Ariya Daivari def. Neville via Count-out
After attacking WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville last night on Raw, Ariya Daivari made it clear that he intended to show he was ready to challenge for the gold, and The Persian Lion was granted an opportunity to prove himself by facing The King of the Cruiserweights in a non-title contest on WWE 205 Live.
Before the match got underway, Neville’s nemesis Akira Tozawa joined Vic Joseph and Corey Graves on commentary. Also, prior to the Cruiserweight Champion’s arrival, Daivari gave a brief lesson about 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist Abdollah Movahed, declaring he would follow in his footsteps by defeating Neville.
Taking a psychological approach to Neville, Daivari repeatedly ducked out of the ring, forcing the WWE Cruiserweights to give chase. After a bit of back and forth, The Persian Lion struck and showed off his aggression, driving Neville into the barricade before executing a frog splash for a near fall. Ever resilient, Neville regained his composure and struck with a powerful superkick.
In control of the match, Neville stalked his opponent and struck with maximum impact. Dragging Daivari to the announce table to stare down Tozawa, Neville took his focus off his opponent as the official continued the 10-count on the outside. Staring down Tozawa, The King of the Cruiserweights was pushed into his nemesis by Daivari, ultimately allowing The Persian Lion to beat the 10-count and secure the win.
After the match, the tension between Neville and Tozawa mounted, nearly coming to blows as WWE officials got between them.