Buddy Murphy vs Akira Tozawa vs Hideo Itami vs Kalisto
January 27, 2019
Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
WWE Royal Tumble
WWE Cruiserweight Title
I don’t know what the f*ck Meltzer was thinking when he only rated this match ****, as I’d have gone at least ****1/4. Perhaps it was because we had seen two other phenomenal matches at TakeOver, but this was much better than matches in New Japan or PWG that he’s rated ****. You know, because it’s not like he’s biased or anything.
Crazy innovation here. This was perhaps the last great match Hideo Itami had before departing WWE, and sorry to say, he can come across kinda annoying and he was so out of place here. Buddy Murphy is a real talent, and if he were with any other company Meltzer would be raving about him as one of the top workers in the world. Because you know, it’s not like he’s biased or anything (sensing a pattern here?).