Drew Gulak def. Akira Tozawa

Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak: WWE 205 Live, June 4, 2019

Originally scheduled to face Noam Dar, Akira Tozawa is attacked by his longtime rival Drew Gulak and battles him in singles competition instead.

Originally scheduled to face Noam Dar in a potential bid to solidify a championship opportunity, Akira Tozawa was caught off-guard when The Scottish Supernova was ambushed on his way to the ring by The Stamina Monster’s longtime rival Drew Gulak.

Returning for the first time in weeks after only posting ominous social media messages, Gulak attacked Dar’s injured knee before being confronted by officials and WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick. However, Tozawa challenged his adversary, and Maverick obliged, making the match between the two.

As the opening bell sounded, years of animosity were unleashed as both Superstars unloaded on one another, both striking with unbridled force. Gulak’s approach to the match was noticeably different, as he would previously focus primarily on submission holds and manipulating his opponent’s extremities, and while he still showed off those abilities, the aggressive competitor also incorporated focused high-impact strikes.

Tozawa regained control when he brought the fight to ringside, hurled The Philadelphia Stretcher over the announce table and nearly secured a victory with his patented octopus stretch.

Dishing out and receiving stiff chops and strikes in the center of the ring, Gulak leveled Tozawa with a powerful clothesline followed by a gut-wrench suplex and nearly secured a pinfall.

Tozawa mustered the energy to take out his opponent with a series of kicks and hoist him into the air before planting him on the canvas. Ascending the ropes for his awe-inspiring Senton, Tozawa was met by Gulak, who sent The Stamina Monster crashing back to the mat with a superplex. After recovering from the intense drop, Gulak planted his nemesis with an Argentine neckbreaker to secure the win.

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