Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher (Second Round Match)

Akira Tozawa vs. Jack Gallagher (Second Round Match)

The Second Round of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic continues tonight on WWE Network and features a styles clash between Japan’s Akira Tozawa and Jack Gallagher of England.

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Gallagher is a throwback in every way. Employing the old-school British style of grappling, the “Extraordinary Gentleman” flustered Fabian Aichner of Germany before putting him away with a vicious running dropkick to earn his spot in the Second Round. Gallagher will likely need to incorporate more of his skill set, including his mixed martial arts experience, to progress further in the CWC.

The Brit squares off with Tozawa, a graduate of the vaunted Dragon Gate dojo in Japan. Tozawa was one of the most highly touted competitors coming into the tournament, having faced the likes of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn before they joined WWE. That renown gave him plenty of confidence heading into the tournament, but also may have led to him underestimating his First Round opponent, Kenneth Johnson. Tozawa quickly realized how serious the competition in the CWC would be and put the American away with a devastating German Suplex.

Tozawa won’t be underestimating Gallagher when they get in the ring. But will Gallagher be able to overwhelm his hard-hitting opponent, or will Tozawa slam his way to the Quarterfinals?

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