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– Recap of Rich Swann and TJ Perkins’ history, including when TJP was able to defeat Swann in the CWC and last week’s tag team match where TJP got the pin on Swann’s partner, Cedric Alexander.
– Corey Graves and Vic Joseph welcome us to the show as they preview an upcoming interview with Akira Tozawa and Rich Swann taking on TJP.
Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander
Before Nese can let the match start, he had to show off his physique to the crowd, Alexander wasn’t impressed. Quick start from both competitors, Nese is able to keep up at first, but Alexander puts him to the mat and then to the floor. He goes for a leap over the top rope, puts on the breaks, and moonsaults off the apron, taking out Nese. Action back on the ring, Alexander gets tossed up on the top rope and Nese kicks Alexander into the mid-section, catches him and drops him on his knee, pin, two-count. Alexander put in tree of woe, Nese does some crunches and kicks away at his opponent, which gets a mild pop out of the crowd.
Multiple kicks by Alexander, big clothesline off the top rope, pin attempt, but only gets a two-count. Nice counter by Nese who hits a pump-handle slam into a pin for two-count. Alexander goes for a handspring off the ropes, which leads to a couple pin reversals, Nese gets a handful of trunks and is able to pick up the win.
Winner: Tony Nese via Pinfall
– After the match, Nese says Alexander isn’t a Premier Athlete, but he’s in better shape than everyone in the crowd, getting some mild boos from the live crowd. He continues that Alexander will always be second best compared to Nese.
– Backstage, Dasha Fuentes is with The Brian Kendrick. They recap last week’s segment where Jack Gallagher destroyed Kendrick. Kendrick says Jack just doesn’t have what it takes, Jack had a chance to compete and he ended up getting disqualified, like what a coward and a clown would do. He continues that he won and he’s moving on. Jack comes in and beats the heck out of Kendrick again, Kendrick manages to run away as Jack looks on in anger.
Noam Dar vs. Mark Thomas
Before the match, Noam Dar says he knows who his opponent, and wonders how he’s still “trying to make it.” Dar gloats at his youth and how he’s done so much in his young career compared to his opponent. Thomas gets in some strikes early, but Dar is able to turn the tide and drop his opponent. Multiple kicks and punches as he lands a particularly hard kick to the face while Thomas is down in the corner. Dar finishes off his opponent with relative ease for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Noam Dar via Pinfall
– In the ring, Corey Graves introduces Akira Tozawa, who comes out with a suit on. Graves says Tozawa has seemed to put his shoulder injury and Ariya Daivari behind him, but before he can go much further out strolls Neville. He has a mic and wonders what Corey Graves is doing to his show and why Graves is interviewing the challenger and not the champion. Neville understands Graves is trying to hype the match, but Neville is the hype and that Tozawa is no competition for “The King.” As he continues talking, Tozawa tosses his chair out of the ring and removes his suit jacket. Tozawa has a question for Neville, Neville cracks a joke about Tozawa’s English. In response, Tozawa asks how Neville will feel when he loses at SummerSlam. Neville just laughs and goes in for a strike, but gets dropped. Tozawa up to the top rope and Neville scatters away from the ring. As Tozawa drops down to the ring, Neville makes a run for him, but gets caught with a kick in the face. Tozawa holds up the title as Neville retreats up the ramp.
TJP vs. Rich Swann
Swann controls the early part of the match, things pick as both wrestlers counter multiple moves. They each catch a kick and end up in the ropes for a break. Swann with a hard kick to TJP’s back as he tosses TJP at the ropes, TJP slips through, but gets tossed to the outside. Swann with a nice flip to the floor, taking down TJP. Action back in the ring, misdirection attempt by Swann, TJP able to lift up and drop Swann, belly-to-back suplex, pin, and two-count. TJP whips Swann chest-first into the corner. Submission by TJP, Swann able to get out, springboard by TJP to take down Swann, another pin, two-count.
Swann with dive, misses, TJP goes for a splash off the second rope, misses too. Crowd is basically silent for this one so far, with a few scattered “Boring” chants here and there. Swann with a nice leaping hurricanrana taking TJP from the top rope down to the mat. Swann with a double under-hook, TJP flips him over, Swann counters into a pin, two-count. TJP goes for knee lock, Swann gets out, kick, handspring splash, cover, two! Swann heads to the top and goes for a phoenix splash, but nobody home! TJP goes for a big move, countered, pin, two-count. Swann gets up on TJP’s shoulders, TJP drops Swann backwards on the top turnbuckle. Swann is dazed, detonation kick for the win!
Winner: TJP by Pinfall
– Post-match TJP celebrates, dabs, and then talks some trash to Swann. TJP follows Swann out of the ring as he continues to gloat, Swann doesn’t seem too happy by any of this. After going to commentary for a moment, they cut backstage as TJP asks Swann if he’s a poor loser, and Swann said it’s not about losing, it’s about how TJP acted in the ring and then trying to act like they’re friends. “I’m starting to know who you really are,” Swann says as he exits, and we’re out!