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Mark Andrews def. Akira Tozawa

Akira Tozawa vs. Mark Andrews: WWE 205 Live, Feb. 13, 2018

Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa battles Welsh Superstar Mark Andrews in the first round of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament.

Former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa set his sights on reclaiming the title at WrestleMania, entering the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament against Welsh Superstar Mark Andrews. A semifinalist in the U.K. Championship Tournament, the high-fiving and stage-diving Andrews was poised to not only put himself on the map, but his home-country of Wales as well.

Andrews had The Stamina Monster well-scouted, focusing on his opponent’s leg before applying a unique submission to keep Tozawa on defense. However, the resilience of the Japanese Superstar took centerstage as he turned the tide with impactful strikes and brutal technical holds.

Despite Tozawa’s relentlessness, Andrews’ uncanny ability to escape even the most complex maneuvers switched the momentum, allowing Andrews to reassert his offense, once again focusing on his opponent’s extremities. Unfortunately for the Welsh Superstar, Tozawa lived up to his “Stamina Monster” moniker and battled back, taking out his opponent with a dive to the outside.

Running on pure adrenaline, both Superstars threw everything at each other, knowing what was at stake. Desperate to return to Wales with a first-round victory, Andrews ascended the ropes to attempt a Shooting Star Press. Tozawa rolled away and charged at his recovering opponent with a huge kick, but his attempt at a pinfall was countered, and Andrews finally scored a three-count in an incredible upset.

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