Brian Kendrick is the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
The 37-year old Virginia native became the second holder of the new incarnation of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Kendrick defeated longtime friend TJ Perkins for the title at WWE Hell In A Cell Sunday night. You can see an excerpt from the coverage of the match below.
This is actually pretty compelling.
Perkins is so much faster, quicker and better than Kendrick, and Kendrick cannot beat him.
At least, not without cheating.
There's a point where Kendrick partially unravels the tape on one of TJP's wrist wraps and then attempts to tie that wrist to the bottom rope.
But the tape doesn't stick and it's obvious that TJP is just holding onto the rope for no reason.
The crowd notices, and it's right there that they turn on this match for good.
They could not care less.
They pop briefly for a couple spots, and nearfalls, but they don't give a shit.
Kendrick is able to reverse something into the Captain's Hook choke, but Perkins gets to the ropes.
Perkins does the same to Kendrick with the Kneebar, and Kendrick also grabs the bottom rope.
Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread, but Perkins grabs the turnbuckle and Kendrick lands awkwardly, hurting his knee.
There's a long beat where it looks like Kendrick is going to have to give up.
TJP comes over to check on his friend and gets a headbutt to the orbital bone for his troubles.
Kendrick locks in the Captain's Hook and TJP taps out.
WINNER: Brian Kendrick
Despite having been around during the time period of the old WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Kendrick never held the title. You can see our full Hell in a Cell coverage at this link.