Posted August 4th, 2016 by Bill Apter

Cruiserweight Classic Episode #4
NXT Arena
Orlando Florida
Air Date: August 3rd 2016

The final show of the opening round starts with a video setting up where we are so far with three quarters of the first round completed. We also get a preview of the bouts happing tonight. The opening credits video played.

Mauro Ranallo and Daniel Bryan welcome us to the show as we wrap up first-round action. They throw it to Corey Graves in the control room who sets up our first bout of the evening, Rich Swan battles Jason Lee. The introductory videos are played for each man. We go to the ring for the introductions and entrances. Jason Lee is out first, followed by Swan who boogied his way to the ring. The two men shake hands and we are underway.

Match 1: Rich Swan (United States) vs. Jason Lee (China)

Both men start the bout by going for counter-hold with each other. Swan avoids a monkey flip with a summersault then comes back with a hard dropkick. Swan cinches up an arm bar. Lee frees himself and gets in some offense with some quick strikes to the body and an enziguri. Lee goes for a pin and gets a near fall.

Lee grabs a headlock on Swan. Swan tries to break free and Lee slaps him. Swan demeanor changes and you can see him get angry. Swan opens up with fist strikes. Swan charges Lee in the corner and gets caught with boots to the face. Lee hops to the second rope and Swan nails a nice hurricanrana off the rope. Swan follows up with a rolling frog splash for a near fall.

Lee fires back with kicks and cradles Swan but can only hold him for a two count. Lee charges Swan but Swan counters with a roundhouse kick then follows with a standing 450 splash for the three count.

Winner: Rich Swan advances

Ranallo sets up the next bout by introducing us to the competitors, Gurv Sihra takes Noam Dar. Sihra’s introductory video is shown. Noam Dar’s video is next. We go to the ring for entrances and introductions for our next match. Noam Dar is out first, followed by Sihra. We have the handshake and away we go.

Match 2: Noam Dar (Scotland) vs. Gurv Sihra (India)

Dar catches Sihra with a dropkick to the knee. Dar grabs an arm bar but Sihra throws back elbows to free himself. He follows that up with a side headlock. Dar fires Sihra off into the ropes and catches him with a hard dropkick.

Dar plays to the crowd giving Sihra a chance to recover and catch Dar with a corner forearm followed by a back breaker. A side press by Sihra nets a one count. Dar and Sihra trade shots in center ring. Sihra charges Dar who moves out of the way. Sihra gets caught in the ropes and Dar catches him with a massive kick to the back of the leg. Dar catches Sihra with a running dropkick in the corner. Dar tries for a cover but only gets two.

Dar goes for a Sharpshooter or a Boston crab but gets caught in a small package for a two count. Sihra follows up with a spinning heel kick for a near fall. Sihra mounts the second turnbuckle and attempts an elbow drop but Dar moves out of the way. Dar connects with an enziguri, and a suplex and goes for the cover. Sihra powers out but Dar immediately transitions to a knee bar submission and gets a tap out.

Winner Noam Dar advances

Ranallo sets up match up number three tonight as we see the tale-of-the tape on England’s Jack Gallagher and Italy’s Fabian Aichner. Aichner’s introductory video is shown followed by Gallagher’s. After the video’s are shown, the show heads to commercial.

We come back to the introductions and ring entrances. Gallagher is out first, followed by Aichner. We see the handshake and the bell sounds.

Match 3: Jack Gallagher (England) vs. Fabian Aichner (Italy)

Gallagher opens things with an arm bar but Aichner is able to reverse the hold. The two men trade a series of holds, escapes and reversals until Aichner gets frustrated and buries a boot to the midsection and nails a shoulder block. Gallagher performs a modified monkey flip and Aichner flies across the ring. Gallagher goes for a pin but gets a two count.

Gallagher tries for a suplex and Aichner blocks it and opens up with chops and forearm smashes. Aichner catches Gallagher with a double kick off the ropes. Aichner settles in with a rear chin lock. Gallagher fights out and hits a sunset flip for a two count. At this point, the two gentlemen go into a series of pin reversals that led to Aichner hitting a tilt-a-whirl for a near fall. Aichner goes to the ropes and executes a springboard moon salt for a near fall.

Aichner tries for a suplex but Gallagher flips free, lands on his feet and hits a standing dropkick, a cross body block and locks in the guillotine chokehold. Aichner uses his strength to power out of the hold. Aichner turns it into a sit down powerbomb for yet another near fall. Aichner goes to the top rope to try a frog splash but Gallagher was able to move. Gallagher head butts Aichner in the chest and follows up with a running dropkick in the corner. The dropkick knocks out Aichner and Gallagher pins him for a three count.

Winner: Jack Gallagher advances

Ranallo throws it to Corey Graves in studio who sets up the main event contest between tag team partners Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. The introductory videos were played for each man.

We go to the back where Gargano and Ciampa are interviewed together. They are asked how being partners will affect their match. Gargano says it doesn’t matter that he’s my partner or my friend, when he looks across the ring, he will see just another guy. He says its win or go home and Johnny wrestling at ready to go home. Ciampa responds to the Johnny Wrestling name. Ciampa says all he ever hears is Johnny Wrestling. Tonight, its not about Johnny Wrestling. Ciampa says that, tonight, he will not only be the guy that puts Johnny Gargano out of the classic, he will be the guy that hurts Gargano. Gargano tells Ciampa to do what he has to do.

We head to the ring for introductions and entrances. Gargano is out first followed by Ciampa. We get the handshake and away we go.

Match 4: Johnny Gargano (United States) vs. Tommaso Ciampa (United States)

Gargano grabs an arm bar early. He transitions to a hammerlock and Ciampa escapes with a sick sounding elbow to Gargano’s mouth. Ciampa throws Gargano to the apron and nails him with a hard knee to the face knocking Gargano to the floor.

Ciampa goes to the floor after him and connects with a hard chop and a wicked knee lift. Ciampa goes for the cover and gets a two count. He tries again, Gargano powers out again. Ciampa locks in the rear chin lock. Gargano breaks free with elbows and chops. Ciampa charges at Gargano but Johnny escapes to the apron. Ciampa regains control with a back elbow to the jaw. Ciampa attempts a superplex but Gargano blocks it with kicks to the face. Gargano follows up with a slingshot DDT and pins Ciampa for a near fall.

Ciampa fires back and puts Gargano in a fireman’s carry and climbs to the middle rope. Gargano fires out and attempts a sunset flip power bomb but Ciampa blocks the move attempt with right hands to the head. Gargano is able to slip out under Ciampa and follow up with a kick to the face and a running power bomb. Ciampa rolls to the floor but Gargano follows him with a suicide dive connecting with Ciampa. Gargano throws Ciampa back in the ring and attempts a splash through the ropes but Ciampa nails Gargano with a knee as he’s flying through the ropes. Ciampa tries a pin and gets a near fall!!

Ciampa goes for a power bomb again cut Gargano blocks the move. Ciampa hits a kick to the face and a knee lift. He attempts a power bomb again only to have Gargano escape and hit an enziguri. Both men roll to the apron and trade shots. Ciampa hits a huge boot to the face and an Air Raid Crash on the apron. Ciampa rolls Gargano into the ring for the pin and got a near fall.
Ciampa starts to set up for the exposed knee lift but he had second thoughts and decided not to do it. Gargano was able to come back with a super kick and Ciampa countered with a hard clothesline. Ciampa set uo and executed his power bomb backbreaker but was still only able to get a near fall.

The two men trade chops with Ciampa gaining the advantage briefly. The end came when Ciampa went for a clothesline and Gargano sidestepped it into a backslide for two. Ciampa kicks out and tries to lock in his submission arm bar but Gargano reverses it into a crucifix pin for the win.

Winner: Johnny Gargano advances

Post-match: Gargano tries to shake hands but Ciampa turns to leave. Ciampa turns around and shakes Gargano’s hand to preserve the tag team.

To close the show this week, a video with highlights of the first round and a quick second round preview is shown. The first round is in the books, next week, starts round two!!

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