Date: February 7, 2017
Location: Key Arena, Seattle, Washington
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Austin Aries, Corey Graves
It’s time to find out who is next to challenge King Neville, whose original challenger Rich Swann has gone down with an ankle/foot injury. Therefore tonight we’ll be having a five man elimination match to crown a new #1 contender. That has some potential and could make for a good main event so let’s get to it.
We open with a look at the five participants in tonight’s main event with each one getting to say about what you would expect them to say.
We open with some breaking news: Tony Nese is injured and out of the match so we have a qualifying match for a replacement.
Ariya Daivari vs. Mustafa Ali
Result: Mustafa Ali b. Ariya Daivari – Inverted 450 (5:50)
Gran Metalik arrives next week.
Lince Dorado vs. Brian Kendrick
Before the match, Kendrick talks about how he’s the gatekeeper of the division and wants to crush dreams. That doesn’t include Akira Tozawa though because there’s potential there. Dorado starts fast and sends Kendrick outside for an Asai moonsault. Back in and Kendrick scores with a leg lariat to take over, only to get caught in a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Dorado speeds things up with a high crossbody and the handspring Stunner for two. At attempt at the mask doesn’t deter Dorado but the shooting star….kind of grazes Kendrick’s knees, setting up the Captain’s Hook for the submission at 4:40.
Result: Brian Kendrick b. Lince Dorado – Captain’s Hook (4:40)
Post match Kendrick calls Tozawa out but gets Tajiri and the mist to the eyes instead.
Neville isn’t worried about any of his potential opponents.
Jack Gallagher vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar vs. TJ Perkins
Elimination rules here and the lights flicker for a bit at the start. Dar gets surrounded early on and Cedric clotheslines him out to the floor. The other four pair off with Ali and Perkins getting the better of it. Jack runs Dar over on the outside and Cedric sunset flips Perkins for two. That leaves Dar and Cedric to slug it out in the ring with Noam getting the better of it but getting dropkicked outside by Gallagher.
Ali gets LAUNCHED over the top with a backdrop and everyone goes down. That means it’s time for William III and the Mary Poppins Drop takes everyone down. Dar takes out Jack’s knee back inside but the Lumbar Check gets rid of Dar at 5:18. A snappy C4 gets two on Ali but Perkins catches Cedric on the top. Dar crotches Cedric for good measure and the Detonation Kick gives Perkins the elimination at 7:44.
Perkins gets caught in an electric chair from Gallagher, followed by a high crossbody from Ali for two. Ali’s neckbreaker drops Gallagher but the inverted 450 misses this time. Perkins slaps on a cross armbreaker and Ali taps at 9:43. That leaves us with Gallagher vs. Perkins for the title shot and TJ goes straight for the already injured knee.
The kneebar goes on but Jack holds on and gets all the way to the ropes for the break. Jack doesn’t need his knee for the corner headstand and one heck of a headbutt gets two. Both guys are down and it’s another headbutt into the corner dropkick to give Gallagher the pin and the title shot at 13:57.
Result: Jack Gallagher b. TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Noam Dar – Running dropkick to Perkins (13:57)
Neville comes out for the staredown to end the show.
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