Air Date: 27/7/16
Week 3 of the Cruiserweight Classic brings us the long awaited debut of Zack Sabre Jr, who is obviously a major favourite to win the entire tournament.
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Tyson Dux (Cruiserweight Classic First Round)
Tyson Dux is a guy that’s been around for a very long time and for some reason has never really gotten a major opportunity in a big time company. This match was worked very well, but didn’t get over with the crowd at all. I think part of the reason for that is that Zack’s style of submission wrestling is something the WWE audience has really been trained to appreciate before. To be successful here Sabre may need to incorporate some more strikes and dynamic offence, as that’s what this crowd and WWE crowds in general pop for. Zack Sabre Jr. makes Tyson Dux submit ** ½
Corey Graves runs down the bracket so far before going to a set of video packages for Drew Gulak and Harv Sihra, our next match.
Drew Gulak vs. Harv Sihra (Cruiserweight Classic First Round)
Harv Sihra is one half of the Bollywood Boys, a tag team that wrestles mostly out of Canada and GFW. Pretty solid match here with Gulak working as the heel grinding down Sihra, who himself looked alright but didn’t really get a chance to shine. Mauro has been less annoying in this show so far but his over pronunciation of Ultimo Dragon really annoyed me. Drew Gulak makes Harv Sihra submit with a Dragon Sleeper ** ½
We throw to video packages for Tony Nese and Anthony Bennett.
Anthony Bennett vs. Tony Nese (Cruiserweight Classic First Round)
Perfectly fine, if unspectacular, match here. There was a very strange moment where the referee stopped Nese from hitting a top rope move to check on Bennett, but other than that there is nothing to really talk about in this match. Tony Nese pins Anthony Bennett with a 450 Splash **
Corey Graves runs down our main event and throws to the obligatory video packages for each man.
Brian Kendrick vs. Raul Mendoza (Cruiserweight Classic First Round)
One hell of a match here, Kendrick played the slimey heel who would do anything to win to perfection. He came into the match as a huge face and was downright despised by the end of it. Credit to Mendoza who played his role perfectly as well and showed a lot of fire. This is in contention for the best match of the tournament so far, just great stuff. I really hope both of these guys get signed to the new Cruiserweight Division. Brian Kendrick submits Mendoza with a Bully Choke *** ½
Some weaker matches on the show this week, however a really great main event saved this from being a bit of a dud.