Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali def. Drew Gulak & Tony Nese

Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak & Tony Nese: Raw, Feb. 5, 2018

A giant cruiserweight battle takes place on Raw.

205 Live has a new General Manager — hello, Drake Maverick — and, in 62 days, will have a new champion when a tournament for the WWE Cruiserweight Title culminates at WrestleMania. On Raw, the Cruiserweights separated into tag teams for a whip-fast showcase that didn't advance the bracket, but it did help further what Maverick, who sat in at the commentary desk, said was his agenda as GM: To re-ignite the excitement that had surrounded the division following the conclusion of 2016’s Cruiserweight Classic.

It also helped further Cedric Alexander’s status as a pre-emptive favorite in the tournament. The high-risk-high-reward Superstar, who has already advanced to the second round, was all over the place, working in perfect sync with Mustafa Ali to dismantle the team of Drew Gulak & Tony Nese. Ali shouldered a solid amount of the burden himself, spelling Alexander after a nasty tumble on the apron until his friendly rival was ready to put Gulak away with the Lumbar Check. Alexander’s momentum continues to build, but with two blockbuster tournament matches scheduled for 205 Live tomorrow — Kalisto vs. Lince Dorado and Hideo Itami vs. NXT’s Roderick Strong — his path to WrestleMania is far from guaranteed.

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