WWE: Cruiserweight Classic 8/10/2016 Review
Round 2 matches kick off this week on the CWC and we’ve only got two matches scheduled for this week, but what a pair of matches they are and turned out to be!
Match 1: Gran Metalik def. Tajiri
Gran Metalik is 27 with a decade of experience, while Tajiri is 46 with 23 years of experience, so we’ve got an age and experience gap in this match, but one gap we didn’t have was talent. These two guys brought everything to the table here and we got a little of everything in this one. It started off with some mat work showcasing some technical and submission wrestling. Then, we got to see some strong style through Tajiri and his masterful strikes. Metalik brings things into the high flying avenue with his rope walking and springboard offense. As this match progresses, the pace continues getting faster and faster with the near-falls becoming closer and closer each time. I sat on the edge of my seat hoping for a Tajiri win, but predicting a Metalik win on my bracket. Well, my hopes were dashed, but my bracket survived as Metalik puts Tajiri away with the Metalik Screwdriver for the 3-count. Post-match, Tajiri extends his hand to Metalik in a show of respect, despite the loss.
On a side note, Tajiri is heavily rumored to be signed to WWE to be on Raw for the Cruiserweight division, which would bring an awesome veteran boost to that division, but WWE needs to sign Metalik to the division yesterday. He is so talented in the ring and the best part is, his best years are likely ahead of him as he’s only 27 years old.
Match 2: Kota Ibushi def. Cedric Alexander
This right here was the match of the tournament so far. The 18th match of the tournament is easily the best and really set a high bar for the rest of the second round matches to come. Tajiri and Metalik set a nice bar for these guys, but these guys took that bar, smashed it into a million pieces, and then set those pieces of fire. Coming into this match, we knoew how talented each of these guys were, but to have both of these top level talents in the same ring was downright intense. This match winds up lasting 15 minutes and for 15 minutes, these guys put on a match that as I said was the match of the tournament so far and up there for a match of the year candidate. The energy had the crowd sucked right into it as they eventually chanted “fight forever” at the two. The emotion was there as Alexander has said he looks up to Ibushi and his skill. The intensity was there as each man brought their very best technical wrestling, high flying, and strikes to this match. In the end, Kota Ibushi advances to Round 3 when he hits the sitout Last Ride powerbomb for the three count. Incredible match! There’s only two matches on this card, but again, if you only choose one, choose this one. But really, watch the two matches presented this week because you can’t go wrong with either one.
In a really cool post-match moment after they announce the matches for next week (see below), Cedric Alexander is shown receiving a standing ovation from the crowd, who breaks into a “Please sign Cedric” chant, which brings out Triple H, who essentially says, “Alright, I’ll sign him” before shaking Cedric’s hand, patting him on the back, and taking him backstage. Cedric may be out of the CWC, but we may soon see him in WWE. What a cool moment to end the show.
Matches for next week in Round 2:
1. Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher
2. Noam Dar vs. Hoho Lun
3. The Brian Kendrick vs. Tony Nese
CWC for August 10, 2016 Rating: 10 out of 10
Why? There was absolutely nothing wrong with this show. The pre-match video packages, the commentary from Mauro and Bryan, the match between Tajiri and Metalik and of course, the tournament stealer of Ibushi vs. Alexander. This may have been my favorite episode yet of the CWC and it had the fewest matches on the card. Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go watch this edition of the CWC!
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