Akira Tozawa def. The Brian Kendrick
The rivalry between Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick has gotten so intense that the two Superstars could barely look at each other before their match. Once the opening bell sounded, both competitors unloaded on one another, releasing weeks of frustration and animosity. Unrelenting in his offense, The Stamina Monster took control in and out of the ring before desperation came over Kendrick, who drove Tozawa into the announce table. Kendrick appeared content to win by count-out, but as Tozawa re-entered the ring, The Man with a Plan was happy to dish out punishment.
As Kendrick focused his resentment on Tozawa with a brutal string of submissions holds, the WWE Universe rallied behind the Japanese competitor, and he showed off exactly why he’s known as The Stamina Monster. Regaining control and nearly securing victory after a Shining Wizard, Kendrick displayed his own incredible resilience, staying in the match and attempting to secure the win by submission. When the Captain’s Hook proved fruitless, Kendrick attempted his patented Sliced Bread, but the maneuver was countered into a pinfall by Tozawa for the victory.
Irate in his defeat, The Man with a Plan immediately unleashed a brutal assault on his nemesis. Taking Tozawa to the outside, Kendrick used the steel steps as a weapon and completely decimated the Japanese competitor. Adding insult to injury, Kendrick delivered his final lesson to his once prospective protégé – never mess with The Brian Kendrick.