Tournament of challengers

Cedric Alexander vs. Mike Kanellis: WWE 205 Live, Feb. 19, 2019

Mike Kanellis aims to score an upset victory against Cedric Alexander, but the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion is determined to return to WrestleMania and reclaim the title.

After WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy defeated Akira Tozawa in a thrilling title bout during the WWE Elimination Chamber Kickoff, WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick announced a tournament to determine Murphy’s next challenger. Said tournament begins tonight with a pair of exciting matchups, and the winner of the tournament will earn the opportunity to challenge the champion on The Grandest Stage of Them All – WrestleMania.

If last year’s tournament that culminated in an epic battle for the then-vacant title between Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali at The Show of Shows is any indication, the competition will be fierce, and every member of the WWE 205 Live roster will be out to prove they can stop The Unstoppable.

Maverick revealed the first two matches would feature Tony Nese against Kalisto, and The Brian Kendrick taking on his ally-turned-enemy, Drew Gulak.

Who will advance in tonight’s contests, and who else has earned the opportunity to compete in the tournament?

Don’t miss WWE 205 Live, tonight at 10/9 C, streaming on the award-winning WWE Network.

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