Enzo Amore and Cedric Alexander will take part in a Royal Rumble kickoff show match for the Cruiserweight Championship, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio. The match hasn’t been formally announced by the WWE or Raw GM Kurt Angle yet, however.
It will be the second time these two go head-to-height for the belt. Amore and Alexander faced off for the Cruiserweight Championship on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, with the Certified G losing via count out – though retaining the title.
The two were supposed to face off on last week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, but Amore was admitted to the hospital with a flu. He did show up before the show aired, but officials sent Amore home and cancelled his match against Alexander.
Amore is in his second reign as Cruiserweight Champion, having captured it from Kalisto at the TLC pay-per-view. By the time he puts it on the line at the Royal Rumble, Amore will have been champion or 119 days. As for Alexander, he will be looking to win his first championship since joining the WWE in 2016.
The Bonafide Stud has seen his character change aplenty in storyline over the last six months. After being backstabbed by long-time tag team partner in Big Cass, Amore was embarked in a feud with his old friend. But Cass suffered a legitimate torn ACL injury in August, and remains out of action.
Amore has since led the Cruiserweight division and kickstarted the “Zo Train,” which includes Noam Dar, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari. He’s done an excellent job holding his own as a singles fighter, showing he doesn’t have to be carried by Big Cass to get over.
We’ll wait and see if the “Zo Train” will continue to be conducted by a Cruiserweight Champion, or if Alexander captures his first championship gold. Or should we say “purple”?
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