Cedric Alexander def. Roderick Strong
The stakes have never been higher for Cedric Alexander and NXT Superstar Roderick Strong, as they were the only thing standing in each other’s way for an opportunity to compete for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WrestleMania.
Relying on his fast-paced offense, Alexander took control of the contest, preventing Strong from unleashing his own hard-hitting arsenal. In a move of desperation, Strong knocked Alexander off the top rope, driving him face-first into the turnbuckle.
Strong quickly capitalized, worked to keep Cedric grounded and taunted his opponent, but that only fueled Alexander to battle back and even the odds.
With momentum in his favor, Alexander dropped his opponent with a devastating Lumbar Check, but Strong got his foot on the bottom rope, keeping his WrestleMania dreams alive. The two Superstars battled on the ring apron before Strong picked up his opponent and tossed Alexander back-first into the corner of the ring post. The brutal maneuver nearly resulted in Alexander being counted out, but he showed his resilience and battled back.
Surviving a superplex from his opponent, Alexander exchanged stinging blows with Strong. However, the NXT Superstar managed to counter Alexander and execute End of Heartache. With the victory seemingly within Strong’s reach, Alexander broke up the pinfall by putting his foot on the bottom rope.
Exhausted, Alexander and Strong once again stood toe-to-toe, leaving everything inside the ring. As Strong once again took control with an impactful knee strike, Alexander countered his opponent’s next move and rolled Strong up for the victory to punch his ticket to WrestleMania.
In a post-match interview, Alexander dedicated the victory to his daughter and proudly declared that he just earned the most important win of his life because it’s taking him to The Grandest Stage of Them All.
Alexander will compete at The Show of Shows for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship against the winner of Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak.