Date and location

Friday, Apr 27 | 12 PM

King Abdullah Sports City Stadium
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander def. Kalisto

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander def. Kalisto

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander survived his first major championship challenge in historic fashion, defeating former titleholder Kalisto at WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble event.

Although Alexander was originally slated to face Buddy Murphy, the NXT Superstar was unable to make weight to continue competing in the Cruiserweight division. As a result, General Manager Drake Maverick announced a Gauntlet Match to determine who would face Alexander in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When the dust settled on WWE 205 Live, Kalisto emerged victorious, earning the opportunity to battle The Soul of WWE 205 Live.

Kalisto unleashes a whirlwind aerial combo on Cedric Alexander: Greatest Royal Rumble (WWE Network Exclusive)

Kalisto keeps Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander reeling with a series of impressive aerial maneuvers. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The clash in the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium began with a stalemate, until Kalisto drove Alexander out of the ring and executed a jaw-dropping, high-risk maneuver. Attempting to maintain his momentum, the Lucha Dragon attempted to take down the champion with a high-flying move, but Alexander recovered. Launching himself over the top rope on top of his challenger, Alexander took control of the contest.

Alexander used his natural strength to keep Kalisto grounded, slamming him to the mat with each attempted counter. However, knowing what was at stake, Kalisto showed off his fighting spirit, eventually breaking free of Alexander’s hold to turn up the pace and leave the champion reeling. The two competitors traded near-falls and, following an incredible Michinoku Driver, Alexander nearly secured the victory. Yet Kalisto remained in the fight and left Alexander struggling to determine the right strategy. Attempting a high-risk move in the corner, Kalisto countered with a kick, leaving the champion vulnerable.

Battling on the top rope, the champion and challenger exchanged blows before Kalisto executed an amazing springboard Spanish Fly that nearly won the match. The incredibly resilient Alexander, however, rallied with a series of hard-hitting blows before delivering an elbow that left Kalisto stunned.

Seeing an opening, Alexander attempted his patented Lumbar Check. The Lucha Dragon avoided the move, but when he prepared for the Salida del Sol, the champion countered with a beautiful midair Lumbar Check, securing a hard-fought victory on a historic stage for the Cruiserweight division.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander survived his first major championship challenge in historic fashion, defeating former titleholder Kalisto at WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble event.

Although Alexander was originally slated to face Buddy Murphy, the NXT Superstar was unable to make weight to continue competing in the Cruiserweight division. As a result, General Manager Drake Maverick announced a Gauntlet Match to determine who would face Alexander in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When the dust settled on WWE 205 Live, Kalisto emerged victorious, earning the opportunity to battle The Soul of WWE 205 Live.

Kalisto unleashes a whirlwind aerial combo on Cedric Alexander: Greatest Royal Rumble (WWE Network Exclusive)

Kalisto keeps Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander reeling with a series of impressive aerial maneuvers. Courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The clash in the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium began with a stalemate, until Kalisto drove Alexander out of the ring and executed a jaw-dropping, high-risk maneuver. Attempting to maintain his momentum, the Lucha Dragon attempted to take down the champion with a high-flying move, but Alexander recovered. Launching himself over the top rope on top of his challenger, Alexander took control of the contest.

Alexander used his natural strength to keep Kalisto grounded, slamming him to the mat with each attempted counter. However, knowing what was at stake, Kalisto showed off his fighting spirit, eventually breaking free of Alexander’s hold to turn up the pace and leave the champion reeling. The two competitors traded near-falls and, following an incredible Michinoku Driver, Alexander nearly secured the victory. Yet Kalisto remained in the fight and left Alexander struggling to determine the right strategy. Attempting a high-risk move in the corner, Kalisto countered with a kick, leaving the champion vulnerable.

Battling on the top rope, the champion and challenger exchanged blows before Kalisto executed an amazing springboard Spanish Fly that nearly won the match. The incredibly resilient Alexander, however, rallied with a series of hard-hitting blows before delivering an elbow that left Kalisto stunned.

Seeing an opening, Alexander attempted his patented Lumbar Check. The Lucha Dragon avoided the move, but when he prepared for the Salida del Sol, the champion countered with a beautiful midair Lumbar Check, securing a hard-fought victory on a historic stage for the Cruiserweight division.