WWE 205 Live will air on the WWE Network immediately following Smackdown at 10pm Eastern, and we will have live coverage of the show as it happens. Already announced, Jack Gallagher faces Tony Nese as Gallagher prepares for his title match against Neville at Fast Lane. Plus, Akira Tozawa will take on Brian Kendrick in a redo from a scheduled match on Raw.
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A video package airs highlighting the Jack Gallagher/Neville contract signing from Raw. We then go live to the arena where Corey Graves, Mauro Ranallo, and Austin Aries hype up the show.
Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa
The Winner: Brian Kendrick via Countout
The Action: Tozawa stares a hole in Kendrick. Kendrick mockingly extends a hand, and Tozawa declines. He hits a forearm on Kendrick, follows it with a running kick and a senton for two. Tozawa yells at Kendrick, saying he doesn’t like him or need him. He lays in some kicks, but eats a kick out of the corner. Tozawa counters with a series of chops, and feigns a punch before connecting with one.
Kendrick lures Tozawa into the corner, and slams his head into the ring post. He rolls Tozawa back into the ring and goes for a Captain Hook. Snap suplex for two. Kendrick catches Tozawa with a boot and goes for Captain’s Hook, but Tozawa counters with a German Suplex attempt. He hits a hurricarana, and follows it up with a forearm, sending Kendrick to the floor.
Tozawa hits a running headbutt through the ropes, and Kendrick slams into the announcer’s table. Kendrick tries to climb under the ring, then slams Tozawa into the apron. He ties Tozawa’s leg up in the ropes that hold the apron in place, and Kendrick gets the count-out win.
A disappointing finish. The fans are already burnt out from Smackdown, and that sort of finish is deflating.
Tom Phillips approaches Kendrick backstage, and asks him if his victory tonight is enough to put their feud to rest. Kendrick says he offered a guiding hand to Tozawa, and Tozawa doesn’t need it, but tonight proved otherwise. Lesson #1 was to beat someone to a pulp before the match starts. Lesson #2 is there’s more than one way to win a match. He says he’s not done teaching Akira Tozawa lessons.
Dasha Fuentes introduces Noam Dar, and asks if he’s uncomfortable about what Rich Swann said before their match last week. She shows the clip of Swann dedicating the match to Alicia Fox. Dar says he and Fox are comfortable in their relationship. He says “What kind of lowlife speaks to another lady like that?” Cute. Dar says Fox would never leave him. He dedicates tonight’s win to “Alicia Foxxxxxxxxx.”
Noam Dar vs. Mustafa Ali
The Winner: Noam Dar
The Action: Ali and Dar trade wristlocks early on. Ali backflips out of the corner and hits a dropkick. Dar bails out of the ring, again. Ali hits a spinning heel kick and sends Dar to the floor, and he hits a flip dive over the referee, over the top rope, to Dar.
Ali heads up top and catches Dar with a diving cross body for two. Dar kicks out Ali’s legs on the apron. Dar wrenches the left arm and gets a near fall. He steps on Ali’s hand. Ali rolls out of a sunset flip and hits a dropkick. Ali ramps up, and hits an enziguri off the apron, following it with a dive roll/neckbreaker for two.
Dar plays dead and sneaks in a roll-up. He hits a European uppercut, but Ali hits a tornado DDT out of the corner. Ali goes for his reverse 450 splash. Dar rolls out of the ring first. Ali drags him back. Dar takes Ali’s legs out, and his head bounces off the ringpost. Dar with a running knee for the win.
A good match, but the crowd is flat, and it didn’t help things. Ali is good, but he’s still missing that something.
Austin Aries cues up a hype package for the newest star in 205 Live – himself. Amazing.
We see a clip of Neville reacting to the contract signing, and then Dasha asks Gallagher about his match tonight. He feels that tonight is a good preview of how he’ll take out Neville at Fastlane.
Jack Gallagher vs. Tony Nese
The Winner: Jack Gallagher
The Action: Gallagher starts to dismantle Nese early on, tying him up like a pretzel. Nese and Gallagher trade elbows. Nese tosses Gallagher over the top rope to the floor. Nese does a cartwheel on the apron, and nails Gallagher with a kick on the floor.
Back in the ring, Nese locks in body scissors. He sends Gallagher into the corner hard. Nese hits a body slam and a huge leaping leg drop for two. The two trade blows, and Gallagher hits a series of dropkicks, and a flying cross body for two. The two trade reversals, and Gallagher nails Nese with a nasty headbutt, laying both men out. Gallagher readies his running dropkick, and Nese rolls out of the ring. He hangs Gallagher up on the ropes, and sets Gallagher up on the top rope. Gallagher fights his way out of whatever is happening, hitting another headbutt.
Nese hits a German suplex from the top, and powers his way upright, but Gallagher beats him to the punch. Gallagher goes top and hits a belly to back superplex. Running dropkick from Gallagher for the win.
A good enough match, but it was slower paced, and with two other matches on the slower/disappointing spectrum, that’s not what this show needed.
I don’t know if I’m just tired, burnt out, or if this was just a disappointing episode. Not much to see here, move along.
Fastlane is about a week and a half out, so we’ve got one more 205 Live to build up the title match. Outside of that? Not much else here to get hyped about.
I’m gonna wrap this up here. Thanks for following along tonight folks, and we’ll see you next week!