23rd Feb2020

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Feb 21st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have Cat Stevens in another car wreck. Do you think he’ll sing about it? Here comes a semi!


Match #1: Raul Mendoza def. Joaquin Wilde

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Last month on WWE 205 Live, Joaquin Wilde picked up an impressive victory in only his second appearance on the purple brand by defeating Raul Mendoza. Looking to bounce back, Mendoza battled The Cosmic Superstar once more. Mendoza adopted an unpredictable arsenal, mixing strength with speed, forcing his opponent to the outside before flattening him by rolling through the middle rope and dropping Wilde on the arena floor. Back inside the ring, Mendoza turned up the pressure, attacking with ferocity and preparing to drop his opponent from the top rope. However, The Cosmic Superstar reversed an electric chair from the top rope into a huge powerbomb to regain control. Wilde sped up his attacks and stayed one step ahead of Mendoza, pushing him off the top rope to the outside before landing a huge senton. Both Superstars traded high-impact strikes followed by quick recoveries. And after avoiding his opponent’s patented Wilde Thing, Mendoza dropped Wilde with a huge kick to score the pinfall victory.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a good way to get them back on TV, but we have more 50/50 booking, so it made the match feel less important. Wilde is still one of the best, but in the WWE, he is relegated to spots and that Green Goblin gone Silver Surfer helmet he wears to the ring. There was plenty of lucha-inspired action here to shake a caged child at. That’s right. America has been putting Mexican kids in cages because racism sells better to angry poor people than housing the needy (according to Trump). Okay, we’ve got a bunch of cool moves and the other guy winning, so there you go.

Match #2: Tyler Breeze def. Samir Singh

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Lio Rush was defeated by NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin in WWE NXT earlier in the week, Tyler Breeze tried to encourage The Man of the Hour, but Rush wanted nothing to do with Prince Pretty. However, with title aspirations of his own, Breeze returned to WWE 205 Live to battle Samir Singh. As the opening bell sounded, Samir engaged in his usual antics, but his taunting backfired when Prince Pretty struck back and forced Samir to the outside to strategize with his brother. Breeze flattened Samir on the outside and pushed him back in the ring, only to be distracted by Sunil. With Breeze outnumbered, The Singh Brothers worked together to keep Prince Pretty on defense. As Sunil once again tried to aid his brother, Breeze fell from the top rope to the canvas, but he recovered in time to nail Samir with a Supermodel Kick to score the win.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Hey, Breeze won! That’s the .4! Breeze also did a good job carrying Skipperdoodle to a passible match.

Match #3: (Main Event) Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. The Brian Kendrick & Ariya Daivari

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Immediately after Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch entered the ring, The Brian Kendrick and Ariya Daivari wasted little time charging the squared circle and decimating their bitter rivals all over the outside of the ring. After gaining the upper hand, Lorcan and Burch obliged the WWE Universe and retrieved a table. Preparing to put The Persian Lion through the table, the two heavy hitters were blindsided by Kendrick. Seizing the opportunity to strike, The Man with a Plan dropped Lorcan through the table with a Death Valley Driver. Daivari tossed Burch over the announce table and fetched a ladder from underneath the ring. Daivari’s plan backfired, as he tried to toss Burch into the ladder only to be countered and greeted by the ladder with his own face instead. Ascending to the top of the ladder, Daivari delivered a huge splash but saw victory escape his grasp as Lorcan broke up the pinfall. Burch avoided a double suplex before sitting Kendrick in the chair for Lorcan to execute a blockbuster. Lorcan dropped onto both opponents on the outside before duct-taping Kendrick to the turnbuckle. Lorcan and Burch delivered an impact DDT on the table before executing the move a second time in the center of the ring with Kendrick watching helplessly as the official made the three-count.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – The right team won a simple match with…that was boring to even think about, let alone type half-way through. Oney deserves better than just being in random matches on NXT UK or 205 Live. I’m glad he and Burch win, but this was more like just circling the drain in style than a match. Don’t I just paint a pretty picture?

News Of The Night:

  1. Tony Nese and Lio Rush will fight, next week, in a Captain’s Challenge that is in anticipation of an 8-Man Tag Match featuring teams captained by Nese and Rush.

Final Verdict: 2.4/5

This was a tepid show that didn’t do all that much.


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