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Cruiserweight Classic: Who is Tony Nese?

With WWE's Cruiserweight Classic coming soon, RealSport takes a look at one of the men involved, Tony Nese.


As we draw closer to WWE’s much anticipated “Cruiserweight Classic” we here at RealSport are taking a look at some of the competitors that WWE have handpicked from around the world.

Today the man in the spotlight is Tony Nese.

 

Where He Wrestles

Nese has been a mainstay on the Independent circuit since his debut in 2005, travelling to every corner of the USA to put on a show. From EVOLVE to Dragon Gate USA and House Of Hardcore, Nese has been to Indy federations large and small to hone his craft. While he doesn’t have the depth of opponent background like some of the other competitors in the Cruiserweight Classic he has shared the ring with the likes of Roderick Strong,  Brian Cage, Sami Callihan (AKA Solomon Crowe), Adam Cole as well as some of his Cruiserweight Classic competitors like Tommasso Ciampa, Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak.

While Nese is yet to hold any major Indy gold he is a performer more than capable of putting on a show.

 

Style

Nese is built like a heavyweight – think a slightly less veiny Ryback. The difference is he’s just 5’10”. Nese is a good technician but the surprise comes when he starts moving around. Despite looking like a slower guy Nese is capable of his fair share of flips. However, Nese doesn’t put his spectacular physique either. He has an array of power moves in his arsenal, but the thing that will really get the crowd on their feet is his 450 splash.

 

Expectations

Nese has the quality and is widely enough known to get a few rounds into the tournament but he would certainly be unlikely to win the whole thing. His lack of big indy experience is likely to be the storyline when he gets into the later rounds against the likes of Kota Ibushi or Zack Sabre Jr.

Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

Cruiserweight Classic: Who is Tony Nese?

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