14th Jan2020

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Jan 10th 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I don’t deserve this kind of shabby treatment! Well…maybe. 205 Live is still trying to save itself from being at the bottom of the barrel and I’m here to cheer it on while b——- about it dying a slow, painful death. I feel like a doctor that doesn’t work without being paid first…


Match #1: Lio Rush vs. Swerve Scott (No Contest)

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A hotly anticipated contest between Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush was interrupted by The Singh Brothers, which caused a No Contest to be ruled.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was getting somewhere, but three minutes with a screwy finish makes me feel like I’m watching Andy Warhol’s “The Godfather”. Oranges equal…death!

Match #2: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Lio Rush def. The Singh Brothers

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After two WWE 205 Live matches were announced earlier in the day, The Singh Brothers, who were without a match, took to Twitter declaring they would make their presence felt “Bollywood style.” The brothers lived up to their promise by interrupting a hotly anticipated contest between Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush. As a result, Rush and Scott joined forces and faced The Singhs in tag team action. Rush and Scott crossed paths prior to coming to WWE, but they had yet to square off – or team-up – in a WWE ring. They matched speed and agility early in the contest with Scott trying to use his size to his advantage. However, the two were in a stalemate until The Singh Brothers’ music hit, and the Bollywood stars made their way to the ring. Fed up with The Singhs antics, Scott and Rush went on the offense. Rush then challenged The Singhs to a match, though the brothers insisted they didn’t want to compete. WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick had other plans, and an impromptu tag team match was made. Scott went on the attack, taking down Sunil Singh. From there, “Swerve” and The Man of the Hour showed off excellent teamwork, putting Sunil on defense until he tagged in Samir. After attacking Rush from behind, Sunil gave his brother the opening to take control. With the WWE Universe cheering on Rush, the resilient Man of the Hour used his agility to avoid a double team attack to make the tag to Scott. Wasting no time, “Swerve” unloaded on Sunil and Samir with a flurry of kicks before tagging in Rush, who took down Samir with the Come Up before Scott delivered the House Call, allowing for Rush to score the pinfall victory. Despite their mutual respect and tag team win, Scott assured Rush they weren’t finished yet.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Somehow, The Singhs managed to ruin (to some degree) the quality of this match. It’s a shame that they aren’t better, but at least Rush and Scott are.

Match #3: Ariya Daivari def. Jeff Brooks

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After defeating Danny Burch last week on WWE 205 Live — thanks to an assist from The Brian Kendrick — Ariya Daivari looked to pick up another win and assert that the purple brand is his territory in a battle against Jeff Brooks. Quickly unleashing his will on Brooks, Daivari encouraged him to “do something,” echoing Kendrick’s sentiment from last week. After a brief offense from Brooks, Daivari quickly regained control with aggressive force before delivering his Hammerlock Lariat for the win. After the match, Daivari added insult to injury by executing a second Hammerlock Lariat.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – This wasn’t much, but it ended before killing my love of Jeff Brooks.

Match #4: (Main Event) Tyler Breeze def. Tony Nese

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Raw, SmackDown and WWE NXT veteran Tyler Breeze looked to make a massive impact in his debut appearance on the purple brand against WWE 205 Live original Tony Nese. Not intimidated by the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Prince Pretty casually waited for the match to begin and brushed off Nese’s posturing. After absorbing several strikes to his midsection, Prince Pretty battled back and halted The Premier Athlete’s offensive flurry, but Breeze found himself on the receiving end of a kick as he attempted to dive outside the ring. Nese gained the upper hand by leveling his opponent with a clothesline, but Breeze rolled out of the way of a moonsault. Breeze struck back with an innovative backbreaker and tried to execute the Unprettier, but Nese broke the maneuver by grabbing the ropes before delivering a jab to Breeze’s throat. And after driving his opponent neck-first into the ropes, Nese landed a moonsault but could not secure the pinfall. Nese delivered a dropkick to Breeze’s back that gave him the opportunity to hit the Running Nese. Unfortunately for The Premier Athlete, he was met with a superkick. As Breeze attempted a crossbody from the top, Nese countered and attempted a pin, but Breeze countered into a pinfall of his own to score the victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a really good main event that offered a lot of creative moves and a brisk pace that sounds like an Irish Spring commercial. This was the way 205 Live is supposed to be. Breeze belongs here (along with a lot of the WWE wrestlers) and this debut was a good place to start for the exciting stalwart. Also, Nese still kicks ass. Overall, this is what so many of us want from wrestling, which is strong wrestling in short order.

News Of The Night:

  1. Jack Gallagher’s suspension (he attacked Drake Maverick) has been lifted.

Final Verdict: 2.6/5

The main event was excellent, but the majority of the show felt like a waste of time.


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