Tom Phillips is backstage with RAW Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins. He's been training for this moment since 1998. He admits he's a bit nervous. Brian Kendrick has been here before and has been a champion before but confidence got TJ to where he is and he's confident he will leave as champion. He tells Tom to wish him luck and walks off. We go to the ring and out comes Brian Kendrick first. TJ Perkins is out next with the gold, also with a new entrance like Kendrick.
Perkins offers a handshake before the match but Kendrick refuses. Back and forth to start. Kendrick comes out of the corner and takes Perkins down with a headlock. Perkins comes back with some offense and goes for a submission but Kendrick escapes to the floor. Kendrick gets Perkins wrapped up in the apron and beats on him. Kendrick brings it back in and keeps control as we get dueling chants from the crowd. Perkins comes back with some submission holds, including a dab into a Muta Lock. Kendrick gets the ropes. Kendrick ends up sending Perkins to the floor. Kendrick sells a leg injury and limps out. Kendrick brings it back in for a 2 count.
More back and forth. Kendrick comes back in but runs into a kick to the head. Kendrick launches Perkins onto his neck for a 2 count. Kendrick with another submission. Perkins breaks it and hits a mule kick. Perkins looks to make a comeback now. Perkins with a neckbreaker and modified atomic drop for a 2 count. Perkins goes on and ends up on the top. Perkins cuts him off and climbs up. Perkins sends Kendrick to the mat. Perkins jumps and brings both of them to the floor with a hurricanrana over the top. They make it back in before the 10 count. Perkins blocks Sliced Bread and hits a big springboard dropkick to the head. Perkins goes up top but misses as Kendrick moves. Perkins fights off the submission and gets the knee bar applied. Kendrick reverses it and they trade shots. Kendrick nails Sliced Bread for a close 2 count.
More back and forth. Perkins drops Kendrick into a kick and gets the knee bar applied. Kendrick taps for the win.
Winner: TJ Perkins
After the bell, Perkins hits the turnbuckle to celebrate as JoJo makes the announcement. Andrea comes in to interview Perkins but Kendrick walks in and they shake hands. Kendrick drops Perkins with a headbutt and makes his exit while Perkins looks on.