July 20, 2016
Round 1 – Part 2
(taped June 23, 2016)
City: Winter Park, FL
Venue: Full Sail University
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Daniel Bryan
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome
“Take a Stand” by CFO$.
A quick recap of week one and the first four matches in the Cruiserweight Classic.
Introducing Damian Slater.
Tajiri vs Damian Slater
(referee: Shawn Bennett)
Result: Tajiri wins via pinfall after a Buzzsaw Kick
Good match. Tajiri really showed his great experience in the way he wrestled. For the entire first half or more he only attacked Slater’s arm. As the match moved towards the final segments he moved away from that to hit some of his more popular moves, but it was a really strong showing from him. Slater looked good too, but he was on the defensive a lot and couldn’t match Tajiri’s years in the ring.
Introducing TJ Perkins and Da Mack.
TJ Perkins vs Da Mack
(referee: Charles Robinson)
Result: TJ Perkins wins via submission with a knee-bar
Good match. Both guys had similar, showy styles, but Perkins had a degree of skill that seemed far ahead of Da Mack. Da Mack was fun to watch, but he had a lot of style over substance at times. As the match went along he started to show more depth, but he still seemed like he needs more experience at a higher level. Perkins was very smooth with everything he did, and he kept the match interesting with unique moves and good ring work.
Introducing Mustafa Ali and Lince Dorado.
Mustafa Ali vs Lince Dorado
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: Lince Dorado wins via pinfall with a shooting star press
Really good match! This was a more fast-paced, high flying match, and both guys delivered some highlight-reel worthy moves. The move of the tournament so far was to be Dorado’s springboard reverse hurricanrana. Not to be outdone, Ali hit a double-jump Spanish Fly from the top rope. Lots of crazy stuff in this match and it’s definitely one that I’ll be watching again and again.
Introducing Akira Tozawa and Kenneth Johnson.
Akira Tozawa vs Kenneth Johnson
(referee: Danilo Anfibio)
Result: Akira Tozawa wins via pinfall with a bridging German suplex
Good match. This one was interesting. Kenneth Johnson seemed a little awkward in the ring a lot of the time, and he’s not the most skilled guy we’ve seen, but something about him made you want to pull for him. It was probably his determination. He has an underdog gimmick and it fits well. Tozawa seemed a little thrown off his game by Johnson, but it worked for the match. In the end though, Tozawa showed his speed and strong style that has made him a favorite for this tournament.
Another good show with some more great moments. The second round is shaping up nicely.
Match of the Night
Mustafa Ali vs Lince Dorado
Really great, exciting stuff.