Mustafa Ali def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher
Heeding the advice of WWE 205 Live GM Drake Maverick, Gentleman Jack Gallagher entered the final first-round match of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament without his suit, sporting more traditional ring gear. The British Superstar was focused on the task at hand, and once the match got under way, Gallagher began implementing his unique technical prowess to keep the high-flying Mustafa Ali grounded.
With the winner of this bout set to face the formidable Buddy Murphy in the second round, Gallagher focused his offense on Ali’s arms, trying to force his opponent into submission. The former Chicago police officer struggled to find the right formula to counter Gallagher’s unorthodox in-ring style. Regardless, Ali managed to hold his own, engaging in an impressive sequence of countered pinfalls with his opponent.
With the bout at a stalemate, the tension mounted, and the technical showcase briefly turned into an exchange of aggressive strikes. However, with Gallagher on the outside of the ring, Ali charged forward and slid under the ropes, only to be ingeniously caught in the ring apron by Gallagher.
Attempting to prepare his patented 0-5-4, Ali was met on the top rope by Gallagher, who once again targeted his opponent’s arm. First using the ropes and then driving Ali shoulder-first into the ring post, Gallagher began to show his familiar brand of cruelty, relentlessly targeting Ali’s limb.
With one good arm, Ali tried to fight back, pulling out all the stops with a high-flying maneuver to the outside. Unfortunately, Gallagher moved out of the way, and Ali crashed to the arena floor. Gallagher took advantage and again brutally targeted Ali’s arm. The Chicago native refused to give in, even after being dropkicked off the top rope into the barricade and being driven shoulder-first into the corner of the barricade. Gallagher continued to assault his opponent’s arm, but Ali remained resilient, refusing to give in.
Finally, Ali countered a high-risk move from the top rope, landing on his feet. Even with an injured arm, Ali found the determination to charge forward, stunning Gallagher with two fast-paced strikes before executing the 0-5-4 for the incredible victory.