Buddy Murphy def. Gran Metalik

Gran Metalik vs. Buddy Murphy: WWE 205 Live, Dec. 12, 2018

Gran Metalik steps in for Noam Dar to face WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy in a non-title contest.

Although WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy was scheduled to face Noam Dar, The Scottish Supernova was not medically cleared to compete, so The Lucha House Party’s Gran Metalik stepped up to the plate, seizing the opportunity to score a potential victory against the champion.

Murphy, who tasted his first defeat since capturing the title when Alexander pinned him in tag team action two weeks ago, was seeking a return to the winner’s circle less than a week before defending his championship against Alexander.

Metalik landed the first major blow of the bout when he dropped Murphy with a hurricanrana from the ringside barricade before returning to the ring for a near-fall, but Murphy struck back when he caught Metalik in mid-air and executed an incredible suplex.

Trying to feed off the energy of the WWE Universe, Metalik did his best to fend off Murphy’s advances, taking him down with a series of high-flying moves and scoring a near-fall. However, most impressive was The King of the Rope’s persistence to hit the Metalik driver after two failed attempts, as the third nearly gave him a major upset.

Both Superstars took to the skies and pulled out all the stops to come away with a victory, and it became evident that a winner would only emerge when one man capitalized on a perfect opportunity. After Metalik countered Murphy’s Law for a near-fall, the champion indeed found his opening when he avoided his opponent’s follow-up offense, countered him off the ropes and executed his signature move for a hard-fought win.

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