26th Oct2020

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Oct 23rd 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and don’t pee in the mailbox! Don’t even think about it, pal! We’ve got two matches to make your brown eyes blue, so don’t blink or I’ll make your brown eyes black and blue. Capiche?!

Match #1: Mansoor def. The Brian Kendrick

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Much to the delight of one Superstar and the dismay of the other, the final bell of 205 Live’s opening match signaled the extension of a pair of streaks, as Mansoor improved to 6-0 while The Brian Kendrick suffered his third consecutive defeat. After absorbing a series of kicks to the head and some trash talk from Kendrick, Mansoor fired back with a jumping clothesline, and an inverted atomic drop into a spinebuster, and three consecutive suplexes to a dazed Kendrick, who narrowly kicked out. Kendrick used a hurricanrana to fling Mansoor into the turnbuckles and followed up with a butterfly suplex from the top rope, though Mansoor somehow reversed the pinning combination to score the victory! A seemingly dumfounded Kendrick nevertheless initiated a post-match handshake and raised Mansoor’s arm before exiting.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a smart little match that featured Kendrick’s veteran acumen and Mansoor’s youthful veracity. I am very smart, damn it! You’ve gotta love me! Please freakin’ love me! Mansoor loves me! Mansoor, who was like a house of fire in this match and made sure Kendrick knew it, freakin’ loves me! Kendrick loves me too…loves me long time! I love him long time too, especially when he dictated the pace of the match and gave Mansoor a lesson in proper wrestling action. I’m great damn it! Listen to me, you little toadstool! I’m the best and this match was alright! Come on…freakin’ love me!

Match #2: (Main Event) Tony Nese def. Curt Stallion

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

On his way to the squared circle for 205 Live’s main event, Tony Nese declared that Curt Stallion “doesn’t belong in my ring or on my show” due to his lack of an eight-pack of abs. The Premier Athlete was in store for a bigger fight than he bargained for. Prior to the opening bell, Ariya Daivari, who lost to Stallion via disqualification last week when Nese interfered, strutted to the ring. Stallion was distracted by Daivari, which allowed Nese to clobber him from behind and gain the early upper hand, but Stallion quickly got back in the fight with a back suplex, a forearm and a modified neckbreaker in rapid succession. With Nese slumped against the bottom turnbuckle, Stallion leapt halfway across the ring to catch The Premier Athlete with a dropkick and took him down with a DDT. And when Nese rolled out of the ring, Stallion adjusted on the fly and wiped out his opponent with a moonsault to the outside. Stallion exchanged words with Daivari, who was on commentary, and dropped The Persian Lion with a savage headbutt. When Stallion returned to the ring, however, Nese was waiting, and the former Cruiserweight Champion tattooed the 205 Live newcomer with Running Nese to pick up the 1-2-3.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – Nese and Stallion worked well together and had a competitive contest. How is Nese not doing something more than just appearing on this show as a glorified extra? I hope that doesn’t happen to Stallion, who has lots of potential, which is on display here. If you like vigorous, athletic cruiserweight action, then this will deliver what you seek.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Singh Brothers returned to 205 Live.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

Simple and easy to watch as usual, but I’d like these shows to get more ambitious about the matches booked and what the goal of this brand is.


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