Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month (September 2016)

Since The Cruiserweight Classic debuted on The WWE Network on July 13th, it has become an immediate success.  Those who may not be familiar with the cruiserweight division or independent wrestling are being introduced to a whole different world of high fliers and agility from the best talent from all over the globe.  There was no denying that The Cruiserweight Classic would be something special but these competitors have truly stolen the hearts and attention of everyone tuning in every Wednesday.  It left such an impression on me that as a blogger, I just had to dedicate a monthly blog segment in its honor aside from the weekly tournament results.  Without further ado, I bring you the Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month.

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September’s Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month is without a doubt the last match of the tournament.  Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins defeated thirty other men to get to this point and had just one more match in order to possess the title of the inaugural winner of the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament.  If that didn’t make it significant and special already, Triple H added to this monementous occasion by introducing the Cruiserweight Classic Championship belt to both competitors and the WWE Universe.  After the referee confirmed that the rules were understood and both men shook hands, Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins competed for the coveted Cruiserweight Classic Tournament and Championship!

Both men had fans rallying behind them with chants of “Metalik!” and “TJP!” engulfing the stadium at Full Sail University.  Metalik was off to a good start as he was able to get Perkins’ shoulders onto the mat early on the match, but Perkins was able to get his shoulders up to prevent a pin.  Although Metalik had his moments in the final match of the tournament, such as a Frankensteiner off the apron, it was Perkins who ruled supreme.  Once TJ hit Metalik with a Kneebar, it injured Metalik and you could see the pain and the effect it had on him.  Matalik was limping, dragging himself to the ropes whenever Perkins had the maneuver locked in and could not fully connect his signature maneuver, the Metalik Driver.  The Kneebar into a Leg Cross was exactly how Perkins solidified his victory, giving Metalik no choice but to tap out.

Winner: TJ Perkins

 

What a well-deserved victory for TJ Perkins.  Although I would have been happy with any of the final 8 men being crowned the victor, TJ Perkins showed us all why he deserved the title.  Even though the tournament is over, you can now watch TJ Perkins, Gran Metalik and many more from the Cruiserweight Classic dominate Monday Night Raw every week!

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Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month (August 2016)

Since The Cruiserweight Classic debuted on The WWE Network on July 13th, it has become an immediate success.  Those who may not be familiar with the cruiserweight division or independent wrestling are being introduced to a whole different world of high fliers and agility from the best talent from all over the globe.  There was no denying that The Cruiserweight Classic would be something special but these competitors have truly stolen the hearts and attention of everyone tuning in every Wednesday.  It left such an impression on me that as a blogger, I just had to dedicate a monthly blog segment in its honor aside from the weekly tournament results.  Without further ado, I bring you the Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month.

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August’s Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month took place at the second to last second round qualifying matches of the tournament.  Two highly popular Cruiserweight Classic competitors Akira Towaza and Jack Gallagher faced off in order to determine who would be advancing to the quarter finals.

It was undeniable that the WWE Universe was behind Jack Gallagher this entire match. Chants like “Jackie Boy!” and “Jack!” filled the arena frequently.  By watching the match, it looked as if the cheers from the fans had impacted Gallagher’s every move as he had great control over Towaza.  Gallagher had injured Towaza’s left thigh early on in the match and he had set his primary focus on further injuring it, giving him the upper hand.  Although Gallagher ruled a majority of their match, Towaza picked up steam in its final moments.  Towaza connected a Small Package, German Suplex and Deadlift on Gallagher, which none seemed to work until he connected a German Suplex into a Bridge on Gallagher.  This resulted in a victory for Towaza and his advancement in the Cruiserweight Classic quarter finals.

Winner: Akira Towaza

 

This match had me engaged and on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I was incredibly bummed that Gallagher was not victorious but like I said when this match aired, I strongly feel this will not be the last we see of Jack Gallagher in WWE and I still feel that way.  Both Gallagher and Towaza have such big, bright futures in professional wrestling and I cannot wait to see where this exciting journey in the industry takes them.

This match is available to rewatch on The WWE Network as well as The Cruiserweight Classic Tournament every Wednesday at 9pm ET!

Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month (July 2016)

Since The Cruiserweight Classic debuted on The WWE Network on July 13th, it has become an immediate success.  Those who may not be familiar with the cruiserweight division or independent wrestling are being introduced to a whole different world of high fliers and agility from the best talent from all over the globe.  There was no denying that The Cruiserweight Classic would be something special but these competitors have truly stolen the hearts and attention of everyone tuning in every Wednesday.  It left such an impression on me that as a blogger, I just had to dedicate a monthly blog segment in its honor aside from the weekly tournament results.  Without further ado, I bring you the first ever Cruiserweight Classic Match of the Month.

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This match was the very first match to kick off Round 1 in The Cruiserweight Classic Tournament and without a doubt, has been my absolute favorite match thus far. Representing Mexico, Gran Metalik faces Alejandro Saez from Chile.

Gran Metalik comes out first, followed by Alejandro Saez. The referee informs them that they’ve already been made aware of the rules backstage and asks if either one of them have any questions.  After they inform the referee they do not by shaking their heads, Metalik and Saez shake hands and the referee rings the bell.  Saez kicks off the match by locking an Armbar on Metalik who is able to flip out of it, which you can clearly see shocks Saez.  Saez hits Metalik with a Basement Drop followed by a Double Fist to the back which receives a negative reaction from fans as they filled the arena with boos.  Saez then pulls Metalik up by his hair, gets him on his feet and puts Metalik in a Headlock.  Metalik punches Saez in the mid-section but Saez keeps the Headlock in place, even when he bumps the ropes.  However, Metalik gets out of it when Saez bumps the ropes and pushes Saez but Saez hits Metalik with a Shoulder Block.  Saez once again bumps the ropes which Metalik rolls up to catch Saez with his legs but Saez moves out of the way to bump the opposite ropes and hits Metalik with a Double Kick to his mid-section.  Saez pins Metalik but he kicks out at one.  Saez and the referee go back and forth as Saez disagrees with the count, but the referee confirms Metalik kicked out at one.

Saez immediately kicks Metalik in the back then picks him up by the head and goes to have Metalik bump the ropes but Metalik swings Saez who flips over the top rope. Metalik goes charging at Saez who connects his shoulder to Metalik’s mid-section.  Saez jumps off the top rope and connects an Airboard Dropkick on Metalik’s chest.  Saez tries to go for the pin but Metalik kicks out at two.

Saez stumbles back into the corner of the ring, looking stunned that Metalik kicked out of the Airboard Dropkick. Saez once again disputes with the referee about the count and yet again, the referee confirms with Saez that Metalik kicked out at two.  Saez walks over to Metalik, picks him up by the head, and begins giving him chops to the chest.  Saez tosses Metalik in order to bump the ropes, which he does but he does a flip rather than bumping in Saez’s direction.  Saez charges at Metalik who hits Saez with a Superkick.  As Saez is down, Metalik jumps onto the second rope, and some amazing footwork, and hits Saez with a Double Kick that send Saez flying outside of the ring.  Metalik runs from the opposite side of the ring, Springboards off the 2nd rope and flips onto Saez.  Not only was commentary flipping out at the sight of this move but so were the fans chanting “Metalik!”  Now it’s Metalik’s turn to take Saez by the head and throws him into the ring.  Metalik climbs up to the top turnbuckle, walks the top ropes and his Saez with a Splash.  Metalik goes for the pin but Saez kicks out at two.

Metalik slaps Saez several times in the chest which Saez gets out of quickly by tossing Metalik to bump the ropes but Metalik flips over the top rope and lands on the apron.  Saez then connects a Round House Kick to Metalik’s face which sends him flying onto the ground.  Saez then connects an absolutely incredible Shooting Star Press onto Metalik!  After regaining his strength (because you could see it knocked the wind right out both Saez and Metalik!), Saez rolls Metalik back into the ring.  Saez climbs onto the top turnbuckle to flip onto Metalik, but Metalik moves and Saez lands hard on the mat.  As Saez stands up, Metalik charges at him and hits him with a Corner Clothesline.  Metalik puts Saez up on his shoulders for a Fisherman’s Carry and into a Fisherman’s Driver!  Metalik pins for the win and advances to the second round The Cruiserweight Classic Tournament.

Winner: Gran Metalik

 

I seriously couldn’t think of a better way to kick off this Cruiserweight Classic Tournament than with a match of this caliber.  You really have to give it to both of these men; they fought tooth and nail for such a huge opportunity.  And for someone like Alejandro Saez who learned how to wrestle through online videos and traveling to different countries to receive professional training is absolutely admirable.  It shows you how badly he wanted to wrestle professional as well as this opportunity and I hope this exposure provides him with some wonderful opportunities in this industry.  As for Metalik, he moves onto the second round to face the veteran Tajiri.  After this match, I became such a huge fan of his and I’m putting all my cards on the table for him to win it all.

This match is available to rewatch on The WWE Network as well as The Cruiserweight Classic Tournament every Wednesday at 9pm ET!