01st Feb2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Jan 29th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s review of 205 Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have more cruiserweight action, so let’s get to it.

Match #1: Kalisto def. Mike Kanellis

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Maria and Mike Kanellis have been pressing WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick to give Mike Kanellis the opportunity to challenge the best the Cruiserweight division has to offer. Maverick obliged and Kanellis stood toe-to-toe with former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Kalisto. With Maria joining the commentary team and Kalsito coming off the grueling Fatal 4-Way Match during Royal Rumble Kickoff, Kanellis certainly had the odds stacked in his favor. Kanellis started the match aggressively, going after Kalisto with a show of force, but the lucha dragon was able to recover and shift momentum in his favor. Nevertheless, Kanellis regained his composure and unleashed on his opponent as Maria touted her husband’s experience to the WWE Universe.

Kanellis decimated Kalisto on the outside, methodically striking and using the environment to maximize punishment. The resilience former champion eventually regained his composure and took control in a dizzying display of fast-paced offense, but it was not enough to secure victory. Kalisto pressed forward with an offensive, but as he dove to the outside to flatten his opponent, Kannellis tossed the luchador into the barricade. Back inside the ring, Kalisto and The Opportunist battled back and forth until Kanellis slammed his opponent from the top rope. As both Superstars struggled to their feet, Kanellis pressed forward, once again unleashing his fury with a series of suplexes that spelled certain doom for the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion. However, Kalisto managed to stay alive, only enraging Kanellis further. As Kanellis prepared another high-impact maneuver, Kalisto counter and managed to score a pinfall for the victory.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that had some exciting moments and some thrilling moves, but it was just missing something. Mike still has trouble looking believable when he’s on offense, but he sells well and puts works hard to make his opponent look good. Kalisto was as enthralling as ever, but he just feels like another casualty of being insignificant to the way things are in the WWE. Overall, this was a good opener.

Match #2: (Main Event) Akira Tozawa def. Hideo Itami

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

After clashing in the Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship during Royal Rumble Kickoff, Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami each wanted to prove they were still ripe for title contention. Looking to showcase their abilities in singles competition, the former partners had no love lost for one another. Itami has defeated Tozawa before and was looking to repeat that success. When Itami sought advice from his ally Ariya Daivari, Tozawa attacked and took control of the match. With his own ally The Brian Kendrick looking on, The Stamina Monster remained one step ahead of his opponent until Itami countered the Senton. Rolling to the outside, Tozawa found himself on the receiving end of a brief assault from Daivari, helping to give Itami even more of an advantage. Mounting an impressive offense, Tozawa ignored a distraction from Daivari, taking down Itami with a missile dropkick and a diving headbutt to the outside. Another assist from The Persian Lion aided Itami, but his inability to secure victory started to create frustration for the Japanese legend.

As the battle continued, Kendrick and Daivari continued to try and influence the match for their respective allies. After Daivari took out Kendrick and Itami took advantage and clobbered Tozawa, the Japanese legend attempted a basement dropkick, but Tozawa moved, causing Daivari to take the brunt of the move. Itami’s miscalculation allowed Tozawa to execute a snap German suplex and his patented Senton for the victory. After the match, as Kendrick and Tozawa celebrated and made their exit, Daivari appeared to help Itami to his feet, but he instead shockingly delivered a clothesline, leveling his ally.

My Take: 3.5 out of 5 – What appears to be Hideo Itami’s last WWE match (thanks to the internet rumors) became an excellent match between two of Japan’s best fighters. In another league, this would have been a massive drawing bout, but it was just match number whatever in the history of 205 Live bouts. It’s a shame that a fine match like this was always meant to happen for so minute reasons, that being the need to have something that didn’t happen last week. Overall, this was the strong style fight it should have been and you’ll get a real kick out of this.

News Of The Night:

  1. Tony Nese has been suspended, based on what he did to Noam Dar.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a duller show than usual, but the action was good.

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