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205 Live 3/14/17 Review: The Cruiserweight Championship Picture Just Got Great

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205 Live on March 14, 2017 was a good show. 205 Live is a show where the cruiserweights take center stage as they will risk their bodies to entertain us wrestling fans. Let’s break it down:


We start off the show with a video package hyping up the Fatal Five Way Elimination match between Austin Aries, TJ Perkins, Akira Tozawa, The Brian Kendrick, and Tony Nese where the winner will face Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at WWE Wrestlemania 33. This is good as it lets people know on what hyping up the main event later on the show. Well produced video package here.

Before I talk about the show itself, the commentary team for this week’s show contains Tom Phillips and Corey Graves as Mauro Ranallo couldn’t make it to the show due to the weather. Hope that Mauro Ranallo is okay during the storm, but till then, we got the old NXT commentary team for this show and they did well here so props to them.

The promo segment that Neville did was good. Neville talked about how it’s been a year and one day where he miss his first chance to be at Wrestlemania and he realized that nobody cared that he wasn’t at Wrestlemania last year which made him angry. Neville then said that he came back better than ever and now he’s at the top of the WWE Cruiserweight division. Neville then promoted the Fatal Five Way Elimination match later on the show where the winner will face him at Wrestlemania 33 for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. He then said that it doesn’t matter who wins because in the end, he will reign supreme.

Good promo from Neville here as he made a big statement for himself. I wonder who will face Neville at Wrestlemania 33 for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. My guess is Austin Aries as he’s the most logical choice, but we will see later on the show.

Good promo segment as I’m interested to see who will face Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania 33.

Mustafa Ali Vs. Drew Gulak was a good match. Before the match, both men shook hands.

Drew Gulak did well in this match as he got to showcase his skills in the ring. The way he worked on Mustafa Ali’s back was good in-ring psychology there. Mustafa Ali did well in this match too as he also got to showcase his skills in the ring. His spinning Tornado DDT on Drew Gulak was well executed. Good performances by both men here.

The ending of the match came when Mustafa Ali hit an inverted 450 splash on Drew Gulak for the pin and win. A good win for Mustafa Ali as he’s trying to climb up the ladder in the WWE Cruiserweight division.

After the match, Drew Gulak cut a promo by saying that he worked week after week to showcase his skills in the ring, but after all of that, he loses in frustration and no cares about him. He then said that he is not the problem and he doesn’t need to change, but 205 Live needs to change as 205 Live is the problem.

I like how they have given Drew Gulak some mic time as he’s pretty good on the mic and he’s right that things hasn’t gone his way and that he feels like 205 Live is the problem for him losing so much as of late. I really hope this is an indication of a future Drew Gulak push in 205 Live because he’s a very talented individual. Hope this will lead somewhere.

Good match and good promo from Drew Gulak as I’m interested to see what’s next for Mustafa Ali and Drew Gulak in the WWE Cruiserweight division.

The backstage segment between Ariya Daivari and Noam Dar was good. Ariya Daivari was warming up backstage until Noam Dar came in and told him that Rich Swann pissed him off which is why they’re getting a rematch coming up next. Noam Dar then told Ariya Daivari that they could be the perfect tag team which Ariya Daivari responded to him by saying that he doesn’t need any motivation speech because he wants his hands on Gentleman Jack Gallagher where Noam Dar told him that they need to win for Alicia Fox where both men fist bumped, but Ariya Daivari hit it hard as he left.

It seems like Ariya Daivari only cares about himself, but at least he did a fist bump with Noam Dar, but hurting Noam Dar’s fist in the process. It will be interesting to see how Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari will work together in this match. Good backstage segment here.

Rich Swann & Gentleman Jack Gallagher Vs. Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari was a good tag team match. Before the match, Rich Swann shook hands with Ariya Daivari and Gentleman Jack Gallagher shook hands with Noam Dar. Just like last week, they did the same thing again, but I still pretty enjoy it for the most part.

Rich Swann & Gentleman Jack Gallagher did well in this match as they got to showcase his charisma and in-ring skills. Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari also did well in this match as they got to showcase their skills in the ring. Good performances by both teams here.

The ending of the match came when Noam Dar hit a running enziguri on Rich Swann for the pin and win for his team. Good win for Noam Dar and Ariya Daivari as he got this victory for Alicia Fox.

After the match, Noam Dar cut a promo by saying that he has given gifts to Alicia Fox, but he thinks actions speak louder than chocolate or flowers as winning matches can’t be bought as he wanted to give a gift from the heart to Alicia Fox. The man carrier then came in with a stuffed bear as Noam Dar said that this victory was for Alicia Fox and the moment he saw the man carrier with the bear, he said this bear was for Alicia Fox as well, but it’s not as cuddly or cute as Alicia Fox where they left together.

I find it very interesting that every time Noam Dar took the gift that he knew he didn’t bought for Alicia Fox, he took credit for it anyway because he wants to look good for Alicia Fox. I still question on who is giving these gifts to Alicia Fox. I hope we get the answers soon because I’m really curious now and it’s all for Alicia Foooooooooooooooooox!

Good tag team match and I’m interested to see what’s next in this Rich Swann, Noam Dar, and Alicia Fox feud.

Austin Aries Vs. Akira Tozawa Vs. Tony Nese Vs. TJ Perkins Vs. The Brian Kendrick in a fatal five way elimination match for a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania 33 was excellent. Mark out moment! I will talk about this match into four parts so let’s get started.

The match when all five men were in the ring was excellent as everyone in that match got a chance to shine in the match. Austin Aries’ suicide dive from the bottom rope onto Tony Nese to the outside was done beautifully. Akira Tozawa’s snap bridging German suplex on Tony Nese and his suicide dive on The Brian Kendrick were well executed. TJ Perkins’ corkscrew plancha on Akira Tozawa was well executed. Tony Nese’ reverse somersault dive on Akira Tozawa and TJ Perkins to the outside and his running knee strike to Austin Aries to the barricade were freaking incredible. Excellent performances by all of the men here.

The first elimination came when TJ Perkins locked in a rolling armbar on Tony Nese where Tony Nese tapped out as he is eliminated from the match. Even though Tony Nese lost in this match, he looked excellent in defeat and he has nothing to be ashamed.

Austin Aries Vs. Tony Nese Vs. TJ Perkins Vs. The Brian Kendrick was good as they continue the momentum they had before the first elimination. After Tony Nese got eliminated, he hit TJ Perkins with a clothesline to take him out and Akira Tozawa hit Tony Nese with a bicycle kick to get him out of the ring.

The second elimination came when The Brian Kendrick hit Sliced Bread #2 (Shiranui) on Akira Tozawa for the pin and to eliminate him from the match. Nice way of The Brian Kendrick taking advantage of the situation as he taught Akira Tozawa another lesson where I assume this feud will continue which I don’t mind as it has been very good so far. Plus, Akira Tozawa had an impressive outing in this match so he had nothing to be ashamed of for being eliminated.

Austin Aries Vs. TJ Perkins Vs. The Brian Kendrick was excellent as they continued the momentum where they left off once Akira Tozawa got eliminated. The spot where Austin Aries and The Brian Kendrick hit a powerbomb/Sliced Bread #2 combination on TJ Perkins was cool to see. Excellent performances from these three men here.

The third elimination came when TJ Perkins was about to hit Austin Aries with a Fireman’s Carry dropped into an Overhead kick, but The Brian Kendrick pulled down TJ Perkins’ leg as he pin TJ Perkins while Austin Aries was holding him down to eliminated TJ Perkins from the match. Great strategy and thinking from The Brian Kendrick there and despite TJ Perkins losing here, he looked excellent in defeat so he had nothing to be ashamed of here.

Austin Aries Vs. The Brian Kendrick was excellent. Both of these two in the final minutes of this match gave everything they had to become the #1 Contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. After TJ Perkins got eliminated, The Brian Kendrick was locking in the Captain’s Hook on Austin Aries, but TJ Perkins hit The Brian Kendrick with a dropkick and tried to take out The Brian Kendrick. As TJ Perkins was about to finish The Brian Kendrick off, Austin Aries took out TJ Perkins with a elbow smash as The Brian Kendrick hit Sliced Bread #2 on Austin Aries, but Austin Aries kicked out which was incredible.

The ending of the match came when Austin Aries hit a discus elbow smash on The Brian Kendrick for the pin and win. A great win for Austin Aries as he’s going to Wrestlemania 33 as the #1 Contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Looking forward to that match when it happens. Should be excellent.

Excellent fatal five way elimination match and I’m looking forward to Neville Vs. Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania 33.

Overall, good show for the sixteenth episode of 205 Live. It’s great to see the cruiserweights with more focus and attention here and it’s only going to get better from here. Looking forward to it.


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That is my review of 205 Live on March 14, 2017.

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