WWE 205 Live is airing live on the WWE Network starting at 10pm Eastern, immediately after Smackdown goes off the air. We have a new Cruiserweight Champion after Neville successfully defeated Rich Swann at the Royal Rumble. Swann is owed a rematch. When will he cash in? And, who’s next to challenge the King of Cruiserweights?
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A video package highlights Neville’s win at the Royal Rumble, defeating Rich Swann for the Cruiserweight Championship. It goes back to Roadblock: End of the Line, when Neville returned, and highlights his rise through the Royal Rumble.
Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves and Austin Aries introduce the show. The main event is Jack Gallagher & Cedric Alexander vs. Neville and Noam Dar. Plus, Akira Tozawa makes his debut.
Tony Nese vs. Lince Dorado
The Winner: Tony Nese
The Action: Nese barely shakes Dorado’s hand. Nese slams Dorado to the mat. Dorado fires up with a head scissors. He hits a cross body from the top rope for two. Dorado hits a nasty looking head scissors takedown and follows Nese outside the ring. Nese regains the advantage. He starts wearing Dorado down. Dorado hits an enzuigiri on the apron and heads up top, but Nese catches him with a palm strike to the side of the face. He hits a gut buster for two.
Back and forth action leads to Dorado hitting a handspring into a stunner for two. Dorado hits a springboard moonsault for two. Nese goes up top and Dorado catches him with a dropkick. He climbs up top, but Nese grabs onto the mask and tosses Dorado to the mat. He drops his kneepad and hits a fierce running knee for the win.
After the match, Nese attacks Dorado outside the ring. He rolls him back in and hits a German Suplex into the bottom rope. Before he could hit another knee, TJ Perkins runs out to make the safe, hitting a Detonation Kick on Nese and sending him packing.
Nese is clearly being primed for something big, but they did a good job of keeping Dorado strong at least. A good match. The post-match attack was brief, but furthers the feud between Perkins and Nese.
We see a video package highlighting the saga between Neville and Rich Swann, including highlights of their encounter last night on Raw. They show Swann kicking Neville in the head and diving out of the ring, landing awkwardly. He’s not cleared to compete – in fact his foot is in a boot. Tom Phillips interviews him backstage, and he says it might be a shock to everyone who saw him standing, and it was a shock to him too – his adrenaline was pumping, but once he got backstage and took his boot off… He says he’s gonna watch Jack Gallagher take care of Neville tonight, but Neville interrupts and says Swann will always end up down – and suggests he stays down. Swann says he’ll never keep him down. Neville pushes Swann and walks away.
A hype package airs for Gran Metalik, who debuts “soon.”
The Brian Kendrick heads out to the ring, and he’s sitting in on commentary for Tozawa’s debut.
Akira Tozawa vs. Aaron Solow
The Winner: Akira Tozawa
The Action: Tozawa seems to be playing a face here, which I’m not certain is his strength. He hits a nasty kick to the chest into a senton for two. Tozawa hits a series of chops, and teases a sidekick, but slaps his opponent instead. Solow hits a set of weak looking kicks in the corner. Tozawa counters with a leaping hurricarana, then knocks Solow off the apron. Tozawa goes flying out of the ring after him.
Tozawa rolls Solow back into the ring and goes up top. He leaps off the top rope and ducks a clothesline, hitting a fierce snap German Suplex out of nowhere for the win.
After the match, Austin Aries heads into the ring to interview Tozawa. He asks if he speaks English, and points the mic at Tozawa, who speaks completely in Japanese. Aries says he has no idea what Tozawa said and leaves the ring.
Very much a squash match. Solow was sloppy in his offense, but Tozawa’s crisp offense made up for it, and he seemed to get a good reaction from the fans. The announcers put Tozawa over in a big way. Kendrick looked a little scared.
Noam Dar and Alicia Fox approach Neville backstage. He says together they guarantee victory. Neville cuts him off and says he never asked to be his partner and doesn’t want his help. Neville tells him not to screw it up. Dar says Neville is the team captain, and whatever he says goes. Neville tells him he doesn’t care about his love life, and to leave his baggage at home. Neville walks away and Fox flips out.
Neville & Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander & Jack Gallagher
The Winners: Jack Gallagher & Cedric Alexander
The Action: Neville and Gallagher start it out. Gallagher uses a handstand to escape a headlock. He wrenches Neville’s wrist. Neville recovers and locks in an armbar. The fans rally for Gallagher, who reverses the armbar. Neville tags in Dar, and the two lock eyes before Dar goes on the offense. Gallagher does a headstand in the corner and follows it up with a head scissors.
Tag to Cedric Alexander, who continues to work the arm. Alexander hits a leapfrog into a head scissors into a dropkick for two. Gallagher tags in, and he works Dar’s arm, applying various submissions. Dar backs Gallagher into the corner and Neville nails him with an elbow while the referee is distracted. Tag to Neville. He sends Gallagher back into the corner, follows it up with a dropkick to the back of the head. Neville hits a snap suplex and follows it up with a running forearm for two. Missile dropkick off the top for two. He and Cedric Alexander have words, and Neville goes right back on the offense, choking Gallagher.
Blind tag from Dar, and Neville is not amused. The referee forces Neville out, and Dar goes right to work on Gallagher’s arm, using a wristlock in a suplex. Dar tags in Neville, who wears Gallagher down. Neville tags in Dar, and Dar hits a series of lefts to Gallagher. Gallagher gets a small package on Dar and nails him with a headbutt, but Neville breaks up the pin and hits a dropkick on Alexander. Neville yells at Dar, saying it’s all his, and goes back into the corner, reaching for a tag. Dar goes back on the attack and Gallagher hits a back body drop. Dar reaches for a tag and Neville drops off the apron, not interested in helping Dar. Dar apologizes repeatedly. Neville says he had his chance and screwed up, and walks away.
Meanwhile, Cedric Alexander tags in, hits a springboard lariat into a handspring enzuigiri. Gallagher tosses Dar back into the ring, and Alexander hits a Lumbar Check for the win.
A good tag match. Dar and Neville had good chemistry leading up to Neville walking away. It was a slow paced match but all four men have unique styles and they all were able to show it off.
A somewhat weaker episode than last week. 205 Live is still in this weird spot where there’s more talent coming in than they have time for or know what to do with. The Bollywood Boys haven’t been on since their debut, Tozawa debuted today, and we have Gran Metalik “soon.” There are others in the wings I’m sure.
I’ll be honest – I’m tired and I’m sick, so I won’t get into a grand analysis of the episode. Overall? Thumbs in the middle. Thanks for reading tonight folks. See you next time!