Tuesday, 6 September 2016

The Cruiserweight Classic: Episode 8

The quarter finals begin in this episode of the Cruiserweight Classic, which was screened last week. Who will progress to the final 4 after this episode? Let's take a look.

Akira Tozowa (Japan) vs Gran Metalik (Mexico)
There were a lot of kicking in this match with Tozowa hitting kicks to the face and Metalik hitting variations of dropkicks. They also managed to hit suicide dives at some point. Tozowa managed to hit a deadlift into a German suplex pin but Metalik kicked out. Metalik eventually hit the Metalik driver to get the win.

This was a good match and I was surprised that Metalik won. However, I like both guys and it's a shame that only one person can win this.

The Brian Kendrick (United States) vs Kota Ibushi (Japan)
This match had so many highlights including: Ibushi hitting a powerslam followed by a  moonsault; Kendrick hitting sliced bread; Ibushi hitting a German suplex from the apron into the ring; and Kendrick hitting a fucking burning hammer(!) Eventually, Ibushi manages to hit  a sit down powerbomb to get the win.

This was such an enjoyable match, with the main highlight being Kendrick hitting the burning hammer. For those who don't know the significance of that, it is the finishing move of legendary Japanese wrestler Kenta Kobashi. However, it is a move that he only ever used only 7 times in his entire career. Kendrick's whole story in this tournament was that this was probably his last big chance and you saw that in his matches. Using the burning hammer was a sign of desperation by Kendrick and it must have heartbreaking for Ibushi to kick out at 2.99. It was so sad to see Kendrick lose and it was a touching moment to see commentator Daniel Bryan, who has been supporting him throughout, hug him afterwards. As for Ibushi, he had three amazing matches so far, with the one against Cedric Alexander being a strong contender for my match of the year. Ibushi is many people's favourite to win the tournament and it's easy to see why.

Another great episode of the Cruiserweight Classic is now in the books. I might be watching the next episode live and possibly live tweeting but it will be shown at 2 in the morning here in the UK so I'm not sure yet. Keep an eye on my twitter feed for updates (@lodownwrestling)

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