Tony Nese def. Danny Burch
Danny Burch came to WWE 205 Live with one goal in mind – smash his way to the top of the Cruiserweight division. The Strong Style Brit is always looking for a fight and brings a hard-hitting style to the ring. Despite his match against Lio Rush ending in a disqualification last week, Burch impressed nonetheless. Tonight he tests his intense demeanor and ability against the speed and power of former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese.
Following a brief lockup to kick off the match, Nese took a moment to show off his physique in front of an unimpressed Burch. From there, the two competitors engaged in a battle of strength ending in a snap mare from Burch who took a moment to mock his opponent.
The Strong Style Brit then zeroed in on Nese’s left arm and hand, keeping The Premier Athlete firmly on defense. Trying to utilize his speed and agility, Nese attempted to counter but Burch remained one step ahead, pulling his opponent back to the canvas and maintaining an iron grip on multiple occasions.
Nese didn’t have an answer for his opponent’s relentlessness as he was chased around the ring and clobbered with European Uppercuts. However, The Premier Athlete managed to turn the tide, pulling Burch off the top rope. With momentum finally in his favor, Nese nearly secured victory with a moonsault, but maintained pressure following Burch’s kick out.
Unwisely Nese took his eyes off his opponent to taunt the WWE Universe, leading to a huge missile dropkick to level the playing field. Unloading fists of fury and hard elbow strikes on Nese, a fired-up Burch nearly scored victory following a huge right-hand strike.
Neither competitor backing down, Burch leveled Nese with a headbutt, but as Nese recovered and ascended to the top rope, The British Superstar struck back and nearly made his opponent tap out with a crossface. Nese managed to escape and flatten Burch on the outside. Rolling his opponent back in the ring, The Premier Athlete attempted a 450 splash but missed and once again was caught in the crossface.
Overpowering Burch, Nese attempted to roll him up but Burch countered only to once again experience the pure strength of The Premier Athlete who lifted his opponent and tossed him into the turnbuckle. Without skipping a beat, the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion executed the Running Nese before scoring the pinfall.