Buddy Murphy def. Mustafa Ali

May 9, 2018
Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy: WWE 205 Live, May 8, 2018

Aiming to prove he’s ready to challenge WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander, Buddy Murphy faces Mustafa Ali in a WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament rematch.

Ever since Buddy Murphy came to WWE 205 Live as part of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, he has proven to be a dominant and dedicated competitor. However, Murphy’s only loss in WWE 205 Live came in the quarterfinals of the tournament against Mustafa Ali, who advanced all the way to WrestleMania. With his championship ambitions still very much at the forefront, Murphy hoped to avenge his only WWE 205 Live loss and prove he’s ready for WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander.

Channeling the same aggression that led him to a rare TKO victory last time on WWE 205 Live, Murphy pressed forward, but he struggled to find an answer to counter his opponent’s incredible agility and high-speed offense. Forced to the outside, Murphy was finally able to stop Ali’s momentum with a crushing running suplex on the arena floor.

Murphy took control of the bout, utilizing his raw power and aggression to keep Ali grounded. However, The Heart of WWE 205 Live has proven to be one of the most resilient Superstars in the Cruiserweight division and battled back before both competitors took each other down with a double crossbody block.

Thinking quickly, Murphy showed off his own innovative ability by driving Ali into the turnbuckle to break a sleeper hold. Squaring off in the center of the ring, Ali and Murphy traded blows and counters that ended in a jaw-dropping tornado DDT by Ali on the ring apron into the ring that nearly secured him the win.

Ascending the ropes, The Heart of WWE 205 Live attempted a high-risk move but was pushed away and sent crashing to the canvas. Murphy followed up with a sequence of devastating knee strikes and an impressive DDT of his own and a near-fall. After failing to secure the win, the Australian Superstar picked up his opponent and executed three destructive powerbombs that nearly knocked Ali unconscious.

Never one to quit, Ali remained in the fight and countered another powerbomb attempt into an unique facebuster. Once again ascending to the top rope, Murphy managed to push Ali to the floor, but an attempted high-flying maneuver was stopped in its tracks by an incredible superkick from Ali.

Still unable to secure the win, Ali tried to execute the 054 on Murphy’s arm – similar to their first encounter. Unfortunately for Ali, Murphy moved and quickly attacked Ali’s arm with brute force. Focusing on Ali’s arm, Murphy drove him shoulder-first into the ring post multiple times and even countered a DDT from Ali that led to the execution of Murphy’s Law.

Securing the victory, Murphy not only fixed the only blemish on his WWE 205 Live record, but he also made a powerful statement directed at WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander.

Article source: WWE.com

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