WWE 205 Live airs tonight on the WWE Network tonight at 10pm Eastern, immediately after Smackdown goes off the air. We will have live coverage of the program as it happens right here.
Already announced for tonight, Noam Dar and Rich Swann will “battle for honor.” Plus, TJ Perkins takes on Lince Dorado.
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Chris Jericho is still being helped from ringside as 205 Live begins. They recap Owens attack, and Jericho gingerly walks up the ramp as the 205 Live intro airs. It recaps Austin Aries vs. Neville at Payback, and TJP talking about Neville looking like he was about to lose until the intentional disqualification. We see Perkins attack Aries last night on Raw, seemingly taking Aries out of action by attacking the knee.
Tom Phillips and Corey Graves welcome us to the show. They advise that Chris Jericho’s condition will be updated on WWE.com.
Tonight, Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak, plus Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar, but first…
TJP vs. Lince Dorado
The Action: Perkins and Dorado trade reversals. TJP dabs out of it. Dorado flips out of a wrist lock and dances and dabs himself. A nice exchange leads to Dorado hitting a head scissors. Perkins bails out of the ring. Dorado hits a Asai Moonsault to go after him.
Back in the ring, Dorado keeps the pressure. He sends TJP into the turnbuckle head-first. TJP drops Dorado head-first onto the top turnbuckle, then drives his boot into Dorado’s face. He rakes at the face across the ropes. Perkins grinds at the face with his boot. TJP rips at Dorado’s mask. Dorado fights free and crashes into him with a moonsault off the top rope. Tilt-a-whirl back breaker from Dorado. He hits a roundhouse into a cross-body for two. Dorado slaps him in the chest thrice. Handspring from Dorado, but Perkins counters with a right hand. He hits a flurry of kicks before eating a superkick from Dorado for two.
Dorado heads up top. TJP meets him there. Dorado fights free with a diving sunset flip for two. Perkins grabs the mask and uses the leverage to send Dorado into a kneebar. Dorado taps out.
The Winner: TJP
I wish Dorado would get more screen time. He’s fun to watch in the ring and adds excitement to the division. Aside from that, this is about keeping TJP in the main event picture. He’s using dirty tactics to get the win. Enjoyable match.
We go to a pre-taped sit down interview between Corey Graves and Brian Kendrick. Kendrick says things between he and Akira Tozawa got so heated because he got insulted. Kendrick says he wanted Tozawa to be his protege, but Tozawa thinks he knows it all. Kendrick says he knows better. He was going to teach Tozawa whether he wanted to learn or not. Kendrick admits his plans backfired. Tozawa got fired up by the WWE fans instead of focusing on winning matches. As Kendrick continues, Tozawa runs in and kicks Kendrick in the head. He takes his seat and says “Lesson #5 – Always end an interview with impact.” He starts grunting as we go to break.
Mustafa Ali vs. Drew Gulak
The Action: Gulak walks to the ring with a megaphone and a “No Fly Zone” sign. An inset promo from Gulak airs, with Gulak talking about Mustafa Ali’s “wreckless” high flying, and how he attacked Gulak from behind.
The bell rings and Gulak takes Ali to the mat. He wrenches in a headlock, and keeps Ali grounded, countering Ali’s quickness. He whips Ali into the turnbuckles. Ali starts to fire back and climbs up top, but Gulak bails to the apron across the ring. Back in the ring, Gulak keeps the pressure. He hits a vicious clothesline on Ali for two.
Ali starts to pick up the pace. He catches Gulak with a kick to the throat, and a roundhouse off the apron. Ali connects with a dive roll neckbreaker. Ali tries to climb up top, Gulak stops him, but Ali kicks free. He heads up top and goes for a frog splash, but Gulak tucks in the knees and covers Ali for the win.
The Winner: Drew Gulak
Dasha Fuentes asks him about his victory. Gulak says it’s vindication for his campaign – high flying doesn’t work. “You all cheer for these superstars, and you’re leading them to their demise.” He says Ali listened to the fans, and he crashed and burned, and that’s why he lost. “What I do works. That’s why I am the future of 205 Live.”
A much needed win for Gulak, who has a vastly different style from the norm in 205 Live, but has been mostly used as an enhancement guy up to this point. I’d like to see Gulak featured more prominently – it’s the contrast of styles that made the Cruiserweight Classic so compelling, but it’s been reasonably one-dimensional in 205 Live. Gulak can bring a new dimension to the division.
The announcers recap the Noam Dar/Rich Swann saga. They cue up a video talking about Dar and Alicia Fox’s relationship. We see that Swann has been the one sending Fox gifts all along, and then two weeks ago, Fox kicked Dar to the curb, no longer interested in him. But Swann is still looking after his friend Cedric Alexander, and lays into Fox revealing the truth.
Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar
Corey Graves takes a shot at Tom Phillips as Dar makes his entrance, saying that Dar wasn’t sending inappropriate DMs on Instagram to someone he shouldn’t have been. Ouch!
The Action: Swann locks in a headlock early on. Swann prepares to dive after Dar, but Dar dashes in. Swann hits a chop block, making the best of a confusing situation. Swann flips over Dar and hits a nice dropkick for two. More headlocks, and Swann talks trash. Dar crotches Swann on the top rope and leaps off the second rope with a clothesline.
Dar keeps the offense, focusing on Swann’s back. Dar rakes at the eyes and slows Swann down. Swann dodges a kick from Dar and amps up with a series of clotheslines. He unleashes with a flurry of fists. Dar counters Swann on the apron, hitting a low soccer kick to the legs. The two brawl at ringside, and Swann slams Dar into the announce desk. The two trade punches as the referee counts. Dar wrenches the arm. Both men make it in before the 10-count.
Swann tosses Dar out of the ring and flips over the ropes onto him. Swann hangs Dar up on the barricade, and hits a diving legdrop to the back of the neck. Back in the ring, Swann hits a Phoenix Splash for a believable near fall. On the apron, Dar twists Swann’s arm in a nasty way. Swann catches him with a roundhouse to the head. He goes for a roll-up, gets two. Dar counters a springboard splash and cranks on an armbar. Swann breaks it on the ropes. Dar goes for a stomp on the arm off the ropes. Swann moves and hits a superkick. He goes back up top, but Dar takes out the legs and stomps Swann out of the corner. He stomps into Swann’s head repeatedly and follows it up with a running roundhouse to the head for the win.
The Winner: Noam Dar
Dar has one of the most vicious and realistic-looking move sets in pro wrestling. It’s truly cringe-worthy at times, in all the best ways. This was a good match and definitely felt like more of a grudge and less of an exhibition.
After the match, Alicia Fox walks to the ring. Dar looks confused as Fox skips back into the ring. Fox tries to get a Yes chant going, but the fans chant no. Dar opens his arms back up and jumps into Fox’s arms, taking her back. I guess they’re a couple again.
Tonight’s episode of 205 Live had some good action.The division needs a shakeup in terms of stories, and with (I assume) the end of the Noam Dar/Rich Swann saga, we can move on. I’m not sure what the timeline is on Cedric Alexander’s return, but I’m sure he has some unfinished business there.
The rest of the division is in a weird place. No sign of Neville or Austin Aries tonight, and no indication to who is next in line for the Cruiserweight Title. That said, I like Drew Gulak picking up the win tonight (he needed it) and I like TJP staying in the limelight.
So, thumbs in the middle for stories, but thumbs up for the action.
Thanks for following along with me tonight. See you next week!