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WWE News: The 205 Live Gauntlet tonight will determine a #1 contender for the Greatest Royal Rumble

1.00K   //    25 Apr 2018, 02:29 IST

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Five Cruiserweights look to get a chance at champion Cedric Alexander at the Greatest Royal Rumble...

What's the story?

The WWE Cruiserweight Championship will be defended on Friday at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. General Manager Drake Maverick announced via social media today that there will be a match to determine the #1 contender on tonight's 205 Live.

In case you didn't know...

Alexander defeated Mustafa Ali in the finals of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament at WrestleMania 34 to become the eighth person to hold the championship since it returned to the WWE at the conclusion of the Cruiserweight Classic in September of 2016.

The heart of the matter

Take a look a the official announcement from Drake Maverick below:

Right after SmackDown Live tonight, the main event of 205 Live will feature a five-man gauntlet match to determine the #1 contender. The five men who will get a chance to face WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander at the Greatest Royal Rumble are: Kalisto, TJP, Drew Gulak, Mustafa Ali, and Tony Nese.

Of the five men in the field, two have been WWE Cruiserweight Champion before in TJP and Kalisto. TJP won the aforementioned Cruiserweight Classic to become the first champion of the current era; while Kalisto defeated Enzo Amore in October of 2017 to win the title.

What's next?

The Greatest Royal Rumble is just around the corner when it airs live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Friday, April 27th, on the WWE Network. There will be a 50-man Royal Rumble match to go along with a total of seven championship matches.

Author's take

Considering there are two championship rematches from WrestleMania on the Greatest Royal Rumble card (Brock Lesnar v. Roman Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura v. AJ Styles), the easy pick would be to go with Mustafa Ali for another WrestleMania rematch, but I'm going to go with TJP here.

It's been a while since TJP has been in the championship picture, plus he's known all around the world in his days before the WWE. I think they'll save Gulak and Alexander for a regular pay per view, possibly even Backlash.

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I've been a passionate wrestling fan since I was a Little Stinger watching the NWA at my Grandma's house on Saturday nights in the 1980's. Since the start of 2015, I have hosted a pro wrestling podcast called Lost In The Midcard with my good friend Matt Black where we cover all wrestling promotions. My favorite wrestler of all-time is Ric Flair; while my favorite wrestlers today include Dean Ambrose, Kenny Omega, and Kevin Owens.
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