Akira Tozawa def. TJP

Akira Tozawa vs. TJP: WWE 205 Live, June 13, 2017

In a match arranged by Titus O'Neil on behalf of The Titus Brand, Akira Tozawa battles inaugural Cruiserweight Champion TJP.

In a match organized by Titus O’Neil to bolster Akira Tozawa’s potential value to The Titus Brand, The Japanese Superstar battled TJP in singles competition. Although O’Neil may have viewed the bout as a chance to recruit Tozawa, The Stamina Monster did not want to squander an opportunity to face the inaugural Cruiserweight Champion. Before the match, Rich Swann confronted TJP and told him to “get his head in the game” and decide what kind of competitor he wants to be.

As the opening bell sounded, Tozawa rallied the WWE Universe with his unique chants, and the Superstars angled for an advantage in the contest. The fast-paced ability of both Tozawa and The Duke of Dab led to a series of counters that garnered an ovation from the WWE Universe.

After the back and forth early on, TJP took control of the contest with a well-timed dropkick that stopped a high-flying attack from Tozawa. Focusing his attacks on his opponent’s arms and legs with strategic technical holds, TJP managed to keep Tozawa grounded and struggling to stay in the match.

Rallying and breaking TJP’s holds, the Japanese Superstar was fired up and relied on his quickness and ring awareness to take control of the bout, putting an exclamation point on the momentum shift with a high-impact headbutt through the ropes to the outside.

Despite the shift, The Duke of Dab displayed the championship gusto that helped him win the Cruiserweight Classic, and the two competitors battled back and forth with TJP nearly securing the win with his patented kneebar.

Recovering from the hold, a series of counters ended with a perfectly executed snap german suplex by Tozawa. This allowed The Stamina Monster to ascend to the top rope and top a high-flying senton on TJP for the win.

Following Tozawa’s victory, O’Neil celebrated in the locker room and was approached by WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville. The King of the Cruiserweights told O’Neil he was only setting up Tozawa for disappointment if The Japanese Superstar challenges Neville. O’Neil disagreed and told Neville – much to the WWE Cruiserweight Champion’s chagrin – that Tozawa was the future of WWE 205 Live.

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