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Cruiserweight Classic Recap & Review – Quarterfinals, Part 1

August 31, 2016
Quarterfinals – Part 1
(taped August 26, 2016)

City: Winter Park, FL
Venus: Full Sail University

Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Daniel Bryan
Control Center: Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome


Only eight men remain.

Intro Video
“Take a Stand” by CFO$

Gran Metalik is having a very good time. Akira Tozawa dreams of being in the WWE.


Match 1
Akira Tozawa vs Gran Metalik
(referee: Danilo Afibio)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Gran Metalik wins via pinfall with a Metalik Driver
Time: 15:49

Match Thoughts
Fantastic match. There’s almost too much good to list it all. Great sequences, great build, great personality, great finish.


Winning is everything for Brian Kendrick. Wrestling is more than a job for Kota Ibushi.


Match 2
The Brian Kendrick vs Kota Ibushi
(referee: Danilo Anfibio)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Kota Ibushi wins via pinfall with a Golden Star Powerbomb
Time: 13:59

Match Thoughts
Another fantastic match. While the first match on this show was fast and high-flying, this match was brutal and tense. Kendrick did everything he could by attempting dirty tricks before focusing nearly exclusively on Ibushi’s neck. Kendrick’s attack was relentless, but Ibushi’s endurance was impressive. The near falls towards the end of the match were great.


Ring Area
After the match, the crowd thanks Brian Kendrick. Daniel Bryan then makes his way into the ring to hug his friend.


Show Impressions
Great show. It seems each round keeps getting better.

Match of the Night
The Brian Kendrick vs Kota Ibushi
Both matches were fantastic, but the strong style and emotion helped make this match the standout.



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