205 Live on September 5, 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 to hype the fatal-five way elimination match between Enzo Amore, Cedric Alexander, Gran Metalik, The Brian Kendrick, and Tony Nese later on the show where the winner will face Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at No Mercy. This is good as it’s hyping up the match later on the show. Well produced video package here.
Before I continue, the commentary team for the show will now consist of Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness! Mark out moment for Nigel McGuinness for now being a part of 205 Live! With Corey Graves commentating on both Raw and SmackDown, Nigel McGuinness is a good replacement for Corey Graves and I’m pretty sure he will do well on his job. The chemistry between these two was good so let’s get back to the show itself.
TJP Vs. Ariya Daivari was a good match. I just have to point out that they did a botch when doing TJP’s entrance as it showed Ariya Daivari’s name instead of his which is quite funny. Whoever did that is going to get fired. We get a recap of what happened last week when Ariya Daivari attacked TJP after his match against Rich Swann as TJP fought back which led to this match.
In addition, when Ariya Daivari was making his entrance, we see a video promo from him as he said that TJP humiliated him last week and he will make sure that he inflicts pain on TJP over and over again until TJP needs to get crutches again. Rich Swann was sitting at the commentary table to watch the match.
Ariya Daivari was working on the neck of TJP throughout the match as he hit a devastating inverted DDT on the second rope on TJP. TJP rolling out of Ariya Daivari’s frog splash was smart as he probably couldn’t get his knees up in time. Good work from both men here.
The ending of the match came when TJP hit a Detonation Kick (Fireman’s carry dropped into an overhead kick) on Ariya Daivari for the pin and win. A good win for TJP after his recent knee injury as Rich Swann came to the ring afterward and wants a match with TJP next week as he left. The next match between these two will happen soon and I can’t wait to watch it when it happens. *Dabs*
Good match and I’m looking forward to another match between Rich Swann and TJP down the line.
We then get a recap of what happened last week when The Brian Kendrick defeated Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a No Disqualification match. This is good as it shows what happened last week as I have a feeling the feud between these two is far from over, but we’ll see.
We then get an announcement that next week, it will be Rich Swann Vs. TJP. These two have been feuding for a while now and their next match is coming next week. Looking forward to that.
Akira Tozawa Vs. Drew Gulak was a good match. After Drew Gulak made his entrance to the ring, he cut a promo by saying that he has been trying to make 205 Live better for months, but hasn’t gotten a reward for it as he’s not in the fatal-five way elimination match later on the show. He then said that 205 Live fears him and he’s going to show the world how to make a better 205 Live by doing a PowerPoint presentation as he gave us one on the titantron. His first two slides were about no jumping off from the top and middle rope and he was about to show the third slide until Akira Tozawa made his entrance. That was an interesting way to show Drew Gulak’s plan to make a better 205 Live. However, 277 slides of that, dang. Anyway, let’s talk about the match itself.
The way he threw Akira Tozawa to the barricade looked painful as heck as it knocked out Akira Tozawa for a moment there. Despite the punishment that Akira Tozawa went through, he kept fighting back due to his fighting spirit. Good work from both men here.
The ending of the match came when Akira Tozawa hit a diving senton on Drew Gulak for the pin and win. A good win for Akira Tozawa as he looks to climb his way back up the ladder of the WWE Cruiserweight division. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah!
Good match and I’m interested to see what’s next for both Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak.
The backstage segment between Enzo Amore and Neville by Dasha Fuentes was good. Dasha Fuentes was interviewing Enzo Amore about him being in the cruiserweight division as Enzo Amore talked about how he uses his smarts in cruiserweight matches, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he’s undefeated in the cruiserweight division. He then talked about how his opponents may be good, but he’s also good as he has a chance to prove himself in the fatal-five way match later on the show.
As Enzo Amore was about to continue, Neville came in and told Enzo Amore that he doesn’t belong in the cruiserweight division because he’s not as competitive, athletic, or serious as him. Enzo Amore told Neville that he is serious and he will get his shot at his title at No Mercy as he left.
I have a feeling that Enzo Amore will win the fatal-five way elimination match, but we’ll see. Should be a fun match when it happens. Good backstage segment here.
Enzo Amore Vs. Gran Metalik Vs. Cedric Alexander Vs. The Brian Kendrick Vs. Tony Nese in a fatal-five way elimination match was excellent. Mark out moment! The fatal-five way elimination matches that 205 Live usually put on when they do, they’re a lot of fun and this match was no different. Going to break this matches to parts so let’s talk about it.
The match when all five men were in the ring was excellent. The interaction between Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik was fun to watch. The suplex from the middle rope to the floor from The Brian Kendrick onto Enzo Amore looked devastating. Cedric Alexander’s standing moonsault side slam on Gran Metalik was well executed. The sunset flip powerbomb by Gran Metalik on The Brian Kendrick and Tony Nese, while they hit a superplex on Cedric Alexander, was an awesome spot. Tony Nese hit a devastating running back elbow on Gran Metalik as it flipped Gran Metalik inside out. Excellent work from these five men here.
The first elimination came when Tony Nese was about to hit Gran Metalik with running knee strike to the corner, but Cedric Alexander hit a Lumbar Check (Belly-to-back suplex into a double knee backbreaker) on Tony Nese to pin him and eliminate him from the match. Despite Tony Nese being the first one eliminated, he did well in this match so he had nothing to be ashamed of.
The match between Enzo Amore, Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander, and The Brian Kendrick was good as they continued the momentum they had after the first elimination. Cedric Alexander’s back handspring roundhouse kick on The Brian Kendrick looked devastating.
The second elimination came when Gran Metalik was about to do a back handspring move on Cedric Alexander, but Cedric Alexander caught Gran Metalik and hit a Lumbar Check on Gran Metalik to pin him and eliminate him from the match. Gran Metalik had an impressive showing here so it’s a shame that he got eliminated next, but he did great for himself in this match.
The match between Enzo Amore, Cedric Alexander, and The Brian Kendrick was excellent as the momentum was picking up as only three men remain. The Brian Kendrick’s shiranui on Cedric Alexander was beautifully executed and the way he applied the Captain’s Hook (Grounded reverse chinlock) on Cedric Alexander numerous times in the match was smart. The belly-to-back suplex from Cedric Alexander to The Brian Kendrick looked devastating.
The third and final elimination came when Cedric Alexander hit a Lumbar Check to eliminate The Brian Kendrick from the match, but then Enzo Amore rolled up Cedric Alexander into a schoolboy while holding the tights to eliminate Cedric Alexander from the match as Enzo Amore wins. Wow, Enzo Amore won the match by cheating as he has been doing that as of late. I’m still wondering if they’re going to turn him heel or not, but the fans still love him it seems like so maybe they’re doing a character related to Eddie Guerrero as he sometimes cheats to win, but fans still love him. We’ll see. I love the reaction that Cedric Alexander showed after he lost as it showed how much this match meant to him. I could sense a match between Cedric Alexander and Enzo Amore down the line, but till then, it will be Neville Vs. Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at No Mercy.
Excellent fatal-five way elimination match as Neville Vs. Enzo Amore for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at No Mercy should be interesting to watch.
Overall, good show for the forty-first 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.
Mark Out Moments: 2
That is my review of 205 Live on September 5, 2017.
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