WWE 205 Live comes at us tonight, immediately after WWE Smackdown goes off the air, starting at 10pm Eastern. We will have live coverage of the show, which features a Fatal Five-Way Elimination Match to determine the #1 Contender to face Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship at Wrestlemania. Currently announced for the match are TJ Perkins, Austin Aries, Akira Tozawa, Tony Nese, and Brian Kendrick.
Who will win and go on to Wrestlemania? Tune in and find out, and follow along with our coverage on Twitter @RingRap as well!
A video package opens the show hyping up the main event – a Fatal Five-Way elimination match with a Wrestlemania Cruiserweight title match for the winner. It’s Tom Phillips and Corey Graves back together again, as Mauro Ranallo is unable to get through the weather to the show.
As the announcers set the stage for the show, Neville interrupts and comes out to the ramp, mic in hand. He says “One year and one day, in this very building I broke my ankle, just three weeks out from Wrestlemania.” He says he was robbed of Wrestlemania gold. He looked around and noticed nobody cared. He says he was forgotten by the fans. He took action, and was ruthless, just to remind everyone just how good he is. “And now, here we are again, Wrestlemania season.” Tonight on 205 Live, it’s the biggest main event in the history of the show. The winner gets the honor of sharing the Grandest Stage of them All with The King. Neville lists the competitors in the match and says it’s irrelevant who wins. They’ll all fall to the king.
Mustafa Ali’s entrance cuts Neville off.
Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak
The Winner: Mustafa Ali
The Action: Gulak immediately goes on the offense. Ali does an impressive balancing act, leaping off the top rope into a hurricarana and leaps off the top rope to the floor. Ali locks in a guillotine choke, but Gulak powers out into a bodyslam. Gulak with a Gory Special.
Ali hits a dive roll/neckbreaker. Gulak catches Ali on a sunset flip attempt and gets a roll-up for two. Ali hits a tornado DDT into an inverted 450 for the win.
The crowd was killed with the boring tag match that closed Smackdown, and it has carried over into this show. They are completely lifeless.
After the match, Gulak shows frustration at ringside. He demands a mic and says week after week he does his best work in the ring. Noone appreciates him, and he just walks away frustrated. He’s tired of it. He says he’s not the problem, and he’s not the one that needs to change. “The problem is 205 Live, and this place needs to change.”
Finally, some sense of character for Gulak. It’s not much, but it’s more than we’ve ever had.
Ariya Daivari is backstage, and Noam Dar approaches him. He calls them a perfect tag team, and they can do better than last week. Daivari cuts him off, and tells him he doesn’t need a pep talk. He has overdue revenge on Jack Gallagher. Dar gets a little flustered, and says Alicia Fox will only stay with a winner, so they need to win tonight. Daivari gives him a fist bump (more like a strike) and walks away.
Jack Gallagher & Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar (w/ Alicia Fox) & Ariya Daivari
The Winners: Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari
The Action: Gallagher and Swann dance together before Dar and Daivari come to the ring. Cute.
Dar and Gallagher start it off, and Gallagher quickly escapes a headlock. Handstand in the corner, and Dar loses his cool, tagging in Daivari. Gallagher gets the best of the tag, and controls Daivari, but Dar yanks Swann off the apron and denies the tag.
Dar tags in and continues the assault. Gallagher finally hot tags Swann, who lays waste to both Dar and Daivari. Rolling Thunder for two. Swann hits a nice enzuigiri and a leaping hurricarana, sending Daivari out of the ring, but Dar is the legal man, and he hits a leaping knee for the win.
Daivari leaves the ring as Dar and Fox celebrate. Dar says each week he’s spoiled Fox with gifts, but actions speak louder than gifts. As he speaks, a delivery man walks down with a giant stuffed bear. Dar takes the bear out of his hand and hands it to Fox, playing it up like both the victory and the bear are the gifts.
Not a bad tag match, but again, a lifeless crowd is sucking the energy out of these cruiserweights. Hopefully that’s about to change…
Austin Aries vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Tony Nese vs. TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick in a Fatal Five-Way Elimination Match to determine the #1 Contender for the Cruiserweight Title at Wrestlemania
The Winner: Austin Aries to face Neville at Wrestlemania for the Cruiserweight Title
The Action: A solid Austin Aries chat breaks out. Aries chills in the corner, and Kendrick slides out of the ring completely. Nese attacks Tozawa, right into Kendrick, who tosses him into the barricade. Nese attacks Perkins, and Aries hits a running dropkick on Nese for a near fall.
Aries and Perkins tie up and reverse each other as, I suppose, everyone else takes a nap at ringside. There’s some great action here as the two hit their signature moves, but this illustrates a fundamental issue with multi-man free for all matches, as there’s no action except what’s happening in the ring.
Anyhow… Kendrick slips in and Tozawa attacks him from behind. Kendrick takes out Tozawa’s legs and slams him into the announcer’s table. Meanwhile, Aries takes out Nese on a dive through the ropes. He covers Nese, Kendrick covers Tozawa, and both get two.
Kendrick attacks Aries, tossing him out of the ring. He attacks Perkins, who catches onto the ropes and hits a flurry of kicks, following it up with a basement dropkick. Flying elbow in the corner, until Nese takes out TJP with a clothesline for two. He locks in a body scissors on Perkins. Things get a little crazy, and Tozawa hits a snap German suplex on Nese for a pin, but Kendrick breaks it and tries to get a pin. Nese kicks out, and Tozawa unleashes his fury on Kendrick, sending Kendrick to the floor and diving after him head first. And one by one, each man leaps out of the ring, creating a pile of bodies. Kendrick pushes Aries to the floor before he can leap out, and Nese hits a crazy running knee to Aries, crashing through the time keeper’s barricade in an awesome spot.
It draws a pathetic holy shit chant.
Perkins and Nese trade reversals in the ring, but Perkins gets the better of the exchange, locking in a cross-arm breaker and eliminating Nese.
Tony Nese is eliminated by TJ Perkins
Nese attacks Perkins with a nasty clothesline immediately. Tozawa runs in and takes Nese out with a kick to the face, but Kendrick uses the distraction and hits Sliced Bread #2 on Tozawa for the elimination.
Akira Tozawa is eliminated by Brian Kendrick
Kendrick immediately goes for the Captain’s Hook on Perkins. Perkins fights free. Kendrick goes for another Sliced Bread #2, but Perkins counters. Aries struggles to his feet as Perkins and Kendrick brawl on the top rope, and powerbombs the two to the mat.
Finally, Pittsburgh sort of wakes up, chanting “This is awesome,” but it’s weak and lasts three bars. Go home Pittsburgh. You suck.
All three men stagger to their feet. Perkins and Aries both punch Kendrick, and then trade blows themselves, Aries hitting an ear clap into a Brain Buster setup, but Perkins breaks free. Perkins goes for a Detonation Kick, Kendrick grabs the leg and Aries falls on top of Perkins in a pin position, and Kendrick piles on for good measure, securing the elimination.
TJ Perkins is eliminated by Austin Aries & Brian Kendrick
Kendrick immediately goes for the Captain’s Hook. Perkins hits a dropkick on Kendrick, and he fights with Kendrick on the apron, hitting an enzuigiri. Aries misses a rolling elbow and hits Perkins by accident. Kendrick hits Sliced Bread #2 for a near fall, and goes straight into the Captain’s Hook.
Aries struggles and makes it to the ropes. He hits a rolling elbow and gets the pin for the win.
Brian Kendrick is eliminated by Austin Aries
A good match that illustrates everything that the Cruiserweights do well, hampered by a city that wanted to see Kurt Angle and noone else. They popped for Austin Aries winning, but barely. Hopefully he doesn’t take it personally, because they were non-reacting for literally everything that wasn’t AJ Styles tonight.
But overall the cruiserweight division seems to be in a good place when you look at the current top of the card. The personalities are starting to get over, and with Austin Aries and Neville as the anchors of the division, it’s in a good place – better than it was just two weeks ago. It’s amazing what one person can do.
I’m looking forward to seeing Aries vs. Neville at Wrestlemania, and hopefully it’s not relegated to the preshow, like I expect it to be.
Thank you for joining me tonight in my 205 Live coverage. I’ll see you tomorrow on Ring Rap Audio!