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Two CZW alums walk into Extreme Rules in Philadelphia and somehow manage to NOT have a hardcore match

Match graphic for Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese at Extreme Rules WWE

In many ways, Drew Gulak’s victory in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match at Stomping Grounds was a fluke.

He didn’t actually pin the champion with his shiny new Argentine neckbreaker, for one. He caught Akira Tozawa with it amidst some frenetic jockeying for position, winning the title without Tony Nese so much as in the camera frame.

But it goes deeper

If you look at Gulak’s record against Nese in singles action this year, Nese has beat him flat-out both times they’ve wrestled.

“But okay, Claire,” you might say, “What’s your point here? Of course Tony’s on a roll, he did win the title after all.”

Well, let’s go even deeper. Across their entire careers, Nese and Gulak have only met five times in singles matches. The Premiere Athlete is up 3-2. ‘Nuff said.

But something’s missing

This is Extreme Rules, is it not?

In Philadelphia, the home of not just hardcore wrestling, but of the Legal Eagle himself.

And, if you need the reminder, Drew Gulak first honed his political campaign to better his working environment in Philadelphia’s own Combat Zone Wrestling. He’d go on to win the CZW World Heavyweight Championship and bleed proverbial black and yellow, so he’s no stranger to ultraviolence.

Nese, as well, has spent plenty of time in DJ Hyde’s playground. This feud is hot, heated, and full of hate.

So why, in the perfect place, on the perfect show, at the perfect time, is this match a vanilla no-stipulation match for the title? And, perhaps most importantly, who does this favor?

Will Gulak’s Catch Point philosophy reign supreme or can the Premiere Athlete take his title back?


Who will win?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Drew Gulak
    (240 votes)
  • 17%
    Tony Nese
    (52 votes)
292 votes total Vote Now