16th Aug2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a show worth looking at, so let’s quit looking at the toaster to cook the roast and start snacking on Munch ‘Ems. I miss Munch ‘Ems. Okay, cruiserweight time.

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Match #1: Akira Tozawa def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

During the Six-Pack Challenge to determine who would face WWE Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak at SummerSlam, Gentleman Jack Gallagher took Akira Tozawa out of contention following a wicked headbutt. Although Gallagher didn’t win the match, The Brian Kendrick felt Tozawa would have faced Gulak if not for the British Superstar. Gallagher landed the first big blow of the fight when he used his legs as leverage and launched The Stamina Monster into the ring post and sent him tumbling to the floor. Stunned from the fall, Tozawa was tended to by Kendrick before narrowly making the official’s 10-count.

The former Cruiserweight Champion continued to mount an impressive attack – despite a nasty cut on his forehead from the ring post – and certainly lived up to his “Stamina Monster” moniker. Continuing to ramp up the pressure on Gallagher, Tozawa grew frustrated as The British Superstar displayed his own resilience, eventually rebounding and taking down the aggressor with an impressive dropkick. Gallagher took the battle to the top rope, but he was countered and dropped awkwardly on the mat, allowing Tozawa to execute the Senton for the victory. The win was not without controversy, as Gallagher placed one foot on the bottom rope, but Kendrick appeared to accidentally (or purposely?) knock it off while slamming the canvas in excitement for his friend’s impending victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fine little match between these two guys that probably would have gone farther in a different league. 205 Live is the rare place in the WWE to allow the wrestlers to go as far as they can, so it’s a shame when the Vince McMahon method of constriction is heaped onto this cruiserweight roster. Tozawa and Gallagher made for a great pairing, but going for so short a period of time feels like your lobbing off your arm just to get through a narrow door. This was good while it lasted, but it needed to last a lot longer for it to really do these guys justice.

Match #2: Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Humberto Carrillo def. Ariya Daivari & The Singh Brothers

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The Lucha House Party were originally scheduled to face Ariya Daivari and The Singh Brothers, but a mysterious attack earlier in the day left Gran Metalik unable to compete. WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick then decided that Humberto Carrillo – despite Lince Dorado’s objections – would join Kalisto and The Golden Lynx in the match. Because Carrillo found Metalik, Dorado was not coy in his suspicions that Carrillo had something to do with the attack. Regardless, Carrillo, Dorado and Kalisto had to focus on the task at hand and unite against The Singh Brothers and Daivari – who has been trying to drive a wedge in The Lucha House Party. As the match got underway, Daivari delivered a series of strikes to Carrillo before the Mexican Superstar showed off his incredible lucha libre skills on The Persian Lion and Sunil Singh.

Although Kalisto was tagged in, Dorado quickly wanted in on the action, and before long, it appeared Carrillo and Dorado were trying to one-up each other. The trio of Dorado, Kalisto and Carrillo was not without its communication issues, as confusion of who made a tag led to Sunil Singh taking down Kalisto and giving his team control of the battle. Daivari and The Singhs seemed to be much more in-sync as a first-time tag team than their opponents. Kalisto fended off The Singhs and attempted to make a tag to Lince Dorado, but The Golden Lynx was pulled off the ring apron. Instead, Carrillo entered the fray and turned up the pressure, putting Daivari and The Singhs on defense before Carrillo and Dorado seemingly got on the same page with a double superkick and high-flying air assault to the outside.

Flattened outside the ring, Daivari decided he’d had enough, and he left the arena and forced his tag team partners to fend for themselves. Back inside the ring, Carrillo took down Sunil Singh and prepared the Aztec Press. However, as Carrillo left the top rope, Dorado tagged himself in and followed up with a Shooting Star Press to score the pinfall. Dorado and Carrillo didn’t show any obvious animosity after the bout and celebrated the victory together.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a simple, easy tag match that had a bit of controversy used to make it stand out from the pack, but probably didn’t need it. The action was fast, but not too fast, so the match was not difficult to follow. You won’t confuse this for a Young Bucks match, that’s for sure. Over-all, this had a good rhythm and did enough to be worthy of being on the card, despite not having enough time to do what they wanted to do.

Match #3: Drew Gulak def. Oney Lorcan – WWE Cruiser-Weight Championship Match

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WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick ordered an immediate title rematch after reviewing the SummerSlam bout between Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan, wherein The Philadelphia Stretcher struck the challenger in the Adam’s apple. Despite still feeling the effects from Gulak’s attack, Lorcan charged forward and unleashed his rage on Gulak, forcing the champion to retreat to the outside. Gulak focused his attack on Lorcan’s already injured throat, ramming it into the announce table and looking to maximize punishment by delivering precise kicks, using masterful technical ability and slamming Lorcan into the ring apron yet again. Despite Lorcan’s best attempts to fight back, Gulak remained in control by keeping the pressure on Lorcan’s weak spot.

Feeding off the energy of the WWE Universe, the challenger fought to break free of a headlock and struck back with crushing uppercuts and a perfectly executed blockbuster. With adrenaline pumping through his veins, Lorcan charged forward, crashing into the champion. Countering with a slam into the ropes, Gulak recovered and turned a failed Cyclone Crash into a resounding clothesline. Still unable to secure victory, Gulak took Lorcan to the top rope and delivered a series of punches. Lorcan countered, ascended the ropes and delivered a Half and Half from the top. Crawling across the ring with the WWE Cruiserweight Championship within his grasp, Lorcan made the cover, but Gulak barely got his foot on the bottom rope just in time.

Once again drawing power from the WWE Universe, Lorcan charged after the champion, slamming him into the barricade, the announce table and steel steps before taking the fight back to the ring. Lorcan targeted Gulak’s throat with relentless strikes and prepared to once again execute the Half and Half. Gulak countered, rolled Lorcan off the turnbuckle and applied the Gulock. Putting tremendous pressure on Lorcan’s neck, The Philadelphia Stretcher held on long enough to make his challenger pass out. Although Gulak claimed victory, Lorcan proved himself to a be a dangerous contender and did not tap out to the submission specialist.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was a rough, tough match that was fought like a Mixed Martial Arts match fueled with octane. This was the prize fight we should have gotten at SummerSlam, rather than the short yet good one that the show actually had. This felt like something from a 1989 World Championship Wrestling card, which is definitely a compliment. The grappling had a brutal appeal to it that made every move feel like it was grinding away at each athlete, bit by bit, until only one man could ever be left standing. I almost sounded like a real writer just now…almost. Watching this match, you’ll feel like it’s a title fight from bell to bell, despite the match having a cruel streak in it as well. These two have far too much chemistry together to not have them paired up more often, so Gulak and Oney better get booked together again soon…or I’ll hold my breathe until my turns blue! I mean it! Overall, I want a lollipop and this was a great main event.

News Of The Night:

  1. Humberto Carrillo is being teased as the attacker of Gran Metalik earlier in the show.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This was a good night of action that didn’t have any fat, which is becoming harder to find from wrestling leagues, despite a demand for it from the numerous leagues that are popping up all over the place.

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