Rockstar Spud debuted as the 205 Live GM, using the name Drake Maverick. 16-man tournament for the vacant title started with the finals taking place at Mania (totally not the pre-show, of course). Itami vs. Strong is a tourney match on next week's show.
Speaking of HBK, and please forgive my empty brain, but did HBK and Kurt Angle ever match up? It struck me that it would be such a great personality conflict, yet I can't summon any memories of it happening.