04th Feb2020

‘WWE 205 Live’ Review (Jan 31st 2020)

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s 205 Live review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this better be good, because most of this week was pretty dull. I mean it! Emilia Clarke makes my hoo-hah go yee-hah! You’ll never know what’s going on in my mush-mouth brain…never…which means you’re much smarter than me. Cruiserweights are on the loose in the caboose with a moose that will vamoose with a goose!


Match #1: Joaquin Wilde def. Raul Mendoza

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Since joining WWE 205 Live last year, Raul Mendoza has earned the respect of the Cruiserweight division, including former NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush, and has sights set on a potential title opportunity. However, standing in Mendoza’s way tonight was another young Superstar looking to make a name for himself, Joaquin Wilde. Mendoza attempted to slow the pace and assert his strength advantage to keep his opponent grounded. Wilde battled back, breaking Mendoza’s technical holds before hip tossing his opponent to the outside and flattening him with a jaw-dropping flipping senton over the top rope. Turning up the pace of the contest, Wilde enjoyed an advantage until he was once again stopped in his tracks by Mendoza. Wilde displayed his resilience and remained in the battle, seizing the opportunity to plant Mendoza with a reverse rana before executing the Wilde Thing for the win.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This suffered from issues of length that…damn it! This match was shorter than my will to live. Why was this match shorter than my will to live? Wilde was as skilled as usual, with Mendoza really delivering a good performance to help make this match a solid outing. The match needed more of itself to stand out, but what we got was still nice.

Match #2: Danny Burch def. The Brian Kendrick (Disqualification)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After Ariya Daivari helped The Brian Kendrick score a victory against Danny Burch last week on WWE 205 Live, The Strong Style British Superstar demanded a rematch against The Man with a Plan. Of course, Kendrick didn’t come to the ring alone, as Daivari accompanied his new ally. With retribution on his mind, Burch charged into the ring ready for a fight, but Kendrick stalled for time, twice conversing with Daivari at ringside after the opening bell. Kendrick gained the upper hand by waiting for the British Superstar to come after him at ringside and launching him over the announce table. Favoring his left leg, Burch barely made it back to the ring only for Daivari to attack, giving Kendrick the advantage he needed. Burch battled back, stopping another attack from Daivari before turning up the pressure on The Man with a Plan. Once again, Daivari attempted to help Kendrick score a pinfall, but he was caught by the official. Burch applied a crossface, but Daivari broke up the hold. Although Burch was victorious by disqualification, Daivari and Kendrick attacked and wrapped a chair around the British Superstar’s leg. However, before the damage could be done, Oney Lorcan charged into the ring to support his best friend and tag team partner, chasing Kendrick and Daivari away.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This worked out well for the time given, but it was lacking a bit of life to it. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it all felt like match number two, rather than a major bout fraught with suspense. Well, this is how the WWE works, so I can’t be surprise that a match with two big talents doesn’t live-up to expectations.

Match #3: (Main Event) Angel Garza def. Tyler Breeze

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Although Angel Garza lost the NXT Cruiserweight Championship at Worlds Collide, he is focused on reclaiming the title and looks to establish momentum against Tyler Breeze. Since debuting in WWE 205 Live, Prince Pretty hasn’t lost and is looking to build his own case for a title opportunity. As the match got underway, Garza taunted Breeze by declaring that he was much more handsome than The Gorgeous One, only for Prince Pretty to reciprocate the taunt. They continued exchanging taunts before Garza pulled his opponent to the outside, slamming him to the arena floor and using the steel steps as leverage. In full control of the match, Garza finally ripped off his pants and confidently returned to unleashing a vindictive offense on Breeze. Finding a second wind, The Gorgeous One broke free of Garza’s grip and swung momentum back in his favor with fast-paced and physical strikes. Frustrations mounted as Garza launched off the ropes and was met by a Supermodel Kick, but Breeze was unable to secure the victory. The same went for Garza, as he couldn’t keep Breeze down following high-impact maneuvers. Garza continued to grow frustrated as Breeze rolled away from two attempted high-risk moves, only to have a moonsault countered at the last second. However, Garza quickly recovered and executed his Wing Clipper for the win.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a lot of fun and the best match on the show. Breeze has gotten a lot out of joining 205 Live and he should have done this years ago. Angel looked impressive here, although I’m not sure Vince will ever be interested in pushing him on the main roster. I wish 205 Live was a more viable way to make a living, but this show has become so drained of life that you can’t bet on black to save your life. Look out for all sorts of great fast action from two very talented wrestlers.

News Of The Night:

  1. New NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin comes to WWE 205 Live, next week.

Final Verdict: 2.9/5

This was a decent show that wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either.


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