WWE’s 205 Live airs tonight starting at 10pm Eastern, live on the WWE Network. We will have full coverage of the show as soon as it begins.
Already announced – a Fatal Five-Way match to determine the #1 Contender to Neville’s Cruiserweight Title. Jack Gallagher, TJ Perkins, Tony Nese, Cedric Alexander, and Noam Dar will all compete to win the chance to take Neville down.
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We go to ringside, and it’s Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves, and Austin Aries. Aries says Tony Nese was injured last night on Raw, and has not been medically cleared to wrestle tonight. Corey Graves says it will still be a Fatal Five-Way though, with Ariya Daivari taking on Mustafa Ali for the rights to take the fifth spot in the main event.
Ariya Daivari vs. Mustafa Ali (winner enters the Fatal Five-Way Match for a #1 Contendership)
The Winner: Mustafa Ali
The Action: Early on the two feel each other out. Ali does a back flip to reposition himself and hits a nice hurricarana. A spin kick connects for two. The action spills outside, and Daivari hits a neckbreaker on the floor. Ali makes it back in before the 10-count, but just barely. Daivari attacks with vicious kicks. Ali fights out of a headlock, but Daivari hits a reverse DDT for two. Daivari hits a spinebuster and heads up top for a frog splash. Ali rolls out of the way and Daivari misses.
Ali picks up momentum, hitting an enzuigir from the apron and a roll-through neck breaker for two. Daivari hits a vicious clothesline for a near fall. Ali hits a tornado DDT, and drags Daivari to the corner, hitting an inverted 450 for the win.
A strong, hard-fought match. Ali has been getting some good wins, so he’s a solid choice to be in the Fatal Five Way.
A hype video airs for Gran Metalik, who has yet to make his debut on 205 Live. He’ll be debuting next week.
Lince Dorado vs. Brian Kendrick
The Winner: Brian Kendrick
The Action: Kendrick cuts a promo on his way to the ring, saying he’s a gate keeper on 205 Live. “Any time they send in the clowns, I’m here to snuff out their dreams.” He says it could even be someone like Tajiri. There is one exception though – Akira Tozawa. He says he hopes Tozawa is watching in the back – “Like you ought to be.” He says if Tozawa plays his cards right he can become Kendrick’s protege.
The bell rings, and Dorado flips towards Kendrick for positioning. He hits a head scissors and teases a 619, but Kendrick bails out. On the apron, Dorado hits a kick to the head and follows it up with an Asai Moonsault.
Back in the ring, Kendrick regains control for a time, but Dorado fires back with chops to the chest. He hits a tilt a while back breaker and follows it up with a head scissors and a back body drop. Dorado hits an enzuigiri on the apron, and heads up top, connecting with a cross body, but Kendrick rolls it through for a near fall.
Dorado hits a leaping knee. Kendrick reverses him. Dorado hits a handspring stunner for two. He heads up top and teases a move, but Kendrick meets him there. Dorado fights free and goes for a shooting star press. Kendrick gets the knees up and gets a near fall. Dorado goes for a crucifix, Kendrick kicks out and locks in the Captain’s Hook for the win.
I wish Dorado had been built up as more credible. His offense looked great here, but he never felt like a threat to Kendrick.
Austin Aries enters the ring for an exclusive one-on-one post-match interview with Kendrick. Aries asks him about flip flopping his opinion of Tozawa, and says he and Tozawa formed a bond last week. He says it was different with him, and he asks Tozawa to come out. Instead, Tajiri’s music hits. But Tajiri doesn’t come out through the entrance – he’s already in the ring!
Tajiri blows green mist into Kendrick’s face, and Kendrick drops to the mat, screaming in pain. We go to break.
Backstage, Dasha Fuentes asks Neville about the Fatal Five-Way. He says it’s a chance for someone to stand in front of the king, but that’s all it is – a chance for someone to realize they are completely out of their depth. He runs down each competitor.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher vs. Noam Dar vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali vs. TJ Perkins in a Fatal Five-Way Elimination Match to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
The Winner: Gentleman Jack Gallagher
The Action: The lights flicker briefly, but it seems to be just a production error. Noam Dar tries to beg off the other four, and they decide to play ping pong with him, knocking him to the floor immediately. Alexander tries to flip Ali over his shoulders, but he launches him into Gallagher for a dropkick instead. Perkins hits a head scissors/DDT combo. Dar takes out his legs from outside. Gallagher takes him out with an uppercut. Alexander hits a sunset flip over two people for a back suplex/roll-up combo for two.
Alexander and Dar trade elbows. Dar cuts off Alexander’s springboard kick. Gallagher rolls Dar up for two. He hits a leg scissors to take Dar out to the floor, then tosses Ali onto the other three at ringside. Gallagher grabs his umbrella, William the 3rd, opens it up, and climbs up top, leaping onto the other four at ringside, umbrella and all.
Back in the ring, Dar takes Gallagher’s knee out with a vicious kick to the legs. Cedric Alexander runs in out of nowhere and hits a Lumbar Check, successfully eliminating Dar from the match.
Cedric Alexander eliminates Noam Dar
Alexander goes for another Lumbar Check on Ali. He hits a Spanish Fly for a near fall instead. Perkins heads in to stop Alexander, and gets rolled up. Alexander hits a springboard roundhouse. Perkins and Alexander brawl on the ropes, and Alexander gets the better of the exchange, but Dar runs in and takes out the legs, straddling Alexander on the turnbuckle. Perkins comes to and hits a Detonation Kick for the elimination.
TJ Perkins eliminates Cedric Alexander
Gallagher hobbles into the ring, and Perkins elbows him. Gallagher sets him up for an Elecric Chair, and Ali leaps off, hitting a nice cross-body for two. Ali works over Gallagher in the corner. He hits a roundhouse into the rolling neckbreaker. He climbs up top in the corner, and wipes out on the 450. Perkins immediately locks in a Cross-arm breaker and Ali taps out.
TJ Perkins eliminates Mustafa Ali
Perkins and Gallagher go at it right away. TJP takes out Gallagher’s knee and lays in some stiff kicks. He locks in a kneebar in the middle of the ring, and Gallagher tries desperately to hold on. He makes it to the ropes. Perkins continues to focus on the legs. Perkins hits a Detonation Kick, Gallagher immediately counters with a headbutt. Gallagher falls over on top of Perkins for two.
The fans chant “This is awesome” after that near fall, and they’re buying into the match full-force. Perkins goes for another Detonation Kick. Gallagher hits another headbutt. He hits a running dropkick in the corner, goes for the cover and gets the pin!
Jack Gallagher eliminates TJ Perkins to become the #1 Contender
Neville’s music hits and he stands on the ramp, raising the Cruiserweight Title up high in the air as the show comes to a close.
This was a fun match, and I didn’t see it going this way, but I’m fine with it. Gallagher has been getting over with the crowds and works a unique style, but despite his antics, when he steps into the ring, he performs at another level. I’m looking forward to his eventual match against Neville, perhaps at Fastlane?
Most of all, I think this match delivered in a big way with the crowd in attendance. It’s no secret that 205 Live loses audience members once Smackdown goes off the air, but with hard work and good matches, the cruiserweights are retaining more and more fans. It’s matches like this, main events like this that will solidify the division as more than just an experiment. Seattle seemed to appreciate what they were doing. I know I did too.
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