Kalisto def. Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Mustafa Ali and TJP a WWE Cruiserweight Championship No. 1 Contender's Gauntlet Match
Some Gauntlet matches tend to be rushed and therefore it's difficult to care about each elimination, but I really liked how this was spaced out over the course of the entire episode. Ali and TJP kicked things off on a high note with a nice little mini-match, while Gulak brought back that aggression he started to show not too long ago to beat Ali in decisive fashion. Nese then took the fight to his former friend and I appreciated how fast paced their encounter was. Despite Nese largely dominating Gulak, Gulak managed to eek out the victory. When it came down to Gulak and Kalisto, you had to know Kalisto was going over considering he was the only other Cruiserweight on the Greatest Royal Rumble poster aside from Cedric Alexander, but they had a very good final stretch, nonetheless. Alexander vs. Kalisto could be a ton of fun if given enough time to shine.
Raw did something similar two months ago when they hosted a Gauntlet match by having it take up almost the first two hours of the show. Granted, this wasn't even half as long, but it didn't need to be since it had to follow the SmackDown Live taping. It was wisely executed on the whole and everyone involved had strong showings. A rematch between Alexander and Ali in Saudi Arabia would have been cool, but Kalisto has been building momentum for a while now, so I can't argue with the decision to go with him instead as the temporary challenger. It's awesome the Cruiserweights will have a presence at Greatest Royal Rumble at all.
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