03rd Dec2019

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Nov 29th 2019)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and cell phones are boring. Let’s see if this show has some good matches.


Match #1: Ariya Daivari def. Raul Mendoza

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After joining forces with Tony Nese for a tag team match against Raul Mendoza and NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush last week, Ariya Daivari set his sights on Mendoza in singles action. As a WWE 205 Live original, The Persian Lion has a territorial attitude toward the purple brand and wants to teach respect to newcomers like Mendoza. Daivari Dinero started the contest with the advantage, but the speed and in-ring awareness of Mendoza led to a great deal of frustration for Daivari. Mendoza maintained pressure, diving through the ropes and torpedoing his opponent on the outside. After pushing Mendoza off the top rope to the outside, Daivari regained control and taunted the WWE Universe. Daivari suppressed all of Mendoza’s counter attempts, even brutally hip tossing his opponent into the turnbuckle. The Persian Lion attempted a splash off the top, but his opponent rolled away. Finding a second wind, Mendoza turned up the pressure and outmaneuvered Daivari with speed and agility. Despite a late flurry from Daivari and a back-and-forth sequence, The Persian Lion whiffed on his Hammerlock Lariat on the first attempt, but after countering Mendoza, Daivari executed the move and secured the victory.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was pretty good. Nothing here was among the best in the history of this brand, but at least this was not among the worst.

Match #2: Danny Burch def. Greg Williams

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Making his WWE 205 Live singles debut, Danny Burch looked to bring his brand of pure intensity and toughness to make a statement on the purple brand. Following a push from his opponent Greg Williams, Burch answered with a resounding slap. As Williams recovered, he attempted to leap over Burch but was caught by the ankle in mid-air and dropped face-first before eating several European uppercuts. Burch maintained control, dishing out punishment, but Williams recovered and unleashed a flurry of offense. Burch responded by decimating his opponent with a headbutt before unleashing a beatdown that ended with a Hangman’s DDT for the victory.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Burch looked really good here. The match was okay. My inner child is deathly afraid of Randy Quaid.

Match #3: (Main Event) Angel Garza def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher

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Last time Gallagher and Garza squared off, the Mexican Superstar emerged victorious, leaving Gallagher distressed. As their rematch got underway, Garza attempted to rip off his own pants, but Gallagher was in no mood for his opponent’s antics. Using his unorthodox and technical ability, the British Superstar kept Garza on defense and retreating to the outside to trade verbal jabs with the WWE Universe. Garza slowed Gallagher’s momentum by demanding a handshake only to slap his opponent. Finally ripping off his pants, Garza turned up his aggression and focused his attacks on his opponent’s ribs. Preparing to finish the contest, Garza was countered, and Gallagher delivered the Gentleman’s headbutt, only to be leveled by a superkick by Garza. They traded blows in the center of the ring until Gallagher unleashed his rage and delivered the Gentleman’s dropkick to Garza’s jaw. However, the effort did not pay dividends, as Garza broke up the pinfall by barely putting his foot on the ropes. As Gallagher launched off the ropes, Garza caught him and executed the Wing Clipper for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a really good match that went for a nice period of time, like the stripper that Jack Nicholson always hires for his kids birthday parties. This was a natural pairing between two guys that are just similar enough that they have common-ground in the ring, but aren’t duplicating each other either. Over-all, this was a fine way to end the show.

News Of The Night:

  1. Drake Maverick and Jack Gallagher are being teased with a feud, thanks to a head-butt from an angry Jack to Drake.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This was a decent show that had some good stuff going for it, but it didn’t lean into the wrestling enough to make this a winner.


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