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The 20 Most Incredible GIFs From The WWE Cruiserweight Classic

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For ten weeks, the best cruiserweights from around the world battled in a massive 32-man tournament in order to determine the winner of the first ever WWE Cruiserweight Classic. Ultimately, TJ Perkins emerged victorious, and was named the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion, which will come into play when the Cruiserweight division officially debuts on Raw. In addition, the tournament included some of the most insane wrestling that has ever been seen in a major North American promotion, and may have been the best wrestling show on television this year. If you haven’t seen it, get on the WWE Network right now and watch all of it. But just in case that’s not enough to get you to check it out, here’s some of the most incredible, most insane, and most innovative spots we saw over the length of the entire Cruiserweight Classic.

20. Fan favorite Kota Ibushi hits one of many Golden Triangle Moonsaults he would perform during the tournament:

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19. Sean Maluta accidentally over-rotates and ends up hitting an incredible 450 splash over the top rope to the floor:

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18. Cedric Alexander was not traditionally known as a Cruiserweight in Ring of Honor, but he managed to keep up:

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17. Gran Metalik is also known as “The Master of The Ropes” for a very good reason:

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16. TJ Perkins turns a headscissors takedown into a submission move:

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15. The Golden Lynx, Lince Dorado, with a poison hurricanrana:

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14. Mustafa Ali hits a top rope Spanish Fly:

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13. Many consider Akira Tozawa’s German Suplex to be one of the best in the business. You tell us:

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12. Meanwhile, Ibushi has his own, much more dangerous take on a German Suplex:

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11. This is what Tommaso Ciampa did to his best friend and tag team partner Johnny Gargano, so imagine what he does to people he doesn’t like:

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10. Rich Swann shows why you don’t really need to actually climb the top rope to hit high-flying moves:

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9. Of course, when he does get up there, he can do some pretty neat things as well:

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8. One of the heaviest Cruiserweights in the tournament, Fabian Aichner, still manages to look lighter than air on this double-jump moonsault:

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7. Ibushi with a ridiculous standing  corkscrew moonsault:

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6. Meet Jack Gallagher, a proper English gentleman who will, quite literally, tie you in a knot:

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5. Tony Nese with an incredible no look reverse somersault senton over the ropes:

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4. Johnny Gargano lawn-darts TJP into the turnbuckle:

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3. Someone should really tell Zack Sabre Jr. that arms don’t bend that way:

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2. Of course, not everything in the CWC was about high-flying and intricate submission moves. Sometimes people just got hit in the face really hard:

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1. And this list wouldn’t be complete without the first Burning Hammer ever performed in a major North American wrestling organization, courtesy of THE Brian Kendrick:

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