Rich Swann def. Tony Nese

Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese: WWE 205 Live, Dec. 5, 2017

One week before facing Drew Gulak for an opportunity to challenge Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, Rich Swann battles Gulak's close ally Tony Nese before a Cruiserweight confrontation nearly devolves into an all-out brawl.

Drew Gulak hoped that his friend and tag team partner Tony Nese would do enough damage to soften Rich Swann before their upcoming battle on Raw. Gulak accompanied The Premier Athlete, ready to do whatever was needed to gain an advantage against Swann. However, the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion didn’t come to WWE 205 Live alone, as his own friend and tag team partner Cedric Alexander accompanied Swann.

With evened odds and the match underway, Nese and Swann battled back and forth in and out of the ring as Alexander did his best to keep Drew Gulak away from the action. With Swann’s speed working in his favor, Nese leveraged his own raw power to keep his opponent grounded and prevent any counter attempts. Even with underhanded assists from Gulak, The Premier Athlete seemed to have an answer for every move Swann made.

Showing his resilience, Swann moved away from a high-risk move and battled back, with the two Superstars shifting momentum back and forth with near-falls and high-impact strikes.

After countering a flurry of kicks from The Premier Athlete with a boot of his own, Swann seized the moment and ascended the ropes before successfully executing his jaw-dropping Phoenix Splash for the win.

Irate over Nese’s loss as Swann and Alexander celebrated, Gulak sounded the alarm on his megaphone, and Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari joined them in surrounding the ring. As The Zo Train prepared to move in, Akira Tozawa and Mustafa Ali came to the aid of Swann and Alexander, forcing The Zo Train to retreat.

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