Tonight was the finals of the Cruiserweight Classic and what a great two months this has been. I have seen so many great matches from so many amazing competitors but only one of thirty can win. Tonight it was down to the final four and those men were TJ Perkins, Gran Metalik, Zack Sabre Jr, and Kota Ibushi. Each man had their own path to go through in order to get here and it wasn’t easy. TJ Perkins had to go through Da Mack, Johnny Gargano and Rich Swann to secure a spot in the semifinals. Gran Metalik had some tough challengers in Alejandro Saez, Tajiri, and Akira Tozawa. Zack Sabre Jr, conquered Tyson Dux, Drew Gulak and Noam Dar to make his way into the semifinals. Lastly, Kota Ibushi had great matches against Sean Maluta, Cedric Alexander and Brian Kendrick to be where he’s at in the tournament. With all of these great matches and competitors I was excited to see what exactly what was going to go down tonight.
The first match of the evening was between Gran Metalik and Zack Sabre Jr. This match got off to a very fast start with the clash of styles. I could not believe the action I saw in this match. Metalik brought the fight to Sabre Jr. and he earned every be bit of that victory. I really thought that Sabre was going to submit Metalik on multiple occasions. I have to consider this a huge upset because Sabre has had so much momentum all over the world against some of the biggest names in the industry. How do you follow that? Well TJ Perkins and Kota Ibushi had to follow that and they had a classic encounter. They had a mixture of aerial tactics, technical mastery and even some strong style. I was shocked as I could be to see TJ Perkins tap out Kota Ibushi. I know some fans are probably upset that Ibushi and Sabre didn’t advance to the finals but at the end of the day it’s somewhat of a political move. Ibushi and Sabre did not sign with WWE. Perkins and Metalik did sign with WWE and got rewarded with being put in the spotlight.
When it comes to the spotlight no two guys have been more deserving as of late then Johnny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa. DIY tagged up tonight to take on Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander. I am so glad Alexander got a chance in the spotlight as well as Noam Dar. They put up one hell of a fight against DIY. I am so excited for this Cruiserweight Division to start on Raw. With how drawn out Raw is these days it will be a breath of fresh air to have the Cruiserweights on the show. Before we can get to Raw we have to talk about the finals. Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins had two incredible matches to get to the finals. How would their endurance be? What would their game plans be? Before we could find all this out Triple H came out and announced that this finals match would be for the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion This announcement fueled Perkins and Metalik even more. Perkins technical prowess and Metalik’s high flying moves made for a great match. At the end of the night we saw TJ Perkins become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion along with winning the Cruiserweight Classic Tournament Trophy. This was the best two hours of wrestling that I have seen in a long time. I am sad to see this tournament end but I look forward to future CWC Tournaments.
If you did not watch the Cruiserweight Classic you need to sit down and watch it from start to finish. I have to applaud Triple H, William Regal and the rest of people behind this tournament. This was a genius move by Triple H and the WWE. This has been an incredible 10 weeks of great professional wrestling action. I cannot wait for the future of the Cruiserweight Division and I for one hope they continue to do this tournament.