19th Nov2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Nov 15th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Charlie’s Angels bombed at the box office. Apart from Kristen Stewart, what about the remake was supposed to be exciting? Did you even see a commercial? Yeah, me neither. 205 Live is kinda in that position right now. It’s a shame, but the WWE is like Hollywood, where it revives something old and does too little work to make it feel new. Okay, let’s see if Vince McMahon ate the cruiser-weights in a fit of “I still hate World Championship Wrestling”.


Match #1: Angel Garza def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Earlier this week on WWE NXT, Angel Garza pushed NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush to the limit. Although Rush emerged victorious, Garza did have his foot on the ropes, but the official didn’t see it. Rather than dwell on what happened, Garza set out to regain his momentum against Gentleman Jack Gallagher and prove he still deserves a title opportunity. The Mexican Superstar started the bout with his trademark confidence before engaging in a showdown of technical ability with his opponent. Garza remained in control, keeping Gallagher’s unorthodox style in check and attacking with a precise and effective attack designed to maximize punishment. Gallagher withstood Garza’s onslaught and battled back. However, Garza showed off incredible ring awareness and countered a strike, driving Gallagher into the ring apron. The British Superstar recovered and delivered a headbutt. Rather than go for a pinfall, Gallagher charged forward, missing the Gentleman’s dropkick, and was rolled up by Garza. Using his opponent’s tights as leverage, Garza secured the three-count.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a fine little match for two guys who should be getting a lot more time to kick some ass. This is a wrestling show. Have some damn wrestling. I could be an erotic masseuse…but I wouldn’t have any clients, because I have hands like lobster claws. You see, dumb comments like mine are a great reason why having longer, involved matches is the best thing for a wrestling show. I can’t say dumb $#!@ if I have too many cool things to talk about. Well, that hasn’t stopped me before, but we can hope. Anyway, this was a fun six or so minutes.

Match #2: The Singh Brothers def. Tim Gange

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For the first time ever, the 24/7 Championship was defended on WWE 205 Live. The self-proclaimed, longest-reigning 24/7 Champion Samir Singh made his way to his ring with his brother to battle Tim Gange. However, before the match started, The Singhs addressed the WWE Universe to explain that a victorious Samir would be the longest-reigning 24/7 Champion before singing a song from their next Bollywood film. They then turned their attention to Gange and made it clear that the match was a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. Gange took the news in stride but was quickly attacked by both Singhs. Gange recovered to take down both Singhs, but the numbers game proved to be too much, as Samir and Sunil took turns attacking their opponent before leveling him with the Bollywood Blast.

My Opinion: 1.3 out of 5 – You don’t need to watch this. This was about a minute, but it was a lousy minute. Damn it.

Match #3: (Main Event) Lio Rush & Raul Mendoza def. Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari

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As the opening bell sounded, Ariya Daivari squared off with Raul Mendoza until Tony Nese charged forward and took Rush off the ring apron. Nese and Daivari enjoyed a brief upper hand until Mendoza and Rush turned up the speed and acrobatics, flattening their opponents on the outside. Back inside the ring, the champion and Mendoza displayed incredible teamwork at the expense of The Persian Lion. Finally, The Premier Athlete tagged himself in and the tables turned as Nese focused on the champion after an assist from his partner on the outside. Keeping Rush isolated, Nese and Daivari took their time picking apart The Man of the Hour. Using his speed, Rush avoided his opponents to tag in Mendoza, who sped up the pace of the contest, taking down both Nese and Daivari. However, The Premier Athlete attacked Mendoza’s knee and swung the match back into his side’s favor. Focusing on Mendoza, the WWE 205 Live originals worked together to keep the battle in their favor. Once again using his speed to regain his composure, Mendoza countered an attack from Daivari and tagged in Rush. The NXT Cruiserweight Champion engaged in a dizzying flurry of fast-paced strikes on both opponents and nearly secured a pinfall. Daivari and Nese regained control for a brief moment before the combined speed and agility of Mendoza and Rush once again nearly secured victory. Nese prepared for the 405 Splash, but Mendoza rolled away, allowing Rush to make a quick tag and execute the Final Hour for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a good main event that actually lasted longer than five minutes. This was like a typical SmackDown tag main event from the Teddy Long era, playa. The action was very much of the even back-and-forth variety and that’s just fine. Rush looked great, which is the main thing. Nese is just as talented as ever and I’m boring you. This was cool.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This was any-where close to what it should have been, but at least it tried.


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