WWE 205 Live is airing live tonight on the WWE Network, starting at 10pm Eastern, immediately following Smackdown. We will have live coverage of the show as soon as it goes on the air. Be sure to follow along here, and on Twitter @RingRap, for thoughts on the show as it happens!
A video package airs, highlighting Jack Gallagher’s #1 Contendership win on last week’s show. But tonight, TJ Perkins challenges Neville. We go to the arena, and fireworks kick off the show.
The announcers make some Valentine’s Day jokes at Mauro Ranallo’s expense, and Corey Graves says it’s time for 205 Live and Chill. Tonight, Gran Metalik makes his debut. But first…
Noam Dar (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Rich Swann
The Winner: Rich Swann
The Action: Swann is returning from injury. As Swann dances to the ring, Dar looks at him with disgust. Swann says tonight is a special night for two reasons – Rich Swann is back on 205 Live, and it’s Valentine’s Day. He says he wants to do something a little special for a very special woman. He dedicates the match to Alicia Fox (and says it like Dar does) – but says she can’t handle this.
Early on, Dar grounds Swann. Swann flips out of a wrist lock. Swann flips through the legs of Dar, and Dar bails out of the ring to regroup. Dar returns to the ring, and Swann hits a nasty kick to the spine. Dar catches Swann with a roundhouse kick, sending Swann crashing to the mat. Dar dances a little bit for Fox, and maintains control, hitting a series of strikes and a double underhook suplex for two. Dar hits a series of European Uppercuts. Swann hits a nasty roundhouse kick to the head out of nowhere to create some distance.
Swann fires up with clotheslines, but misses a stomp. Dar goes for an ankle lock. Swann rolls through, sending Dar to the floor. Fox checks on Dar, and Swann heads out of the ring trying to get to Dar, but Dar uses Fox as a shield. He hits a sunset flip for a pin. Clothesline out of nowhere for two. Swann catches Dar with a hurricarana off the top rope, and he follows it up with a Phoenix Splash for the win.
A strong return for Swann, who needed a win coming off his series with Neville. Dar didn’t lose much in defeat here, but they need to be careful if they intend on keeping him near the top of the card.
The announcers hype up TJ Perkins vs. Neville later tonight, and then queue up an interview with both Perkins and Neville, who are backstage, in different rooms, replying to Graves’ questions. Neville says Perkins is a former champion – former is the key word. He says Perkins only outlasted 31 other competitors in the CWC because Neville wasn’t there. Perkins says Neville’s ankles are made of glass, and while he was out, Perkins was putting the cruiserweights on the map. Neville says Perkins is talented, but not on his level. Perkins says Neville’s arrogance will be his downfall. Perkins questions if Neville was even on Raw before he won the title. Neville gets upset and says Perkins will regret saying that.
A vignette highlights TJ Perkins vs. Gran Metalik during the Cruiserweight Classic Finals. Metalik talks about Perkins being a great competitor, and being disappointed he didn’t win. He says he’s on 205 Live to show he is the best. He says the opportunity is beautiful, and he has to take advantage of it. “The best is here.”
Gran Metalik vs. Drew Gulak
The Winner: Gran Metalik
The Action: Gulak immediately hits a drop kick and goes on the offense. He stomps Metalik in the corner, and slaps him a few times. Metalik hits a handspring backflip, but gets caught up on a springboard manuever. Gulak immediately capitalizes.
Metalik counters with a chop, and runs the ropes, hitting an arm drag, followed by a head scissors. Gulak recovers outside the ring. He returns to attack with stiff palm strikes, Cover for one. Gran Metalik springboards off the ropes with a nice armdrag, and the fans start chanting “Si!” Metalik springs off the ropes again, only to eat a kick to the face.
Gulak locks in a Gory Special, and then spins, sending Metalik to the mat. Metalik fires up, hitting a series of elows and a springboard cross body. Enzuigiri on the apron sends Gulak to the mat, and Metalik goes diving over the top rope after him. Back in the ring, he connects with the Metalik Driver for the win.
Metalik stumbled on the first couple of high spots, but he recovered quickly and managed to wow the fans with his flashy style. A very exciting match from a very special talent. I’m looking forward to seeing what is next for him.
Backstage, Brian Kendrick approaches Tozawa. He says Tozawa is probably a bit overwhelmed with everything, and the opportunity to be mentored by Kendrick. Before Tozawa can answer him, Kendrick explains what protege means, and says he’ll be his teacher. Tozawa cuts him off and says “Nope!” Kendrick thinks it’s a language barrier and he doesn’t think Tozawa speaks English. Tozawa says “I understand. I don’t like you.” He walks away.
TJ Perkins vs. Neville
The Winner: Neville
The Action: I mistakenly thought this was a title match. This is not true.
Early on, Neville and TJP trade reversals back and forth. Perkins hits a nice head scissors. The two continue with the reversals. Perkins slides under the legs, and Neville catches him with an elbow to the face. Perkins reverses an Irish whip into the ropes and hits a series of kicks. Neville flapjacks him over the ropes. He rolls Perkins back into the ring, and hits a missile dropkick for two.
Neville whips Perkins into the turnbuckle, and drives his boot into Perkins’ throat. Outside the ring, Neville drops Perkins throat-first across the barricade. He rolls him in for a two-count. Neville heads up top, and misses, rolling through. Perkins counters with a neckbreaker. Perkins hits a corner dropkick to the apron, then rolls Neville back in. Springboard into a DDT for TJP, two-count. Nice spot. Perkins yanks Neville’s shoulder in a nasty looking spot. He goes for a cross arm breaker. Neville rolls Perkins over, and powers him up into a sitout powerbomb. Incredible.
Both men struggle to their feet, trading blows. Perkins goes for a Detonation Kick, but Neville counters with a kick. Perkins catches with a kick to the head, and cannonballs into Neville. He heads up top, taking his time. Neville meets him up top. He sets up for the Superplex. Perkins counters it, driving Neville to the mat. He leaps over for a hurricarana, and Neville catches him. The two squirm for a reversal, with Perkins getting a pinfall attempt.
Neville hangs Perkins on the ropes, hits an enzuigiri, and locks in the Rings of Saturn. Perkins has no choice but to tap out.
After the match, Neville poses with the title, until Jack Gallagher runs out. As soon as he enters the ring, Neville attacks. He picks up the umbrella and launches it out of the ring. Gallagher hits Neville with a series of European Uppercuts, and follows it up with a headbutt. Neville bails out. Gallagher picks up Neville’s title and holds it on his shoulder, sending a message as the show closes.
Some good action tonight. Unfortunately during the main event the fans felt the need to chant for Austin Aries, which is a shame because I feel that both Perkins and Neville put on a good match. The start of the show was Gran Metalik, however. Even with a slip on the ropes, his offense was flashy enough to wow those in attendance.
I’ll have a bit more to say about this show as I record a late night edition of Around the Ring with Ring Rap. Keep an eye out for that, and don’t forget to send in your questions for Ring Rap Audio episode 250, recording tomorrow!