WWE 205 Live is airing tonight on the WWE Network starting at 10pm Eastern, immediately after Smackdown goes off the air. We will have live coverage of the show, which is the final show before WWE Fastlane this Sunday on pay-per-view.
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The show opens with a video package of the Cruiserweight tag match from WWE Raw last night.
Tom Phillips is backstage with Jack Gallagher. He asks what Gallagher expects from Neville’s Fastlane address tonight. Gallagher says he expects Neville to sit on his throne and talk about how he’s obliterated all cruiserweights, and how his reign will never ends. But this weekend, when Neville faces a Gentleman, perhaps the winner won’t be who Neville is expecting.
We go ringside to Corey Graves, Mauro Ranallo, and Austin Aries. They hype up Fastlane, which features the Cruiserweight Championship match between Neville and Jack Gallagher.
Noam Dar (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Lince Dorado
The Winner: Noam Dar
The Action: The match has barely begun, and a flower delivery man comes out to give Alicia Fox flowers. She’s thrilled. Meanwhile, Dorado hits a big cross body from the top rope. Dorado hits a springboard moonsault for two. Dar counters, taking out Dorado’s legs on the apron.
Fox gives a flower to Corey Graves and actually eats one or two of them. Dar maintains control with a chinlock. Rich Swann watches on backstage. Dorado hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker and a hurricarana. He tosses Dar overhead. Springboard stunner from Dorado for two. Dar takes out the shin with a nasty kick, and an enzuigiri for the win.
Dorado had great offense here, and controlled most of the match, but Dar picked up the win with some of his patented dirty offense.
After the match, Dar takes credit for the flowers, and says the flowers can’t compare to the beauty of Alicia Fox.
Austin Aries stands in the ring and welcomes Akira Tozawa to the ring. Aries says things haven’t gone very smoothly for his first few weeks in 205 Live. They show a clip of Tozawa turning down Brian Kendrick. Aries asks why he turned down the offer, and Tozawa says he respects Kendrick, but he wants to make it on his own. Aries says he can understand that, but Kendrick doesn’t, and feels that he needs to teach him a few lessons. We see video clips of the various “lessons” Kendrick has been teaching. Aries asks him what he wants to do – Tozawa immediately answers. “I want to fight! I want to fight right now!”
Brian Kendrick’s music hits, and he walks out onto the ramp. He says it’s question and answer time, like what makes him think he’ll fight him on his terms. Kendrick says it’s because he doesn’t understand who he’s dealing with. He says he’s a former champion for a reason and he fights on his own terms. Kendrick asks him why he thinks he can make it in WWE by himself, and Kendrick interrupts, saying he’s a brat and selfish. He asks what he thinks he’ll go out there and fight him right now? He wants to know why he thinks he can get away with insulting him. Kendrick picks on Tozawa’s accent, and teases a fight, then walks away. “Class is dismissed.”
After a break, we have a six-man tag match.
Tony Nese & Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari vs. TJ Perkins & Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander
The Winners: Tony Nese & Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari
The Action: Nese and Ali start it out. Ali flips out of the corner and hits an arm drag. Perkins tags in, drops a fist and locks a nasty arm breaker. Tag back to Ali. They keep Nese cornered. Nese hits a short arm whip into the turnbuckle, but Perkins counters. Daivari tries to break it up and misses a knee. One by one, everyone goes tumbling out of the ring, leaving Ali to hit a cross body, and TJP running the ropes, but Nese takes out his legs and sends him into the commentary table instead.
Daivari hits a neckbreaker on Perkins back in the ring. Gulak tags in, locks in a Gory Special. Daivari in, he tries to keep Perkins from making the tag, hitting a short-arm clothesline.
Back and forth, hot tag to Ali, and Gulak in too. Ali hits a rolling neckbreaker, and tries for the 450, but Daivari distracts him. Gulak gets the chance to put Ali in a torture rack, and tosses him into the air for two.
All hell breaks loose. Nese hits a superkick on the floor. Alexander leaps over the top rope onto Nese. Meanwhile in the ring, Ali hits a tornado DDT on Gulak. He heads up for the inverted 450 and nails it, but Daivari puts Gulak’s foot on the ropes.
Daivari argues with the ref as Tony Nese hits a suplex on Ali, sending him into the turnbuckle head-first. Gulak drags over and tags Nese, but Ali makes the tag to TJP. Detonation kick for two. Alexander leaps in for a springboard clothesline, but he’s not legal. Gulak takes out TJP in the corner, and Nese drops the pad, hitting a running knee for the win.
Confusing booking here – the heels individually needed a win, so this was good, but Cedric Alexander was never tagged in as legal, and only hit a few high spots on the clusterfucks. Not sure if he was injured or there was a storyline reason for the decision. Otherwise, this was about what you’d expect.
A new video package about Austin Aries airs, highlighting his in-ring accomplishments in NXT.
Neville heads to the ring, title in hand. He stands in the middle of the ring and says before Fastlane, all of us are in need of a history lesson. He says 205 Live was created to showcase the best Cruiserweights on the planet, but we forgot about the greatest – him. So what happened next? Chaos ensued. Mediocrity reigned until he arrived. He changed the landscape of 205 Live, but he’s received nothing but resentment. He says the fans show him no gratitude, and accuses the fans of chanting for a sideshow act like Jack Gallagher instead of cheering for him. He says we bear the burden of his fate. He says this Sunday, he will obliterate Jack. He will make an example of Gallagher.
And Gallagher interrupts, heading out with his umbrella in hand. Gallagher says he likes history lessons, but says this is more like a meltdown. He asks him if he’d feel better with tea and biscuits. Neville says he wants to leave him in one piece so he can make an example of him on Sunday, but if he keeps pushing him, he’ll do it tonight. He asks Gallagher to see himself out of his ring.
Gallagher says he’s fond of being in one piece, but corrects him about it being his ring. He says the ring belongs to the fans. He says if the “king” has a problem with anything he’s saying, considering the ring is the fans, it’s time he leaves. And Gallagher attacks Neville.
Neville gets the better of the exchange initially, dropping Galagher with a flurry of kicks, but Gallagher hits a pair of dropkicks and a headbutt. He goes for his running dropkick, but Neville bails out of the ring, so Gallagher chases him outside the ring and hits the dropkick, sending Neville over the barricade instead. He poses in the ring as the show comes to a close.
Not a great episode of 205 Live, but the focus was on Neville and Gallagher. The rest of the division is kind of in a holding pattern until this match is settled. Sure, we’ve got Noam Dar and Alicia Fox. And that’s about it.
Bill and I will take a look at this, plus Fastlane and much more tomorrow on Ring Rap Audio. Be sure to tune in for our preview and predictions, plus much much more!