They didn’t make it onto the pay-per-view (PPV) on Sun., Jan. 27, but 205 Live’s Superstars were the last match before the main Royal Rumble card started in Phoenix’s Chase Field. The Kickoff show is a familiar spot for the cruiserweights, but at least Buddy Murphy, Hideo Itami, Akira Tozawa & Kalisto had a mostly full stadium to show off in front of.
Cruiserweight champ Murphy asked General Manager Drake Maverick for a challenge, and he got it in the form of a Fatal 4Way. 205 Live’s roster has continually asked for a chance to impress the WWE Universe, and they got one in Arizona.
How’s they do? Check some of these and decide for yourself:
.@WWE_Murphy with a big ol' NOPE.— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 2019
➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/FgfgORe8ej
"205! 205! 205!"#RoyalRumble #CruiserweightTitle pic.twitter.com/eWg1vVBYrb— 205Live (@WWE205Live) January 27, 2019
.@KalistoWWE launches Tozawa into Murphy. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/tvDpCbpoqP— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 27, 2019
.@KalistoWWE spikes Murphy. #RoyalRumble pic.twitter.com/UrZG3QfS1e— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) January 27, 2019
Action like that left all four men wiped out and the fans on their feet. After a series of striking exchanges that would have fit into a good action movie...
Kicks on kicks on kicks from @WWE_Murphy, @KalistoWWE and @TozawaAkira!— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) January 27, 2019
➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/0tRZixH7KM
....it came down to Murphy and Itami. The veteran Japanese Superstar set-up for his finisher, but the Aussie champ slipped free, delivered a series of loud knee strikes and finished with Murphy’s Law.
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