Welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE for
THE 2-HOUR LIVE FINALE of
THE CRUISERWEIGHT CLASSIC
The Final Four
Zack Sabre Jr vs Gran Metalik
Metalik comes out like lightning. A huge dropkick, tope con hiro, sprinboard swanton. Two Count.
ZSJ takes control with a European uppercut counter to another springboard move.
Now he's just bending Metalik in all sorts of ways.
Metalik fights back with a running headscissor takedown.
THIS IS SO GOOD.
Sabre keeps trying to get ahold of Metalik, so he can try to wrench his arms off.
Metalik keeps getting free to kick Sabre in the face and do stuff like reverse slingblades.
Metalik is SO GREAT. He's doing amazing submission moves and pinning predicaments.
Can't wait to see him on Raw.
MY GOD WHAT A LARIAT FROM METALIK.
I can't keep up.
Tightrope crossbody countered by a European Uppercut, followed by a PK from Sabre.
Trading strong style elbows and slaps from a kneeling position.
Metalk caught in some kind of Octopus-like submission, but he gets to the ropes.
Sabre puts him up on the top rope, but Metalik crotches him on the top rope, and hurricanranas him off.
Springboard again by Metalik, but HE HIS CAUGHT IN MID AIR INTO A TRIANGLE HOLD.
Metalik flips over into a pin. Two count.
All of a sudden Metalik has Sabre up in position for the Metalik Driver.
HE HITS IT!
WINNER: Gran Metalik by Pinfall.
Wow. This was amazing.
But I can't help but think that if ZSJ had signed with WWE, he'd be in the finals.
Kota Ibushi vs TJ Perkins
A lot more feeling out between these two in this one.
Perkins almost catches Kota in the Kneebar, but Kota frantically escapes.
A few moves later, Kota knocks Perkins to the outside with a big springboard missile dropkick.
He tries that Golden Triangle Moonsault thing, but Perkins takes out his legs and Kota lands awkwardly on the outside.
Ibushi makes hit back inside as the 10 Count is at 9 and a Half.
Back and forth, spectacular action from both men.
A standing Frankensteiner out of nowhere throws TJP to the outside, followed by a Golden Triangle Moonsault, successful this time.
Big Missile Dropkick from Kota, trading kicks, Perkins gets the knees up on a Moonsault.
Perkins is able to lock on the kneebar, but Ibushi gets to the ropes.
He lands a tremendous bridging German Suplex.
Ibushi kicks Perkins in the chest about a million times.
He goes for that German suplex from the apron back into the ring thing, but Perkins fights out of it.
He hits a wrecking ball dropkick, then goes up top.
Ibushi hits the pele kick, Perkins slumps to the floor.
(I AM WAY BEHIND HERE BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH GOOD STUFF.)
At one point, Perkins catches Ibushi in the KneeBar OUT OF THE PELE KICK.
At another point, Ibushi hits the Golden Star Powerbomb, and Perkins kicks out.
MY GOD THIS IS THE GREATEST MATCH I HAVE EVER SEEN.
Perkins is able to counter another attempt at the Golden Star into a kneebar, then combines that with some kind of rear choke.
WINNER: TJ Perkins by Submission.
What a match. What an upset.
"Thank you Kota," indeed.
TJ Perkins is getting booed by fully 1/3 of the crowd.
I don't know why. He was f*cking great in this match.
Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano
Cedric Alexander & Noam Dar
Forgive me for not giving play by play of this.
I'm still recovering from that last match.
If Tommaso turns on Johnny, I'll be sure to let you know.
Great match, though. Seriously.
Gargs & Champs win with their Dual Kick and Knee thing to Noam's head.
WINNERS: Gargano & Ciampa
The CWC Finals
Gran Metalik vs TJ Perkins
THIS JUST BECAME A RAW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.
HUNTER BROUGHT OUT A BELT AND EVERYTHING.
Back and forth feeling out process.
Metalik gets Perkins on the outside, then hits his headbutt suicide dive.
(it is only 1,000,000 times better than Dean Ambrose's)
He rolls TJP back inside, hits his tightrope springboard swanton.
Back and forth some more.
A hurricanrana from Perkins takes Metalik to the outside.
A senton atomico by Perkins onto Metalik from the apron to the inside.
Dropkick to the back of the head, rest hold, sidewalk slam. Two Count.
Back and forth some more.
PERKINS ON THE APRON, METALIK SOMEHOW HURDLES THE ROPES AND HURRICANRANAS HIM TO THE FLOOR IN ONE MOTION.
The Metalik's step-up tope con hiro, but he misses TJP almost entirely.
A springboard elbow drop back to the inside.
PERKINS SLAPS ON THE KNEEBAR.
METALIK GETS TO THE ROPES.
Can't believe this match.
Can't believe this night.
Kicks and slaps and chops.
Metalik reverses a Benadryller into a DDT.
Metalik goes up top for the moonsault, eats a foot on the landing.
Gutbuster/Lung blower into a pinfall attempt from TJP.
Kick out, DIRECTLY INTO THE KNEEBAR.
Metalik is in it for about twenty minutes.
Finally he's able to reverse it into a pinfall attempt.
He's not able to hit the full Metalik Driver, more of a Michioku, but Metalik hurts his knee on the landing.
Slaps traded back and forth.
Metalik puts Perkins on the top rope, is going for an Avalanche Metalik driver, but Perkins rolls off his shoulders, grabs a leg on the way down, pulls Metalik into the Knee Bar.
WINNER, AND NEEWWWWW CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
Holy crap what a match.
Holy crap what a tournament.