Cedric Alexander def. Gran Metalik
Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik were granted the unique opportunity to set the tone for the new Cruiserweight Championship Tournament. Alexander and Metalik – who have competed and teamed up with each other in the past – displayed their respect for one another with a handshake before engaging in a fast-paced contest with both agile Superstars performing jaw-dropping counters before shifting to a more technical strategy.
Cedric gained the advantage by relying on his speed and power – and his high-flying ability. Although clearly in control of the match, Alexander struggled to secure a pinfall, and The King of the Ropes battled back, striking with a perfectly timed superkick.
Living up to both his moniker and his lucha libre roots, Metalik used high-flying maneuvers and quick offensive strikes to maintain control. However, Alexander’s resilience was on full display, as he refused to quit and continued to fight despite Metalik’s advances.
Thinking he had Alexander down for the count, Metalik ascended the ropes and attempted a moonsault, but he was met by his opponent’s feet, which countered the high-risk move. Seizing the opportunity, Alexander pounced and executed his patented Lumbar Check for the win.