TJP def. Tyler Bate

TJP def. Tyler Bate

Earlier in the day, the first-ever U.K. Champion Tyler Bate was told by new WWE 205 Live GM Drake Maverick to be ready to compete. A high-stakes competition between Bate and the first-ever WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJP is exactly what the WWE Universe got in the second first-round match of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament.

With the perfect opportunity to regain the momentum he’s been searching for in recent weeks, The Fil-Am Flash relied heavily on his unique and technical prowess to gain an early advantage. Ever confident in his ability, TJP offered up a dab before being countered by Bate.

From there, both Superstars put on a masterclass in technical ability with punishing and innovative holds in an effort to advance in the tournament. After applying his patented Kneebar – which brought him much success in the Cruiserweight Classic – The Duke of Dab focused on his opponent’s left knee whenever he could. Although Bate used his strength and high-impact offense to remain in the fight, TJP’s strategy paid dividends as he continued to strike at the injured knee. However, even the second application of his patented kneebar wasn’t enough for the first-ever Cruiserweight Champion to secure the win.

The battle raged on with both competitors continuing to strike back and forth and momentum failing to find a home. Attempting to seize an opportunity, Bate set TJP up for the Tyler Driver ‘97. Unfortunately for the first-ever U.K. Champion, The Duke of Dab countered and – grabbing his opponent’s trunks as leverage – secured the pinfall victory.

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