WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Akira Tozawa; Enzo Amore confronted the champion
Last week on Raw, Akira Tozawa shocked the world by defeating Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. However, The King of the Cruiserweights reclaimed the title at SummerSlam, supporting his claim that Tozawa’s win was just a fluke. With Neville basking in his victory on Raw, The Stamina Monster invoked his rematch clause, with the WWE Cruiserweight Championship once again at stake in the ultimate rubber match on WWE 205 Live.
Since reclaiming the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at SummerSlam, Neville has been reinvigorated and his confidence has been restored. As the match got underway, Neville used his strength to apply pressure to Tozawa’s head and neck, keeping the Japanese Superstar grounded. However, familiar with each other, both Superstars traded counters and chops with neither securing the momentum needed early.
Driving The King of the Cruiserweights from the ring, Tozawa prepared to dive through the ropes, but Neville moved. That brief reprieve allowed an opening for the champion to attack his opponent’s injured shoulder and begin targeted attacks. Neville methodically dismantled the injured Tozawa, adding an exclamation point with a high-risk move to the outside, perfectly zeroed-in on the shoulder.
Refusing the quit, The Stamina Monster remained in the battle, despite having his shoulder slammed into the ringside LED board. However, The King of the Cruiserweights wasn’t done dishing out punishment and launched the Japanese Superstar into the barricade. Preparing to take the win, Neville stalked his prey from the top rope, only for Tozawa to muster the strength to knock the champion off the top and take control.
With a second wind driving him, Tozawa relentlessly went on the offensive, battling through the pain of his shoulder. Preparing to reclaim the title and setting up for his patented Senton drop, Tozawa was knocked off balance. Showing his resilience after being on the receiving end of a Superplex, the former champion nearly claimed victory with a quick-thinking pin.
The battle raged on with both Superstars showing signs of fatigue while continuing to exchange blows. Taking control following a huge kick, The Stamina Monster immediately ascended the ropes for the Senton, but Neville rolled away. Wasting no time, The King of the Cruiserweights quickly applied The Rings of Saturn to retain the championship with the submission victory.
Following the match, Neville reaffirmed his claim that Tozawa’s win was a footnote in history before being interrupted by Enzo Amore, who made his shocking debut on WWE 205 Live. The Certified G confronted the champion and announced that the home of the Cruiserweights was now “the realest show in the room!”