Hideo Itami def. Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy
Two weeks ago WWE 205 Live, Hideo Itami interrupted the battle between Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy to lay his claim for respect and to make his case for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Last week, Ali requested a Triple Threat Match, and General Manager Drake Maverick immediately obliged.
As Itami made his way to the ring, there seemed to be an unspoken alliance between Ali and Murphy, both wanting to get their hands on The Japanese Superstar. As the match got underway, Murphy and Ali set their sights on Itami with the Australian pushing The Heart of WWE 205 Live out of the way and striking first. Ali answered with a jaw-dropping dive to outside.
Murphy and Ali continued to battle with one another for the chance to go after Itami, but the tensions eventually boiled over, and a full-blown collision between the bitter rivals commenced. Although Ali gained the upper hand, the confrontation allowed Itami to recover and take down Ali after Murphy was knocked to the outside.
Demanding respect from the WWE Universe, Itami methodically began to dismantle Ali with impactful kicks, while managing to keep Murphy at bay as well. Focusing on Ali, Itami got the better of his opponent but was met by Murphy. The hard-hitting competitors engaged in a sequence of trading snap mares, kicks, slaps and punches before Itami took control with a knee to the gut. Unleashing brutal kicks on Murphy, Itami was unaware of Ali making his way back into the ring.
After temporarily disposing of Itami, Ali resumed his rivalry with The Juggernaut of WWE 205 Live. When Itami made his way back into the ring, the three Superstars engaged in a fast-paced exchange where The Heart of WWE 205 Live brought the WWE Universe to the edge of their seats with his high-flying ability. However, the resilience of all three competitors was put on full display as they brawled with high-risk moves and hard-hitting strikes to the delight of the WWE Universe.
Exchanging blows in the center of the ring, all three Superstars traded momentum until Itami laid out Ali with an unbelievable kick, taking The Heart of WWE 205 Live out of mid-air. The brawl raged on as the WWE Universe could barely contain their excitement. Seizing the opportunity potentially win the match, Ali hit a perfect 450 splash on both of his opponents.
Despite the incredible aerial attack, Murphy broke up the pinfall and battled Ali on the outside. Murphy attempted to put Ali through the announce table, but Ali escaped. Charging back to the table, the Chicago native took down Murphy with a shocking Spanish Fly off the table.
Ali made his way back to the ring but was met with a running dropkick from Itami. Unable to secure the pinfall, Itami exposed the turnbuckle looking for an advantage. Ali countered at first, but a broken pinfall drove him into the exposed turnbuckle. Itami immediately capitalized and hit another running dropkick to secure the pinfall.