09th Dec2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Dec 6th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Dilbert has a funny hair-cut. Did you know they invented a machine that eats nuclear waste? I’m not kidding. We’ve got some cruiserweight stuff to get to, so let’s rock.


Match #1: Angel Garza def. Raul Mendoza

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With an NXT Cruiserweight Championship Match between Lio Rush and Angel Garza set for next week on WWE NXT, both competitors took the opportunity to select each other’s opponents for tonight. First up, Rush chose Mendoza for Garza. The Man of the Hour and Mendoza developed a mutual respect, and Rush wants his ally to push his nemesis to the limit. Mendoza took an early advantage by using an impressive blend of speed and power, pushing Garza just as Rush intended. However, Garza turned the tide after telling the WWE Universe to “shut up” and channeled his anger into mounting a powerful offense. Despite Garza’s flurry, Mendoza’s speed worked to his advantage, forcing Garza to pull his opponent’s legs out from under him and sending him crashing to the ring apron. Taking advantage of a dazed Mendoza, Garza began to methodically dismantle his opponent, taking plenty of time to taunt him while doing so. The resilient Mendoza overpowered a single leg crab from Garza before driving him into the ring post. Mounting pressure on Garza, a fired-up Mendoza relentlessly pressed forward, but a misstep allowed Garza to trap Mendoza in the ropes and deliver a double dropkick to the legs. Fending off Garza’s Wing Clipper, Mendoza traded huge kicks with his opponent, leaving them exchanging strikes in the center of the ring, ending with a standing Spanish fly from Mendoza for a near-fall. Mendoza appeared to have the match in hand after flattening Garza on the outside. However, a superkick from Garza as Mendoza re-entered the ring allowed the No. 1 contender to execute the Wing Clipper for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a really good match that had as much action as a match that had a lot of time can have. Garza and Mendoza were a natural pairing that brought plenty of lucha action to a division that can handle the adrenaline injection. Garza has a lot going on, especially with his presence. Garza could be a fine champion. I’m really shooting for the most exciting writing of the week, aren’t I? The Harley Quinn animated show is out of its mind. Really, go watch it if you haven’t. Anyway, I thought this match turned out to be excellent.

Match #2: Tony Nese def. Trent Newman

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Trent Newman was originally scheduled to take on one of The Singh Brothers, but when they couldn’t decide which one would compete, Tony Nese made his way to the ring and decided that he would face Newman. The Singh Brothers didn’t object, and Nese immediately went to work. The Premier Athlete showcased his power and exercised his will against his opponent. Newman was simply no match for the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Despite some late resilience from Newman, Nese finally put him out of his misery with the Running Nese for the win.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – Nese in a squash match. Yeah, that’s all the WWE can come up with for one of the best going today.

Match #3: (Main Event) Lio Rush def. Danny Burch (Disqualification)

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Following his impressive showing last week, Danny Burch was selected by Angel Garza to face NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush. Burch was certainly ready to jump at the opportunity in spite of Garza’s reasoning. After shaking hands, Burch and Rush faced off in a stalemate of The Governor’s power and Rush’s speed. Burch took control when he caught an airborne Lio Rush with a precise blow before ruthlessly tossing the champion into the ringside barricade. Back inside the ring, the British brawler remained in command of the bout by once again keeping Rush grounded and using his smashmouth style to stop any potential counters. The Man of the Hour continued to withstand Burch’s power before making his way to his feet and kicking into high gear. Using his innovated speed-based offense, the champion finally shifted the contest in his favor and maintained pressure on his opponent. Burch once again regained control by stopping the Final Hour and delivering a crushing headbutt that de-cleated Rush. Rush executed the Come Up and once again prepared for the Final Hour. However, before Rush could launch off the top, Garza darted to the ring and pushed him off the top rope before removing Burch from the squared circle and taking down the titleholder with the Wing Clipper.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This did quite well, with both men displaying an array of wrestling skills that would make any of their peers envious. This was all about the champion looking like he was in his prime against a potential challenger and it worked like a charm. Burch deserves more of a shot at being a big-time star himself, but at least fighting against Rush in this context will do him the favor of being seen as important by Vince (perception is reality…mostly). I could go for another bout between these two.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Two fabulous matches and a squash that was alright made this show worth watching.


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