WWE Cruiserweight Classic for July 27, 2016
Watch: WWE Network
Full Sail University/Full Sail Arena – Winter Park, Florida
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tyson Dux
My most anticipated match of the night is kicking off the show. Admittedly, I haven’t seen as much as Sabre or Dux as I’d have liked, but they’ve always impressed me. As expected, this was a technical match, with both men targeting each other’s limbs in an attempt to advance in the tournament. These two had a very good back-and-forth match. Sabre submitted Dux with the omoplata.
Drew Gulak vs. Harv Sihra
Post-match, Mauro Ranallo, and Daniel Bryan send it to Corey Graves in the CWC Control Room, where he reveals that Drew Gulak vs. Harv Sihra is next. In a relatively short, enjoyable match, Gulak defeated Sihra with a Dragon Sleeper. The submission-based styles of both competitors meshed well and came together to produce a quality match. Gulak will face Sabre in round two, which I’m really looking forward to.
Tony Nese vs. Anthony Bennett
This was one of the weaker matches of the tournament thus far. A classic story of speed vs. strength on display here. Unfortunately, the crowd couldn’t be bothered to care and neither could I. Nese pinned Bennett following his signature 450 Splash. Bennett appeared to injure his leg towards the end of the match.
Brian Kendrick vs. Raul Mendoza
During the match, Mendoza’s mouth got busted open. At one point, Mendoza hit a huge corkscrew dive on Kendrick. Shortly thereafter, Mendoza tied Kendrick up in a tree of woe before hitting a coast-to-coast dropkick. This was a fun main event, which ended when Mendoza tapped out to a Bully Chokehold.
Yet another good show, capped off by a solid main event. Although I wasn’t a fan of Nese vs. Bennett, the first two matches are worth checking out. Mendoza was also impressive in the main event. Next week, we will see Rich Swann vs. Jason Lee, Noam Dar vs. Gurv Sihra, Jack Gallagher vs. Fabian Aichner, and the much-anticipated clash of tag team partners, Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa.