Roderick Strong will be making his WWE main roster debut next week as a competitor in the tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion.
Tuesday night marked the biggest show in quite a while for 205 Live. The show opened with Daniel Bryan introducing us to the cruiserweight division's first ever General Manager, Drake Maverick. Fans of Impact Wrestling will know him by what the Brit was called there, Rockstar Spud. After that announcement, Maverick had one of his own to make.
The main reason a General Manager has been appointed on 205 Live is so that they can oversee and figure out a way to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion. Enzo Amore's released means that the title is now vacant. Maverick's plan is to have a sixteen man tournament with the final taking place at WrestleMania, and that tournament began this past Tuesday night.
In the first two first-round matches TJ Perkins managed a big win over the first-ever United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate, and Cedric Alexander will also be joining him in the second round after a win on night one of the tournament. While both of the men progressing would make great Cruiserweight Champions, one of the matches announced for next week will have really caught the eyes of fans.
On 205 Live this coming Tuesday, Hideo Itami will go one on one with Roderick Strong who will be making his main roster debut. The cruiserweight division is likely not what a large chunk of the NXT Universe envisioned for Strong, but hopefully, that won't make his debut any less special. What's more troubling is that one of these men has to lose. Itami and Strong are both terrific competitors that many fans likely believe are worthy of more than the cruiserweight division and now one of them will have to crash out in the first round of this tournament.
The announcements and the debuts that are taking place on 205 Live right now feel like something of a hail mary by WWE. Making Rockstar Spud the General Manager, introducing stars like Tyler Bate and Roderick Strong. If additions like these don't make the purple brand work, then it's probably safe to say that nothing will.