Buddy Murphy def. Kalisto
Following an impressive showing in the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament and after he earned a huge victory in a Fatal 4-Way Match last week, Buddy Murphy seized the opportunity to face former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto, hoping to continue to build his momentum.
As the action got underway, Kalisto and Murphy battled to a stalemate, keeping pace and exchanging holds and counters before both men stood at odds, clearly respecting one another. Using the environment to his advantage, Kalisto was able to enjoy a brief advantage, going so far as preparing to dive over the top rope before catching himself as Murphy re-entered the ring.
Seemingly out of options, Kalisto began taunting his opponent, but Murphy responded by using his size and power advantage to impose his will. As Kalisto reversed an abdominal stretch into a sleeper, Murphy displayed his resilience and managed to break the hold.
Murphy took control and executed a brutal suplex with his opponent suffering impacts on both the apron and the floor. Despite doing damage to himself following the suplex, Murphy remained relentless and tossed Kalisto into the turnbuckles like a ragdoll.
Showing off his fighting spirit, Kalisto battled back, taking down Murphy on the outside and nearly scoring a victory following a perfectly executed hurricanrana. Murphy managed to escape outside the ring, and although Kalisto pursued, Murphy launched him into the announce table and nearly won by count-out.
Exhausted, both Superstars battled back inside the ring with Murphy decimating Kalisto with a powerbomb followed by a powerful kick to the jaw. Scoring near-falls following both maneuvers, the WWE Universe was in awe of the competition they were witnessing and were on their feet giving both competitors a standing ovation.
After struggling for an advantage on the top rope, Kalisto attempted Salida del Sol but was countered. As the Australian Superstar attempted to execute Murphy’s Law, Kalisto struggled before being overpowered, allowing Murphy to secure the win with his signature move, proving that he is a serious contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.