History was made last night as the inaugural winner of the Cruiserweight Classic was crowned. We witnessed 32 of the most talented men in the industry compete for this prestigious title, reducing the number from 32 to 16, then to 8 and finally, down to 4. These four men competed in the semi-finals to move onto the finals for the chance to become victorious in this tournament. These semi-final matches resulted in the following men advancing:
Gran Metalik vs Zack Sabre Jr.
Winner: Gran Metalik
Kota Ibushi vs TJ Perkins
Winner: TJ Perkins
Before Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins’ match took place, Triple H came out to make an exciting announcement. Whoever won this match would not only win the Tournament and the trophy, but would go onto Monday Night Raw as the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion! Triple H introduced the belt to the WWE Universe and it’s somewhat identical to the Tag Team Championship belts with its circular shape, except it does resemble an octagon, placed on a purple strap with the “CWC” logo on the sides. Triple H placed the title in front of both men, adding more motivation to these two competitors, handed it to the referee who held it high in the air with the bell being rung shortly after.
Throughout this whole competition, each competitor fought tooth and nail for this incredible opportunity, and last night was no different. Both men had given it their all then gave it some more. As Triple H said prior to introducing everyone to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship belt, there can only be one winner and that winner was TJ Perkins as he successfully defeated Gran Metalik by submission.
Each competitor has their story, but Perkins’ really tugged at your heartstrings. Perkins experienced abandonment, became homeless, struggled financially all while chasing a dream everyone in his path said would never come true. It’s been a rough journey throughout his eighteen years in the business, but it’s also had its moments of glory and triumph, this undeniably being the biggest moment in his life. Deserving is an understatement and I could not be more excited for Perkins on the next step in his professional wrestling career.
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