WWE 205 airs tonight immediately after Smackdown, beginning at 10:00pm Eastern. We will have full coverage of the show, as it happens, right here at Ring-Rap.com
Already announced for this evening?
It’s the last show before WWE Payback, however, where Neville will defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Austin Aries. So, they’ll probably have a confrontation, or something. Right?
One would think…
ANYHOW, join us at 10pm Eastern and we’ll find out together during our 205 Live coverage!
The show opens with a recap of TJ Perkins’ heel turn, joining forces with Neville. We see clips of Perkins attacking Aries, and Jack Gallagher coming to Aries aid. We see clips of their tag match on Raw, as well, where Aries picked up the victory, pinning Perkins heading into his match against Neville for the Cruiserweight Title.
Tom Phillips and Corey Graves welcome us to the show. The main event is Jack Gallagher vs. Neville.
Rich Swann & Akira Tozawa vs. Noam Dar & Brian Kendrick
The Action: Before the bell, Kendrick throws his jacket at Tozawa, and he and Dar go on the attack, but Swann and Tozawa manage to fend off the attack. They both leap out of the ring to the floor, taking out Dar and Kendrick.
The match begins proper, with Swann and Kendrick starting it out. Swann keeps control. Kendrick counters and starts to wear Swann down before tagging in Dar. Dar focuses on the arm, wrenching it and twisting it in abnormal ways. Kendrick tags in and he pulls Swann’s face into the turnbuckle as the ref counts. In the ring, Kendrick continues to keep control. He yanks Swann back from making a hot tag. Both men are laid out, Kendrick tags in Dar, and Swann fends off Dar to make the hot tag to Tozawa.
Tozawa is on fire, hitting a flurry of offense, and a senton for two. Short hurricarana to Kendrick, Dar rolls him up for two. Tozawa hits a suplex and goes up top. He misses and rolls through, Kendrick holds him on the ropes, but Dar misses the charge, hitting Kendrick instead. Shining Wizard from Tozawa puts Dar away.
The Winners: Rich swann & Akira Tozawa
Admittedly my attention was diverted here and there, but this was a good tag match with some talented players in the mix.
After the match, Tozawa takes the mic and tells him that choosing a partner is very important. He chose poorly, and that was lesson #4.
Dasha Fuentes interviews Neville backstage. She asks him about his match tonight against Jack Gallagher. He says he’s proven time and time again that Gallagher doesn’t belong in the ring with him. Tonight is no different. He hopes that Austin Aries is watching – he’ll receive the same treatment at Payback. With the exception of TJ Perkins, there is noone on the Neville level. He says it’s inevitable – everyone will bend a knee to the King of the Cruiserweights.
Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese
The Action: Before the bell, Drew Gulak heads down with a sign that says “No Fly Zone!” He says over a megaphone that he believes in a better 205 Live, and declares that this is a No Fly Zone. He asks the fans to chant “I’m not lying, no high flying!”
The bell rings and early on, Nese flexes. Gulak joins the commentary team, and says that he doesn’t have anything against the high flying style, just that it’s abused. He wants the focus to be on competition. Ali and Nese go for reversals. Nese dives over Ali, who flips out of a sunset flip, posing in return. He hits a head scissors and flips to his feet.
Gulak talks about the wrestlers taking unnecessary risks trying to please the fans. Meanwhile, Ali chases Nese outside the ring. Nese takes Ali down with a forearm and a clothesline for two. Ali goes for a tornado DDT, but Nese stops it mid-move, and raises Ali up for a hanging suplex, draping Ali over the ropes.
Ali hits a nice rebound bulldog out of the corner. Stiff elbow to Nese’s face. He connects with a kick into a dropkick. Ali hits a springboard moonsault crossbody for two. Ali connects with a rolling neckbreaker. Nese bails out of the ring to recover. Ali runs the apron and leaps over the ring post, diving onto Nese. Tornado DDT in the ring, and Ali goes up top. Gulak pulls Tony Nese out of the ring for the save, but causing the DQ.
The Winner: Tony Nese via DQ
Ali climbs up top, clearly upset. Drew Gulak waves to the crowd, and as soon as he turns around, Ali dives onto Gulak to a huge pop. Gulak rolls through the ring to get to the ramp to escape.
Ali continues to be a bright spot in the Cruiserweight Division. He’s showing nice intensity in his matches and each week looks less like he’s putting on a performance and more like he’s in a fight. It’s not perfect, but it’s improving weekly.
Backstage, Austin Aries and a banana give Jack Gallagher some tips for his match tonight. We go to break.
Jack Gallagher vs. Neville
The Action: Tom Phillips paints a picture of Neville’s reign, saying he hasn’t lost a one-on-one match since October. Impressive stat. Gallagher hits a tornado headlock and follows it up with a handstand out of the corner. A dropkick sends Neville to the floor. Neville grabs Gallagher’s umbrella and throws it up the ramp, so Gallagher dives through the ropes (like a sack of potatoes) taking Neville out.
Back in the ring, Neville takes Gallagher down with a series of kicks and stomps. He corners Gallagher and keeps him grounded. Neville locks a headlock. Neville drives Gallagher into the turnbuckle, then stands on Gallagher’s head, grinding his face into the mat.
Gallagher ducks a roundhouse and hits a desperation roll-up. He fires off an uppercut and a dropkick, and hits a t-bone suplex. Gallagher hits a series of uppercuts and another dropkick for two. Neville slams Gallagher face-first into the mat. He talks trash at Gallagher and kicks him in the head, and Gallagher springs to his feet with a dropkick. Neville immediately kippups, and Gallagher drops him with a headbutt, covering for two.
Gallagher goes for a double underhook. Neville turns it into a cover, but Gallagher powers out and hits a butterfly suplex. He takes Neville’s feet out from under him on the top rope. Gallagher heads up top and goes for a suplex of sorts, but Neville hits a palm to the nose and drops Gallagher down. He follows it up with a kick to the back of the head, against the turnbuckle. He drags Gallagher into the middle of the ring and locks in the Rings of Saturn. Gallagher taps out.
The Winner: Neville
After the match, just when it looked like it was over, Neville runs down the ramp and kicks Gallagher in the face. He drags Gallagher up the ramp and goes for the Rings of Saturn again, but Austin Aries runs down to make the save. He hits the Discus Five-Arm and locks in the Last Chancery as referees break it up. Aries stands tall in the ring as the show comes to an end.
A great main event to top off a solid episode of 205 Live. Neville and Gallagher had parts of the crowd on their feet towards the end. I’m really looking forward to seeing how things play out come Payback.
205 Live has been a mixed bag lately, but I feel that tonight the show delivered. With a strong tag match to open it up, a good mid-show match to build on the pace, and a strong main event, this is an episode worth watching.
Thanks for tuning in tonight. Keep an eye out for Ring Rap Audio tomorrow, where we will take a look at Payback and much more!