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LOS ANGELES — In his first title defense since claiming the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WWE Super Show-Down, Buddy Murphy defeated one of his greatest rivals, Mustafa Ali, in an exciting showcase of the kind of action the WWE Universe expects from WWE 205 Live.
Of course, Murphy and Ali have met before, including a No Disqualification Match that was ranked as the best WWE 205 Live match in the first 100 episodes. In their previous four meetings, Ali has won all but one. Since he was bested by Cedric Alexander in the final of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament at WrestleMania 34, Ali has stopped at nothing — including putting his body on the line — to earn another opportunity.
With the stakes higher than ever, Murphy tried to assert his power early in their Survivor Series clash, but the quickness of The Heart of WWE 205 Live kept the battle even. With Ali looking to take to the skies, Murphy managed to toss his opponent off the top rope into the fan barricade. With that, the champion was able to methodically — and powerfully — dismantle his challenger.
Ali countered Murphy’s strategy with his legendary resilience. Even after being tossed from the ring and flattened by an incredible dive by the champion, The Heart of WWE 205 Live continued to mount an effective offense, taking clear advantage of the contest following a reverse hurricanrana that spiked the champion into the mat.
Fending off Murphy’s advances, Ali prepared for his patented 054, but Murphy again desperately tossed him off the top rope. With the champion zeroing in and preparing to put his opponent through a table, Ali managed to counter and execute a jaw-dropping Spanish Fly off the table.
Murphy countered a second attempt at the 054, though, superkicking Ali’s jaw before a double powerbomb. Refusing to quit, The Heart of WWE 205 Live reversed Murphy’s Law before eyeing another high-risk move. Unfortunately for Ali, Murphy countered with a knee to the face, allowing the champion to successfully execute Murphy’s Law and retain the title.