Tonight on the Cruiserweight Classic, the first round matches conclude and we get a better view of what is going to go down in round two. We first get a look of what went down last week.
Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan are hyped for tonight’s show, as they kick it to Corey Graves who introduces the first video profiles.
Rich Swann defeated Jason Lee
Rich Swann says he is not going to take one person lightly. People have said he’ll never make it because of his size, but now he is here realizing his dream. Jason Lee is profiled next, saying he’ll show what a wrestler from Hong Kong looks like.
Swann was instantly over with the crowd. He has the charisma down pat and looked great in everything he did. He has a really nice looking high flying style. Lee looked fine, but this was mostly a highlight reel for Swann, who won with a standing 450 splash. Bryan put over Lee’s quickness.
Noam Dar defeated Gurv Sihra
More profiles. Gurv Sihra describes his style as mat-based, basing it off guys like Bret Hart and Chris Jericho. Meanwhile, Noam Dar was born in Israel but grew up in Scotland. Having wrestled since he was 15, he’s one hundred percent in this to win.
This was fine but nothing special. Dar looked alright but I think there are others who have looked better so far. Dar worked on Sihra's leg early in the match. Sihra went for an elbow off the top rope, but Dar dodged, took him down, and grabbed a leg lock. Hyperextending the knee, Dar gets the submission and the win.
Dar will face HoHo Lun in round two.
Jack Gallagher defeated Fabian Aichner
Fabian Aichner mentions the wrestling culture in Italy isn’t as big as it is here. They say hard work pays off, and he isn’t going to let this opportunity slide by. Jack Gallagher says he will keep it gentlemanly and will use the tournament to further himself. He has to use his mind to beat his opponents and get the submission as quickly as possible.
Aichner looks huge next to Gallagher even though he’s only 203 pounds. Gallagher sold a lot for Aichner, who looked good and even did a really cool double spring moonsault for a near fall.
Gallagher came back with two cross body blocks and went for a guillotine, but Aichner countered with a powerbomb. Gallagher dodged a frog splash, then hit a dropkick in the corner for the win. Really good TV match, both guys looked great.
Gallagher will meet Akira Tozawa in the second round.
Johnny Gargano defeated Tommaso Ciampa
Johnny Gargano mentions that he has been a singles wrestler his whole career, so it was something new for him when he started partnering with Tommaso Ciampa in NXT. At the end of the day, Gargano says he will shake Ciampa's hand and we’ll see who comes out on top.
Ciampa says he never hits with the intent to injure but does hit with the intent to hurt. “May the best man win,” Gargano says.
Andrea D'Marco is with Gargano and Ciampa. Ciampa says it doesn't matter if they’re tag team partners or if they’re like brothers, it’s all about who is going home, and he isn’t ready to go home yet. Ciampa says Gargano's just not going to be the guy that puts him out of the CWC.
This was a great back and forth match, probably the best of the first round matches. Ciampa was put over for his strength. He went for something on the top rope, but Gargano blocked it and hit a superkick from where Ciampa was standing.
Ciampa hit a big time Air Raid Clash on the apron and actually only got a near fall. THAT was a scary spot. Ciampa went to take down his knee pad, but showed some remorse as Gargano was struggling to get up.
Gargano came back with a superkick immediately, but Ciampa was able to hit Project Ciampa. Gargano then got a flash win out of nowhere with a crucifix as he and Ciampa were mat wrestling.
Gargano will face TJ Perkins in the second round.
Ciampa hesitated, and even left the ring as Gargano extended his hand, but they both sat down and hugged.
Next week is the start of the second round. We will have:
Tajiri vs. Gran Metalik
Cedric Alexander vs. Kota Ibushi
Really good show this week. Definitely check out the last two matches if you can, as all four of these guys looked really great, as did Swann.