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The show opens with a hype package highlighting the Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick saga to this point. Tozawa turning down Kendrick’s help, Kendrick teaching him lessons anyhow.
Tonight, we get a preview of Austin Aries vs. Neville in a submission match for Extreme Rules, and Cedric Alexander makes his return to 205 Live, but in the main event, Tozawa vs. Kendrick in a Street Fight.
Rich Swann vs. Ariya Daivari
The Action: Daivari pushes Swann, and Swann fires back with a dropkick immediately. Daivari bails out of the ring. Swann follows him with a dropkick. He rolls Daivari back into the ring. The action spills outside the ring again, and Daivari sends Swann into the LED apron.
Back in the ring, Daivari maintains control. Swann starts to recover after an extended battle. He hits rights and a set of clotheslines. He hits a hook kick to the ear for a near fall. Swann goes up top and hits a Phoenix Splash for the win.
Winner: Rich Swann
After the match, Noam Dar and Alicia Fox make their way down. Dar tosses Swann out of the ring from behind. The two stand over Swann at ringside.
A video package highlights the Austin Aries/Neville saga up to this point. They are set to have a submission match at Extreme Rules. Corey Graves introduces Neville, via satellite, as well as Austin Aries, who is finishing a banana. He asks Neville to respond to those that say this match against Aries will be the greatest challenge to his championship reign. Neville calls the question asinine. Aries calls him delusional, and says he’s defeated him. Neville is surprised that Aries is getting another chance after multiple opportunities. Aries says that Neville’s done desperate things to get his way out of losses. He says Neville’s scraped by twice, and he knows he can’t do it a third time. Aries says he’s going to inflict pain on him – he’s got a catalog of submission moves he can use against him, but the last one he’ll use is the Last Chancery, when he uses it to win the Cruiserweight Championship. Neville ends the segment assuring victory.
Cedric Alexander vs. Johnny Boon
The Action: Alexander has been sidelined with a knee injury for three months. Alexander hits Boom with an elbow that sends him flying out of the ring. Back in the ring, Cedric hits a springboard flying clothesline. He sets Boon up and hits the lumbar check for the win.
The Winner: Cedric Alexander
Purely a squash match for the returning Alexander.
The announcers talk about Drew Gulak and Mustafa Ali, with Gulak attacking Ali last week. Gulak issues a message, and it looks like a commercial. He talks about the traditions laid down by cruiserweights – the finest technicians in the industry. He doesn’t like showboats however. He says he’d go to Cirque Du Soleil if he wanted to see high flying, and he asks the fans for their support.
Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa in a Street Fight
The Action: Kendrick stares down Tozawa before walking out of the ring and immediately going under the ring. Tozawa charges through the ropes head-first, sending Kendrick into the announcer’s table. Kendrick fires back, sending Tozawa into the same table. He winds up arm dragged over the table. Back in the ring, he takes Kendrick down with a kick and a senton. Kendrick still has his jacket on, oddly enough. Tozawa suckers him in with a short punch.
Kendrick yanks the top rope and sends Tozawa over to the floor. Both men go under the ring for weapons, but neither succeeds. Back in the ring, Tozawa hits a hurricarana and a running forearm, sending Kendrick to the floor again. He goes running for the ropes again, and Kendrick throws his jacket at him. He catches Tozawa in the ropes and suplexes him to the floor.
Kendrick grabs some of the rope tape and tapes Tozawa’s mouth shut. He locks in the Captain’s Hook. Tozawa grabs the ropes, but it’s not enough to break the hold. Kendrick goes for Sliced Bread #2, Tozawa dumps him to the floor. The action spills up the ramp, with Tozawa kicking Kendrick in the face. Kendrick uses some knees and brings Tozawa back to ringside, tossing him into the steps. He gets the tape once more, this time taping Tozawa’s hands to the ring post. He whips Tozawa across the back with his belt. He grabs the table and sets it up, but Tozawa is free. He starts attacking Kendrick with his own belt, striking him across the face and back. Tozawa goes up top, misses a stomp, and Kendrick goes for the Hook again.
The fight heads back to the floor. The two brawl near the steps. Kendrick goes for a double-underhook on the steps. Tozawa fights out, and front-suplexes Kendrick face-first onto the floor. Tozawa hits a DDT onto the steps. He places Kendrick onto the table on the floor and climbs up the steps, then up the turnbuckle to the top rope. He leaps off the ringpost with a senton and crashes through the table.
Tozawa struggles to his feet but manages to roll Kendrick into the ring. He falls onto Kendrick and makes the cover for the win.
The Winner: Akira Tozawa
This feud dragged on far too long, but this was a pretty definitive end to it. A good match that definitely felt like a fight, and it had some creative spots too thanks to Kendrick. I’m not sure what’s next for these men, but I’m looking forward to finding out. Kendrick is extremely valuable, and Tozawa has a bright future.
Not much else to talk about this week – the entire show feels booked around this match and it was just buying time to get to this point. Watch the main event, skip the rest.
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