- Ensemble Dark Horse: Everyone. Episodes typically end with numerous people on the Internet demanding the company sign everybody in the tournament.
- Harsher in Hindsight: The Gargano/Ciampa match, especially the end, is harder to watch knowing it would eventually lead to Ciampa turning on Gargano.
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: While not every cruiserweight fits the stereotypical High Flyer mold, this is inevitable when you gather enough cruiserweights together and they pull off unthinkable feats. But nothing has elicited it moreso than Brian Kendrick unleashing a goddamn BURNING HAMMER, a move that the man who made it famous has used less than ten times in his career, in his match against Kota Ibushi. And it still wasn't enough to win the match.
- Hype Backlash: Zack Sabre Jr., touted as one of the early favorites to win the tournament, got this response from viewers unfamiliar with his Boring, but Practical submission-based style. He quickly won people over with his second round match with Drew Gulak.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Moment of Awesome: Gargano vs Ciampa and Ibushi vs Alexander were both discussed as match of the year contenders pretty much the moment they finished, as were Kendrick vs Ibushi, Perkins vs Swann, both semi-finals and the final.
- The Producer Thinks of Everything: One isolated instance revolving around Johnny Gargano. The second round matches of the tournament were taped a month before NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II, where Gargano would hurt his knee after being targeted by The Revival. The actual CWC episode broadcast just days later would show Gargano's knee bandaged up, allowing his second-round opponent TJ Perkins to attack said weakness and advance to the quarterfinals. In short, Gargano was selling a knee injury weeks before it actually happened.
- The Scrappy:
- Ho Ho Lun from Hong Kong, an exception to the "SIGN EVERYBODY!" mentality. He didn't impress during his first round match, as it was obvious he was very green and unpolished. Justified by the fact that pro wrestling is still relatively new in China (in fact, Ho Ho started its first major promotion), so he's partially self-taught, and possibly the fact that his name is easy to make fun of. It also doesn't help Ho Ho that Jason Lee (also from China) put on a better performance despite being eliminated in the first round.
- "The Bollywood Boys" Harv and Gurv Shira are also on this list for having mediocre matches that immediately gave their opponents "I don't see what the big deal with this guy is" reputations among fans who haven't watched the indies.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Due to their impressive pedigrees and being by far the most popular wrestlers on the tournament, a match between Kota Ibushi and Zack Sabre Jr. was highly anticipated, but never pushed through due to both men being eliminated by eventual finalists TJ Perkins and Gran Metalik - a result of neither man agreeing to sign full-time with the WWE. Their loss was the gain of New Japan Pro Wrestling, who proceeded to book both men to face each other in the following year's G1 Climax; to rub it in even further, Ibushi and Sabre's matches have all been in tournament settings.
YMMV / WWE Cruiserweight Classic