WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins def. Ariya Daivari
Last week’s non-title loss aside, it’s safe to say TJ Perkins has Brian Kendrick’s number. And, as frustrated as that seems to be making The Wizard of Odd these days, he’s got to be stewing even more over the fact that Perkins shows no sign of slowing down as their freshly announced title match at WWE Hell in a Cell approaches. The WWE Cruiserweight Champion rebounded from his loss to Kendrick with a win over the debuting Ariya Daivari on Raw, and Kendrick, watching from commentary, made no bones about his win-or-die situation: If he fails to capture the WWE Cruiserweight Title, his second chance might be over before it begins.
Perkins, meanwhile, made the most of his first chance, locking in an early Kneebar on Daivari. To his credit, Daivari mounted a significant rally of his own, blasting TJP with a rolling elbow-superkick combo. However, a missed splash softened up Daivari’s knee, leaving him ripe pickings for a second, decisive, Kneebar.