WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Rich Swann (Non-Title Match)

Neville vs. Rich Swann: WWE 205 Live, June 20, 2017

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville aims make Rich Swann suffer the brunt of his mounting animosity towards Akira Tozawa.

After a heated exchange with Titus O'Neal and Akira Tozawa on Raw, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville was determined to take out his aggression on the very Superstar he defeated for the title at Royal Rumble, Rich Swann. Of course, Neville and Swann were supposed to battle on Raw last week, but The King of the Cruiserweights decimated Swann before the match even began.

Before Swann and Neville made their way to the ring on WWE 205 Live, Akira Tozawa – donning a finely-pressed suit – took a VIP seat ringside, courtesy of The Titus Brand.

As the opening bell sounded, Swann immediately charged at the Cruiserweight Champion, forcing Neville out of the ring. This initial exchange led to an intense back and forth between the competitors with Swann remaining in control through much of the exchange. The King of the Crusierweights – even when executing his own offensive strikes – struggled to maintain an advantage against the laser-focused Swann.

During a moment of great ring awareness, Neville countered Swann’s attempt at Rolling Thunder, giving him the opening he needed to unleash his rage. Taking his opponent to the outside, the champion tossed Swann into the barricade with unbridled ferocity. Following a brutal drop onto the announce table, Swann appeared to be done for as Neville stalked him like a predator. The King of the Cruiserweights’ hesitation gave Swann enough time to regroup and devastate his opponent with a superkick.

Swann once again took control of the battle and threw everything he had at the champion. Looking to seal the deal, Swann ascended the ropes and launched himself into the Phoenix Splash, but Neville managed to roll out of the way before applying the Rings of Saturn for the win.

After the match, Neville and Tozawa stated each other down, as the Japanese Superstar saw first-hand what he’s up against if he earns a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity.

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