9/7/16 WWE Cruiserweight Classic Coverage: Quarterfinals Conclude – Perkins vs. Swann, Sabre Jr. vs. Dar
We see the matches for tonight: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Noam Dar and Rich Swann vs. T.J. Perkins. We then see the Cruiserweight Classic opening video and then go into the arena at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida where Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan welcome us to the show. We take a look at the first two competitors, Zack Sabre Jr. and Noam Dar.
Match #1: Quarterfinal Tournament Match – Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Noam Dar
Both men dance around the ring a bit and neither can get an advantage as they go to a stalemate. Sabre grabs Dar in a double-collar tie and takes him down to the mat. Dar gets free, but Sabre takes him down with an ankle pick and then applies a headlock down on the mat. Sabre applies a straitjacket submission, but Dar gets to his feet. Dar backs Sabre into the corner and Sabre breaks the hold. Dar drives his elbow into Sabre’s midsection and dropkicks Sabre’s knee and Sabre charges. Dar applies a wrist-lock and takes Sabre down to the mat. Sabre fights back and takes Dar down and applies a cross-face body-scissors. Dar gets free and works over Sabre’s knee, but Sabre comes back and twists and turns Dar’s wrist and then stomps down onto Dar’s arm. Sabre keeps working over Dar’s wrist, but Dar backs him into the corner. Dar charges, but Sabre counters with a back elbow. Sabre goes to the middle rope, but Dar dropkicks him down to the mat. Dar grapevines Sabre’s leg and works over his ankle and knee down on the mat. Dar drops an elbow on Sabre’s knee, but Sabre comes back with another wrist-lock and slams Dar down to the mat. Sabre delivers an European uppercut and sends Dar off the ropes. Dar flips over Sabre, but Sabre sits down for the pin attempt and Dar kicks out. Dar comes back with his won pin attempt, but Sabre kicks out at two. Sabre sends Dar into the corner and charges, but Dar counters with an uppercut. Sabre comes back and delivers a bridged German suplex and goes for the cover, but Dar kicks out at two. Sabre goes to the corner and goes for the Penalty Kick, but Dar dodgers and connects with an enzuiguri. Dar delivers a fisherman’s suplex and goes for the cover, but Sabre kicks out. Dar grabs Sabre’s leg and Sabre tries to kick out of it. Dar steps on Sabre’s throat, but Sabre gets free and delivers the Penalty Kick. Sabre goes for the cover, but Dar kicks out at two. Sabre gets to his feet and comes off the ropes, but Dar catches him and puts Sabre on the apron. Dar takes Sabre’s knee out and Sabre falls on the apron. Dar connects with a bicycle kick and takes Sabre to the floor. Dar takes Sabre down with a tope suicida and rolls him back into the ring. Dar sets up in the corner as Sabre is down. Dar delivers a dropkick in the corner and goes for the cover, but Sabre kicks out at two. Both men get to their feet and Sabre applies an octopus stretch. Sabre tries to switch into the triangle, but Dar counters into the knee-bar. Sabre gets free and goes for the arm-bar, but Dar gets free. Sabre flips over and goes or a quick pin attempt, but Dar kicks out at two. Dar sends Sabre to the corner and charges, but Sabre counters with a European uppercut. Sabre goes for another uppercut, but Dar catches him and rolls him up for a two count. Dar and Sabre exchange right hands ans Sabre connects with a series of slaps. Sabre goes for the cross arm-breaker, but Dar rolls through for a pin attempt. Sabre kicks out and applies the arm-bar again, but Dar gets to the ropes. Sabre goes up top and goes for a knee-drop, but Dar moves and Sabre hits the mat. Sabre goes for a big kick now, but Dar moves and sends Sabre down to the mat. Dar comes off the top and stomps down onto Sabre’s knee. Dar flips Sabre down to the mat and locks in the knee-bar submission. Dar pulls Sabre back to the middle of the ring and goes to apply the knee-bar again, but both men roll to the floor. Both men make it back into the ring just before the ten count. Sabre grabs Dar back in the ring, but Dar takes Sabre down and delivers a knee drop to Sabre’s arm. Dar stomps away on Sabre, but Sabre comes back with a big boot. Dar delivers a bicycle kick and charges again, but Sabre counters and locks in the arm-bar and Dar submits.
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr.
After the match, we see match highlights and then we see that Sabre will take on Gran Metalik in the semifinals next week. Dar and Sabre hug it out after the match.
We take a look at the next two competitors, Rich Swann and T.J. Perkins.
Match #2: Tournament Quarterfinal Match – Rich Swann vs. T.J. Perkins
They tie up and Perkins goes behind with a waist-lock. Perkins takes Swann down, but Swann counters and both men go for quick pin attempt and then break away in a stalemate. They grip hands and Perkins takes Swann down and applies a wrist-lock down on the mat. Swann flips up and takes Perkins down with his won wrist-lock. Perkins tries to fight back, but Swann keeps the hold applied. Perkins finally gets free and takes Swann down with a head-scissors. Swann reverses into his own head-scissors hold down on the mat. Perkins does a hand stand and gets out of the hold and does a little dance to mock Swann. Both men come off the ropes across the ring and Swann finally takes Perkins down with a couple arm-drags. Swann mocks Perkins by doing a “dab” to get in Perkins’ head. They exchange right hands and Perkins goes for the knee-bar, but Swann gets to the ropes. Perkins and sends Swann off the ropes, but Swann counters with a kick to the chest. Swann takes Perkins down with a dropkick and Perkins rolls to the floor. Perkins kicks Perkins in the face and goes for a moonsault from the apron, but Perkins moves and Swann tweaks his knee. Perkins delivers a springboard dropkick and takes Swann down and hits the apron himself and both men are down on the floor. Both men get back into the ring at the nine count. Perkins flips over the apron and comes down on Swann. Perkins delivers a snap suplex and then a back drop. Perkins goes for the cover, but Swann kicks out at two. Perkins applies a reverse chin-lock down on the mat. Swann gets free and kicks Perkins into the corner, but Perkins comes back and stretches out Swann’s knee. Perkins works over the injured knee of Swann, but Swann delivers a few kicks to Perkins to break the hold. Perkins twists Swann’s ankle and turns his knee in the process. Perkins drops down on Swann’s knee and applies the Indian death-lock. Perkins turns it into a headlock as well, but Swann gets free and kicks Perkins to the corner. Swann charges and delivers a clothesline in the corner. Swann delivers a jumping DDT and goes for the cover, but Perkins kicks out at two. Perkins comes back and delivers a neck-breaker and then a gut-buster with double knees. Perkins goes for the cover, but Swann kicks out at two. Perkins sends Swann to the corner and sets him up top. Perkins goes for a tiger superplex, but Swann elbows his way out of it and sends Perkins to the floor. Perkins gets to the apron and delivers a right hand to Swann. Perkins springboards and takes Swann down with a Frankensteiner. Perkins goes up top, but Swann cuts him off with a hurricanrana. Swann connects with a rolling thunder and then a standing moonsault. Swann goes for the cover, but Perkins kicks out at two. Swann kicks Perkins in the face and slams him down to the mat. Swann goes for the cover, but Perkins kicks out at two. Swann drags Perkins to the corner and goes for the standing moonsault again, but Perkins cuts him off and locks in the knee-bar submission. Swann grabs the ropes, but Perkins doesn’t break the hold until four-and-a-half. Perkins kicks Swann in the knee, but Swann counters with a roll-up for two. Swann kicks Perkins in the midsection and delivers a power bomb. Swann goes for the cover, but Perkins kicks out at two. Swann delivers rights and lefts, but Perkins counters with a spinning hook kick and then comes off the ropes, but Swann connects with his own spinning hook kick. Swann jumps onto Perkins, but Perkins counters with locks in the knee-bar on Swann and Swann taps out.
Winner: T.J. Perkins.
After the match, we see match highlights and then see that Perkins will take on Kota Ibushi in the semifinals on next week’s show. Perkins and Swann hug it out after the match.
We take a look back at highlights from the tournament and then Corey Graves hypes up the final four on the finale episode next week as the quarterfinals of the CWC officially come to a close.