– The quarterfinals of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic started on Wednesday night on the WWE Network. Two matches took place on the show, Gran Metalik defeated Akira Tozawa and Kota Ibushi defeated Brian Kendrick to advance to the Final Four of the tournament.
Now, Metalik will go on to face the winner of Zack Sabre, Jr. vs. Noam Dar and Ibushi will face the winner of Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins. Sabre, Jr. vs. Dar and Swann vs. Perkins will take place on next week’s show. WWE will return to Full Sail University on September 14th for semi-finals and finals of the tournament, which will air live on the WWE Network.
– Following his match with Ibushi, Kendrick took to Twitter to thank WWE for the opportunity to wrestle in the tournament. He posted this:
“Thank you @WWE for the opportunity! Thank you#RaulMendoza, @TonyNese and @ibushi_kota for bringing the best out of me! @WWE_CWC.”
— Brian Kendrick (@mrbriankendrick) September 1, 2016
Newly crowned WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens praised Kendrick via Twitter.
“You know who’s great? @mrbriankendrick. Great moment between him and @WWEDanielBryan on the latest Cruiserweight Classic episode.”
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) September 1, 2016
As noted, Kendrick will be featured in the upcoming RAW cruiserweight division.