On Monday, just hours prior to WWE’s big Raw 25 celebration, news broke that the current WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore, was suspended by the company due to charges related to a sexual assault allegation. Less than 24 hours later, on Tuesday, WWE abruptly announced that Amore had been released outright.
Amore was scheduled to face Cedric Alexander — himself a replacement for Rich Swann, who had previously won a No. 1 contender match but was then suspended related to an arrest on battery charges — at Sunday’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Obviously, since a reigning champion was terminated by WWE, this leaves the Cruiserweight Championship in the lurch.
Prior to Smackdown Live on Tuesday night, WWE announced that Daniel Bryan would open 205 Live with an announcement regarding the title. The easiest assumptions to make were a one-night tournament to crown a new champion, or to establish two finalists to compete for the title at the Royal Rumble.