Akira Tozawa def. The Brian Kendrick
Last week was supposed to be Akira Tozawa’s chance to silence The Brian Kendrick in their first one-on-one meeting since Kendrick tied his opponent’s leg to the ring apron to score a victory. However, The Man with a Plan turned their battle last week into another lesson, using an exposed turnbuckle to his advantage. Set to clash once again on WWE 205 Live, Kendrick offered yet another lesson for the Japanese competitor before their match: It’s all about psychological supremacy.
Fed up with Kendrick’s antics, Tozawa wasted no time going after his opponent after the opening bell. With the WWE Universe rallying behind him, the Japanese Superstar unleashed an aggressive offense that forced Kendrick to rely on less savory tactics like a thumb to the eye.
Unfortunately, The Man with a Plan was unable to mount any sustainable momentum, as Tozawa remained relentless. Growing frustrated, Kendrick claimed his opponent poked him in the eye, even though the official clearly saw Tozawa strike Kendrick in the gut. Moments later, The Stamina Monster jumped off the top rope and appeared to suffer an injury. The official kept Kendrick at bay, but Tozawa quickly revealed his ruse and scored a pinfall.
Following the battle, The Stamina Monster added insult to injury with a lesson of his own: psychological supremacy, lesson number one.