Chris King is thrilled of Tony Nese’s shocking heel turn on this week’s episode of 205 Live, aligning himself with his bitter rival-turned-friend Drew Gulak.
I was anxiously waiting for months for “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese’s heel turn, going all the way back to his triumphant victory at WrestleMania 35 when he became the WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Nese’s character was tailor-made to be a heel, with his obnoxious persona and his obsession with counting his abs in front of the camera during his entrance. Hell, even his nickname “The Premier Athlete” screams I’m better than you!
However when his former tag team partner and then-WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy, turned on him during their WrestleMania build Nese morphed into a babyface. So once Nese captured the Cruiserweight Championship, he put on this ultra-smiley character who respected his challenger’s abilities.
At WWE Stomping Grounds Nese put his Cruiserweight title on the line against both Akira Tozawa and his former friend a new and improved Drew Gulak. Nese was no match for his former friend, a vindictive and cold-hearted Gulak who dethroned him and essentially stole the Cruiserweight Championship.
Three weeks later at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, The Premier Athlete was unsuccessful in his attempt to regain the Cruiserweight title. Over the past few months, Nese has come so close to getting back to the top of the mountain only to have the rug pulled out from under him. Most recently, during the Six Pack Challenge Nese was within seconds of becoming the number-one contender only to be defeated by Oney Lorcan.
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On last week’s episode of 205 Live, during a backstage interview, Nese ominously stated: “maybe being The Premier Athlete isn’t enough anymore!” The WWE Universe was left wondering what Nese meant? On this week’s 205 Live, we found out through a shocking turn of events.
Following Nese’s loss to Mike Kanellis, he snapped on Oney Lorcan and a backstage brawl ensued. In the main event, Lince Dorado faced Humberto Carrillo to be added to the Cruiserweight Championship match. The two Lucha Libre superstars had an amazing match, Dorado surprised everyone when he rolled up Carillo to gain his first title shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.
Dorado’s celebration was immediately cut short when the sadistic and ruthless Gulak blasted him in the back of the head and proceeded to brutally attack him. Once Carillo saw what was going on, he attempted to make the save…that was until The Premier Athlete came to his bitter rival-turned-friend’s aid. It was a scary sight to witness, Nese and Gulak side-by-side to close the show!
Now that Nese and Gulak are on the same page once again, 205 Live is a much darker and dangerous atmosphere. What does this mean for the rest of the cruiserweight division? Most importantly, how will the general manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick restore order on his show while Nese and Gulak wreak havoc?