Akira Tozawa def. Mike Kanellis in a No Disqualification Match
Embroiled in a heated rivalry, Akira Tozawa and Mike Kanellis looked to settle the score in a No Disqualification Match. In an effort to level the playing field, WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick banned both Tozawa’s ally The Brian Kendrick and Kanellis’ wife Maria from ringside.
As soon as the opening bell rang, Tozawa wasted no time charging after Kanellis and unleashing his rage. The animosity between both Superstars was palpable as the action quickly spilled to the outside with both Tozawa and Kanellis using the environment to their advantage. Kanellis got the upper hand by dropping The Stamina Monster on the entrance ramp before retrieving chairs and a table. The Opportunist remained relentless, slamming his opponent onto the arena floor before getting a second table.
Kanellis maintained pressure on The Stamina Monster, and despite the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion striking back and launching himself through the ropes for a dive to the outside, Kanellis nailed a perfectly-timed superkick to regain his advantage. Kanellis remained in control but may have taken too long to set up chairs in the center of the ring. The reprieve allowed Tozawa to recover, and both competitors engaged in a struggle to suplex one another that ended with The Stamina Monster driving his opponent through the chairs.
After tossing Kanellis over the announce table, the Japanese Superstar put a garbage can over Kanellis’ head, re-entered the ring and dove head-first through the ropes to level his opponent. Bringing the trash can into the ring, Tozawa again engaged in a back-and-forth struggle that led to him being slammed into the bin.
When the fight spilled onto the apron, Tozawa again traded blows with Kanellis and won the melee with a German suplex onto the hardest part of the ring.
Tozawa placed Kanellis on the table and prepared a massive Senton, but The Opportunist barely escaped before a struggle for dominance on the top rope. Kanellis took control and prepared to drop Tozawa through the tables, but The Stamina Monster countered with a hurricanrana from the top rope to the outside, driving his opponent through two tables to the arena floor.
Tozawa returned Kanellis to the ring and buried him under three chairs before finally hitting the Senton for the win. After the match, Maria Kanellis ran to her husband’s side while The Brian Kendrick celebrated with his friend and ally.