Drew Gulak def. The Brian Kendrick

The Brian Kendrick vs. Drew Gulak: WWE 205 Live, Feb. 26, 2019

Former allies and bitter rivals The Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak do battle in the first round of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament to determine who will challenge Buddy Murphy at WrestleMania.

There is certainly no love lost between former friends turned bitter enemies The Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak, and the stakes of a WrestleMania opportunity looming in their latest clash only deepens the animosity. A seasoned veteran, Kendrick hopes to finally achieve a WrestleMania match while Gulak sees another opportunity to build a better WWE 205 Live.

Gulak showcased his impressive technical expertise, countering all of Kendrick’s attempts to apply submission holds. As a result, Kendrick changed his strategy to a more aggressive offensive focused on high-impact strikes. Despite a counter after an initial flurry, The Man With a Plan pressed forward doing his best to advance to the next round. The resilience and relentlessness of The Philadelphia Stretcher never allowed Kendrick to maintain control long enough to secure victory. As Gulak got back on the attack, he found himself caught in the Captain’s Hook after Kendrick reversed the Gulock.

Refusing to quit, Gulak broke the hold by pulling on Kendrick’s mouth and dropping his rival with a savage powerbomb. Kendrick taunted Gulak as each Superstar got to his feet, they exchanged strikes and Kendrick attempted Sliced Bread No. 2. Following a counter from Gulak, Kendrick attempted to roll up his opponent, but Gulak again countered and applied the Gulock, finally winning the match when Kendrick passed out in the hold.

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