205 Live hits the airwaves on the WWE Network immediately after Smackdown, at 10pm Eastern, and it’s already looking to be an exciting show as Neville is making his debut on 205 Live, vowing to destroy the entire Cruiserweight division. Tonight, he teams up with Brian Kendrick, and takes on TJ Perkins and current Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann in a tag team main event.
Plus, Noam Dar continues to make advances towards Alicia Fox. How will Cedric Alexander reply?
All this plus much more! Join us here at 10pm for live coverage, and on Twitter @RingRap!
A video package recaps Neville’s assault on Rich Swann and TJ Perkins, and his loose alliance with Brian Kendrick. It’s a well done package that makes Neville look like a monster.
Mauro Ranallo, Austin Aries and Corey Graves are on commentary with us, and they hype up the tag team main event.
Ariya Daivari vs. Lince Dorado
Winner: Ariya Daivari
Daivari reluctantly shakes hands. Dorado flips around the ring a little bit, trying to get Daivari off guard. Dorado misses a leap off the top and Daivari takes him to the mat. He hits a neckbreaker for two. Daivari dodges some of Dorado’s offense and nearly takes his head off with a clothesline. He misses a dive into the corner, giving Dorado a chance to fire back. Dorado hits a handspring stunner, but Daivari rolls out of the ring. Dorado goes diving out of the ring head-first, and nearly landed on his head. Back in the ring, he connects with a diving cross body. Dorado hits a springboard hurricarana for two.
Daivari pushes Dorado out of the corner and lands a nice frogsplash off the top for the win.
Nice to see Daivari getting some credible wins after a rough debut. He looked good in this match.
After the match, Dasha Fuentes congratulates him, but he starts screaming in Farsi. He says the fans turned a blind eye to Jack Gallagher because he’s entertaining. He accuses him of embarrassing his opponents, and he says Gallagher is a scoundrel.
Backstage, Neville is warming up. Brian Kendrick approaches, and says he’s excited to have him as his partner. Neville stops him, says he respects his accomplishments and they built the foundation by facing guys that were 300lbs and audiences that didn’t respect them. He says tonight they’re partners, but not friends.
We see a hype package for Taijiri, who debuts “soon.”
We see a replay of the happenings on Raw between Cedric Alexander, Noam Dar, and Alicia Fox.
Cedric Alexander (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Drew Gulak
Winner: Cedric Alexander
No “war robe” tonight from Gulak, who heads out to the ring in a hurry. Gulak rushes Alexander. Gulak flips out of a wrist lock, and they lock up again. Cedric goes for a crucifix pin of sorts. The two trade vicious elbows and strikes.
Gulak throws Alexander into the lower ropes. He slams Alexander’s face into the mat and locks in a headlock. Alexander hits a double stomp out of the corner. Alexander hits a handstand springboard enzuigiri and hits a springboard flying clothesline for two. The two jockey back and forth for a suplex, and go tumbling out of the ring. Gulak pushes Alexander into Fox, who sells an ankle injury.
Back in the ring, Gulak maintains control. Noam Dar walks out to help Alicia Fox. Alexander hits a back kick on Gulak but winds up distracted. He manages to hit a lumbar check on Gulak for the win, and immediately heads backstage.
After the match, Dasha asks Gulak what went wrong tonight. Gulak throws a fit, saying Alicia Fox is what went wrong. He says it’s a man’s world out there and women shouldn’t be out there. He loses his cool and walks away.
A good match, but Gulak needs to get some wins. He looks like a chump. Otherwise, good action.
A video package for Jack Gallagher airs, and then we go backstage. Alicia Fox is icing her leg. She thanks Noam Dar for helping her. Cedric Alexander thanks him for the help and says he’s got it from there. Dar says if she ever needs help, he’ll be there.
Neville & Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins & Rich Swann
Winners: Neville & Brian Kendrick
Neville paces back and forth as Swann dances during his entrance. Neville and Swann start it out. Neville attacks Swann, keeping him grounded. Neville hits a nasty forearm, dropping Swann. He hangs Swann up for a few seconds before dropping him. It’s worth a two-count. Neville hits a flying forearm. Swann hits a forearm and makes the tag, but Neville doesn’t see it until Perkins hits a flying cross-body. Perkins lays in a bunch of fists. Neville tags out and Kendrick lays in some punches of his own.
Kendrick misses a Sliced Bread #2. Perkins hits a body slam and rebounds over the ropes with a senton for two. Perkins goes for a series of suplexes. Swann tags in, and Kendrick immediately goes on the offense. Swann is still selling the effects of the attack by Neville. Swann amps up and hits a series of running clotheslines. Kendrick counters and tags in Neville.
Neville deadlifts Swann into a bridging German suplex. Neville stalks Swann. Swann counters a backflip out of the corner with a superkick for two. Neville takes his head off with a clothesline.
Tags all around. Perkins and Kendrick jockey for position. Perkins hits a detonation kick into a knee bar. Neville breaks it up. Swann tags him self in, kicks Neville in the head, but Kendrick goes for a back body drop. Swann and Perkins hit a pair of superkicks for two.
Perkins misses a dropkick on the apron. Back in the ring, Kendrick hits Sliced Bread #2 and rolls it into Captain’s Hook immediately. Neville holds back Perkins from making the save, but Perkins finally breaks free and breaks the hold. Neville tosses Perkins out of the ring and Kendrick tags him in. He lines up Swann, talks trash, but eats a right hand from Swann. Swann tags in Perkins, but Neville catches him with an enzuigiri, and sets him up for the Red Arrow, which connects. It’s over.
A slow main event to a crowd that was already a little restless and on the tired side. I appreciate Neville’s darker side and attitude, but it translated into a less exciting style as well. Perhaps that was the design of the tag match? I just expected more.
The show is hitting it’s stride. Good action, characters that are starting to become more appealing. Drew Gulak still comes across like a chump, which disappoints me, but that’s just a personal preference. The show is still missing something overall though, and I’m having a hard time putting my finger on it.
Bill and I will have lots to talk about tomorrow on Ring Rap Audio. See you then!