Filipino-American wrestler TJ Perkins outsmarted 31 competitors from 16 different countries to win the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Cruiserweight Classic tournament. Perkins was handed the Cruiserweight title at the Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida by Triple H.
According to reports, Perkins could be up for a huge push as WWE wants the Cruiserweight Division to become a blockbuster after making its move to RAW. This was also prominent in Triple H’s words as the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative of the company praised the wrestler on Twitter.
“This is not one person. This is 32 people, all of them. I started and they’re just my peers. Tonight, all of them are my heroes.” Perkins said, as reported by Inquirer.net.
The Fil-Am technical cruiserweight was able to defeat two highly regarded wrestlers on his way to the championship. The 32-year-old was able to get past the Japanese Kota Ibushi in the semi-final of the tournament. The victory over Ibushi was considered as the biggest upset of the event as he was destined to become the champion.
He then faced Mexican high-flyer Gran Metalik in the Cruiserweight Classic finals. Perkins was able to counter Metalik’s Dorada Screwdriver from the top rope. He then executed his signature kneebar and was able to make his opponent tap.
RAW general manager, Mick Foley also congratulated Perkins on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Foley has expressed his desire of having Mauro Renallo and Daniel Bryan on RAW. He wants the duo to call the Cruiserweight action on WWE’s flagship show.
Perkins and Metalik will now debut with the rest of the cruiserweight division on Monday Night RAW, next Monday.
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