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WWE names five Cruiserweight Classic alternates


Though the field is set for this summer’s Cruiserweight Classic and the first round has already been filmed, the WWE announced five alternates for the tournament on Tuesday afternoon.

Aaron Solow, Jesus Yurnet, Jessy Sorensen, Vandal Ortagun, and Kai Katana are the five men who could step into the CWC if one of the 32 original competitors gets injured or misses weight.

Sorensen is likely the most well known name of the bunch. He competed in TNA from 2011-2013 before being released. Sorensen broke his neck in a match with Zema Ion in 2012 and it wasn’t known if he would be able to continue his career.

After working in a backstage position, Sorensen decided that he wanted to get back in the ring and was cleared to wrestle. TNA came under fire for releasing Sorensen instead of allowing him to return in their ring.

Sorensen has since made several appearances as an enhancement talent on NXT TV.

Working on the American independent scene since 2009, Solow is probably most known for his appearances in FIP. He has also competed as an enhancement talent in NXT and ROH, and has been romantically linked to NXT’s Bayley.

Yurnet, Ortagun, and Katana have all also worked extensively in the wrestling business and will be on call to prove themselves to the WWE if the opportunity arises.