Neville def. TJ Perkins
With the unorthodox challenge of Gentleman Jack Gallagher looming at WWE Fastlane, Cruiserweight Champion Neville battled TJ Perkins on WWE 205 Live. Although The King of the Cruiserweights was victorious in their previous encounters, Perkins had certainly proved to be a tough challenger for Neville.
Earlier in the evening, Neville and Perkins conducted a joint interview where Neville claimed the only reason Perkins won the Cruiserweight Classic was because he wasn’t in it. Conversely, Perkins asserted that he laid the foundations for the current incarnation of the Cruiserweight division and Neville was a nobody before. That comment did not sit well with the Cruiserweight Champion, who walked away from the interview.
Early in the contest, Perkins wisely kept the incredibly agile and powerful Cruiserweight Champion grounded by focusing on his arm. However, Neville took control of the battle, relying on his incredible strength to knock Perkins from the ring. Following up with an incredible missile dropkick, The King of the Cruiserweights began to methodically dismantle his opponent.
Displaying the resilience that saw him conquer the Cruiserweight Classic, The Duke of Dab battled back and zeroed in on Neville’s arm. Perkins nearly claimed victory with a cross armbreaker, but The King of the Cruiserweights incredibly countered with a deadlift powerbomb.
Continuing to battle back and forth, Neville eventually took control of the bout taking Perkins down and applying his double armbar submission for the victory.
Following the match, Gallagher – dressed impeccably in his suit – made his way to the ring and brawled with the Cruiserweight Champion, sending him from the ring with a devastating headbutt.