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Friday, 17 March 2017

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Austin Aries (Kickoff Match)

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Austin Aries (Kickoff Match) : WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville def. Austin Aries

To quote a line from the classic TV series, “The Wire,” “If you come at the king, you best not miss.” Well, Austin Aries connected at the WrestleMania Kickoff. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to pry the WWE Cruiserweight Championship away from Neville.

The WWE 205 Live Superstars left no stone unturned – or thrilling manoeuvre untried – as they battled to stand atop the Cruiserweight mountain. The King of the Cruiserweights attempted to wear down Aries, but A-Double – who had only recently returned to ring action after a severe eye injury kept him sidelined for months – was relentless in his pursuit of the purple and silver crown. Time and again, he fired back with reckless abandon, including a major Missile Dropkick that connected flush right on Neville’s royal chin.

As the contest progressed, Aries survived two absolutely gnarly German Suplexes from The King and fought back with a Discus Five-Arm. The two kept scrapping until Neville found himself caught in Aries’ dreaded Last Chancery submission hold. The King, desperate to keep his crown, viciously gouged Aries’ previously injured eye and broke the hold, then connected with the Red Arrow for the victory.

At WrestleMania, Neville faces his most formidable challenge since declaring himself King of the Cruiserweights, as he defends the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Austin Aries.

Since making his return at Roadblock: End of the Line, Neville has dominated the Cruiserweight division with a newfound aggression, capturing the championship at Royal Rumble and defeating all comers. Believing no one can compete at his level, Neville has welcomed any and all challengers to his throne.

However, one Superstar Neville did not expect to face was former WWE 205 Live colour commentator Austin Aries. During an interview on the March 6 edition of Raw, Aries attacked the champion, later revealing that, with his injury healed, he was ready to bring the Cruiserweight division to the “A-Double” level. After defeating Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari in his first two matches back in action, Aries faced former Cruiserweight Champions TJ Perkins and The Brian Kendrick, as well as Akira Tozawa and Nese, in a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match on WWE 205 Live to determine the No. 1 contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville vs. Austin Aries

Emerging victorious and punching his ticket to The Ultimate Thrill Ride, Aries has set his sights on dethroning The King of the Cruiserweights and claiming the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. To Neville, A-Double represents another competitor to be conquered in order for his reign of dominance to continue.

How will the next chapter of each Superstar’s comeback story be written? Will Neville’s reign go on, or will Aries bring a new level of competition to the Cruiserweights? The special, two-hour Kickoff begins tonight at 5 ET/2 PT on the award-winning WWE Network. In addition to WWE Network, the Kickoff can also be seen on, the WWE App, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+. The second hour of the Kickoff also airs live on USA Network.

RESULTS: Neville retains the title via pinfall.
THOUGHTS: Solid match with an ending I didn't think would happen.



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