Cruiserweight Classic
Date: July 20, 2016
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Daniel Bryan

It’s week two and therefore time for more first round matches. Last week’s show was entertaining stuff as they’re going with a very different vibe this time around. It’s rather cool to see a lot of the unknowns getting shots, even if a lot of them have almost no chance of winning the thing. Let’s get to it.

Opening sequence.

Mauro welcomes us to the show and congratulates Bryan on his new role in WWE, though no specific spot is mentioned.

Corey Graves introduces a recap of last week’s show and introduces tonight’s matches.

First Round: Tajiri vs. Damien Slater

Slater is Australian. Tajiri starts fast and sends Slater into the ropes as they’re still feeling each other out in the early going. Slater kicks him in the ribs and Bryan is right there to say kicking with Tajiri is a bad idea. Instead they fight over some wristlocks with Tajiri hammering him down with some elbows.

More kicks sets up an armbar on Slater but he makes the ropes and sends Tajiri outside for a slingshot corkscrew dive. Back in and Tajiri grabs a wristlock to slow down Slater’s offense. A running knee to the head gets two for Slater. Tajiri gets in even more kicks and grabs a quick Tarantula, followed by the handspring elbow. The Buzzsaw Kick puts Slater away at 5:49.

Result: Tajiri b. Damien Slater – Buzzsaw Kick (5:49)

TJ Perkins is the wrestler who makes everything look good.

The Mack wants to be the Michael Jackson of professional wrestling.

First Round: Da Mack vs. TJ Perkins

Germany vs. Phillippines and both guys seem cocky. Mack’s dancing draws an Alex Wright reference. Perkins takes him down with a dropkick and a headscissors with some dancing that Bryan can identify. Mack catches him with a palm strike but Perkins dances into a Boston crab with Perkins lifting him up by the arms. The threat of a Muta Lock (bridging Indian Deathlock with a chinlock) sends Mack over to the ropes and he’s able to pull TJ to the floor.

Naturally that means a big flip dive, followed by some dancing stomps back inside. Now the Muta Lock has Mack in trouble but he’s right in front of the ropes. Mack is back up and runs the corner for a spinning kick to the face, only to have the landing delay the cover. Perkins is right back up with a slingshot dropkick but he misses a 450. Not that it matters as some kicks to the head set up a kneebar to make Mack tap at 6:30.

Result: TJ Perkins b. Da Mack – Kneebar (6:30)

Mustafa Ali says he’s the most well rounded wrestler in the tournament.

Lince Dorado, a masked man, talks about wrestling around the world and being ready to face anyone.

First Round: Mustafa Ali vs. Lince Dorado

Pakistan vs. Puerto Rico. Ali doesn’t want to shake hands but eventually does so to get us going. Dorado headscissors him out to the floor but gets pulled outside as well, setting up a running knee from the apron. A knee to the back gets two on Dorado but he kicks Ali in the face. Dorado isn’t done as he headscissors Ali to the floor, setting up a very long Asai Moonsault. Back in and a springboard reverse hurricanrana (it sounds better than it looks) gets two on Ali, who comes right back with a springboard Spanish Fly for the same. Ali misses a 450 though and a shooting star gives Dorado the pin at 5:53.

Result: Lince Dorado b. Mustafa Ali – Shooting star press (5:53)

Akira Tozawa is excited to be here.

Kenneth Johnson thinks it’s his time.

First Round: Akira Tozawa vs. Kenneth Johnson

Japan vs. USA. Again they fight over a wristlock to start until Johnson actually takes him to the mat and works on the leg. A headlock into a headscissors gives us a standoff. Tozawa, the heavy favorite coming in, finally starts getting serious and wins a chop off before just punching Johnson in the jaw.

Johnson takes a hard roaring elbow but comes right back with a dropkick for no cover. There’s a double clothesline to put both guys down until Tozawa goes nuts with some forearms to the jaw. Johnson stops him cold with knees to the face and a jackknife cover for two. Kenneth misses a middle rope spinning legdrop though and Tozawa snaps off a hard German suplex for two, followed by a bridging German for the pin at 10:00.

Result: Akira Tozawa b. Kenneth Johnson – German suplex

Tajiri b. Damien Slater – Buzzsaw Kick
TJ Perkins b. Da Mack – Kneebar
Lince Dorado b. Mustafa Ali – Shooting Star Press
Akira Tozawa b. Kenneth Johnson – German suplex

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