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An attack on Cedric Alexander while he was trying to celebrate his Cruiserweight Championship win at WrestleMania 34 seemed like an underhanded but smart way to get a title shot. But Buddy Murphy followed it up by failing to make weight, so DRAKE MAVERICK’s called for a gauntlet match to determine who will face Alexander at Greatest Royal Rumble on Friday (April 27).
So in Louisville, Kentucky tonight, several men will try to survive a series of matches to earn the first opportunity to unseat Cedric. Drew Gulak and Mustafa Ali cut promos indicating they were in last Tuesday, and Gulak’s partner-turned-rival Tony Nese declared on social media he was in. We’ll see who else gets the nod from MAVERICK, but Lucha House Party, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick all picked up big wins a week ago and could seem to be likely candidates.
Plus, fallout from Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa’s loss to Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado, which might include Kendrick and Gallagher coming for revenge against the innovator of the GTS.
We'll post match results and plot developments here. And this gives you Cagesiders a dedicated place to rave and/or bitch about whatever goes down on the WWE’s cruiserweight showcase - while it’s being broadcast!
Enjoy the show!
- DRAKE MAVERICK welcomes us to the show, and he’s ready to reveal all five competitors in tonight’s #1 contender gauntlet.
Sorry, having a ton of Network/internet issues, will do my best to update asap.
- Nigel McGuinness is back, and he explains that a lottery was held backstage earlier to determine the order of entrants in the gauntlet match. Vic Joseph and Percy Watson remind us that we’re having this match because Buddy Murphy didn’t make weight last week. The gauntlet starts now!
- Mustafa Ali def. TJP via pinfall following an 0-5-4 to advance in the gauntlet
Even going early, but TJ dabs at Ali in between some grappling. Mustafa answers with arm drag takedowns, but a big shoulder block and inside cradle gets two for Perkins. Ali puts TJP on the floor with drop kicks and a spin kick, but TJ uses the ropes to take control, kicking Mustafa to the floor before we go to a split-screen.
Cedric Alexander is interviewed by Dasha Fuentes mid-match, and says that Murphy’s loss is a big opportunity for the rest of the roster, but it’s the Age of Alexander, and he’ll be ready in Jeddah for whoever emerges as #1 contender.
A battle atop the turnbuckles brings both men down to the ground, where Perkins hits a drop kick to Ali’s knee and then locks in the knee bar. Mustafa struggles to reach the ropes, finally making it. He gets some separation and stands to land a tornado DDT and climb for his finisher, but he’s hurting.
The #GauntletMatch has begun on #205Live, and both @MustafaAliWWE & @MegaTJP have their eyes on the prize: an opportunity at @CedricAlexander's @WWE #Cruiserweight Championship at #WWEGRR! pic.twitter.com/LZrmZE1Fbo— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2018
- Drew Gulak def. Mustafa Ali via referee stoppage when Ali can’t respond to him while in the Gu-Lock; Gulak advances
Gulak smiles and mocks Ali about his wounded knee. Drew grabs him and throws him against the ropes so his knee bounces off the top rope. Mustafa tries for some quick roll-ups, but can’t get more than 2. A big lariat from Gulak allows him to get a nearfall and go back to work on the knee (amidst lots of split-screen house ads for GRR). Ali manages to make the ropes during a half-Boston Crab and a few variants of same.
Drew puts Ali on the top turnbuckle, taunting him about his love of high-flying while he works the knee in the ropes. He fights him off and sends him to the floor, following with a crossbody which seems to hurt him as much as it doesn Gulak. Back in, Drew hits a chop block, but Ali manages to hit a tornado DDT out of nowhere. Gulak recovers while Mustafa slowly tries to get to the top for an 0-5-4. He sends him crashing into the steps, which leaves him woozy for the finish.
Can @MustafaAliWWE find a way to survive the best submission specialist on #205Live @DrewGulak in this #GauntletMatch?! pic.twitter.com/lK3cHPrh5C— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2018
- Drew Gulak def. Tony Nese via submission with the Gu-Lock; Drew advances
Nese controlled the match, even hitting his Running Knee-se finisher, but then decided to pull Gulak back to the corner to punish him by hitting it again. Drew dodged, then played possum so he could grab his former tag partner to lock in his signature submission.
- Kalisto def. Drew Gulak via pinfall following Salida del Sol to become #1 contender for the Cruiserweight Championship at Greatest Royal Rumble
Kalisto attacks early while Drew tries to stall, rolling out to recover. Once he comes in, Kalisto drop kicks him back to the floor and follows, nailing him with a barrage of strikes. The former champ tries to follow with a suicide dive, which Gulak dodges, leaving Kalisto to hit nothing but barricade.
Split-screen for Dasha to ask Nese how he rebounds from this loss. He just seethes and walks off without saying anything.
Back to the action, Gulak is working over the Lucha House Party leader, but he can’t lock in his submission finisher. A superkick from Kalisto follows a head scissors takedown, but Drew transitions through a DDT attempt to set-up the Gu-Lock. He can’t cinch it in on the ground, and when he stands, Kalisto sends him face first into the turnbuckle, allowing him to finally hit his finisher.
The final bout in this #GauntletMatch pits @DrewGulak, in his THIRD match of the night, against former @WWE #Cruiserweight Champion @KalistoWWE! #205Live pic.twitter.com/1pD0jWewnD— WWE (@WWE) April 25, 2018
- Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado are out for a confetti-filled celebration. Cedric comes out to the stage for a sportsmanlike staredown.
ITS OFFICIAL@CedricAlexander with defend the @WWE #Cruiserweight Championship against @KalistoWWE at The #WWEGRR Event in Saudi Arabia #205Live #WWE pic.twitter.com/LA7d8rYVfM— Drake Maverick (@WWEMaverick) April 25, 2018