Austin Aries replaces Byron Saxton on commentary for this next match. Aries then introduces his video package by saying, “It’s not a good package, it’s not a great package – it’s THE package.” Corey Graves couldn’t hide the fact that he was in stitches.
Video Package: Austin Aries highlight reel
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Rich Swann vs. Neville (c)
Before the bell rings, the crowd loudly chants, “CM Punk.” The bell rings, and Swann quickly connects with two clotheslines. Swann punches him before flipping over Neville and dropkicking him. Neville quickly goes outside, so Swann follows and sends him into the barricade. Swann chops the chest twice before Neville pushes him away. Neville slams him onto the apron before sending him headfirst into the LED ring apron.
We come back from the break to see Swann trapped in a chin lock. Swann tries to fight up, but Neville takes him back down. Neville kicks him in the head while an “Austin Aries” chant fires up. Neville grabs him on the apron, but Swann punches him back. Neville drops him back into the ring and goes for a springboard, but Swann kicks him in the head. Neville falls outside. Swann goes to the top rope and and wipes Neville out with a summersault senton to the floor! The commentators call it a “Swanton Bomb.” Swann gets him into the ring and grabs him, but Neville cuts him off. Swann quickly comes back with a head-scissor takeover before kicking him in the midsection. Swann hits a modified Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Swann goes to the top rope, but Neville cuts him off. Neville catches him with a superplex, but Swann rolls out of the ring before Neville can pin him. Neville follows him outside and drives him into the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Swann counter a whip into a vicious right hand. They trade blows before Neville kicks him. Neville goes for a German Suplex, but Swann flips and lands on his feet. Swann then turns him inside out with a German Suplex. Swann connects with a superkick for a near fall! Swann goes to the top rope and jumps over Neville before kicking him in the head. Neville goes to the top rope and goes for the Phoenix Splash, but Neville rolls out of the way. Neville covers, but Swann kicks out. Neville quickly transitions into the Rings of Saturn for the submission.
Winner by Submission and still WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Neville
Austin Aries interviews Neville about his impressive 24 hours before asking how it feels to be on top of the mountain. The crowd boos Neville. A loud “Austin Aries” chant fires up. Aries thanks Chicago and asks his question again. Neville says he’s done exactly what he said he would do. To everyone that has doubted and overlooked him, they can look at him now. Neville holds up the title. Neville says he’s laid waste to pretender after pretender. It’s undeniable that there is nobody on 205 Live that holds a candle to the King of the Cruiserweights. Aries says Neville has done each and everything he would do, but he wants to clarify if he really can’t think of anyone that’s competition. Neville says nobody is at his level. The crowd again loudly chants, “Austin Aries.” Aries says the WWE Universe disagrees with him. A loud “YES” chant fires up. Neville sizes up Aries and asks if he’s seriously suggesting himself. Neville says he must be delusional if he thinks he’s close to his level. Neville says he’s running out of patience with Aries so he can make his way back to the commentary table to make cheap jokes. This is his ring, so he can get out before he re-injures his orbital socket.
Aries removes his sunglasses and says he’s just trying to do his job. Aries’ eye still looks a bit swollen. Neville asks what he’s going to do about it. Aries just wants to ask one more question. It’s not so much of a question. It’s more of a statement. Aries hits Neville in the face with the microphone and removes his jacket! Aries then wipes him out with a spinning forearm, and Neville quickly retreats.
Backstage, Enzo and Cass are talking about their rematch. They then bump into Cesaro and Sheamus. Enzo calls them a “cuppa haters.” Cesaro says he’s drinking a cup of coffee. Sheamus says they’re a couple of chokers. Big Cass tells Sheamus to watch him mouth and their match. They will win the titles tonight. Cesaro says they’ll be right here whether they win or choke. Enzo tells him to not get his pepperoni nipples in a twist because calling him, “Little Cesar.” Enzo then makes fun of Cesaro for losing to Samoa Joe.
Coming up next, we’ll hear from Goldberg.
WrestleMania is 27 days away.
Goldberg addresses his match against Brock Lesnar
Goldberg’s music hits, and the WWE Universal Champion makes his way through the backstage area. The sparks fly on the stage, and Goldberg walks through them breathing smoke before his pyrotechnic explosions go off. Goldberg fist bumps some children as he makes his way to the ring to a great reception. After his music stops, the boos fire up. Goldberg holds the title up and gets a mixed reception. Goldberg says this title belongs to the people. This still gets a mixed reception. Goldberg says he could not have done it without the people. The truth is tonight he stands before them as a very humbled man because he is WWE’s new Universal Champion. The crowd continues to boo him. Another thing this gives him is an opportunity to divulge some information he’s never made public. A loud “CM Punk” chant fires up. Goldberg says he hears them.
Paul Heyman comes out to a nice reception. Heyman says, “Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Paul Heyman, and please don’t confuse me as someone who even thinks he’s man enough to go down to that ring and even attempt to offer a handshake in congratulations to the new Universal Championship because, honestly, my hand is not the hand that should be shaking Mr. Goldberg’s in congratulation.” Heyman says he didn’t come here tonight alone! The crowd loudly pops. Heyman says he appears before them as the advocate for the challenger on April 2nd for the Universal Championship. Heyman is here to introduce Goldberg’s opponent, and his client, Brock Lesnar.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and he comes out to a loud pop. Lesnar circles the ring with Heyman before getting in the ring and getting in Goldberg’s face. Neither man budges. Heyman gets in the ring as well. Heyman says his client is here to shake his hand and congratulate him on becoming the new Universal Champion. His client understands how happy he must be about devastating Kevin Owens for the title last night. The only person happier about Goldberg being Universal Champion is his client. On April 2nd at WrestleMania, his client understands that Goldberg has proven to be every bit of a beast as Lesnar has proven to be. That’s why Lesnar will shake his hand and congratulate him. Goldberg has proven to be every bit the conquerer Lesnar has proven to be. On April 2nd, both will enter the ring, but only one will leave the ring the winner. The other will be the loser at WrestleMania. Heyman says he doesn’t make predictions: he makes spoilers. This is the spoiler for WrestleMania. At the end of the match, there will be a new reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Champion. His name is Brock Lesnar! Lesnar extends his hand and smiles. Heyman says when the match is over, they can all say, “There he is – Brock’s bitch!” Lesnar then picks Goldberg up and drops him with an F-5! Lesnar and Heyman walk off. Before the segment is over, Goldberg pulls himself up to his feet. Goldberg screams in anger.