Drew Gulak def. Tony Nese
Last week on WWE 205 Live, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese were confronted by Drake Maverick, who believed neither Superstar was living up to his true potential. The WWE 205 Live GM then announced that the friends and frequent tag team partners would compete against each other in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. Despite their history, Gulak and Nese do have some tension following a skirmish a few months prior that left Nese down in the center of the ring.
That tension was evident as Nese kicked away Gulak’s offering of peace before the match began. The longtime allies finally clashed, both attempting to apply pressure to each other’s lower bodies in hopes of gaining the advantage. Eventually, the two started to throw down with hard-hitting strikes. The Premier Athlete used his incredible agility to execute fast-paced moves to take control of the bout.
Nese continued to use his athletic prowess to stay one step ahead of his opponent, but Gulak was able to recalibrate his strategy on the outside, countering a kick and back-slamming Nese onto the floor. This gave Gulak the opening he needed to show off his skillset, targeting The Premier Athlete’s
Nese continued to attack, growing frustrated that he could not secure victory. Remaining resilient, Gulak continued to fight, grabbing his opponent by the beard and unleashing a flurry of open-handed strikes. Nese once again nearly secured victory with an incredible dive to the outside. The match continued to the delight of the WWE Universe, as the longtime friends put it all on the table. Displaying his raw power, Nese deadlifted Gulak into a massive slam, but it still wasn’t enough.
The Premier Athlete pressed on, but something clearly went off in Gulak’s head, and he unleashed a brutal attack on his opponent outside the ring, tossing him into the announce table multiple times. Back inside the squared circle, Gulak leveled Nese with a cringe-worthy clothesline before applying the Dragon Sleeper to the nearly unconscious Nese for the win.