WWE 205 Live airs tonight on the WWE Network, immediately after Smackdown ends, starting at 11pm Eastern. We will have full coverage of the show, which includes an “I Forfeit” match between Ariya Daivari and Jack Gallagher.
Plus, last week Cedric Alexander broke up with Alicia Fox, something she didn’t take too kindly. Fox is already getting involved in Alexander’s matches. Will she continue to do so?
Find out tonight starting at 11pm, and be sure to join us on Twitter @RingRap as well!
A video package hypes up Daivari vs. Gallagher later tonight, highlighting their feud from debut to last week. We go live to the arena, with Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves, and Austin Aries. They hype up the Royal Rumble Cruiserweight Title match – Neville vs. Rich Swann.
Drew Gulak vs. Cedric Alexander
The Winner: Drew Gulak
The Action: Alexander comes out to the ramp by himself, but it’s only a moment before Alicia Fox comes walking out behind him. He looks at her, and then tells her to go backstage. She screams at him. He tries to ignore her. Noam Dar runs out and tries to talk her down. She calls Alexander a rookie and says she dates and destroys boys like him. “Noone breaks up with me!” She wants Dar to do something about Alexander. Dar does, and he and Gulak attack Alexander before the bell even rings. Alexander fends them off and hits a dive through the ropes onto both men. More referees come from backstage trying to separate the three. Gulak attacks Alexander with a chop block, and Dar breaks free, sneaking in some kicks. Alexander holds his leg as Dar and Fox are tossed backstage. Apparently, this match is still a thing.
Alexander limps to his feet as Gulak demands his hand raised. Alexander makes it inside the ring and refuses to forfeit the match. The bell rings, and Alexander hits Gulak with a big boot to the face, but Gulak takes Alexander down. He starts attacking the leg immediately. Gulak misses a charge in the corner, and Alexander uses the ropes to hit an enzuigiri. Alexander tries to suplex Gulak out of the ring, but Gulak hits a Dragon Screw on the ropes, wrenching the leg further.
Gulak drops Alexander with a pair of shin breakers for a near fall. In the corner, Alexander counters Gulak with a head scissors. He sends Gulak over the top rope to the floor. Back in the ring, Alexander hits a split legged moonsault for a near fall. Alexander struggles to lift Gulak and drops him. Gulak chop-blocks Alexander and hits a belly to back suplex into a bridge for the win.
Gulak desperately needs some wins, so this will help him out long term. Unfortunately, this wasn’t about him – it was about Alexander, Fox, and to a lesser degree, Noam Dar.
Backstage, Dar and Fox watch. Dar says he did it for Fox. Fox slaps him – HARD – across the face and storms off.
We see a video recap of Neville and Rich Swann’s feud. It’s a good video package, hyping up their personal relationship and history prior to WWE.
Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese
The Winner: Tony Nese
The Action: Before the match, Dasha Fuentes asks Tony Nese about preparing for tonight’s match. Nese says most people would have to prepare for Ali, but the Premiere Athlete doesn’t have to train differently, but he’s already stronger, faster, and better. He says most people can’t understand, but that’s why there’s only one Premiere Athlete.
The bell rings, and Ali gets a wrist lock early on. He keeps Nese grounded. Ali hits a wheel kick. Nese takes the legs out from under Ali and grinds him face-first into the ropes. He kicks Ali and sends him in the air into a fireman’s carry, into a gut buster.
Nese locks in the body scissors. Ali fires up and hits an enziguri on the apron. He hits a dive roll into a neckbreaker for two. Ali flips out of the corner and hits a tornado DDT. Two-count. Nese catches Ali with a German Suplex into the turnbuckle. He hits a running knee to the face, and it’s over.
Lots of offense for Ali here, but Vince is clearly high on Nese, who has the physique McMahon loves. Nese can go in the ring however, which helps his case with the hardcore fans.
The announcers acknowledge Tajiri’s injury, as reported by WWE.com earlier today. They then kick over to a hype package for Akira Tozawa. Tozawa can be a difference maker in the Cruiserweight Division, and I’m pumped for his debut.
Jack Gallagher vs. Ariya Daivari in an “I Forfeit” Match
The Winner: Jack Gallagher
The Action: Gallagher hits an uppercut early on. Gallagher drives Daivari’s knees into the mat. He handstands in the corner, getting the better hand. Gallagher grabs an umbrella, but Daivari gets it and snaps it in half. On the apron, Daivari hits a side slam. Gallagher refuses to quit. On the floor, Daivari hits a neckbreaker. He grabs the mic from the referee and tells Gallagher to quit “like all the losers in the building.” Lots of heat for that.
Daivari sends Gallagher into the barricade. Daivari hits a bodyslam and talks more trash, but Gallagher still refuses. Back in the ring, Daivari wrenches Gallagher’s face. Dairvari wraps Gallagher around the ring post and yanks on him, but again, he refuses to forfeit. He sends Gallagher into the announcer’s table head first, then rolls him back in the ring. He ties his turban around Gallagher’s wrist, then yanks him in and elbows him. He starts to tie Gallagher up, both arms ties by the turban. He asks Gallagher to forfeit, but Gallagher calls him a scoundrel instead. Gallagher counters Daivari with a series of headbutts, then scoots his legs through his arms to get himself free. He finds an umbrella underneath the ring and goes up the ramp after Daivari.
Daivari sends Gallagher into the LED wall on the ramp. Gallagher refuses to quit. Daivari sets up a piledriver, but Gallagher counters and catapults Daivari into the wall. He grabs the umbrella and starts laying into Daivari, asking if he wants to forfeit each time. Back in the ring, Daivari catches Gallagher and tosses him out to the announcer’s table. Gallagher strikes Daivari, then grabs the headset, suggesting that the announcers move. He tosses Daivari over the table, then starts to dismantle the monitors. Daivari takes out Gallagher’s legs. Gallagher hits a running dropkick against the barricade, then finds a 3rd umbrella by the timekeeper’s area.
Gallagher asks him once more to forfeit, or he will “thrash him within an inch of his life.” Daivari says “Ok, ok” and then hits Daivari with the mic in the throat. He locks in a Cobra Clutch, then wrenches it back. Gallagher refuses and reaches the umbrella. He thrashes Daivari, then uses the umbrella as part of a hammerlock. Daivari finally gives up and says “I forfeit.”
Thumbs up overall, though I’m not sure if this style of match really works in a cruiserweight setting. I suppose why not, right? It just isn’t the first stipulation that comes to mind, that’s all. I’ve enjoyed this feud, but I’m glad it’s coming to an end, as I’m ready to see these men move on to other things.
Not a bad episode overall, and certainly better than last week. But what did you think? We have a Reader Poll, and you can vote on the episode. Let us know what you think!
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