Buddy Murphy Makes History By Winning Cruiserweight Championship

Only one championship changed hands at WWE Super Show-Down, but it was a pretty historical one.

Four titles were on the line at Saturday's WWE Super Show-Down, three from SmackDown Live and the Cruiserweight Championship from 205 Live. While The New Day, Becky Lynch, and AJ Styles all managed to keep hold of their gold, Cedric Alexander did not. Buddy Murphy is now the Cruiserweight Champion, winning the title in his hometown.

When it comes to Cruiserweight Title matches on big shows, WWE normally puts them on the kickoff. Well, there was no kickoff show at Super Show-Down, and the purple championship didn't even open the show. Presumably, due to Murphy being from Melbourne, the match was saved for late in the show. The former NXT Tag Team Champion naturally had no lack of support behind him either.


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There was even a point during the extremely athletic matchup when Alexander looked desperately around at the 70,000 Australian faces, most of which were chanting Buddy's name. The now former Cruiserweight Champion looked even more desperate and forlorn when even his finisher, the Lumbar Check couldn't keep the Aussie down for a three count. Shortly after that, the match swung in Murphy's favor and he picked up the victory to a raucous reaction from the in-house crowd.

Alexander won the title back at WrestleMania 34 and hasn't lost a single match since. Not only did Murphy break that almost six-month long undefeated streak, but he also made a little bit of history. By winning the Cruiserweight Title, he has become the first Australian in history to hold a singles title in WWE. Murphy was also the first Australian Superstar to win a WWE Title full stop when he became an NXT Tag Team Champion alongside Wesley Blake.

Murphy has impressed on 205 Live ever since he was a surprise call-up from NXT. His physique would suggest that he isn't actually under 205 lbs, but the show's General Manager Drake Maverick has assured fans that he is. One thing is for certain, Murphy will be a very different champion than Alexander. That's probably a good thing since 205 Live is due another shake-up now that it has moved to Wednesday nights. New timeslot, new outlook, new champion.


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