We begin with a look at last week’s number one contender match.
We are in Boston, Massachusetts and your announcers are Corey Graves and Tom Phillips.
Match Number One: Brian Kendrick versus Mustafa Ali
Kendrick with a wrist lock take down. Ali uses the ropes to reverse the hold and he takes Kendrick down with an arm drag. Kendrick with a wrist lock. Ali with a reversal into an arm drag. Ali with another arm drag and Kendrick goes to the ropes. Kendrick goes for the leg but Ali with a side head lock. Kendrick backs Ali into the corner and connects with a forearm. Kendrick with kicks. Ali floats over on an Irish whip and he avoids a kick and gets a near fall with a rollup.
Kendrick misses a punch and Ali with a head scissors that sends Kendrick to the floor. Ali with a double jump springboard cross body onto Kendrick on the floor.
We see Drew Gulak watching the match while talking on the phone.
Ali sends Kendrick back into the ring. Kendrick goes back to the floor and Ali looks for him. Kendrick comes out on the other side of the ring steps and he pulls Ali into the ring post. Kendrick with a near fall and then he puts Ali’s mouth on the rope and he kicks the rope. Kendrick gets a near fall. Kendrick with an Irish whip and back body drop for a near fall. Kendrick wtih a reverse chin lock as he tries to get into the Captain’s Hook. Kendrick with a Cobra Stretch. Kendrick with a forearm and he tries for the Captain’s Hook but Ali with a rolup. Ali with an enzuigiri.
Ali floats over in the corner and Ali with kicks and a drop kick. Ali with a clothesline and forearm. Kendrick with an Irsi whip but Ali goes to the apron and hits an enzuigiri. Ali rolls into the ring and hits a neck breaker for a near fall. Kendrick sends Ali into the turnbuckles but Ali with an elbow and he goes for a tornado DDT but Kendrick side swipes him and then Kendrick with a leg lariat for a near fall.
Kendrick gets Ali up in a Torture Rack but Ali gets to his feet. Kendrick runs into a boot and Ali goes up top for the inward 450 splash but Kendrick crotches Ali. Kendrick with a back breaker from the turnbuckles and he gets Ali in the Captain’s Hook. The bell rings but the referee says he did not call for it. We see Akira Tozawa by the ring bell. The match continues and Ali with an enzuigiri and inward 450 for the three count.
Winner: Mustafa Ali (with an assist from Akira Tozawa)
After the match, Tozawa tells Kendrick this is lesson number two. Appearance can be deceiving.
TJ Perkins is in the interview area and he is asked about his attack on Austin Aries. TJ says it is not about what he did to Austin Aries, it is about what Austin Aries did to him. TJ says he is the victim. He was the hero in the Cruiserweight Classic. He was a gift for the cruiserweights.
Jack Gallagher interrupts and he says he does not know what possessed TJ to act the way he did last night, but he has asked for a gentlemanly match tonight.
TJ says that Aries isn’t the only one who has benefitted from what he has done and he says he hopes Jack can hear him from his high horse.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Rich Swann versus Johnny Ocean
Ocean kicks Swann and connects with a forearm. Ocean with a hard Irish whip that sends Swann sternum first into the turnbuckles. Ocean gets a near fall. Ocean with another sternum first Irish whip. Ocean with a reverse chin lock. Swann with punches to Ocean followed by flying clotheslines. Swann with a back heel kick and a double stomp followed by a splash for a near fall. Swann with a back heel kick and then Swann goes up top for the Phoenix Splash and the three count.
Winner: Rich Swann
After the match, Swann reminds everyone that he is the one giving the gifts to Alicia Fox. Why did he give the gifts to Alicia? Why did he let Noam take the credit?
Noam Dar makes his way to the ring. He says Swann is a no good dirty little liar. Noam says he has been giving Alicia all of those gifts. What kind of man interferes in another man’s relationship.
Alicia comes out and she tells Noam she believes him. She calls Swann a liar. Alicia says they have something so special, although she says she has noticed Swann looking at her.
There is a delivery to the ring and Dar says it is another gift from him. He says Swann’s little plan didn’t work. He tells Swann to leave.
Dar gives the gift to Alicia.
Alicia asks Dar what is it and he says it is a surprise. Alicia opens the box and powder explodes in her face.
Austin Aries is in the interview area and he is asked about TJ Perkins’ attack on Raw. Austin says that TJ is taking out his frustrations. TJ is showing a lack of judgment. He says he knows what is going on. Neville is not TJ’s friend. Neville wants a puppet and Aries says he is the puppet master. Austin says that TJ is Neville’s buffer and Neville’s attempt to keep him out of Payback. He will continue this until he becomes the Cruiserweight Champion. Aries says he needs to finish his banana and he leaves.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Three: Jack Gallagher versus TJ Perkins
Perkins refuses the Code of Cruiser before the bell rings. They lock up and Gallagher with a side head lock and then he takes Perkins to the mat with a rope assisted side head lock take down. Perkins with a reversal into a side head lock. Gallagher with a handstand to escape the head lock. Gallagher with a wrist lock and then he uses his leg for a hammer lock. Gallagher leans back and gets a near fall. Gallagher with a wrist lock into a test of strength. Perkins with a head scissors take down into a head scissors. Gallagher with a head scissors of his own and Perkins escapes.
Gallagher with another head scissors. Perkins with a headstand to escape the head scissors. Gallagher uses his legs to send Perkins across the ring. Gallagher with a drop kick to send Perkins to the floor. Gallagher grabs his umbrella and he sets for teh Mary Poppins dive but Perkins goes up the ramp and out of the landing zone for Gallagher. Gallagher mocks Perkins and Perkins runs back to the ring. Gallagher with a rollup for a near fall. Gallagher with a headstand in the corner and he confuses Perkins. Gallagher kicks Perkins to the mat. Gallagher tries to send Perkins to the floor and Perkins hangs in the ropes and Gallagher goes to the floor.
Perkins avoids a sunset flip and hits a KneeDT. Perkins continues to work on the knee and hyperextends it. Perkins kicks Gallagher in the hamstring. Perkins with a knee drop to the leg and he goes to the apron for a slingshot senton and he gets a near fall. Perkins with an Indian Death Lock. Perkins gets a series of near falls on Gallagher. Gallagher with a monkey flip while in a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock. Perkins with a cloverleaf but Gallagher gets to the ropes. Gallagher with head butts, but Perkins with a drop toe hold.
Perkins with a suplex and he holds on and hits a backdrop driver for a near fall. Perkins locks the legs and then he stands on the knee. Perkins adds a butterfly lock to add more pressure. Perkins goes for a suple but Gallagher lands on his feet and he connects wtih European uppercuts followed by a suplex. Gallagher with an Irish whip followed by a gutwrench slam and he gets a near fall. Gallagher goes after the elbow but Perkins with a springboard forearm to Gallagher.
Gallagher puts Perkins on the turnbuckles. Gallagher goes up top and he sets for a belly-to-back superplex and he hits it. Gallagher with a near fall. Perkins rolls to the floor. They return to the ring. Perkins with a rollup into a knee bar. Gallagher tries to fight through the pain and Gallagher rolls to the ropes. Perkins goes for the knee again but Gallagher with a side head lock. Perkins with a side head lock but Gallagher with a swinging back breaker. Gallagher holds his injured knee. Perkins with a drop kick to the knee and then he goes for the slingshot drop kick but Gallagher pulls out the ring skirt and Gallagher with a head butt. Both men are down. They both get back into the ring and Gallagher rolls on top of Perkins for a near fall.
Gallagher with a European uppercut but Perkins fires back. They go back and forth with Gallagher getting the brief advantage but Perkins with strikes and a jumping back heel kick. Gallagher bounces off the ropes and hits a head butt. Gallagher’s knee gives out and Perkins sends Gallagher head first into the ring post. Perkins with the Detonation Kick for the three count.
Winner: TJ Perkins
After the match, Neville comes out to the stage to raise Perkins’ hand.
We go to credits.