WWE 205 Live is airing tonight starting at 10pm on the WWE Network, immediately after Smackdown goes off the air. We will have coverage of the show as it airs.
Currently, the main event is scheduled to be TJP vs. Austin Aries. Perkins is hoping to earn a title shot at Neville’s Cruiserweight Title with this victory. Will he do it? Also, how will Drew Gulak deal with Mustafa Ali’s high-flying antics?
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The show opens up with a recap of last night’s Raw, with TJP getting a pinfall victory over Jack Gallagher in his tag match with Neville. After the match, Neville tells him he did good, and he plays it up, but TJP still doesn’t have a title shot. Neville says the opportunity is just around the corner, but they still have an Austin Aries problem. Neville says they will end Aries and his knee, once and for all.
We go right to a backstage interview with Austin Aries. Aries cuts her off, and says he’s a broadcast journal expert. He asks the question that he’ll face TJP, Neville’s associate later tonight. Aries says TJP is more like his lapdog. He calls Neville a liar, saying TJP will never get a title opportunity, and TJP can’t take him out. He says he’s been walking around with a wrapped up knee, but it doesn’t matter. TJP will never be at the A-Double level.
We go to the arena, and Tom Phillips and Corey Graves welcome us to the show. They hype up the main event – TJP vs. Austin Aries.
Noam Dar (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Gran Metalik
The Action: This is a surprise, as Metalik has been almost completely missing since he’s debut a couple of months ago. The two lock up, and Metalik backs Dar into the corner. Dar sneaks a kiss from Fox before locking up again. Metalik hits an arm drag and a drop kick. Dar bails out to ringside, then uses Fox as a shield of sorts as Metalik follows him.
Back in the ring, Dar catches Metalik with stomps. Metalik picks up the pace with a springboard handstand and an arm drag while running the ropes. He hits an impressive top rope Asai Moonsault to the floor. Fox distracts Metalik, and Dar kicks the legs out from under him, sending him off the apron to the floor. Dar keeps Metalik grounded with stomps and nasty arm locks. An uppercut leads to a pin for one. Metalik counters a suplex attempt with his own. Metalik hits a nice springboard elbow for a near fall. Dar hits a soccer kick, taking out the leg. He wrenches the arm across the bottom rope.
Metalik recovers and follows it up with a top rope diving elbow for two. He lays into Dar with a set of elbows. Metalik goes for a roll-up, and then runs the ropes in the corner, but Dar sweeps out the legs. Dar hits an enzuigiri to put Metalik away.
The Winner: Noam Dar
I understand the desire to continue pushing Noam Dar right now, especially since he’s been in one of the more prominent storylines, but they’re missing out on Gran Metalik right now. Anyone that watched the CWC saw how special he was, and it’s a mistake not to take advantage of that. Don’t get me wrong – I like Dar. I guess I’m feeling like this match should never have happened in the first place.
We see a video package recapping the saga of Akira Tozawa and Brian Kendrick. We see last week’s vicious attack on Tozawa, where Kendrick sandwiched him between the steps. Next week, they’ll settle it in a street fight.
Dasha Fuentes interviews Kendrick about his match next week. He says it’s a street fight and everything is legal. It suits his plans to a tee. There’s no countouts, no disqualification. He says things don’t always go according to plan – he wasn’t planning on Tozawa being so disrespectful, and enamored with the WWE Universe chanting back at him. He says this will be the end of Tozawa’s 205 Live dreams.
A vignette hypes up Cedric Alexander’s pending return from injury. He’s coming back next week!
Tony Nese vs. Mustafa Ali
Before Ali can even make it to the ring, Drew Gulak runs out behind Ali and attacks him from behind. He slams Ali into the barricade, and then head-first into the ring post. Ali is knocked out. Gulak orders Nese to hit his running knee, and he does. Gulak grabs his No Fly Zone sign and holds it in Ali’s face.
A good segment. Gulak did a nice job of getting heat here, and I think it worked. The storyline itself is pretty shallow but these guys seem to have good chemistry together at least.
Dasha Fuentes approaches Rich Swann backstage, asking about Dar telling him he’ll get what he deserves. Swann says he deserves to get as far away from those two as possible. Suddenly a delivery man approaches him, with a package for “Mr. Richard T Swann.” He says it’s not him and points the delivery man to Ariya Daivari. Daivari interrupts him before he can finish, and says they’re $20k sunglasses. He notices they’re actually not after all. He leaves the package and walks away, and Jack Gallagher walks into frame about to open it, but Daivari stops him. Gallagher walks off and Daivari opens the package, sprayed by powder. He loses it.
Graves and Phillips are absolutely in tears after watching this. The segment wasn’t funny, but their laughter is. They cue up a recap of the attack on Mustafa Ali, and say Ali has been taken to a medical facility.
TJP vs. Austin Aries
The Action: Perkins tosses his jacket at Aries before Aries steps into the ring. Aries throws it right back at him. Perkins leaps in with a senton, Aries counters with a pair of knees. He keeps the offense, catching TJP with elbows and a senton of his own. An Austin Aries chant breaks out. Aries rolls a schoolboy into a Last Chancery, but TJP gets free. Aries dives over the top rope to get to him. He lays in chops at ringside and sends TJP into the barricade.
Aries hits a few fists from the turnbuckle. Perkins counters and hangs Aries in the ropes with a dropkick, tying up the bad knee. TJP starts to zero in on the knee. Aries tries to keep the distance. TJP ties him up in the ropes again, wrenching the leg. Perkins brings Aries back into the ring, stepping on his face and taunting him. He dabs, and Aries takes advantage of the situation. TJP hits a dragon screw to counter. Aries struggles to his feet and hits an ear clap. He picks up steam with the forearms and chops. Gutbuster into an STO and a pendulum elbow. He catches TJP with a rising knee and a flying elbow from the top for two.
Aries goes for a neckbreaker from the apron. TJP cuts him off and pushes him off the apron to the floor. TJP hits a wrecking ball dropkick, and gets a two-count. He rolls Aries up and has a handful of tights, but Aries still kicks out. Aries hits a neckbreaker through the ropes. Perkins falls to the floor. He hypes up and runs the ropes, diving through and hitting TJP, but did just as much damage to himself as he did to Perkins. Aries heads up top, TJP meets him there. Ear clap from Aries, but he misses a top-rope dropkick. Perkins hits a chop block and a knee bar. Aries tries to fight free. Perkins cinches it again and grabs the ropes. The referee forces the break. He goes for the Detonation Kick, Aries counters into a Last Chancery for the win.
The Winner: Austin Aries
Aries struggles to his feet post-match. Neville immediately attacks him out of nowhere. He goes right for the knee, wrapping it around the ring post and cinching in a heel hook. Jack Gallagher runs down and makes the save. He hits Neville with the umbrella and a vicious headbutt. Gallagher checks on Aries as the show comes to a close.
A strong main event that put a cap on a show with some solid wrestling in it. I could’ve done without the goofy package delivery, but otherwise everything else was good here, and I’d give it a thumbs up.
I wish 205 Live was more like NXT – they would benefit from NXT Takeover-style shows every 3-4 months or so. It’s time to wrap up a lot of these feuds, and they sort of feel like they are just spinning with no real direction. Having a dedicated pay-per-view would help put a cap on a lot of this.
That aside, if you want good wrestling, it’s here this week, even if it’s only two matches.
Thanks for reading folks. See you next time!