Tony Nese def. Ligero
Making his WWE 205 Live debut, NXT UK’s masked Superstar Ligero looked to showcase his abilities by taking on WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese. Just five days away from his title defense against Ariya Daivari at WWE Money in the Bank, The Premier Athlete was looking to send a message to his nemesis, as well as show the WWE Universe in London what he’s capable of.
Sizing each other up – and shaking hands as a show of sportsmanship – Ligero and Nese cautiously approached each other, with The Premier Athlete using his strength to maintain an edge. However, The Luchador from Leeds’ speed quickly took hold as they engaged in a dizzying sequence of pins and counter-pins. After regaining their composure, Nese and Ligero showed their respect for WWE official Charles Robinson, each shaking his hand before once again engaging in a fast-paced series of near-falls.
The Premier Athlete did his best to prevent Ligero from taking to the skies and relied on body scissors to keep his opponent grounded. Finally breaking free, Ligero unleashed a series of quick kicks and chops that drove the champion to the mat for a near-fall. Ligero forced The Premier Athlete to the outside and launched into the air to flatten the champion.
Following another exchange of strikes in the center of the ring, Ligero prepared to put the champion away, but Nese caught him and rolled his opponent into a pin. Although Ligero tried to reverse it, Nese had his own counter ready, lifting up Ligero and powerbombing him into the corner before quickly executing the Running Nese for the win.
After the match, Nese showed his respect for Ligero before Ariya Daivari attacked. The Persian Lion pulled Ligero out of the ring and threw him into the steel steps before dismantling the titleholder. After mauling Nese and leaving him motionless in the center of the ring, Daivari stood over him holding the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, sending a clear message before their title fight at WWE Money in the Bank.