Right now, athletes like Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas are representing Team USA well in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Facing competition from all over the globe, country pride plays into the drama already built into the sporting contests. And while it may not be Rio, the crowd at Full Sail University are being treated to an athletic tournament where the competitors are said to represent their homeland. This week on WWE CWC, Team USA is represented twice in the same match, as The Brian Kendrick faces Tony Nese in the second round of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic.
The opening match is the bout from this episode of WWE CWC that people will likely be talking about, as Akira Tozawa (Japan) clashed with Jack Gallagher (England). It was a match that truly demonstrated why both competitors are premiere athletes. With the Cruiserweight Division opening up soon on Monday Night Raw and NXT having a fairly high turnover rate, it would be surprising if both of these guys don’t sign contacts with WWE in the near future.
Note: The following contains the full results and spoilers for the episode of WWE CWC that first aired on the WWE Network on August 17.
WWE Cruiserweight Classic Round 2 Results: 8/17/16
The following matches and segments for the sixth episode of WWE CWC were taped at Full Sail University on Thursday, July 14. Following this episode, there are just three matches remaining in the second round of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic tournament.
Akira Tozawa (Japan) Defeated Jack Gallagher (England)
Daniel Bryan was so impressed with Tozawa’s German suplexes that he explicitly stated Akira’s were more impressive than Brock Lesnar’s German suplexes. While Gallagher was afforded the opportunity to show off his unique take on scientific wrestling, Team Japan sent their second representative to the third round of the CWC. He will face Gran Metalik of Mexico in Round 3. Given his entertaining performance in the ring, it seems likely that Jack Gallagher will show up on WWE or NXT in the future.
Noam Dar (Scotland) Defeated HoHo Lun (China)
HoHo Lun was China’s only representative in the CWC, but the Israeli-born representative of Scotland Noam Dar advanced to the third round. He’s the youngest competitor in the Cruiserweight Classic, and will face the winner of Zack Sabre, Jr. and Drew Gulak.
The Brian Kendrick (USA) Defeated Tony Nese (USA)
In a match guaranteeing that Team USA would send at least one competitor to Round 3, The Brian Kendrick’s veteran experience gave him the edge he needed to get past Tony Nese, an 11-year indie veteran in his own right. It was interesting to note that Daniel Bryan showed absolutely no impartiality while calling this match, making mention of the fact that Kendrick is his friend and the man he hopes wins the tournament. He faces Japan’s Kota Ibushi in the next round.
These WWE Cruiserweight Classic results have been corroborated by WWE’s official CWC page.
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Preview: WWE CWC Round 2, August 24
As Round 2 concludes next week, Corey Graves announced three remaining matches which will air on the August 24 edition of WWE CWC. Lince Dorado (Puerto Rico) takes on Rich Swann (USA); Zack Sabre, Jr. (England) faces Drew Gulak (USA); and Johnny Gargano (USA) faces T.J. Perkins (Philippines) in the main event.
Where to Watch
Immediately following new episodes of WWE NXT, the WWE Network airs new episodes of WWE CWC on Wednesdays at 9/8c. The Cruiserweight Classic tournament is then available for streaming on-demand immediately. The entire tournament is scheduled to air over 10 episodes, putting the finale on September 14.
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