Lio Rush def. Akira Tozawa
Determined to prove that his time has arrived, Lio Rush faced a huge opportunity to show exactly what he is capable of against former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Akira Tozawa. After two weeks of exchanging verbal jabs, The Stamina Monster and The Man of the Hour finally squared off one-on-one.
The contest began with Rush using his reflexes and speed to avoid his opponent before finally advancing and taking control. Following an incredible display of speed and agility that resulted in Rush taking down his opponent with a hurricanrana, The 23-year-old Piece of Gold reclined on the top turnbuckle in a huge display of confidence.
After being chased around the ring, Rush found himself on the receiving end of Tozawa’s hard-hitting offense, with Tozawa reclining on the top rope himself.
Despite facing a disadvantage, The Man of the Hour quickly regained control, using his speed to knock Tozawa to the outside. Back inside the ring, Rush methodically stomped his opponent and continued brimming with confidence. Countering Tozawa’s attempts to regain control, Rush mounted an offense designed to wear down The Stamina Monster.
The Japanese Superstar battled back and unleashed a flurry of chops to counter Rush’s speed and take control of the contest. With the WWE Universe fueling his adrenaline, Tozawa took down Rush with a tope suicida. Following a near-fall, Tozawa remained in control, countering a strike from his opponent and completely decimating Rush with a snap german suplex. As he prepared to execute his patented Senton, Rush rolled away.
Tozawa continued to attack and keep Rush on defense, and when he got a second opportunity to go for the Senton, Tozawa was pulled off the top rope by a desperate Rush. The Man of the Hour wasted no time capitalizing and hit the Final Hour for a huge victory.