It’s week two of the Cruiserweight Classic, and the second night of Round One matches, as we build towards the quarter-final matches. Once again, four matches on the show, and once again, it was awesome.
Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan opened up the show and Mauro congratulated Daniel on his “new role”. He kept it vague, and Daniel thanked him before redirecting conversation towards the tournament. Corey Graves, once again, in the control room, highlighting the tournament matches.
The opening match was Tajiri vs. Damian Slater. Slater, from Australia, paid his own way to attend a WWE tryout in Ohio. The announcers hyped up his background throughout the match while highlighting Tajiri’s storied career in WWE in the past. Tajiri focused on kicks. He managed to hit the Tarantula in the corner. A kick to the head just a short time later, and Tajiri is your winner.
This was a good match to open the show, but the crowd was fairly quiet for it. I’m not sure if it was out of respect, exhaustion, or they just weren’t sure who to cheer for.
Next up, TJ Perkins vs. Da Mack. This was one of my favorite matches in the show. TJP shows far more personality when he wrestles as himself, rather than under the terrible gimmick of Manik in TNA. Good to see him have a moment to shine here, in either case, as he’s certainly deserving of it.
I was surprised by Da Mack, however. He has a ton of charisma and is also very good in the ring. Solid back and forth action between the two, although for the most part, Perkins maintained control throughout. TJP picked up the win with a kneebar submission.
Our third match was Mustafa Ali vs. Lince Dorado. Another fun match with some innovative spots from both men. Ali looked very crisp here, and had some fantastic spots, including a Spanish Fly off the top rope. Dorado’s offense was more effective though, as he successfully hit a springboard reverse hurricarana, which looked devastating. Dorado dodged a top-rope 450 splash from Ali, and hit his own Shooting Star Press to get the win. Great action from both men and definitely worth watching.
Our main event was Akira Tozawa vs. Kenneth Johnson. Tozawa seemed positioned to win from the start, and even though Kenneth Johnson got in a ton of offense, Tozawa was still the highlight. He hit some very impressive German suplexes throughout the match, and his personality was off the charts. Tozawa hit a pair of suplexes to get the pinfall victory over Johnson.
Overall, another good showing here and the CWC is establishing itself as a serious competition. I think this is a smart move. Keep it sports-like and as legit as possible. For that hour, I forget it’s fixed, and I like it that way.
I’ll be by again next week for some quick thoughts on the CWC. Have you been watching the show? Let me know what you think of it so far!