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205 Live 4/11/17 Review: The King Has a Puppet

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205 Live on April 11, 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 as we see highlights of the four way match last week. This is good as it lets people know what happened last week in case people missed it or forgot about it. 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 is still inactive. I think it’s safe to say that Mauro Ranallo is no longer in WWE and won’t be returning to commentary which is a shame because he was a great commentator, but things happened so I wish him nothing, but the best. As a result, we got the old NXT commentary team for this show once again and they did well here so props to them.

Mustafa Ali Vs. The Brian Kendrick was a good match. We then get a recap of what happened last week when Akira Tozawa beat The Brian Kendrick. This is good as it showed what happened last week in case people missed or forgot about it so I was fine with it. Before the match, both men shook hands. Also, during the match, Drew Gulak was watching the match backstage. I guess Drew Gulak still has interest with Mustafa Ali even though Mustafa Ali told him no already, but I’m interested to see where this feud will go from here. Anyway, back to the match itself.

The Brian Kendrick did well in this match as he tried to teach a lesson to Akira Tozawa by beating Mustafa Ali. The way he was working on Mustafa Ali’s face was good in-ring psychology there. The leg lariat on Mustafa Ali as well as him pulling Mustafa Ali to the ring post looked devastating. Mustafa Ali did good in this match too as he tried to climb up the ladder of the WWE Cruiserweight division. His diving crossbody on The Brian Kendrick to the outside was well executed. Good performances by both men here.

The ending of the match came when The Brian Kendrick locked in the Captain’s Hook on Mustafa Ali and Mustafa Ali was going for the ropes, but the bell rang. The referee then continued the match since Mustafa Ali didn’t tap out as the man who rang the bell was none other than Akira Tozawa. The Brian Kendrick got distracted by this which led to Mustafa Ali hitting a roundhouse kick on The Brian Kendrick followed by an inverted 450 splash for the pin and win. A good win for Mustafa Ali as Akira Tozawa got some revenge on The Brian Kendrick.

After the match, Akira Tozawa grabbed the mic and told The Brian Kendrick that he have gave him lesson number two which is appearances can be deceiving.

The Brian Kendrick just got a taste of his own medicine right there from Akira Tozawa. It will be interesting to see how The Brian Kendrick will respond to Akira Tozawa after this. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!

Good match and I’m interested to see what’s next in this feud between Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick.

We then get a recap of what happened on Monday Night Raw as Neville talked with TJ Perkins backstage as Austin Aries was listening to the background as well as TJ Perkins attacking Austin Aries after his match with him that same night. This is good as it showed what happened on Monday Night Raw for those who have missed it or forgot about it. Not only that, it also ties into the next segment.

The backstage segment with TJ Perkins and Gentleman Jack Gallagher by Dasha Fuentes was good. TJ Perkins said that what he did to Austin Aries was due to what Austin Aries did to him. He said that he’s not playing Neville’s advocate, but Neville was right about what he said to him as he was the hero of the Cruiserweight division. He then said that Austin Aries took it all away from him.

Gentleman Jack Gallagher then showed up and told TJ Perkins that he hopes that his match against him later on the show will be in a gentleman fashion. TJ Perkins then told Gentleman Jack Gallagher that Austin Aries isn’t the only one that benefited from his bad luck as he walked off.

Loving the new character of TJ Perkins there as he’s starting to show personality. Looking forward to his match against Gentleman Jack Gallagher in the future. Good backstage segment here.

Rich Swann Vs. Johnny Ocean was a good match. Oh my god, Johnny Ocean has made an appearance on 205 Live! Mark out moment! For those of you who don’t know, Johnny Ocean is also known as Shane Matthews who is a part of the tag team of 3.0 who have wrestled in Chikara in the past so it’s great to see Johnny Ocean on this show even though it’s only for one night.

When Rich Swann was making his entrance to the ring, we get a recap of what happened last week where Rich Swann admitted that he was the one who gave Alicia Fox the gifts. This is good as it showed what happened last week for those who have missed it or forgot about it. Before the match, both men shook hands.

Johnny Ocean did get some offense in this match and he got to show personality in this match too so that was nice. However, Johnny Ocean couldn’t take down Rich Swann as Rich Swann finished Johnny Ocean off with the corkscrew 450 splash for the pin and win. A good win for Rich Swann as he’s looking to get back on track. Can you handle this?!

After the match, Rich Swann cut a promo by saying that he was the one who gave the presents to Alicia Fox for the past few months. Rich Swann was about to tell the WWE Universe on why he gave those presents to Alicia Fox with Noam Dar taking the credit, but he was interrupted by Noam Dar. Noam Dar told Rich Swann that he shouldn’t interfere with his relationship with Alicia Fox and that Rich Swann was going to pay the price for it.

Rich Swann and Noam Dar then started arguing until Alicia Fox showed up and told Noam Dar that she believes him and that Rich Swann is nothing, but a liar. Alicia Fox then said that Rich Swann has been looking at her as of late and she takes offense to that. Rich Swann then sees a mailman with a gift and Rich Swann was going to get it, but Noam Dar told Rich Swann that this gift is from him. Noam Dar then took the present and told Rich Swann to leave.

As Rich Swann left the ring, Noam Dar gave the gift to Alicia Fox where she asked what’s in it where Noam Dar said that it’s a surprise. Alicia Fox then opened the box and it was revealed to be baby powder being blown to her face as Rich Swann was laughing at the ramp.

It seems like the feud between Rich Swann and Noam Dar is far from over as Rich Swann got one over Noam Dar in this segment. I bet the next time Alicia Fox sees Rich Swann, it won’t be pretty. It will be interesting to see what happens next in this feud. Can you handle this?!

Good match as I’m interested to see what’s next in this feud between Rich Swann and Noam Dar.

The backstage interview with Austin Aries by Dasha Fuentes was good. Austin Aries talked about TJ Perkins is blaming him for his lack of success as of late and TJ Perkins thinks that being friends with Neville would make him better and he said he’s wrong. He then talked about Neville using TJ Perkins as a puppet and not as a friend because Neville is puppet master. He then said that TJ Perkins is being used from Neville to make sure that Neville retains against Austin Aries at WWE Payback wherre Austin Aries said it’s not going to happen because he has experienced this before and he’s going to do whatever it takes to become WWE Cruiserweight Champion. He then left to finish his banana while dabbing where he shook his head.

It seems like Austin Aries knows what Neville is up to at the moment, but how will he counter it? I guess we’ll find out at WWE Payback. Good backstage interview here.

Gentleman Jack Gallagher Vs. TJ Perkins was an excellent match. Mark out moment! Before the match, Gentleman Jack Gallagher offered his hand to TJ Perkins, but TJ Perkins ended up checking his hair and refused to shake Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s hand. Nice showing of TJ Perkins’ character there which is something that I like to see.

Gentleman Jack Gallagher did excellent in this match as he got to showcase his character and in-ring skills. Hi belly-to-back suplex on TJ Perkins from the top rope was very impressive. The part where TJ Perkins was about to go for a baseball slide dropkick to Gentleman Jack Gallagher to the outside, but Gentleman Jack Gallagher caught him and trapped him in the ring apron to execute the headbutt which looked lethal. Excellent performance from Gentleman Jack Gallagher here.

TJ Perkins did excellent in this match as well as he got to showcase his in-ring skills and his new character. The way he showed more confidence and cockiness in this match was fun to watch and the way he threw Gentleman Jack Gallagher through the ring post looked painful as heck. Also, the way he worked on Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s leg throughout the match was excellent in-ring psychology there. Excellent performance from TJ Perkins here.

The ending of the match came when TJ Perkins hit Gentleman Jack Gallagher with the Denotation Kick (Fireman’s carry dropped into an overhead kick) for the pin and win. A great win for TJ Perkins as he’s looking to redeem himself in the cruiserweight division. *Dabs*

After the match, TJ Perkins was up the ramp as Neville came out and he raised TJ Perkins’ hand as Neville and TJ Perkins are officially an unit while Gentleman Jack Gallagher looked disappointed in the ring.

It seems like Neville and TJ Perkins are officially allies now. It will be interesting to see how Austin Aries will respond to this. *Dabs* Bow down to the king!

Excellent match and I’m interested to see where this alliance between Neville and TJ Perkins will go.

Overall, good show for the twentieth 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 April 11, 2017.

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