Akira Tozawa def. Ariya Daivari

Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari: WWE 205 Live, Aug. 1, 2017

Akira Tozawa and Ariya Daivari battle in a high-stakes contest to determine who will challenge WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville at SummerSlam.

Both Akira Tozawa and Ariya Daivari staked their claim for an opportunity to challenge Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at The Biggest Event of the Summer. With The Stamina Monster battling through a painful shoulder injury and Daivari, who recently defeated Neville by Count-out, honoring past Iranian athletes, the two Superstars collided in an intense battle to determine Neville’s opponent.

The bout began with a stalemate between the two Superstars, but Tozawa took control following a series of chops and an impactful senton, forcing Daivari out of the ring. As The Japanese Superstar prepared to dive to the outside, The Persian Lion struck and began targeting Tozawa’s shoulder. Although The Stamina Monster fought back, Daivari threw him shoulder-first into the ring post. After using the barricade to keep his opponent down, Daivari attempted unsuccessfully to win by Count-out. The Persian Lion pressed on, focusing his offense on Tozawa’s shoulder.

As the WWE Universe rallied behind him, Tozawa showed his incredible stamina and resilience, battling back when he could and enduring the pain applied by Daivari. Feeling a surge of adrenaline, the Japanese Superstar avoided a high-risk move and went on the offensive. The Persian Lion still managed to regain control by attacking the shoulder. After executing a frog splash, Daivari grew frustrated that he could not secure the victory.

Once again, The Stamina Monster battled back, knocking his opponent out of the ring and executing a shoulder tackle through the ropes. Wasting no time, Tozawa put Daivari back into the ring and punched his ticket to SummerSlam with a senton from the top rope.

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