Akira Tozawa def. Jack Gallagher (Second Round Match)
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Second Round of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic continued this week with a culture clash, as the style and sensibility of England’s “Extraordinary Gentleman” Jack Gallagher matched up with the raging Akira Tozawa.
Tozawa tried to keep the bout at his breakneck pace after the opening bell, but the wily Gallagher used his uncanny grappling ability to wriggle out of the Japanese competitor’s clutches with ease and slow the match down a little bit. The “Extraordinary Gentleman” rubbed his incredible technical prowess in his opponent’s face, giving Tozawa a cheeky wave while he locked the dynamo up in an Indian Deathlock. Gallagher continued toying with his opponent, tying Tozawa up in a ball and leaving him in the center of the ring.
After Gallagher released Tozawa from the unusual hold (with a kick to the hind quarters), the Japanese competitor was embarrassed. The furious competitor charged right at the Brit and pummeled him to the canvas with vicious elbow and knee strikes, his primal war cry echoing through Full Sail University. Following a hard right hand to the jaw, Gallagher’s demeanor changed immediately. “The Extraordinary Gentleman” dropped his playfulness and turned ruthless, showing off the torturous submission skills he learned at the infamous Snake Pit in his home country.
Tozawa fought on, though he had a noticeable limp, only for Gallagher to target the leg, cinching in an Achilles Lock that nearly ended the match. That did a good deal of damage to Tozawa’s leg, as the Japanese competitor had trouble standing up. Despite Gallagher’s best efforts, Tozawa was able to catch the Brit with a beautiful German Suplex for the three-count. With the victory, Tozawa advances to the Quarterfinals, where he will meet Gran Metalik.