Zack Sabre Jr. def. Noam Dar (Quarterfinal Match)

Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Noam Dar - Quarterfinal Match: Cruiserweight Classic, Sept. 7, 2016

Longtime friends square off in the CWC Quarterfinals, as England's Zack Sabre Jr. locks up with Noam Dar of Scotland. Video courtesy of the award-winning WWE Network.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Eight years ago, a 14-year-old Noam Dar first crossed paths with Zack Sabre Jr. in a training garage in his home country of Scotland. Since then, the two have been close friends. Their history went out the window this week, however, as they locked horns in the Quarterfinals of the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic.

Dar wasted no time in going after his friend, but soon found himself at the mercy of The Technical Wizard. Sabre Jr. took control of The Scottish Supernova, locking on a straitjacket hold until Dar forced a break and elbowed his friend in the corner. Dar played some mind games with Sabre, which frustrated the Englishman and allowed Dar to work over his peer’s left leg, weakening it for his trademark kneebar.

Sabre responded in kind, targeting Dar’s arm with brutal stomps and submissions. Despite the attack, Dar hung hold for hold with his friend, continuing his attack on Sabre’s leg. The Scottish Supernova was persistent and succeeded in locking on the kneebar, though Sabre did not tap out. Instead, the two rolled out of the ring while still in the hold, a move that left Sabre grabbing his left arm in pain.

Despite Dar ruthlessly attacking his arm and leg, Sabre again showed off his counter-wrestling ability. He caught Dar in mid-air, then used his legs to trap the arms of the Scot and bend them back at a disgusting degree, leaving Dar no choice but to give up. With the victory, Zack Sabre Jr. advances to next week’s live finale, where he will face Gran Metalik in the Semifinals.

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