30th May2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (May 28th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this review of 205 Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…some-thing. Actually, this might be okay. The cruiserweights usually deliver a good show, but who knows if that’s going to happen with Drake Maverick chasing after the 24/7 Title like a secretary pursuing a pigeon in their boss’s office during work hours. Okay, I already know. Drake looks like an idiot the whole time. In any case, there’s still some good wrestling on here, so this will be a good review…I think.

Match #1: Mike Kanellis def. The Brian Kendrick

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The tension between The Brian Kendrick and Mike Kanellis has been brewing since Kanellis brazenly attacked The Man with a Plan four weeks ago. The animosity only intensified when Kanellis was soon at odds with Kendrick’s ally, Akira Tozawa. As soon as the opening bell rang, Kendrick charged forward and attacked The Opportunist. Barely escaping an early Captain’s Hook, Kanellis retreated to the outside to regain his composure, but Kendrick remained relentless. As The Man with a Plan continued to attack, Kanellis executed a brutal suplex into the barricade. Kanellis executed a vicious spinebuster, but Kendrick turned the tide by executing a second Captain’s Hook before suplexing his opponent off the steel steps to the arena floor. Kendrick locked in a third Captain’s Hook and stopped Kanellis’ counter attempts three times before The Opportunist overpowered him and slammed him to the mat. Both Superstars exchanged blows and superkicks in the center of the ring before Kanellis leveled Kendrick with a clothesline. With both Superstars reeling, Kendrick hit Sliced Bread No. 2, but Kanellis rolled away, giving him enough time to kick out of the pinfall. Kanellis immediately recovered and landed two superkicks, a falcon arrow and a reverse swinging neckbreaker in perfect sequence to secure an impressive win.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 - This was good, but not great. The mechanics of a sound match were there, but neither of these two have ever been the most exciting wrestlers out there. They did try though, so I hold nothing against them (not that I would any-way). Overall, this did its job and kept both at about the same level they are at now.

Match #2: Noam Dar def. Mike Karma

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After feigning an injury against Mark Andrews to pick up a victory on NXT UK, Noam Dar returned to WWE 205 Live to continue building momentum in a contest against Mike Karma. The Scottish Supernova played mind games with his opponent and taunted him. Although Karma landed a few blows, Dar remained unphased, taking down his opponent with a kick to the leg before executing the NovaRolla for the pinfall. After the match, Dar told Sarah Schreiber that the only reason for any “setbacks” was due to jetlag from going back and forth from WWE 205 Live and NXT UK. Taunting the audience, The Scottish Supernova revealed he’s determined to be a star on two continents.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 - I’m pretty sure that Mike Kharma is actually Mike Sydal, who is Matt Sydal’s brother. If I’m wrong, then I apologize. As quick bouts go, this was a good one that got in and out quickly enough to make a mark, but likely not make the grade. Yeah, I’m running low on dim metaphors, so I’m working with fumes from the tank right now. Overall, Dar and Kharma did well and made the most of a small window of opportunity.

Match #3: (Main Event) Humberto Carrillo def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Once allied with Drew Gulak, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo developed a mutual respect than led to a friendly rivalry. After teaming together against The Singh Brothers last week, the time had finally come for a singles contest to determine who was truly the better competitor. Gallagher seized the upper hand by showing off his unorthodox style with a handstand in the corner. However, Carrillo did the same on the opposite side, and as the British Superstar attempted to seize control, Carrillo’s uncanny speed and agility gave him an edge. Gallagher finally took decisive control after Carrillo avoided a baseball slide to the outside but was tossed into the barricade by a frustrated gentleman. Back inside the ring, Gallagher unloaded on his opponent with a series of kicks before unleashing his technical dominance.

Fighting through the pain, Carrillo turned momentum in his favor through pure grit and high-speed attacks, finally taking down Gallagher on the outside with a beautiful high-flying dive to the outside. Gallagher executed a super belly-to-back suplex from the top rope but was unable to follow up with a pin as Carrillo barely rolled out of the ring. Frustrated, Gallagher charged forward, but Carrillo hip tossed his opponent into the barricade with brutal force. Exchanging strikes with Gallagher on the ring apron, Carrillo once again ascended the ropes and delivered a missile dropkick that dumped Gallagher back inside the ring. Carrillo attempted a moonsault but was met by Gallagher’s boots. A fired-up Gallagher pressed forward, delivering a running dropkick and a dive through the ropes before attempting his own high-risk move that was countered by his opponent.

Both exhausted Superstars brawled in the center of the ring. The British Superstar hoisted Carrillo into the air for a suplex in a display of his strength. However, Carrillo countered with a huge DDT before executing the Aztec Press for the win. After the match, both Superstars shook hands and embraced, proving that this match was rooted in mutual respect.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 - This was a strong match that had all of its chips on the physical part of the match. Yeah, that was a bad AEW joke. It was a good match though. There was a lot of good back and forth here that is very fun to watch. I feel like I’m a pre-schooler giving traffic directions. This was a smart match that had some snap to it, like a rubber-band on a watermelon. Carrillo is still out of place in a character-driven environment like the WWE, but at least he is impressive every time. Gallagher is great, so of course Vince got bored with him. I’d love to see him get a chance at fighting on the main roster, but at least 205 Live gets to have him instead. This was a good match for both of these guys and a fine one overall.

Final Verdict: 3/5

The main event saved a dull show that was built around the General Manager chasing after a belt that has almost nothing to do with his brand.

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