WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight at 10pm Eastern om the WWE Network, immediately after WWE Smackdown goes off the air. We will have live coverage of the show as it happens. Already announces, Cedric Alexander defends the honor of his girlfriend Alicia Fox, and squares off against Noam Dar. Plus, Rich Swann makes his in-ring return after suffering a vicious attack from Neville.
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The show begins with a video package recapping the Cedric Alexander/Alicia Fox/Noam Dar saga. Tonight, Dar and Alexander square off to settle it once and for all.
And why don’t we get started with that match right now?
Cedric Alexander (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Noam Dar
The Winner: Noam Dar
The Action: Dar cuts a promo on his way to the ring. The bell rings, and Alexander sends Dar into the corner immediately. Alexander hits a series of chops and nails Dar with an elbow to the face. Alexander hits a head scissors and the action spills outside. Alexander nails Dar with a nasty uppercut. Back in the ring, Alexander nails Dar with a kick, but as Alexander goes for a handspring, Dar chases him with a kick and a cover for two.
Dar is bleeding from the lip slightly. He punishes Alexander in the corner. Dar attacks the right arm, hitting a nasty arm breaker. He zeroes in on the arm. Dar locks in a straightjacket choke, but Alexander counters. Dar stays aggressive. He locks in an arm bar. Alexander gets to his feet but it’s short lived.
Alexander fires up and hits a back elbow to the head. He follows it up with a shoulder to the midsection, and a springboard, but Dar counters into an armbar. Alexander shimmies to the ropes. Dar attacks the arm on the ringside steps, and pins it between the steps and the ringpost. Dar charges, but Fox steps up, blocking him. Alexander gets free and hits Dar with a dropkick through the ropes.
Alexander connects with a springboard clothesline again. Alexander connects with a handspring into a roundhouse for two. Dar goes for a roll-up, holds the trunks for two. Alexander goes up top and gets crotched. He elbows Dar to the mat and goes for a moonsault, but Alicia Fox yanks Dar out of the way, and then acts confused by her actions. Dar sets up and connects with an enzuigiri for the win.
Alicia Fox continues to look confused after the match. Dar approaches her, arms outstretched. She slaps the shit out of him. Cedric Alexander looks at her and walks away.
The Reax: A good match overall. The Psycho Foxy act is back, clearly, but I’m not sure where it’s going. Either she’s with Dar or she’s against him. The idea of her playing both sides just does not work in this sort of situation.
Later tonight, Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese.
A promo for Akira Tozawa airs. I cannot wait to see him in action. Kalisto talks about Tozawa, giving advice to the members of the 205 Live roster. Tozawa is “coming soon.”
Brian Kendrick vs. Sean Maluta
The Winner: Brian Kendrick
The Action: Kendrick cuts a promo about how upset he is with Tajiri for spitting in his face last week. He addresses his opponent, Sean Maluta, and says if he lasted that long with Tajiri, he’ll last half as long against him.
Maluta gets a near fall out of a crucifix almost immediately. He catches Kendrick with a neck breaker. The action spills outside, and Maluta hits a senton off the apron. Back in the ring, Maluta hits a flying elbow in the corner. Kendrick hits a boot for two. Kendrick sends Maluta into the corner, but Maluta no-sells it, hitting an inverted DDT. He misses a rolling thunder, but connects with a kick for two. Maluta hits a trio of suplexes and a shining wizard for two. He heads up top for a frog splash, but Kendrick gets the knees up. He locks the Captain’s Hook and Maluta taps.
The Reax: A clunky match. These two just didn’t click, and the fans weren’t into it either.
Cedric Alexander and Alicia Fox argue backstage. He says what happened out there wasn’t an accident. He says they’re done. Fox tries to say it’s personal, but Alexander says they deserve each other. He walks away, and Fox looses her shit, screaming so loud the microphone peaks out. She screams “Noone breaks up with me!!!”
Jack Gallagher walks out to the ring in a full suit, umbrella in hand. There is a table and two chair in the ring. Ariya Daivari heads to the ring next. Apparently they’re going to bring their rivalry to an end in a “gentlemanly way,” by parlee (sp?).
Daivari isn’t interested in the games. Gallagher says Daivari has besmirched his honor and he;’s at a loss for words. Daivari insists he is not a gentleman, saying he will do anything to win. Gallagher calls him a scoundrel. Daivari says he’s got a family name to live up to, and says he’s not going to rest until Gallagher is a pasty white smear on the bottom of his boots. Gallagher invites him to sign the contract for an “I Forfeit” Match. Gallagher compares it to an I quit match, but says when he forfeits, he loses and he lives with that. Daivari signs and tosses the umbrella at Gallagher. Gallagher takes off his jacket and tie. He flips the table and they brawl. Referees break them up.
The Reax: This segment was a flop, and the crowd was visibly walking out in some spots.
Rich Swann vs. Tony Nese
The Winner: Rich Swann
The Action: Tony Nese comes out by himself this time, surprisingly. Nese locks in a waist lock and moves to a headlock. He takes Swann down with a shoulderblock. Swann flips out of the ropes, hits a dropkick, and Nese heads to the floor. Nese sends Swann into the barricade before rolling him back into the ring for two.
Swann connects with a right, but misses a splash in the corner. Nese connects with a kick to the ribs and hits a gutbuster for two. Nese launches Swann into the turnbuckles chest first. Swann starts to build momentum, but Nese takes out his legs. Swann catches Nese with a top rope hurricarana for two. Nese hits a nice combo, wrapping it up with a double stomp for two. Swann with a tiger bomb for two. Swann connects with his patented hook kick to put Nese away.
After the match, Swann cuts a promo, saying there’s a man that resembles a gargoyle calling himself the King of the Cruiserweights. Swann says he’s the Cruiserweight Champion, but 205 Live is still his show. Neville interrupts him, and says he begs to differ. He says it’s been his show since he stepped foot in the division. Swann lays down the belt in the ring, drawing a line in the sand. He makes fun of Neville’s ears. He tells Neville to come down to the ring to “get dealt with.” Neville calls him an ignorant American, and says he’s lucky he’s not going to step a foot in the ring with him until he gets what he is owed – a Cruiserweight Championship match. Swann says he just needs to name a time and a place. Neville challenges him to a match at the Royal Rumble, and Swann agrees.
The Reax: A much better match, and the best match of the night by far. Nese looked solid here against Swann, but Swann needed the win more. I would like to see a bit more personality from Nese, outside of being the “premiere athelete.”
Overall, not the best episode of 205 Live, but they can’t all be winners. I feel like the Gallagher/Daivari feud should’ve ended weeks ago. Maluta vs. Kendrick just didn’t click. Alexander vs. Dar was good, but the crowd just sat on it.
Bill and I will have lots to talk about tomorrow in Ring Rap Audio. Let us know what you thought of this show, as well as your Favorite Thing in Wrestling! See you next time!