T.J. Perkins def. Rich Swann (Quarterfinal Match)

Rich Swann vs. T.J. Perkins - Quarterfinal Match:  Cruiserweight Classic, Sept. 7, 2016

Rich Swann and T.J. Perkins square off for the last spot in the Cruiserweight Classic Semifinals. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

The last Quarterfinal Match also saw two friends square off, with Rich Swann facing T.J. Perkins for a spot in the CWC Semifinals. Neither man was afraid to show off their flashier side, with Swann dancing as the WWE Universe cheered him on, while Perkins chose to dab as he locked Swann in a headscissors.

Though the mood of the bout was light early on, the tide turned quickly after TJP applied his kneebar in lightning-quick fashion. The speed of the bout picked up from there, as Swann attempted to moonsault onto his friend at ringside, only to jam his leg on the landing and leave himself vulnerable to a springboard dropkick from “The Fil-Am Flash.”

Perkins landed badly on the ring apron, but it didn’t seem to slow him down as he pounced on Swann,  focusing his attack his friend’s left leg. The 18-year veteran slowed the bout down to a methodical pace, but Swann fought through the pain and pressed forward. However, the leg injury hampered the Baltimore native’s uncanny jumping ability, preventing him from getting maximum air.  

Swann dug down deep and managed to hit a jumping hurricanrana to remove TJP from the top rope, but the move seemed to cost him – the high-flyer continued to take to the air, but he winced with every landing. When Swann went for his Standing 450 Splash, Perkins caught him after the first jump and locked on the TJP Clutch. Swann was able to reach the ropes, but would not be able to withstand the pain a second time, tapping out to give Perkins the victory.

A somewhat remorseful Perkins released the hold immediately and checked on his friend, but he had plenty of reason to celebrate as he cemented his place in the CWC’s final four.

With Perkins’ victory, the field for the Semifinals is set. Next Wednesday, the following matches will take place:

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Gran Metalik (PREVIEW)
Kota Ibushi vs. T.J. Perkins (PREVIEW)

The winners of these two matches will collide later that night to determine the winner for the inaugural Cruiserweight Classic. Who will leave with the Cruiserweight Classic Trophy and ultimate bragging rights? Find out during the CWC Live Finale, next Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, only on WWE Network!


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