WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore vs. Cedric Alexander
Cedric Alexander will have another opportunity to dethrone Enzo Amore and begin the age of Alexander when he once again challenges The Certified G for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Royal Rumble.
Alexander earned the opportunity after winning a “Second Chance” Fatal 4-Way Match that led to a battle with Amore’s Zo Train colleague Drew Gulak to determine who would challenge The Realest Champ in the Room. Alexander vanquished Gulak and continued to build momentum against The Zo Train as he awaited his opportunity to challenge Enzo.
The two were supposed to meet on the first Raw of 2018, but the match was delayed when The Certified G came down with a case of the flu. Alexander didn’t skip a beat, forging a new alliance with Goldust and continuing to derail The Zo Train.
One week later, Alexander had his chance to claim the WWE Cruiserweight Championship when he faced Muscles Marinara on Raw. As the Charlotte, N.C. native mounted an impressive flurry of offense, The Realest Champ in the Room injured his ankle following a jaw-dropping dive from his challenger. With Enzo unable to return to the ring before the count of 10, Cedric won the match, but the Certified G retained the title.
The WWE Cruiserweight Champion was not cleared to compete the next night on WWE 205 Live, but he watched as Alexander feigned a leg injury of his own to outwit Tony Nese. Confronting his nemesis about the ruse after the match, The Realest Champ in the Room was taken down as Alexander kicked the injured ankle and added a spine-rearranging Lumbar Check for good measure.
With Enzo now medically cleared to compete, Alexander will have another opportunity to silence The Certified G’s gift of gab at Royal Rumble. Will Alexander finally claim the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, or does Amore have machinations to ensure his victory? Tune into the Royal Rumble event, streaming live, Sunday, Jan. 28, on the award-winning WWE Network at a special start time of 7 ET/4 PT to find out.
WWE posted the following statement analyzing whether Lio Rush’s stint in NXT was just a flash in the pan or not:
Has Lio Rush’s highly anticipated run with NXT already ended?
The Man of the Hour had a rough night Wednesday when he collided with Lars Sullivan in a head-to-head showdown. After not being seen on NXT for months, Rush was destroyed by the monstrous Sullivan.
After the contest, Rush told WWE.com in an exclusive video that for the first time in his life, he is second-guessing things. Rush went as far as to say he needs to do some “reevaluating.”
This was more than enough to create some doubt about the high-flying phenom’s future in NXT, but Rush added to the speculation with a cryptic tweet later in the night.
“We” are NXT ? Maybe the grass IS greener on the other side.
One mans heaven is another mans hell. I think maybe it’s time that i find my own heaven.
— Man Of The Hour (@itsLioRush) January 11, 2018
Rush came to NXT with high hopes. At the age of just 22, the daredevil Superstar had already made a name for himself around the world with his spectacular in-ring skills. The Man of the Hour is even an #NXTAwardFutureStar nominee. Yet, what exactly has this recent rough patch caused Rush to reevaluate? Has Rush decided to take his career in a different direction? And if so, what does it mean for his future in NXT?