The COVID-19 Coronavirus has caused the WWE to make a very difficult decisions. You see, the NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin is currently home in Dublin, Ireland and is unable to travel to the states. So WWE made the decision to strip Devlin of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, and hold a tournament to crown an interim champion. We will give you our predictions for this tournament on a later date, but right now, let’s outline the competitors and structure of the tournament.
The tournament will feature 8 superstars who will be split into two groups of four, will compete in a round-robin style tournament. In case you don’t know what that means, each superstar in the group will face each other once, and the superstar with the best record in both groups will go one on one for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Here are the groups, and the wrestlers in each group.
KUSHIDA: WWE won’t say this themselves, but KUSHIDA is the only competitor to have competed in this style of tournament. KUSHIDA competed in nine editions of NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament. KUSHIDA will look to capture his first championship since joining the WWE last year.
Tony Nese: Last year, at WrestleMania 35, Tony Nese defeated Buddy Murphy to win the, then WWE Cruiserweight Championship. The Premier Athlete will be looking to become just the third superstar to be a 2-time Cruiserweight Championship (current iteration).
Jake Atlas: Atlas has been with the WWE since 2018 and appeared on the Stephanie McMahon episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss. Atlas was hired as a brand ambassador and worked in the “Be A Star” campaign. The 25-year-old reported to the Performance Center last year and even made his debut on the April 1st episode of NXT in a losing effort against Dexter Lumis.
Drake Maverick: The former General Manager of 205 Live is now a participant for the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship. The former Rockstar Spud is a two-time TNA X-Division Champion and has won multiple cruiserweight and welterweight championships across the indies.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott: The former Shane Strickland, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott signed with the WWE last September in the same signee class as KUSHIDA and Angel Garza. Scott competed in the NXT Breakout Tournament, but lost to Cameron Grimes in the first round.
El Hijo del Fantasma: The one competitor I can’t wait to see in the ring! El Hijo del Fantasma signed with the WWE in August of last year but unfortunately suffered a knee injury in one of the first weeks of training at the PC. El Hijo del Fantasma made his NXT debut at a house show, teaming up with Raul Mendoza, wrestling under his real name Jorge Bolly. He will be looking to show the WWE universe exactly how talented he is.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher: Another competitor in the match is Connor McGregor….wait no that’s not McGregor. Gallagher debuted some new badass ink across his chest and hopefully, it’ll unleash a more dangerous ferocious side to the gentleman, which we have seen lately on 205 Live.
Akira Tozawa: One of the original Cruiserweight Division wrestlers, Tozawa has seen some more TV time after being drafted to Raw in the 2019 draft. Tozawa shocked the world when he beat Neville for the Cruiserweight title back in 2016 but lost it just 5 days later to The Bastard.
So there are the 8 competitors in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. What matchups are you excited to see? More importantly, who do you think will be crowned the Interim Cruiserweight Champion? Be sure to let us know and check back for our predictions!
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