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Wrestling With The Future | Drew Gulak has stolen show on 205 Live

Joe Nocco



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Upon making his way over to 205 Live several weeks ago, Enzo Amore was surely expected to rapidly become the most popular superstar in the WWE’s 205-pound cruiserweight division. Although Amore’s in-ring abilities lack the precision of some of his 205-pound counterparts, the fact that he could at the very least hold his in own inside the squared circle coupled with his prowess on the mic allowed the “Certified G” to indeed rise to the top of the division en route to becoming the latest WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

However, what if I told you that there was a superstar that could do both. What if I told you that there was a superstar that could not only perform alongside the best high-flying in-ring performers in the world, but has also managed to equal  — if not surpass — Amore on the mic?

In what has become quite the surprising turn of events, 205 Live’s Drew Gulak has continued to steal the show on Wednesday evenings while doing just that.

Originally, it appeared as though Gulak would barely be staying afloat on 205 Live while first putting his “anti” campaign on full display. Though entertaining at times, Gulak was still no regular on the weekly program while cutting brief promos and often dropping matches when given some air time. However, since recently teaming up with the aforementioned Amore, both Gulak’s persona and storyline have become quite popular — thanks in part to his PowerPoint presentation gimmick.

Because his dry sense of humor and stiff antics coincide perfectly with Amore’s outspoken personality, Gulak’s promo skills have not only begun to take off, but have also come directly to the forefront on both Monday Night Raw and 205 Live at times.

Not only that, but presumably due to his recent surge in popularity, the WWE creative team is following up by giving Gulak a push inside the ring as well. While his hilarious PowerPoint presentation and other awkward one-liners have carried him this far, an in-ring push was much-needed in order for this superstar to come full circle. Without some wins and an in-ring surge, Gulak’s character may have died out without the WWE learning what they truly had in him.

Nonetheless, this will not be the case as Gulak will be taking on a former Cruiserweight Champion in Rich Swann in order to determine the new No. 1 contender for Amore’s 205-pound strap. Despite the fact that Gulak is already an underdog in the looming bout, perhaps the WWE is setting him up to rival Amore after initially joining the “Zo-Train?” There have been more than a few subtle hints throughout the last week or so that would suggest that the WWE is at least considering such an angle while Gulak has already made it halfway to a title shot upon recently winning a fatal four-way match against Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Tony Nese.

It is no secret that Gulak has officially arrived — both as a legitimate force on 205 Live and as one of the more popular cruiserweights in the industry. However, it now remains to be seen as to how far the WWE will take this angle going forward…

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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