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Independent wrestler Cedric Alexander made the jump from ROH to WWNLive last weekend, setting the stage for his inclusion in WWE’s cruiserweight tournament.
Alexander says Ring of Honor was initially fine with him taking part in WWE’s tournament.
“I actually told ROH about the tryout I was having. Everything was cool, and the cruiserweight thing was just a one-time shot from what I understood, so ‘We’ll do this, but ROH is still there.’ But at some point, we just decided that it’s better that I focus on one thing and not try to do [multiple] things at once. We left on good terms, and if a time ever shows up that I can come back, then I will,” Alexander told Chris Featherstone of the Pancakes & Powerslams podcast.
Alexander says he lost 22 pounds getting in shape for his WWNLive/WWE run, especially to be part of the Cruiserweight tournament, which he said he’s aiming to win.
“I received the opportunity from a tryout I had back in February. In my mind, I was just going to test my worth as a wrestler to see what critics thought of me, because I was still wrestling for Ring of Honor at the time,” Alexander said.
“During the tryout, I was pulled aside and asked, ‘Hey, could you drop some weight?,’ because at the time I was weighing about 225-230. They said, ‘Could you drop some weight because your style fits well with this Cruiserweight thing we have in the works?’ I said, ‘Yeah! I’ll lose the weight as soon as I get home! I’ll start working on it asap!’ And from that point on, it’s been a journey of busting my butt nonstop to get down to this 205.
If Alexander advances from the Cruiserweight tournament to the main WWE roster, he says his ideal opponent is Dolph Ziggler.
“I am just a huge fan of his work. I’ve never seen a bad Dolph Ziggler have a bad match. Never. I’ve never watched a Dolph Ziggler match and say that was bad. He’s just too good. He does things in the ring that most guys just don’t do. He’s just awesome,” Alexander said.