And while Ibushi put up a good fight, Perkins ended up locking in a neck crank to force the New Japan star to tap out. This win set up a finals contest between Perkins and Mexico's Gran Metalik another tournament favorite, who defeated England's Zack Sabre Jr in the semis.
As if it wasn't enough motivation to be crowned as the world's best cruiserweight, WWE executive vice president Paul "Triple H" Levesque came out before the final match to announce that the winner would also be crowned as the new WWE cruiserweight champion and would make his main roster debut on Monday Night Raw the following week.
In the final moments of the match, Gran Metalik would hit Perkins with the Gran Metalik Driver, but wasn't able to immediately pin the Fil-American due to a knee injury, allowing the kickout.
Gran Metalik would attempt the finishing move again, this time from the top rope, but Perkins would counter and lock in a kneebar on the Mexican luchador's injured knee, eventually forcing the submission.
A 32-year old Los Angeles native, whose mother was a Manileño, Perkins began his wrestling career in 1993, and has showcased his talents all over the world, from New Japan Pro Wrestling to Pro Wrestling Guerilla, Ring of Honor to TNA, and now the WWE.