The third episode of the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic airs this evening on the WWE Network at 02:00 BST and 21:00 EST. Here is our preview of this evening’s competitors.
Drew Gulak vs Harv Singh
Known from EVOLVE, CZW, PWG and one of the many practitioners of grapplef*ck in the tournament, Drew Gulak qualified for the Cruiserweight Classic by defeating fellow Catch Point member, Fred Yehi, at EVOLVE 61. Gulak, who dons black trunks with no knee pads, is remarkably adaptable the style of his opponent, which will stand him in good stead to have good matches against any number of wrestlers in the tournament.
Harv Sihra is a 29 year old Canadian known as “Bollywood Don” and brother of Gurv. The brothers big break came when they were signed by Jeff Jarrett’s Global Force Wrestling promotion. Harv works a hybrid style with submissions and fast paced offence. I don’t expect either of the brothers to go far but the tournament but, along with their work with GFW, it should see them both have a nice career going forward.
Zack Sabre Jr vs Tyson Dux
Zack Sabre Jr
Many people are picking Zack Sabre Jr to win this entire tournament, high praise indeed but Sabre truly is worthy of it. Voted Wrestling Observer’s Best Technical in both 2014 and 2015, Sabre is highly decorated in the independents being the current PWG world champion and RevPro British heavyweight champion, a title which he won in a match of the year candidate from non other than AJ Styles back in January of this year. He has held titles in 9 different promotions across the world and never fails to impress. He wrestles a technical style mixing submission manoeuvres with pinning combinations and hard hitting strikes.
Dux, a Canadian veteran, is well traveled but is most well-known for his work in SMASH Wrestling. Perhaps the second stiffest striker in the tournament behind Tomasso Ciampa, the smash mouthed Dux brings a non-traditional cruiserweight style to the tournament.
Brain Kendrick vs Raul Mendoza
Brian Kendrick was perhaps a bit of a surprise when announced. He was trained by WWE hall of famer Shawn Michaels alongside Daniel Brian. Kendrick, then wrestling as Spanky, made his WWF TV debut in 2003 but left the company just over a year later. He had a brief stint with TNA before returning to the WWE a year later forming a tag team with Paul London. On October 14th 2006 Kendrick and London became the longest running tag team champions of all time successfully defending the title for 331 days. A record that still stands to this day. Kendrick left the WWE in 2009 and returned to the independent circuit. Early last year Kendrick was announced as a trainer at the WWEs performance center where is responsible for training Eva Marie among others.
Emanating from Mexico, Mendoza has wrestled in various promotions worldwide ranging from AAA to NOAH. A veteran of 10 plus years trained by Ricky Marvin, Mendoza, 5ft 5” works a typical lucha libre style that will ensure that he will have some fun matches.
Tony Nese vs Antony Bennett
Tony Nese made his in ring debut in 2005 after being trained by Mikey Whipwreck. He has spent the majority of his career on the independent circuit in North America, although he did spend most of 2011-2013 competing in TNA. Nese is an accomplished veteran and can compete in a cruiserweight style but is also more than comfortable against bigger guys. He uses the 450 splash as a finisher but has also been known to utilize a nasty looking reverse piledriver called the dudebuster. However, I wouldn’t expect to see that anywhere near a WWE ring.
Amateur star Bennett has a trademark high top hair style and refers to himself as being “The High Top Fading, Hip-Hop Parading” superstar. Bennett wrestles widely on smaller promotions such as Monster Factory Pro Wrestling in the USA. At only 5’6” tall Bennett’s offence is surprisingly high risk given his amateur credentials. I don’t expect him to go far in the tournament but will benefit hugely from the exposure.