With just two weeks to go before the 2018 Royal Rumble, WWE has added yet another match to the card of its first pay-per-view of the calendar year, as Cedric Alexander will get a second chance to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against the “Realest Champ in the Room,” Enzo Amore.
Alexander’s rematch for the Cruiserweight Championship was confirmed Friday in a news release posted on the WWE website. As explained by the WWE, Alexander originally got his chance to face Amore for the title when he won a “Second Chance” Fatal 4-Way match following Rich Swann’s suspension, then defeated Amore’s Zo Train associate, Drew Gulak, in a number one contender’s match a week later. This match was originally slated for the New Year’s Day edition of Monday Night Raw, but was moved one week later due to Amore legitimately falling ill with the flu.
Prior to WWE’s announcement, Enzo Amore and Cedric Alexander faced each other on the January 8 episode of Raw, taking part in an intense match that saw the Certified G get busted wide open following a kick to the head. With Enzo fresh off his bout with the flu, he was certainly a bit slower and more tentative than usual, but with Cedric dominating most of the match, Amore did what just about any heel champ would do, which is to allow himself to get counted out to ensure that he hangs on to his belt.
Although Alexander was one of the higher-profile, more talented recruits to make their WWE debut via the Cruiserweight Classic, we have to remember that he’s essentially stepping into the shoes of Rich Swann, whom WWE suspended indefinitely following his arrest for allegedly physically abusing his wife during an argument. He was mostly lukewarm prior to the unexpected development with Swann, and with that in mind, we don’t see much of a chance for him at this point to become a first-time Cruiserweight Champion at the Royal Rumble. But if the feud with Amore is built up well in the weeks before the Royal Rumble, who knows? Alexander just might have a shot at winning it all, if that’s the case.
Even if Alexander’s presence again makes this match potentially watchable (considering Amore’s well-documented in-ring limitations), WWE’s already got quite a stacked card for the Rumble, and it won’t be surprising if it ultimately gets moved to the pre-show.
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