For anyone who’s been following the high flying, fast-paced action of the 205Live Cruiserweight Championship Tournament you will have seen that the contest is now down to its semifinalists Roderick Strong and Cedric Alexander. Who both won their matches the previous week in fantastic fashion, eliminating former champions Kallisto and TJ Perkins respectively, our remaining quarter-finalists are Buddy Murphy, Mustafa Ali, Drew Gulak and Mark Andrews.
This week we saw the last two-quarter final matches of Murphy vs. Ali and Gulak vs. Andrews.
Drew Gulak continued his path of punishment we have seen from him as he has gone through each level of this tournament. He seems to be adopting a rougher no-nonsense style, even more so than his ‘no-fly’ gimmick, he has a more serious look to him, and although a good fight was put up by Mark Andrews, Drew walked away with the win, after hitting a Dragon Sleeper for the tap out.
Drake Maverick, general manager, called previous contestants Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami into his office and made them into a Tag Team, I presume in preparation for the rumored Cruiserweight Tag Team Titles we could be getting after WrestleMania. The team took on Nemeth Alexander and Scott James in a winning effort, showing good chemistry and high hopes for a Tag division.
Mustafa Ali advanced to the following round after a grueling battle with Buddy Murphy and even landing a 450 splash to the arm of Murphy while he was holding the ropes. Buddy had a good show of strength, but Ali managed to pull off the win. Putting him up there with Gulak, Strong and Alexander, one step closer to the title, wrapping up this round and leaving us with two grand semi-finals and undoubtedly an even greater final!
Strong vs. Alexander
Gulak vs. Ali
Check back next week for a more in-depth look at each of our semi-finalists and their paths up to this point. Which one will walk away victorious as your new WWE Cruiserweight Champion?
Mixed Match Challenge Review:
Week eight of the WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge tournament is upon us, where superstars compete to earn a $100,000 prize donation to a charity of their choosing.
So far we have seen the teams of Finn Balor and Sasha Banks, Nakamura and Natalya, Zayn and Becky Lynch, Big E and Carmella, Goldust and Mandy Rose, Elias and Bayley, and Apollo and Nia Jax all eliminated. Last week we saw the Intercontinental Champion and the winner of the first ever 30 Woman Royal Rumble, The Miz and Asuka, reign supreme over ‘The Boss Club,’ Banks and Balor, making them the first team to advance to the next round.
This week we got to see one half of the Smackdown Tag Team Champions Jimmy Uso and his wife Naomi taking on Braun Strowman and Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss. This match went exactly as expected with Braun dominating at any chance he could, Jimmy trying to put up a good fight but getting destroyed outside the ring and Naomi having a good showing with Alexa. However, the husband and wife duo were just not enough to pull off the win, seeing Braun and Alexa move on to the next round.
Jimmy and Naomi now join the list of those eliminated, and Team LittleBig advances to face The Miz and Asuka in the semifinals. Joining them we shall see the winner of next weeks match Rusev and Lana vs. Bobby Roode and Charlotte, taking on a team who are already eliminated, brought back for a second chance by fan vote! I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks while this tournament enters its final stages and am really looking forward to seeing team ‘LittleBig’ vs. team ‘Awe-ska’!