WWE 205 Live is being taped later this evening in London, England. We will have live coverage of the show as it airs on the WWE Network starting at 10pm Eastern, as well as spoilers as they happen.
Last night on Raw, TJP asked Neville for a shot at the Cruiserweight Title, after taking out Austin Aries and successfully defeating Jack Gallagher. Will Neville honor the deal?
Plus, more with Drew Gulak and Mustafa Ali, and much more.
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Our show opens up with clips of TJP “solving” the Austin Aries problem Neville has had. He wants a championship opportunity against Neville, but Neville doesn’t feel like he’s proved enough yet. He asks Perkins to beat Jack Gallagher on Raw – which he did thanks to a handful of tights – and then continued to attack the leg afterwards, until Austin Aries makes the save.
We go to the arena, and it’s Tom Phillips and Corey Graves on the call tonight.
Jack Gallagher heads out to the ring to cut a promo. The ring is decked out with a rug and the British Flag. He says last night on Raw he was jumped after his match. He says things would’ve been disastrous if not for Austin Aries, who he introduces.
Aries heads out to the ring with a banana peel in hand. Aries greets Gallagher and the fans. Gallagher wants to express his gratitude. He says he’s here to toast him. Aries says it’s unnecessary, he could have just thanked him in the back. Gallagher says he’s been fighting TJP and Neville by himself for two long. Gallagher says honor dictates he ensure Aries can get to his championship match at Extreme Rules unharmed. Gallagher is here to toast him however, and he gets two beers. Aries says he’s more of a red wine guy (slight boos) but Gallagher turns the crowd, saying Aries is a nice guy. He notes the wine request for next time and raises a glass in tradition.
Neville interrupts the toasting. He calls them truly pathetic, and says Gallagher is a parody of an Englishman. He calls him a symptom of a larger problem in the country. “England – you have become a parody of yourself, and it’s disgusting.” Aries tells him he shouldn’t be questioning anyone about their dignity since he intentionally disqualified himself. Aries defends the fans as well, much to Neville’s ire. He raises his title in taunt when out of nowhere, TJP attacks Aries. The two doubleteam Aries, working the knee. Gallagher hits a nice dropkick on Neville, but when the action spills outside, Neville slams Gallagher into the barricade. Aries hits a diving elbow off the apron, and reverses Neville, tossing him into the barricade, followed by TJP. He launches Neville over the announcer’s table and leaps over the chairs to get to him. Back in the ring, Gallagher nails TJP with a headbutt. Aries takes Neville out with a Discus Five-Arm, sending him packing. Gallagher gets two more beers and they toast after all.
Backstage, Rich Swann approaches Noam Dar and Alicia Fox. Swann says he’s thinking with the wrong part of his body. Dar says he may have pulled the wool over his eyes but he did love her. Fox says she would never leave a real man like Dar. Swann says the two really do deserve each other. Dar says he hasn’t forgotten what he did to them, and Swann will get what he deserves.
Tony Nese vs. Mustafa Ali
The Action: The two talk trash early on, but the action quickly picks up. Ali hits a series of arm drags and moves into a black widow-like submission, which Nese escapes. Nese bails out of the ring and Ali goes flying over the top rope after him, much to Drew Gulak’s dismay.
The two continue to brawl outside the ring. Nese drops Ali onto the barricade, then drops him onto the announcer’s table. He rolls Ali back in on 8. Two-count. Nese maintains control, and deadlift suplexes Ali up, sending him forward into the ropes for two. Nese sets Ali up in a rack. He hits a springboard moonsault into a pin for two. Nese goes up top, and Ali clips him with a dropkick. He heads up top and goes for a hurricarana, but Nese pulls him up. Ali hits it anyhow.
Ali fires up and hits a roundhouse on the apron, following it up with a dive roll neckbreaker. Nese rolls out of the ring, Ali follows him with a hurricarana from the apron. He heads back up top, and a crossbody hits for two.
Nese pulls Ali into the turnbuckle. They trade chops. Nese fires up with a series of strikes, and hits a stomp for two. They trade slaps. Nese goes for a pumphandle, Ali slips out and hits a tornado DDT. He drags Nese into the corner and hits the inverted 450 for the win.
The Winner: Mustafa Ali
A much better match than anything Smackdown had earlier tonight. These two are really proving to be the workhorses of the Cruiserweight division and consistently produce good matches – against each other or others. A very good match. Thumbs up.
Backstage, Ariya Daivari is yelling at a member of the crew about his boots not being sufficiently shined. He walks off and bumps into Akira Tozawa. Daivari yells at Tozawa for getting his expensive shirt greasy. Tozawa barks at him.
A vignette for Cedric Alexander airs. He’s returning soon.
Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa
The Action: Kendrick immediately kicks Tozawa in the face. Tozawa fires back with chops. He suckers Kendrick and nails him with a jab to the jaw. Kendrick goes for a sunset flip off the apron, Tozawa counters and hits a flurry, with a senton, for two. He runs for a dive through the ropes, Kendrick dodges. Tozawa follows, slamming Kendrick into the barricade. Kendrick sends Tozawa into the announce table, breaks the count, and hits Sliced Bread #2 off the steps onto the floor. He struggles to get Tozawa to his feet and leaves him lying.
Tozawa makes it back into the ring, and Kendrick hits a double underhook suplex for two. Kendrick goes on the offense, laying in kicks and a crossface. Tozawa amps up and fires back with elbows. The two trade blows. Tozawa hits a hurricarana, and knocks Kendrick off the apron before leaping through the ropes head first. He leaps off the turnbuckle and rolls through, then hits a pump kick and a shining wizard for two. Kendrick hits a heel kick, and follows it up with a Dragon Suplex into a Captain’s Hook. Tozawa makes it to his feet. Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread, Tozawa counters and hits a pair of kicks, slips between the legs and hits a side suplex. Two-count.
Tozawa goes up top and misses a senton. Kendrick immediately locks in a Captain’s Hook. Tozawa breaks free. Kendrick connects with a kick and hits Sliced Bread, but Tozawa rolls through and ends up getting a roll-up pin for the win.
The Winner: Akira Tozawa
After the match, Kendrick loses it, tossing Tozawa into the announcer’s table. He sends Tozawa back-first into the steps multiple times. He traps Tozawa between the two sets of steps. Kendrick kicks him and then stomps on the steps. He grabs a mic and says he’s through. He gives him one more lesson – “Nobody messes with The Brian Kendrick.” He shoves the mic in Tozawa’s mouth and walks off.
Despite the lack of matches, this was a strong episode of 205 Live. Both matches delivered in quality and intensity. I’m ready to be done with Kendrick and Tozawa, but this was a good match and if the next one delivers I’ll look forward to that too. It’s just time for their story to come to an end, I feel.
If you skipped out on Smackdown because it was pre-taped, don’t skip this. It’s worth your time, spoilers or not.
Thanks for reading, everyone!