WWE Cruiserweight Classic
Location: Orlando, FL
Date: August 17, 2016
Report by: Nick Bryant of WrestleView.com
The Cruiserweight Classic kicks off this week with highlights from the incredible Metalik-Tajiri and Ibushi-Alexander matches from last week.
CWC Second Round: Akira Tozawa vs. “The Grappler” Jack Gallagher
Tozawa defeated Kenneth Johnson in the first round while Gallagher took out Fabian Aichner. Tozawa takes Gallagher down quickly with a Waistlock Takedown but Gallagher shows off his technical ability countering Tozawa. The two mat wrestle for several minutes with neither man getting the true advantage. Gallagher frustrates Tozawa by putting him in the British Figure Four. Gallagher actually escapes a side headlock but doing a handstand. Gallagher further frustrates Tozawa by walking backwards on his hand. He then just simply ties Tozawa up in a ball in one of the craziest holds you will ever see.
While Tozawa attempts to free himself Gallagher punt kicks him in the ass! Tozawa gets pissed and just starts laying forearms into the chest of Gallagher. Gallagher answers with a European Uppercut and a Sunset Flip attempt, but Tozawa rolls through it and destroys Gallagher with a Shining Wizard for a nearfall. Tozawa nails Gallagher with another Senton Backsplash for another nearfall and then they start exchanging chops and forearms.
Tozawa feints like he was going to chop Gallagher and when Gallagher flinched Tozawa destroys him with a slap. Gallagher escapes a takedown attempt with a Bodyscissors Takeover and then he starts twisting and kicking away at the leg of Tozawa. Gallagher continues to work on the legs of Tozawa for several minutes until Tozawa catches him with a Bicycle Kick out of nowhere. Tozawa couldn’t go for the pin right away because of the damage done to his legs. Bryan wonders if the kick had as much power as it regularly would because of the work on his leg. Tozawa attempts a suplex but Gallagher counters with a gorgeous Rolling Heel Hook! Finally Tozawa manages to get to the ropes to finally break the hold. Mauro calls Gallagher an “artist of the canvas.” Gallagher attempts to whip Tozawa into the ropes but Tozawa immediately falls to the mat and holds his leg. Gallagher goes right back to work on the leg of Gallagher but Tozawa catches Gallagher with a Snap German Suplex out of nowhere! Tozawa then attempts the Deadlift German Suplex but Gallagher grabs his leg to block it. Tozawa powers through and Deadlift Bridging German Suplexes him for the pin!
Winner: Tozawa via pinfall (Bridging Deadlift German Suplex)
Tozawa continues to sell the leg after the match.
CWC Second Round: Noam Dar vs. HoHo Lun
Lun get the early advantage with a spinning heel kick but Dar uses his mat wrestling to take over the match. Dar dropkicks Lun to the floor and Lun sells his knee like he injured it on the landing. As Lun gets back in the ring Dar goes right to work on the knee. Lun rolls Dar up out of nowhere for a nearfall and comes right back with a big Roundhouse Kick for another nearfall. Dar kicks the leg out from underneath Lun and then hits a nasty Running Dropkick in the corner. Dar goes back to work on the knee of Lun for several minutes. Dar puts Lun in a Half Crab and then steps on the head while still locking in the Half Crab. Lun breaks the hold by grabbing the bottom rope and then lifts his boot up as Dar charges him in the corner. Lun dives off the top with a Missile Dropkick and then a Running Knee in the corner. As he lands he grabs his knee but then comes right back with a Michinoku Driver for a nearfall. Lun hits a Bridging Northern Lights Suplex but Lun couldn’t hold his bridge because of the injured knee. Lun hits a knee to the face followed by a knee to the back and then a spinning back kick for a nearfall. Lun continues his goofy facial expressions as he goes for a German Suplex. Dar rolls backwards and locks Lun in a Kneebar out of nowhere for the submission win.
Winner: Dar via submission (Knee Bar)
CWC Second Round: “The Premier Athlete” Tony Nese vs. Brian Kendrick
Nese destroys Kendrick as the match starts with disgusting knees and strikes. Nese attempts a Lionsault but Kendrick rolls to the floor and Nese lands on his feet. Nese goes to the floor and continues to beat on Kendrick. Kendrick lifts Nese up into the air but Nese lands on the apron. Kendrick attempts to sweep the legs of Nese but he cartwheels over the sweep attempt before hitting a Punt Kick to Kendrick! Kendrick fights back by running Nese into the turnbuckles. Kendrick then slides Nese’s arm into the turnbuckle pad hanging him up and put the boots to him. Nese attempts another Moonsault but Kendrick moves out of the way and Nese lands on his feet. Nese hits a beautiful series of strikes for a nearfall. A series of Leaping Leg Drops gets Nese more nearfalls. Nese attempts a Mafia Kick but Kendrick ducks causing Nese to get hung up in the ropes. As Nese was hanging in the ropes, Kendrick starts kicking away at the arm and leg of Nese. Kendrick puts Nese in an Armbar but Nese breaks it with some simple clubs to the head. Nese tries to toss Kendrick to the floor but Kendrick holds onto the ropes. Kendrick attempts a Slingshot Sunset Flip but Nese holds onto the ropes and then kicks Kendrick in the face. Nese attempts the Lionsault again and again Kendrick moves but this time Nese crashes and burns.
Kendrick puts Nese in the Cross Armbreaker but Nese rolls over only for Kendrick to roll him further over into a pinfall attempt. Kendrick puts Nese in a Fujiwara Armbar but Nese fights out of it and backdrops Kendrick over the top. Kendrick lands on the apron and Nese sweeps his legs. Nese then hits a crazy Fossbury Flop over the top onto Kendrick on the floor. Back in the ring Nese and Kendrick exchange strikes. Nese hits a Mafia Kick followed by a Spinning Heel Kick. Nese attempts a Brainbuster but Kendrick brings his knee down across the head of Nese. Nese turns it into the Falcon Arrow for another nearfall. Nese climbs up top but Kendrick rolls to the opposite side of the ring. Nese comes back down and destroys Kendrick with a Lariat! Nese goes back to the top but Kendrick quickly gets back to his feet and sweeps the legs of Nese causing him to fall hard to the mat for a quick nearfall. Kendrick and Nese exchange nearfalls and then Kendrick returns to the Cross Armbreaker. Nese rolls over and deadlifts Kendrick into a disgusting Buckle Bomb! 1….2…NO Kendrick kicks out!
Nese goes for a Suplex but Kendrick catches him in the Bully Choke! Nese tries to escape but Kendrick rolls him back over into the Choke! Nese counters out of it and into a Michinoku Driver! 1…2…NO Kendrick kicks out! Both men exchange strike from their knees. Kendrick hits a big Superkick followed by a Leg Lariat. Kendrick climbs up top but eats a nasty Leaping European Uppercut from Nese! Nese follows up with a Leaping Enziguri! Nese hits a second Leaping Enziguri and then climbs to the top as Kendrick falls to the mat. Nese goes for the 450 Splash but Kendrick rolls out of the way and immediately locks Nese in the Bully Choke for the submission!
Winner: Kendrick via submission (Bully Choke)
1) CWC Second Round: Akira Tozawa def. Jack Gallagher
2) CWC Second Round: Noam Dar def. HoHo Lun
3) CWC Second Round: Brian Kendrick def. Tony Nese