Date: April 10, 2018
Location: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, Louisiana
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Percy Watson
It’s the final show of Wrestlemania Weekend and that means things are starting to run out of steam. There’s not much left to say at the moment, but Cedric Alexander is the new Cruiserweight Champion as the title isn’t vacant for the first time in over two months. Buddy Murphy is waiting in the wings though so let’s get to it.
I was in the arena for this show, sitting in the (freezing) upper deck, opposite the hard camera.
We open with a recap of Alexander defeating Mustafa Ali to become the new champion in a tournament final.
Percy Watson is here as Nigel McGuinness is out for two weeks.
Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa
Back up and Tozawa shouts a lot, which is rather customary for him. A big kick to the head misses but so does Kalisto’s rolling kick. Tozawa goes with the stiff shot to the head and it’s time to stomp away in the corner. The screaming backsplash gets two and it’s off to a chinlock. They’re not exactly burning the mat up so far. Kalisto finally avoids a charge in the corner and hits that head kick as things speed up a bit.
The hurricanrana driver gets two and another kick to the head staggers Tozawa on top. One heck of a super Spanish Fly gets two on Tozawa and it’s time for the slugout. Tozawa misses a charge in the corner and gets shouldered in the ribs, setting up the big running kick to the chest.
Kalisto seems to have him stunned but charges into a monkey flip with Tozawa sending him knee first into the corner. The top rope backsplash hits knees but Kalisto is too banged up to capitalize. We hit the pinfall reversal sequence until Kalisto grabs the Salida Del Sol for the pin at 11:24.
Result: Kalisto b. Akira Tozawa – Salida Del Sol (11:24)
It’s a heck of a match.
Mark Andrews is getting ready to face Drew Gulak when Tony Nese comes in. Tony talks about how he and Gulak used to be friends but Drew isn’t the same man anymore. He wants Andrews to go take care of Gulak for good.
Drew Gulak vs. Mark Andrews
Gulak, in a rather small robe, says he was thinking about needing to offer the people an explanation. That should mean a POWERPOINT PRESENTATION but it’s not the time for that. This isn’t Microsoft Office aficionado Drew Gulak. This is the best submission wrestler on 205 Live and he will make you tap. Some armdrags annoy Gulak to start and he bails to the floor in short order.
Back in and the threat of the Gulock has Andrews scurrying away but coming right back with a bulldog. A hurricanrana on the apron is countered though and Gulak sends him hard into the post to start in on Andrews’ neck. That means a cravate and then a chinlock as Gulak picks Andrews apart with relative ease. Andrews fights up with a jumping enziguri for a breather, followed by a 619 to the ribs.
The standing corkscrew moonsault gets two but a HARD clothesline to the back of the head gives Gulak two. The fans are completely distracted by something behind the announcers’ table (I never could figure it out but it was something about a fan falling asleep. Andrews hits the Stundog Millionaire as the fans are asking HOW WAS YOUR NAP. Gulak sends him into the corner and the Gulock is good for the tap at 10:28.
Result: Drew Gulak b. Mark Andrews – Gulock (10:28)
Post match Gulak puts the hold back on but here’s Tony Nese for the save and a big beatdown.
Don’t step to Drew.
Drake Maverick is skeptical of having a pair of guys on his roster. It’s Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick, the latter of whom is back from injury. They’ll be teaming again and Hideo Itami injuring Kendrick is water under the bridge.
Here’s Maverick for Alexander’s big celebration. Drake talks about sitting ringside when Cedric won the title (Drake: “I was sitting there, John Cena was sitting right over there.”) and how proud it made him. This brings out Cedric to the YOU DESERVE IT chants. Two years ago the fans chanting PLEASE SIGN CEDRIC and then this Sunday his friends and family saw him win the Cruiserweight Title.
Cedric thanks the fans but here’s Ali to cut him off. Ali congratulates him for winning the title as his friend, but also wants to remind Cedric that he’s in the line of competitors. Cedric doesn’t seem to mind and we get a hug. Cue Buddy Murphy’s music with Buddy coming from underneath the ring to botch Murphy’s Law at first before planting Alexander. Maverick is livid and yells at Murphy to end the show.
He deserves it.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the WWE Grab Bag.
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