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205 Live 5/23/17 Review: The Final Lesson Has Been Taught

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205 Live on May 23, 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 of the Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick feud. This is good as it lets people know what happened between these two as they will face off in the main event later on the show. Well produced video package here.

Rich Swann Vs. Ariya Daivari was a good match. Before the match, we saw highlights of what happened last week when Rich Swann ordered the mail carrier to give the present to Ariya Daivari and Ariya Daivari accepted the present, opened it, and it turned out to be baby powder as he started to be pissed off. This is good as it shows what happened last week and why this match is happening so that’s good to see.

Ariya Daivari did well in this match as he tried to get revenge on what Rich Swann did to him last week. The way he worked on Rich Swann’s arm was good in-ring psychology and the way he threw Rich Swann into the ring apron looked devastating. Good performance from Ariya Daivari here.

Rich Swann did well in this match too as he tried to climb back up the cruiserweight division. His spin kick on Ariya Daivari looked devastating. Good performance from Rich Swann here.

The ending of the match came when Rich Swann hit the corkscrew 450 splash on Ariya Daivari for the pin and win. A good win for Rich Swann as he looks to get back at that WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

After the match, Rich Swann was celebrating on the top turnbuckle before Noam Dar came in and pushed him off as he landed face first on the floor. Noam Dar and Alicia Fox then celebrated in the ring as Rich Swann was watching from ringside.

Dang, that was nasty fall from Rich Swann there. Hope he’s okay after that. I guess the feud between Rich Swann and Noam Dar is far from over after what we saw here. It will be interesting to see what happens next in this feud.

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

We then see The Brian Kendrick warming up backstage as he’s getting ready for his Street Fight against Akira Tozawa later on the show. It looks like The Brian Kendrick is focused, but we’ll see how he does later on the show. Should be great.

We then get a video package highlighting the feud between Neville and Austin Aries for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. This is good as it shows why they are feuding in the first place and how it got to this point as they will face each other at WWE Extreme Rules in a Submission match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. That match should be awesome.

The live via satellite interview with Neville and Austin Aries by Corey Graves was good. Corey Graves asked Neville on how does he feel about facing Austin Aries in a Submission match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship where he responded by saying that ever since he came up to the cruiserweight division, he has dominated so it doesn’t matter if the match is a Submission match because he already defeated Austin Aries twice. He then talked about how Austin Aries is a pretender until Austin Aries interrupted him and said that Neville is delusional that he defeated him twice as he beat Neville before and he can do it.

Austin Aries then continued that he can beat Neville before Neville interrupted him and said that he needs to calm down as he have earned multiple opportunites and failed. Austin Aries then said that he has multiple opportunities and then he talked about the opportunities he was given. At Wrestlemania 33, he could have won the WWE Cruiserweight Championship, but Neville poked him in the eye to win the match and at Payback, Neville pulled the referee to get him disqualified. As Austin Aries was about to continue, Neville interrupted him again and told Austin Aries that what he did at Payback was not intentional, it was slander.

Austin Aries then told Neville that it was not slander as he gave Neville the truth and the truth is that Neville knows that he can’t beat him fair and square one on one and Neville doesn’t want to admit it. Austin Aries then told him that at Extreme Rules, he’s going to make Neville tap out. Neville then told Austin Aries that he shouldn’t mess with him as he’s a dangerous man in the ring where Austin Aries said that he is also a dangerous man in the ring. Neville then told Austin Aries that he hopes that he will make it out alive as he will make Austin Aries lose once again.

It seems like the intensity in this feud has increased once again and they’re going to clash once again at Extreme Rules. It should be an awesome match. Good live via satellite interview here.

Cedric Alexander Vs. Johnny Boone was a good squash match. Cedric Alexander has made his return to 205 Live! Mark out moment! Great to see Cedric Alexander back after his knee injury and he did well in this match since his return.

His springboard clothesline on Johnny Boone was beautifully done and he finished Johnny Boone off with the Lumbar Check (Belly-to-back suplex into a double knee backbreaker) for the pin and win. A nice win for Cedric Alexander as he looks to get back on top.

Good squash match and great to see Cedric Alexander back on 205 Live.

We then get a recap of what happened last week as Drew Gulak took out Mustafa Ali. This is good as it shows what happened last week and it also lead to the next segment which I will talk about next.

The promo that Drew Gulak cut was good as he talked about how the cruiserweights are using their high risk moves to get applause from the crowd and he doesn’t like where Mustafa Ali is a prime example of that. He then said that he will make 205 Live a better place as he gives a thumbs up at the end.

Drew Gulak is still doing his campaign of no high flying in 205 Live, but once Mustafa Ali recovers, I don’t think Drew Gulak will get what he want. Looking forward to what happens next in this feud. Good promo here.

We then see Akira Tozawa walking backstage as he is about to head to the ring for his match. Akira Tozawa looked focused here and he should be if he wants to beat The Brian Kendrick. Looking forward to this Street Fight. Let’s get to it!

Akira Tozawa Vs. The Brian Kendrick in a Street Fight was excellent. Mark out moment! After these two having issues with each other for the past few months, they finally settle it in a Street Fight and it was brutal.

The Brian Kendrick did excellent in this match as he tried to teach Akira Tozawa a final lesson to him. The way he threw his jacket on Akira Tozawa when Akira Tozawa was about to hit the suicide dive on The Brian Kendrick as The Brian Kendrick hit a vertical suplex on Akira Tozawa on the floor was well played. Excellent performance from The Brian Kendrick here.

Akira Tozawa did excellent in this match as he tried to get revenge on The Brian Kendrick for what he has done to him for the past few months. His belly-to-back suplex on The Brian Kendrick on the floor looked devastating and painful. Excellent performance from Akira Tozawa here.

The ending of the match came when Akira Tozawa hit a diving senton on The Brian Kendrick through the table on the outside as he rolled The Brian Kendrick into the ring and pin him for the win. Wow, a brutal ending to a brutal Street Fight. Surprised that Akira Tozawa was fine after that spot. With this win, I have to expect Akira Tozawa to be the next #1 Contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship after the match between Neville and Austin Aries at Extreme Rules. I guess we’ll find out when the time comes and a great way to end the feud. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!

Excellent Street Fight and I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Akira Tozawa and The Brian Kendrick.

Overall, good show for the twenty sixth 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 May 23, 2017.

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