Cedric Alexander def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander has not lost a match in 2018, but he’s facing one of his most daunting challenges in Drew Gulak at SummerSlam. The Soul of WWE 205 Live was poised to send Gulak a message against his ally, Gentleman Jack Gallagher. After Alexander defeated The Brian Kendrick two weeks ago, Gallagher attacked, allowing Gulak to send a message of his own to the champion.
Alexander was certainly ready for action as the match began, but Gallagher danced around the champion and avoided him by ducking through the ropes. The British Superstar unleashed mind games to frustrate his opponent, but Alexander maintained his composure as the two Superstars traded counters and near-falls. Alexander quickly turned up the heat, striking with agility and strength to force Gallagher to the outside.
Targeting the back of Alexander’s neck, Gallagher advanced with precision strikes and excruciating technical holds. Firmly in control, Gallagher advanced with malicious intentions, and he continued to attack the back of Alexander’s neck.
Gallagher displayed his incredible technical savvy, applying pressure and countering the champion with a perfectly executed neckbreaker.
The strategy was clear as Gallagher twisted and pushed on Alexander’s neck – weaken him for Drew Gulak’s patented Gulock at SummerSlam. Despite the pain, the resilient champion took over, and Alexander fought back, executing two suplexes and delivering an elbow followed by a neutralizer to take control. Gallagher avoided a Lumbar Check by attacking his opponent’s neck.
Alexander was clearly in pain, and Gallagher continued to strike, finding innovative ways to attack the back of Alexander’s neck. Gallagher maintained the pressure and countered a Lumbar Check into an impressive guillotine hold. Refusing to tap out, Alexander overpowered Gallagher and dropped him with a Falcon Arrow.
As both competitors rose to their feet, they exchanged counters with Gallagher nearly scoring a win following a running dropkick. Desperate to defeat the champion, Gallagher used every ounce of strength to deliver a doctor bomb to his larger opponent. Waiting for Alexander to get back to his feet, the British Superstar charged forward but was met with a Spanish Fly, allowing The Soul of WWE 205 Live to score the pinfall.
After the match, Alexander made his way to the locker room but was attacked by The Brian Kendrick. The Man with a Plan threw the champion back into the ring, but Alexander managed to fend off both Kendrick and Gallagher. However, this allowed Gulak to strike and apply his patented Gulock in the center of the ring before placing the Cruiserweight Championship on Alexander, sending a clear message that The Age of Alexander must end for a better WWE 205 Live.