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Welcome to the debut episode of the Cruiserweight Classic.
Triple H narrates a video package looking at former cruiserweight stars, along with some of the participants in the tournament.
Your commentators for the CWC are Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan. They send it to Corey Graves in the CWC Control Center, which will give us some background on the competitors and the brackets. We see a promo for our first competitors, Gran Metalik and Alejandro Saez. Mike Rome is our ring announcer for the CWC and says there is a 20-minute time limit to these matches. I like the look of the lighting, ring, and ropes. Charles Robinson is our referee and checks the rules with the wrestlers. They shake hands and we're off! Really liking the UFC/Boxing feel to this so far.
Gran Metalik vs. Alejandro Seaz
Saez showing his size advantage early with power moves and heeling up the crowd early. Springboard drop kick from Saez to Gran Metalik for a two. Metalik makes the recovery with acrobatics on the top rope into a drop kick! Metalik makes a huge dive to the outside that connects. Action back into the ring and Metalik hits a flying cross body. Great back and forth action as Saez hits a shooting star press from the apron to the outside. Gran Metalik hits a fireman's carry fisherman's driver almost out of nowhere for the three and the win!
Winner via Pinfall: Gran Metalik
Ho Ho Lun vs. Ariya Daivari
Daivari refuses to shake hands before the match and immediately puts Lun in a headlock. Lun gets out of the way of a clothesline and delivers a dropkick. Lun gives Daivari another kick to the back of the head. Daivari recovers with an elevated neck breaker and slows down the pace with some power moves. Ho Ho gets the support of the crowd with "Ho Ho" chants similar to Sami Zayn's "Ole" chants. Daivari puts Lun into a chin lock but Lun battles back, fails to break, and receives an enziguri. Lun battles back as he gets fired up and delivers a missle drop kick from the second rope. Daivari misses a frog splash. Lun hits a swift kick followed by a Superkick. Lun grabs Daivari, delivers a German Suplex, bridges for the cover and the three count and victory.
Winner via Pinfall: Ho Ho Lun
Cedric Alexander vs. Clement Petiot
Handshake leads to Petiot pulling Alexander in nose-to-nose. Alexander says bring it on as the bell rings. Deep arm drags by Alexander as Petiot heads out of the ring to regroup. Alexander's athleticism has him grab Petiot into a backflip head scissors into a reverse rana. Petiot grabs Cedric and delivers some hard-hitting offense to slow down the pace. Gutwrench suplex from Petiot to Alexander for a two count. Clement maintains control with a chin lock and elbows to Alexander's head. Lateral press on Alexander for a two. Daniel Bryan putting over the hard hitting style that can be seen in cruiserweight competition. Alexander gets huge air on a leaping clothesline. Big corner forearms from Alexander. Each man counters the other's suplex attempts. Petiot hits a big discus clothesline that turns Alexander inside out. Cover for a two! Alexander comes back from the brink to hit a back suplex into a back breaker for the three and the win.
Winner via Pinfall: Cedric Alexander
Kota Ibushi vs. Sean Maluta
Big pop for Ibushi with a WWE-ready type theme song. They shake hands. Ibushi delivers a big kick to Maluta as Sean drops to the canvas. Solid mat based wrestling from both early on, playing into Maluta's favor. Out of nowhere, Ibushi nails a roundhouse kick to Maluta's chest. That will knock the air out of anyone! Maluta goes for a splash but misses. Ibushi heads to the outside and hits a springboard missile drop kick. T-Bone suplex from Ibushi. Maluta hits a code breaker from the second rope! Maluta goes for an acrobatic dive to the outside and gets caught up and nearly misses. Both men go down but quickly return to the ring. Maluta covers for a two. Maluta applies a variety of submissions including a rear chin lock. Kick to the side of the head into a neckbreaker to Ibushi. Lots of offense for Maluta in this one. Big kicks from Maluta to Ibushi, but it only fires up Kota. Ibushi then hits a big drop kick with lots of air. Tons of quick and stiff strikes from Ibushi to Maluta for a two count. Love how Ranallo and Bryan have put over everything they've seen from all the competitors. Maluta heads to the top but Ibushi hits a Pele kick to knock down Maluta. Ibushi connects with a moonsault. Maluta recovers and hits a Superkick on the button for the two count. Nearly a big upset. Ibushi reverses a kick for a big kick to set up a Last Ride Powerbomb for the three count and win for Ibushi. Nice match! Maluta looked great and of course Ibushi backed up the hype.
Winner via Pinfall: Kota Ibushi
We take a look at the updated brackets. Ibushi takes on Cedric Alexander next in the second round. Each man shows respect to the other. Corey Graves previews next week's matches as we go off the air.
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