21st Oct2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Oct 18th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I was on Undercover Boss as the owner of Enron. The episode went fine, until the company went out of business.  Okay, here comes cruiserweight action from Dewalt Power Tools. Hyundai, Subaru, Kawasaki, Toyoooooooooota!

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Match #1: The Brian Kendrick def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The rivalry between Gentleman Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick continues to intensify, especially now that Akira Tozawa has been drafted to Raw. After defeating Tozawa in a No Disqualification Match last week, The Man With a Plan has refocused his attention on Gallagher. However, The British Superstar is looking to derail Kendrick’s momentum and turn the tide against him.

Before the match even began, Kendrick took the fight to his rival, decimating him with a Kendo stick and pressing forward with intense aggression that spilled into the squared circle as the opening bell sounded. The wily veteran maintained pressure on the British Superstar, maximizing punishment through technical holds and high-impact strikes.

Although Gallagher enjoyed a flurry of offense — even battling through a tightly applied Captain’s Hook — the damage Kendrick did early in the contest paid dividends. As Gallagher prepared to risk disqualification by using a Kendo stick, Kendrick was given ample time to recover and executed Sliced Bread No. 2 for the win.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was fun, but not as fun as other matches these two have had. They are a fine combination for a match, but I wanted this to be more involved than it was. Yeah, I’m sounding too serious, but these guys are two of the more interesting people in wrestling, so having them be in a boring bout feels like an insult to their abilities.

Match #2: The Singh Brothers def. Justin Alexander & Justin Morris

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Introduced as the first overall picks in the WWE Bollywood Draft, The Singh Brothers danced their way to the ring ready to show why they are the premier tag team in WWE 205 Live, especially now that The Lucha House Party has been drafted to SmackDown. As Samir Singh showed off his unique brand of confidence, Justin Alexander mocked his opponent — but that only turned up the aggressiveness of The Singh Brothers who picked up the pace and ferocity of their attacks. Displaying their uncanny teamwork, The Singh Brothers put their opponents away with the Bollywood Blast before dancing around the ring in celebration.

My Opinion: 1.2 out of 5 – The jobbers were better than the guys who squashed them.

Match #3: (Main Event) Tony Nese def. Oney Lorcan & Ariya Daivari

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The WWE Draft brought major changes to WWE 205 Live as former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak, The Lucha House Party and Drake Maverick — though he is still WWE 205 Live General Manager — were drafted to SmackDown and Humberto Carrillo and Akira Tozawa were drafted to Raw. While NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush awaits a challenger, Oney Lorcan, Ariya Daivari and former champion Tony Nese are determined to make their case that they deserve an opportunity by slugging it out in a Triple Threat Match.

As the opening bell sounded, Nese and Daivari teamed up to neutralize the hard-hitting Lorcan, taking turns attacking The Boston Brawler. The ever-resilient Lorcan battled back, fending off both opponents as they continued to maintain their alliance. Soon enough, the allegiance between Nese and Daivari began to crack as Nese shouldered most of the fighting with Lorcan, while The Persian Lion would sneak in to try and score a pinfall. When Daivari tried to pin The Premier Athlete, all bets were off and it was every Superstar for himself.

Lorcan and Nese continued to battle as Daivari waited on the outside for the most opportune moment to strike. With The Premier Athlete reeling out of the ring, The Persian Lion focused his attention on Lorcan, but was derailed by an uppercut as he sailed off the top rope. Seizing his own opportunity, Nese returned to the fray, again focusing his attacks on The Boston Brawler. Getting back into the fight, Daivari and Nese resumed their alliance and took down Lorcan. However, just as Nese turned his back, Daivari attacked. The Boston Brawler’s unbridled rage once again swung momentum in his favor as he leveled is opponents twice on the outside before nearly scoring victory following a double blockbuster inside the ring.

Exhausted from the battle, all three Superstars scored near-falls. As Daivari attempted his patented Hammerlock Lariat on Nese, The Premier Athlete ducked, allowing Lorcan to execute the Half and Half on The Persian Lion. However, as Lorcan nearly pinned Nese following a Half and Half after The Premier Athlete missed a 450 splash, Daivari barely broke the pinfall. Battling on the top rope, Nese was sent tumbling to the arena floor by Lorcan, allowing The Boston Brawler to take down Daivari with a superplex. The Premier Athlete charged back into the ring and dropped Lorcan with a sunset driver for the win.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Lorcan and Nese were great together, but Daivari just didn’t add much. This had the two in/one out method, which I don’t like, but seems to be the standard for this kind of thing. The match had the right length, but Daivari brought the momentum to a screeching halt. Hey, they tried at least. I suppose All Elite Wrestling is just around the corner waiting to offer a contract to Nese/Lorcan. Maybe they should take the offer before Vince books them to lose to Braun Strowman in a Geek On A Pole Match.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

A few months ago, 205 Live was the best thing in the WWE, but now it rivals Raw as the worst. What a change such a short amount of time can bring.

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