Chris King breaks down how Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan can become the first real feud over the WWE Cruiserweight Championship in years with the right storytelling.
In 2017, the WWE Cruiserweight Championship was tossed around like a hot potato by “The King of the Cruiserweights” Neville and “The Trashtalker Skywalker” Enzo Amore who only held the gold for a few months. On January 23, 2018, Enzo was released by the company, and 205 Live was in need of a brand-new Cruiserweight Champion.
At WrestleMania 34 Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali stole the show in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals, where we entered into The Age of Alexander as Cruiserweight Champion. Later that year, “205 Live’s Best Kept Secret” Buddy Murphy win the title in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia at WWE Super ShowDown.
Fast Forward to this year’s WrestleMania, where “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship from Murphy. At the next month’s Stomping Grounds pay-per-view he lost it to his former friend Drew Gulak in a fatal-four-way match.
At the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Nese got his rematch against a refocused and ruthless Gulak but was unsuccessful in his attempt to regain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. With no worthy challenger in sight 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick announced on August 9th episode of 205 Live, a first-ever Six-Pack Challenge Match to determine a number-one contender.
Lorcan defeated Kalisto, Ariya Daivari, Nese, Akira Tozawa, and Jack Gallagher to face Gulak for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at SummerSlam.
Prior to that triumphant victory, Oney Lorcan was involved in a explosive feud with Daivari over the past few months, which culminated in a brutal Anything Goes match on July 9th which evoked a “This is Awesome” chant from the WWE Universe!
“The Fury of 205 Live” brought the fight to the cruiserweight champion and had him reeling, however with the official distracted the wily Gulak throat punched Lorcan in order to keep the Cruiserweight title in his grips.
On this week’s episode of 205 Live Gulak and Lorcan faced off in a huge SummerSlam rematch, and both the champion and challenger tore the house down in a hard-hitting match much to the enjoyment of the WWE Universe. Lorcan and Gulak hit many impressive maneuvers, one being a Super Half-and-half off the top-rope! The always resourceful Cruiserweight champion barely survived the battle, by locking in the Gu-Lock and Lorcan passed out.
Following the loss in a post-match interview both rivals engaged in a heated backstage confrontation where WWE officials and the cruiserweights broke things up. In light of the events, the general manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick had a huge announcement–each man will lead a Team of 5 in a ten-man-tag team match this coming Tuesday.
We're keeping it in the FAMILY for the 3rd round of #CaptainsChallenge picks!
🤜@DrewGulak chooses @AngelGarzaWwe
🤜@_StarDESTROYER picks @humberto_wwe https://t.co/mKKwRAlFLY pic.twitter.com/FuMjW7TZRg
— 205 Live (@WWE205Live) August 17, 2019
The teams are filling out with Oney selecting Jack Gallagher, Akira Tozawa, and Humberto Carrillo so far. The Cruiserweight Champion has picked Ariya Daivari, Mike Kanellis, and NXT upstart Angel Garza. Each team is left with one more open spot.
WWE needs to capitalize on their momentum stemming from the past two grueling encounters and let these two powerhouses elevate the cruiserweight division with a proper feud over the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. This is how you transition the extremely talented and gifted superstars of 205 Live, from the kick-off show permanent space onto the main card of the pay-per-view!