This is the opening contest of night one of the tournament. Cruz is playing the cocky heel while Cobb is a strong babyface even though this is his debut. Cruz chop blocks the leg after Cobb establishes his unique power advantage. Match extends outside where Cruz first trips Cobb, then shoves him into the post and then swings off the apron with a DDT. I like Cruz being okay with taking a cheap win over the much larger opponent. Cobb gets right up and hits a stalling suplex. Cruz once again relies on underhanded tactics to get the advantage. Cruz shoves the official and rakes Cobb’s eyes. Cobb responds with an athletic press, standing moonsault, and shooting star headbutt. Cobb recovers from some more Cruz offense and hits a series of German suplexes. Cruz again uses the official to get a low blow. Codebreaker gets two. Tour of the Islands gets Cobb the victory.
Cruz is a really good coward and played off of Cobb perfectly. Anytime you can have someone the fans truly hate, especially in Europe, it makes for a fun atmosphere. A good atmosphere can make a difference in a match like this. Good start to the tournament as this was entertaining and featured Cruz really making Cobb look like an ultimate babyface hero.
Winner (s)/Rating: Jeff Cobb/***1/4