TJ Perkins is the winner of the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic and will also walk into Raw as the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
After nearly two months, we were finally down to the final four competitors of the Cruiserweight tonight and now we finally have a winner. Triple H came out before the final and announced that the winner of the Cruiserweight Classic final between Gran Metalik and TJ Perkins would also enter Monday Night Raw as the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion as well as being the CWC winner. TJ Perkins and Gran Metalik met in the final which was a showdown for the ages. This was some of the best cruiserweight wrestling anywhere in the world as both men left everything in the ring. There were some spots and moves that some fans had never even seen before like Metalik’s Jumping Hurracanrana over the top rope to TJ Perkins.
The match went back and forth and was brutal. Perkins survived multiple Metalik Drivers to finally get the win off knee bar. Perkins had been working on Metalik’s knees all match long and it finally worked in the end when he had Metalik trapped in the centre of the ring, forcing him to tap out.
The first semi-final of the night saw Gran Metalik take on Zack Sabre Jr. This match was electric from the moment it began and went back and forth in a flurry for of high-flying action and technical submission work. Gran Metalik won the match after catching Zack Sabre Jr with a Metalik Driver after countering a triangle hold from Zack Sabre Jr.
The second semi-final saw tournament favourite Kota Ibushi take on TJ Perkins. This match was a battle of attrition as the two men hit each other with everything they had and more. Everyone came into this match and expected Ibushi to pick up the easy win but the fans were shocked when Perkins made Ibushi tap out to a modified kneebar into an STF.
The tournament ended with a finale which consisted of some of the best cruiserweight wrestling in the world. If this is what’s going to happen on Raw on a weekly basis from now, then we’re all in for a treat.