Lio Rush def. Tony Nese via disqualification
After choosing their teams for the 10-Man Elimination Tag Team Match taking place in two weeks, former NXT Cruiserweight Champions Lio Rush and Tony Nese were ready to square off in singles competition. The animosity between the two was palpable as both competitors are vying for another title opportunity.
As the match began, The Premier Athlete took a moment to show off his physique, but The Man of the Hour wasn’t impressed and used his speed to keep Nese at bay and Mike Kanellis out of the equation. While Nese relied on his strength advantage, Lio Rush’s speed and agility kept The Premier Athlete on the ropes until he could counter a pinfall with a colossal kick to Rush’s jaw.
Successfully slowing the pace of the bout, Nese began to methodically dismantle The Man of Hour, but that strategy allowed Rush enough time to regain his composure and control of the contest. However, Rush was unable to capitalize as a distraction from Kanellis allowed Nese to recover once again, slowing down his lightning fast opponent.
The former NXT Cruiserweight Champions battled back and forth, trading momentum with Nese’s speed and power giving him the edge. Ascending the ropes, Nese tried to execute a superplex but The Man of the Hour battled back, knocking Nese to the canvas and taking him down with a cross body. Rush engaged in a flurry of offense that nearly scored him the victory following a huge DDT.
Resilient as ever, Nese battled back with quick kicks and a powerful suplex before applying a Boston Crab. Using all of his strength and bodyweight, Nese nearly made Rush tap out, but a desperate counter allowed Rush to break the hold.
They continued to battle back and forth with Rush knocking Kanellis off the apron. In full control of the contest, Rush had victory in sight and executed a Come Up. As Rush went for the pinfall, Kanellis jumped in the ring and broke the pin. Kanellis and Nese attacked Rush, prompting Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch to make their way to the ring and disperse of Nese and Kanellis.
With Rush alone in the ring, he was left to the mercy of the returning Gentleman Jack Gallagher. The WWE 205 Live original attacked the former champion, showing off his brand-new tattoos and attitude in the process.