An update on the reason WWE had a title change on Raw has surfaced.
As seen on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis, IN at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse on the USA Network, Kalisto defeated Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Title in a Lumberjack Match, which served as the main event. This marks the first time that Kalisto has held the title.
PWinsider is reporting that original plan for the main event was to have WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore defending against Neville. There’s still no word yet on when the match was changed to Amore vs. Neville, but WWE announced Kalisto vs. Enzo for the TLC pay-per-view shortly before Raw went live on the air.
The reason for the change was due to WWE’s creative team realizing that they had backed themselves into a corner since Neville wasn’t allowed to face Enzo in the storyline.
Also, the title change was done because of WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero’s birthday and having Kalisto win in Eddie’s honor would create a feel-good moment during Hispanic Heritage month.
The TLC pay-per-view event takes place on October 22nd at the Target Center in Minnesota, Minneapolis and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. This will be an exclusive RAW brand event. Here is the updated card:
-- TLC Match: The Shield vs. The Miz, Braun Strowman, Cesaro & Sheamus
--- Raw Women’s Title Match: Alexa Bliss © vs. Mickie James
--- Cruiserweight Title Match: Kalisto © vs. Enzo Amore
--- Singles Match: Asuka vs. Emma
In 2006, Kalisto made his professional wrestling debut on the Midwestern United States independent circuit by working under a mask and the ring name Samuray del Sol. After establishing himself as one of the best high-flyers in the area, he began working for larger promotions in 2011 and was signed by Dragon Gate USA in 2012. Also in that same year, he made his debut for Mexican promotion AAA, where, in November, he was repackaged as Octagón Jr.
Kalisto has also worked for Combat Zone Wrestling, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, National Wrestling Alliance, and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. In May 2013, he signed with WWE and was assigned to their developmental territory NXT. During his time in NXT, he won the won the NXT Tag Team Championship with Sin Cara in 2014. Fast forward to February 2015, Kalisto was promoted to WWE's main roster, and in January 2016, he won his first singles title in WWE, the United States Title, which is a title he has since held twice.
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