22nd Feb2021

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Feb 19th 2021)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Editor Phil and I’ll be phil-ing (groan) for Nathan, and checking out the show that everyone seems to have forgotten… Well I watched Smackdown this week and this followed, so technically I’m one of those that forgot it existed too… Anyway, on with the review!

Match #1: Mansoor, Curt Stallion, Jake Atlas and Ashante “Thee Adonis” def. Ever-Rise and The Bollywood Boyz

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Though Ever-Rise and The Bollywood Boyz have seemingly buried the hatchet after being at each other’s throats for months, the third time was certainly not the charm for “Bolly-Rise.” After coming up short in a pair of tag team matches in prior weeks, the quartet suffered yet another defeat in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match against Mansoor, Curt Stallion, Jake Atlas and Ashante “Thee Adonis.” “Bolly-Rise” flashed some potential and made some timely tags, isolating Adonis and leaving him in dire straits. When Martel tried to slam Sunil on top of Adonis, however, he moved out of the way, and Adonis escaped to his corner and made a diving tag. With all eight competitors brawling in and around the ring, Martel appeared to accidently trip Sunil when he bounced off the ropes. Seconds later, Sunil walked right into a savage running headbutt from Stallion, who picked up the pinfall, leaving “Bolly-Rise” flustered and arguing at ringside.

My score: 3 out of 5

Match #2: Ariya Daivari def. August Grey

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Don’t steal Ariya Daivari’s chains. That’s a lesson August Grey learned the hard way during a backstage interview earlier in the day, as he was suddenly ambushed by The Persian Lion and Tony Nese, who doled out a vicious beating before Daivari took back his gold. Grey landed an early crossbody from the top rope and immediately followed up with a barrage of right hands to the head, clearly looking to punish his opponent rather than attempt an early pinfall. The Premier Athlete, who helped himself to a seat at the commentary table, came face to face with Grey when the fight spilled to ringside, lifted Daivari’s gold chains and asked Grey if he enjoyed his beating earlier. Seconds later, Daivari blasted the distracted Grey with a dropkick and clobbered him with the Hammerlock Lariat to score the win.

My score: 2.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 3/5

You know what? I might have forgot 205 Live existed but this episode certainly put this show back on my radar – it was a LOT more enjoyable than Smackdown this week, that’s for sure! Sadly this show still seems like an afterthought for WWE but I liked what I saw. If only we could get the odd 205-style match on the main WWE programming… As in “Hey, Vince McMahon! How about you bring back cruiserweight – REAL cruiserweight – matches to Raw and Samckdown?!?”

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