20th Jan2020

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Jan 17th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have ABBA singing about Tim Roth. Yeah, they’ve hit rock-bottom. The first song will be about his nose (Bigger Than A Train), the second about his f—–up face (Bottom Of The Barrel) and the big hook will be “Little Pecker”, a song about Tim Roth’s small penis. Tim Roth has already filed a lawsuit, with the papers served being written by Quentin Tarantino. Here is an excerpt of those documents: F— you, p——! Okay, let’s get to the damn cruiserweights.


Match #1: Tyler Breeze def. Ariya Daivari

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Last week, Tyler Breeze made his WWE 205 Live debut in a winning effort against former NXT Cruiserweight Champion and WWE 205 Live original Tony Nese. This week, he faced another purple brand original, Ariya Daivari, who wanted to heed The Brian Kendrick’s words and “do something” at Prince Pretty’s expense. Despite coming up short in the Triple Threat Match to determine who would enter the Fatal 4-Way against Angel Garza at Worlds Collide, Breeze was ready for action as soon as the opening bell sounded. However, an early flurry of offense allowed Daivari to drop Prince Pretty and mock him. Not taking kindly to his opponent’s actions, Breeze reciprocated and struck his own pose in the corner. Prince Pretty shifted the contest in his favor with fast and high-impact strikes. The Persian Lion went to his bag of tricks, throwing Breeze toward the official. Channeling his rage, Daivari unleashed a series of strikes and told Breeze that he wasn’t welcome on WWE 205 Live, but as Daivari Dinero prepared a strike, Breeze countered with the Supermodel Kick. After a series of counters prevented either Superstar from hitting their finishing maneuvers, Breeze reversed a backdrop and took down Daivari with the Beauty Shot to pick up the victory.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Breeze made this a bit more interesting to watch, but Ariya was in charge too damn much. Ariya isn’t bad, but he is boring, so when he’s in charge, it feels like that new Doolittle movie: dull and confusing. Breeze won, so that means this match has a purpose. Breeze should stick around this brand if he can, because he has gotten more wrestling time here than at any point in the past two years. Overall, this was okay at best.

Match #2: Lio Rush def. Sunil Singh

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Attempting to rebound following his loss in the Triple Threat Match on WWE NXT, Lio Rush was looking for a win at the expense of one of the Superstars who interrupted his match with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott last week, Sunil Singh. Of course, Sunil didn’t come to the ring alone, as his brother Samir accompanied him. The Singh Brothers took their time dancing around the ring, but The Man of the Hour grew impatient, jumping over the top rope to take out his opponent. The match was officially underway as Rush tossed Sunil into the ring and charged forward as a breakneck pace, keeping the Singh brother on defense. After Sunil gained the advantage thanks to some antics from Samir, Rush regained control and sped up the pace. After dumping Sunil out of the ring, The Man of the Hour was stopped from leaping to the outside as Samir stepped in to film Rush. On the outside, Sunil called for his brother to take his place in the match. Samir obliged in a bizarre attempt to execute some classic “Twin Magic” made famous by The Bella Twins, but neither the official nor Rush were fooled by the “Singh Magic.” After the official ordered Samir to leave ringside, Rush seized the opportunity to kick Samir through the bottom rope and execute the Come Up on Sunil. Rush then followed with the Final Hour to secure the pinfall.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – Lio was great here, but that’s about it.

Match #3: (Main Event) Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Raul Mendoza

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Earlier this week, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott won a Triple Threat Match to earn a spot in the Fatal 4-Way Match for Angel Garza’s NXT Cruiserweight Championship at Worlds Collide. However, his impressive week faced a major challenge as Raul Mendoza stepped to Scott on WWE 205 Live. Knowing full well that Scott is agile and fast, Mendoza sped up with own flurry of offense and kept his opponent reeling, shifting between technical know-how, agility and raw power. With the WWE Universe rallying behind him, “Swerve” battled back and put Mendoza on defense. Attacking with precise and high-impact strikes, Scott maintained pressure on his opponent, but Mendoza nearly secured victory after striking back and slamming “Swerve” to the canvas. They continued to exchange blows in the center of the ring, but Mendoza once again quickened the pace by drilling his opponent with a dropkick before flattening him on the outside. Mendoza tried to capitalize by attempting a high-risk maneuver, but when he missed, Scott delivered a knee to the face before executing his House Call for the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was more like it. I’m glad that the main event got to be more of what we expect from this show. Swerve has become something of an ace for this division. I’m glad we have someone like Swerve here to help bear the burden of the show, considering that the roster has been pillaged so many times by Vince. Raul managed to go move for move with Swerve, which led to this match having lots of action. Go figure. It’s nice to see something go according to plan for this division.

Final Verdict: 3/5

The main event made this worth watching, but everything else was just there, sadly.


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