In recent weeks, Tony Nese has defeated both Gran Metalik and Cedric Alexander in singles competition, resulting in both competitors seeking a rematch. However, rather than grant one, the other or both another singles bout, Nese recruited his friend Drew Gulak to face Metalik and Alexander in a tag team contest. Gulak then praised Nese's physique and fitness as an example for the WWE Universe.
Nese and Alexander kicked off the action in a fast-paced and highly athletic display, resulting in a stalemate. Alexander took control, causing Nese to tag in Drew Gulak. Remaining in control, Alexander tagged in Gran Metalik, who showed off his own incredible agility with his lucha libre style of competition.
Alexander and Metalik did their best to work together and keep Gulak on defense. Gulak and Nese – the more experienced tag team – enjoyed a brief advantage before both Alexander and Gran Metalik took them down on the outside.
Gulak and Nese maintained a clear advantage in the content before the pendulum of momentum would swing once more. Alexander nearly scored a victory against Gulak, but “The Premier Athlete” made the save. Nese took a moment to gloat, and though he fended off an attack from Metalik, Alexander knocked him down before hitting Gulak with the devastating Lumbar Check for the win.
As The Brian Kendrick made his way to the ring to face Mustafa Ali, he looked weary and kept peaking over his shoulder, around the arena and even under the ring. The brutal attacks by Gentleman Jack Gallagher in recent weeks had seemingly taken its toll on Kendrick's psyche, and his demeanor was visibly shaken. However, after a verbal altercation earlier in the evening, Kendrick accepted a challenge from Ali.
Despite accepting the match, Kendrick was clearly shaken as the contest got underway. He was hesitant to strike and seemed to be a shell of himself as a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion. The Man with a Plan struggled to mount any offense, and in the moments he did, his follow-ups were weak. Ali seized the opportunity to show what he was capable of inside the ring. Ali was also able to show his resilience after being dropped face-first onto the turnbuckle and breaking free of the Captain's Hook.
Following the application of his signature hold, Kendrick seemed more focused and attacked his opponent on the outside. As Kendrick prepared to strike Ali's leg against the steel steps, Gentleman Jack Gallagher attacked and unleashed his fury on his nemesis.
Kendrick managed to escape Gentleman Jack's wrath by retreating into the crowd, but it was clear that Gallagher was inside Kendrick's head.
Hoping to rebound after his loss to TJP last week on WWE 205 Live, Rich Swann stepped inside the ring to face Ariya Daivari.
Swann took control with his incredible speed, leaving Daivari reeling until the battle spilled outside the ring. After avoiding a high-risk maneuver from the top, The Persian Lion launched his opponent into the ring apron and was able to slow the pace of the match.
However, the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion recovered and struck back, even avoiding a high-flying move, before preparing to secure victory.
As Swann ascended the ropes, TJP suddenly made his way into the arena wearing a knee brace and on crutches. Swann turned his attention to The Duke of Dab – seemingly unaware of the injury – allowing Daivari to capitalize and pick up a huge win.
Akira Tozawa shocked the WWE Universe on Raw when he did what no one else could and defeated Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. With the two originally slated to battle at SummerSlam, Titus O’Neil negotiated for the match to take place a week early on Raw, and Tozawa delivered. Despite Neville invoking his rematch clause for The Biggest Event of the Summer, Titus Worldwide rolled out the red carpet for the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion on WWE 205 Live.
Titus held a special toast for Tozawa and thanked him for being part of Titus Worldwide – helping make his own dreams come true. As the celebration continued, Neville made his way to the ring. The former champion expressed his feelings for the title, claiming Tozawa sullies the prestige he brought to the championship. Neville then presented a countdown clock that displayed the time remaining until their rematch at SummerSlam – signifying when Tozawa's reign would end. The King of the Cruiserweights guaranteed that he would reclaim the championship and told the new titleholder to savor the time he has left.
O’Neil called out Neville, telling him Tozawa would not fall for the intimidation game or start a fight. As O’Neil continued speaking, Neville charged the ring, but was quickly stopped by Tozawa. After The Stamina Monster drove The King of the Cruiserweights into the barricade, the rivals returned to the ring.
Unfortunately for Neville, he was quickly dispelled from the squared circle, and The Stamina Monster put his SummerSlam challenger down with a dive through the ropes. Despite Neville's threats, the Cruiserweight Champion proved he was ready to defend his new title at The Biggest Event of the Summer.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Cedric Alexander & Gran Metalik defeated Drew Gulak & Tony Nese
- The Brian Kendrick defeated Mustafa Ali by disqualification
- Ariya Daivari defeated Rich Swann
- Dark Match: Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Dolph Ziggler & Rusev
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