the world and has battled big-name superstars such as Kevin Owens in the past. Less than a month ago, he announced his departure from ROH and is considered to be one of the biggest free agents on the market. The WWE Cruiserweight Classic may end up being one big audition for NXT.

Anthony Bennett

If nothing else, Anthony Bennett brings the best hair to the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. Sporting a high-top that Kid ‘n Play would be proud of, the New Jersey native is becoming well known on the indie scene and this appearance will do nothing but help him.

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Tommaso Ciampa

Tommaso Ciampa and his tag team partner, Johnny Gargano, shocked the world when they defeated Tyler Breeze and Bull Dempsey in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and has been on a roll since signing with NXT last fall.

Da Mack

Da Mack enters the WWE Cruiserweight Classic having already trained with WWE superstar Cesaro and the German already has multiple championships to his credit, including three tag titles and the “Shotgun Championship” in Europe’s Westside Xtreme Wrestling.

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Ariya Daivari

Ariya Daivari, the brother of former WWE and TNA wrestler Shawn Daivari (real name Dara Daivari), is looking to create his own legacy as he enters the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.

Noam Dar

Noam Dar enters the WWE Cruiserweight Classic as one of the youngest competitors in the field. At just 22, the Scotsman has already battled the likes of AJ Styles and Finn Balor while making a name for himself as one of the brightest stars of the U.K.

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Lince Dorado

Trained early in his career by WWE superstar Cesaro and former NXT superstar Chris Hero, among others, Lince Dorado brings nine years of experience to the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. The masked star works well on the ground and in the air and has competed mostly in Mexico and Japan.

Tyson Dux

Tyson Dux comes into the WWE Cruiserweight Classic as one of the most experienced wrestlers in the tournament. With nearly two decades of work to his credit, including time in Ring of Honor, TNA, and a short stint in WWE in the early 2000s, the Ontario native brings a mix of technical wrestling and high-flying ability to the field of 32.

Jack Gallagher

When you see Jack Gallagher wrestle at the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, you may find yourself thinking that he’s the third member of The Vaudevillains. The Englishman has the same manicured mustache and everything. He’s also got some wrestling ability as well, blending his experience in mixed martial arts with grappling, making for one of the more interesting entries into this tournament.


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