8/10/16 WWE Cruiserweight Classic Coverage: Second Round Begins
This week’s Cruiserweight Classic opens with a video recapping some first round highlights and then focuses on the 16 remaining men. We then see the usual opening video for the Cruiserweight Classic and then go into the arena where Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan welcome us to the show. We go to Corey Graves in the control center and he informs us of the matches tonight: Kota Ibushi vs. Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik vs. Tajiri.
We take a look at the first two competitors tonight, Gran Metalik and Tajiri.
Match #1: Second Round Tournament Match: Gran Metalik vs. Tajiri
They tie up and Tajiri goes behind with a waist-lock. Metalik comes back with a headlock, but Tajiri goes right back to the waist-lock. Tajiri takes Metalik down to the mat, but Metalik gets free and we have a stalemate. Tajiri applies a headlock, but Tajiri gets free and comes off the ropes. Tajiri takes Metalik down with a shoulder block, but Metalik gets up and they exchange arm-drags and leg-sweeps and another stalemate ensues. They tie up again and Tajiri gets the better of Metalik. Tajiri takes Metalik down, but Metalik counters with a head scissors down on the mat. Tajiri reverses it, but Metalik locks in an arm-bar. Tajiri gets free and applies an octopus submission, but Metalik counters into an ankle lock. Tajiri rolls up Metalik, but Metalik kicks out. They exchange roll ups now and each man kicks out. Metalik takes Tajiri down with an arm drag and applies an arm-bar down on the mat. Tajiri gets to his feet, but Metalik takes him down again. Tajiri fights up again and delivers a series of chops. Tajiri sends Metalik off the ropes, but Metalik counters with a head-scissors. Metalik goes for a baseball slide, but Tajiri moves. Metalik connects with a superkick on the floor and rolls Tajiri back into the ring. Tajiri rolls all the way to the other side and connects with a buzzsaw kick. Tajiri delivers a leg drop and a neck-breaker. Tajiri goes for the cover, but Metalik kicks out. Tajiri applies a headlock down on the mat, but Metalik gets free. Tajiri catches Metalik and locks in the sleeper hold again, and then bridges back for more affect. Tajiri wraps his leg around Metalik’s throat, but Metalik makes it to the ropes. Tajiri kicks Metalik in the face, but Metalik comes back with a chop. Tajiri chokes Metalik in the corner, but Metalik turns the table and connects with a few forearm shivers. Metalik backs away and cahrges, but Tajiri sends him to the apron. Metalik connects with a springboard dropkick and then a somersault plancha to the outside.
Metalik rolls Tajiri back into the ring, but Tajiri counters with a kick that keeps Metalik on the apron. Tajiri goes for another kick, but Metalik drapes Tajiri’s leg over the middle rope. Metalik delivers the dragon elbow drop and goes for the cover, but Tajiri kicks out at two. Metalik connects with a springboard elbow and goes for the cover, but Tajiri kicks out again. Metalik grabs Tajiri, but Tajiri gets free and kicks Metalik in the face. Tajiri grabs Metalik and sends him to the corner. Tajiri hangs Metalik upside down and backs away. Tajiri connects with a baseball slide dropkick to Metalik’s face. Tajiri goes for the cover, but Metalik kicks out at two. Tajiri connects with another kick, but Metalik connects with one of his own. Metalik comes off the middle rope, but Tajiri counters with a power bomb. Tajiri goes for the cover, but Metalik kicks out at two. Tajiri goes for the buzzsaw kick, but Metalik ducks and sends Tajiri off the ropes. Tajiri comes back and applies a submission, but Metalik kicks Tajiri in the face and breaks the hold. Tajiri drops Metalik with a roundhouse kick and goes for the buzzsaw kick again, but Metalik counters and drops Tajiri with the Metalik Screwdriver and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Gran Metalik.
We take a look at the final two competitors for tonight, Kota Ibushi and Cedric Alexander.
Match #2: Second Round Tournament Match – Cedric Alexander vs. Kota Ibushi
Alexander goes behind and takes Ibushi down, but Ibushi gets up and applies a wrist-lock of his own. Alexander gets free and takes Ibushi down to the mat and applies a wrist-lock. Ibushi gets to his feet and flips free and applies a side-headlock and then takes Alexander down. Alexander gets to his feet, but Ibushi takes Alexander down with a shoulder block and we’re at a stalemate. Ibushi goes behind Alexander, but Alexander counters and applies an arm-bar down on the mat. Ibushi fights to his feet and drives his elbow into Alexander’s shoulder. Ibushi and Alexander trade arm-drags and Alexander takes Ibushi down with a head-scissors take down. Ibushi gets to his feet and goes for a dropkick, but Alexander dodges it and rolls Ibushi up for a two count. Ibushi comes back with a roll through of his own and Alexander gets free and we see another stalemate.
Alexander applies a headlock and takes Ibushi down to the mat. Ibushi counters with a roll-up, but Alexander kicks out. Alexander keeps the headlock applied and Ibushi tries to sends him off the ropes but Alexander keeps the hold applied. Ibushi finally powers out, but Alexander takes him down with a shoulder block. Alexander connects with a back elbow and then an uppercut, but Ibushi takes Alexander down with a huge kick. Alexander backs into the corner and Ibushi charges, but Alexander sends him to the apron. Ibushi delivers a missile dropkick and Alexander rolls to the outside. Ibushi goes for the triangle moonsault, but Alexander moves out of the way and then delivers a tope suicida back to the outside. Alexander sends Ibushi back into the ring and connects with a clothesline from the top rope and goes for the cover, but Ibushi kicks out at two.
Alexander delivers a couple chops and goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. Alexander stomps down on Ibushi’s face and goes for another cover, but Ibushi kicks out again. Alexander picks Ibushi up, but Ibushi counters with a big kick. Alexander slaps Ibushi in the face and Ibushi falls to the mat. Alexander goes for the cover, but Ibushi kicks out. Alexander goes for a suplex, but Ibushi lands on his feet. Alexander charges, but Ibushi counters with a big dropkick. Alexander and Ibushi exchange right hands and Ibushi gets the upperhand and sends Alexander down to the mat. Ibushi connects with a standing spinning moonsault and goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. Ibushi connects with an exploder suplex that sends Alexander to the outside. Ibushi connects with the triangle moonsault this time and both men are down on the outside. Ibushi gets to his feet and sends Alexander back into the ring. Ibushi goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. Ibushi goes for a power bomb, but Alexander counters with a Michinoku Driver and goes for the cover, but Ibushi kicks out at two. Alexander stalks Ibushi in the corner and charges, but Ibushi moves and puts Alexander on the top rope. Ibushi sends Alexander off, but Alexander lands on his feet. Ibushi connects with a huge Pele kick and goes for the Golden Star powerbomb, but Alexander counters with an enzuiguri. Alexander drives Ibushi down to the mat with a brain buster and connects with a kick to the face and goes for the cover, but Ibushi kicks out at two.
Alexander goes up top as Ibushi is down on the mat. Alexander goes for a double stomp, but Ibushi moves and hits the release German suplex. Ibushi kicks Alexander in the head and delivers the Golden Star Powerbomb and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Kota Ibushi.
We see that Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher. Noam Dar vs. Hoho Lun and Brian Kendrick vs. Tony Nese will take place on next week’s episode.
We see Cedric Alexander standing at the entrance ramp getting a standing ovation from the crowd as they chant “Please Sign Cedric!” Triple H emerges from backstage and shakes Cedric’s hand and gives a thumbs up to the crowd as the show comes to a close.