Tony Nese def. Kalisto
Since he started training with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy, Tony Nese has turned his fortunes around, as The Premier Athlete has showcased the full range of his abilities, most recently in an incredible No Disqualification Match against Noam Dar. Now he sets his sights on the Cruiserweight division’s ultimate prize, but first he had to face former champion Kalisto in the first round of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament.
Targeting Kalisto’s back and ribs, The Premier Athlete took the fight to Kalisto on the outside of the ring and unleashed his aggression on his opponent, even countering a hurricanrana by tossing Kalisto into the barricade. Nese maintained the pressure on Kalisto’s back, but the Lucha Dragon fed off the energy of the WWE Universe and fought back with aerial wizardry, nearly securing a pinfall on two consecutive occasions.
Kalisto attempted a Super Salida del Sol from the corner, but Nese countered into a German Suplex, only to miss a 450 splash. With victory potentially in sight, Kalisto executed his own 450 Splash, but Nese got a foot on the bottom rope just in time to break the pinfall.
Working to keep their WrestleMania dreams alive, both Superstars continued to fight back and forth. Kalisto attempted multiple pinfalls before Nese countered into a pinfall of his own. Instead of trying to secure the win, however, Nese picked up his opponent and flipped him back into the corner before executing his patented Running Nese for the win.