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205 Live 12/26/17 Review: Dissension With The Zo Train?



205 Live on December 26, 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 highlighting on what happened last week between the feud of Enzo Amore and Cedric Alexander. This is good as it’s hyping up the championship match down the line. Well produced video package here.

The backstage segment between Cedric Alexander and Drew Gulak was good. Drew Gulak was backstage on his phone until Cedric Alexander came in and asked Drew Gulak on what he was doing as Drew Gulak said he’s talking with Enzo Amore. Cedric Alexander then told Drew Gulak that Enzo Amore made fun of him on Monday Night Raw as Drew Gulak replied by saying instead of worrying about him, he should worry about the tag team match later on the show.

Cedric Alexander then asked Drew Gulak if he heard peace and quiet and then talked about it’s nice that he doesn’t have to hear Enzo Amore. Drew Gulak then said that Enzo Amore is like an idol to him and then Cedric Alexander told him that 205 Live will be better without Enzo Amore and for Drew Gulak as he leaves with Drew Gulak thinking about it.

It seems like Cedric Alexander is trying to reason with Drew Gulak for turning on Enzo Amore and it seems like it might work. They have been teasing a Drew Gulak face turn for a while, but when is it going to happen? I guess we’ll soon see for ourselves. Good backstage segment here.

Hideo Itami Vs. Gentleman Jack Gallagher was a good match. We get a recap of what happened on Monday Night Raw when Hideo Itami hit a Go To Sleep on The Brian Kendrick which injured The Brian Kendrick as he will be out of action for a while. A shame that The Brian Kendrick got injured, but injuries happen and I wish The Brian Kendrick a speedy recovery.

As Gentleman Jack Gallagher was making his way to the ring, he cut a promo by saying that he had to watch his friend The Brian Kendrick get his nose broken thanks to Hideo Itami and he’s going to teach him a lesson because of that. He then said that he will teach that lesson to Hideo Itami to the ungrateful crowd of Chicago as cruelty has no bounds. Nice to see Gentleman Jack Gallagher getting some mic time. Anyway, back to the match itself.

The way Gentleman Jack Gallagher was working on Hideo Itami’s head was good in-ring psychology. The diving leg drop from Hideo Itami onto the back of Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s head from the middle rope looked devastating. Good work by both men here.

The ending of the match came when Hideo Itami locked in the scissored armbar/crossface combination on Gentleman Jack Gallagher to make him submit for the win. A good win for Hideo Itami as he’s looking to make a name for himself in the cruiserweight division. Respect him!

Good match and I expect Hideo Itami to be a dangerous threat in the cruiserweight division.

We then get a recap of what happened two weeks ago when The Zo Train turned on Tony Nese. This is good as it shows what happened two weeks ago and it ties into the next segment which I will talk about next.

The backstage segment with Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa by Dasha Fuentes was good. Dasha Fuentes was interviewing Tony Nese about getting betrayed by The Zo Train as Tony Nese said that if he ever saw The Zo Train again, he would lay them out. However, he can’t deny that thanks to The Zo Train, he became a lot more famous.

Dasha Fuentes then asked Tony Nese on what’s next for him and he was about to answer until Akira Tozawa came in and asked Tony Nese if he’s on or off the train. Tony Nese then punched Akira Tozawa in the face as he walked off.

I guess Tony Nese isn’t really a face at the moment, but more like a tweener where he takes no sides. We’ll see how Tony Nese does on his own once again. Good backstage segment here.

Akira Tozawa Vs. Tony Nese was a great match. After being betrayed by The Zo Train, Tony Nese is looking to make a statement on his own and he did quite well against Akira Tozawa.

Akira Tozawa hit a beautifully executed suicide dive on Tony Nese. Tony Nese hit an Irish whip on Akira Tozawa to the corner as it looked like it hurt Akira Tozawa’s back and his palm strike on Akira Tozawa when he was on the top rope looked like it knocked Akira Tozawa out. Great work by both men here.

The ending of the match came when Tony Nese hit a running knee strike on Akira Tozawa to the corner for the pin and win. A good win for Tony Nese as he’s looking to go on his own.

Great match and we’ll see how Tony Nese does without The Zo Train.

We then get a recap of what happened on Monday Night Raw when Enzo Amore and Nia Jax were about to kiss each other, but was interrupted by Alexa Bliss. The storyline between Enzo Amore and Nia Jax is still going and I have no idea what the end game is here. We’ll have to wait and see.

Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali Vs. Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari was an excellent tag team match. Mark out moment! As Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari made their entrance to the ring, Drew Gulak introduced himself and Ariya Daivari as he wants to show the WWE Universe a Best Of List and he’s doing it in a PowerPoint Presentation.

As Drew Gulak was about to show his PowerPoint Presentation, he was interrupted by Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali as Cedric Alexander told Drew Gulak that he’s sorry to interrupt his PowerPoint Presentation, but Mustafa Ali has something to say since he’s from Chicago. Mustafa Ali said that if it weren’t for The Zo Train, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari would never be friends. Cedric Alexander then said that Ariya Daivari would probably look down on Drew Gulak as Mustafa Ali said that Drew Gulak is stealing the spotlight from Ariya Daivari due to his PowerPoint Presentations.

Mustafa Ali then told Ariya Daivari that he was Enzo Amore’s right-hand man until Drew Gulak showed up. Cedric Alexander then said that Enzo Amore has been ignoring The Zo Train as of late as he’s paying more attention to Nia Jax as the match gets underway. It seems like Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali are seeing what Enzo Amore is doing, but do Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari notice it? Either way, let’s talk about the match itself.

Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari were excellent in this match as they want to make The Zo Train proud. The spinebuster from Ariya Daivari on Mustafa Ali looked impactful. The running big boot from Drew Gulak on Cedric Alexander looked like it killed Cedric Alexander. Excellent work by Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari here.

Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali were excellent in this match as well as they want to shut The Zo Train up. Mustafa Ali hit a beautiful corkscrew plancha on Ariya Daivari and his rolling through the middle ropes into a sitout facebuster on Drew Gulak was impressive. Cedric Alexander hit a devastating Lumbar Check (Belly-to-back suplex into a double knee backbreaker) on Drew Gulak. Excellent work by Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali here.

The ending of the match came when Mustafa Ali hit the 054 (Inverted 450 splash) on Ariya Daivari for the pin and win. A good win for Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali as Cedric Alexander is looking to become the next WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Excellent tag team match and we’ll see if Cedric Alexander will become the next WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Overall, good show for the fifty-seventh 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 December 26, 2017.

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