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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (11/21/17)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Street Fight: Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak; Tozawa wins.
  • Tony Nese VS Mustafa Ali; Nese wins.
  • Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari w/ Enzo Amore VS Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann; Alexander & Swann win.

 

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The Cruiserweights celebrate Thanksgiving!

At least, The ‘Zo Train does. They give thanks–but not sneak food before the others, Dar… Anyway, as the Certified G, Enzo Amore is a 5G with the ‘Zo Train, and the others are well connected. These connections is getting them all matches tonight. Better than that, matches against the “schmucks” what interrupted them on Raw. But calm down. Raw wasn’t a good look. And when you’re on The ‘Zo Train, you rep the Enzo Brand. Tonight, after making Enzo look good, Christmas might also come early. In the form of a recommendation for an opportunity at the Cruiserweight Championship. Enzo looks out for his guys, but where is Gulak? PowerPoint. Seriously? But wait, is that Gobbledy Gooker?!

What’s this turkey doing here? Dar stop smiling. Reveal! It’s Gulak. How are you doing? He’s Gobbledy Gulaker. Enzo said to loosen up, right? Enzo is at a loss for words. But the point being, can someone earn a big Christmas present even before Black Friday?

Street Fight: Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak!

Before the Crusader for #Drewtopia gets gritty with Dragon Gate’s graduate Stamina Monster, Gulak wishes to speak. The fans chant “Power Point! Power Point!” but Gulak shouts them down, because of his rule against chanting. Gulak is a “proud member of The ‘Zo Train” and therefore “Enzo Adjacent.” If Amore is from the streets, by proxy, so is Gulak. And in an effort to clean up the mean streets, he will do whatever it takes to end Akira Tozawa’s chanting of “AH! AH! AH!” Which the fans echo in order to irritate Gulak. Make no mistake, Gulak will prove his loyalty and show the world that Gulak is not afraid to not just roll up but cut off his sleeves and get his hands dirty. And speaking of, here is a special edition of hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis… POWERPOINT PRESENTATION! Which we won’t get to see because Akira Tozawa enters!

The bell rings, the “AH! AH! AH!” echoes out again. Gulak gets out of the ring and covers his ears as he walks around the ring. Tozawa dares Gulak to get back in the ring, Gulak does, and the two brawl. Gulak has control as he gives a stiff chop, then a body shot against the ropes. Into a corner, Gulak goes after an arm then whips but is reversed, sunset flip rolled through for the kick and the back senton. Tozawa is fired up as he gives Gulak a few chops. Houston wants tables already as Tozawa feints a chop and then gives Gulak a stiff jab. Tozawa stomps on Gulak, Gulak headbutts Tozawa’s ribs. Fans chant for “PowerPoint! PowerPoint!” but Gulak tells them to stop chanting. Gulak drags Tozawa up, gets space, gets caught in a hunicanrana. Gulak ends up on the apron, Tozawa boots him down. “AH! AH! AH!” before building speed, Tozaw Torpedo!

But wait! Gulak caught the suicide dive, and turns it into a suplex onto the stage ramp! Tozawa hits hard steel plates and writhes in pain as Gulak sits up and catches his breath. Gulak drags Tozawa up and beats Tozawa up on the ramp. Gulak lines up a shot, running forearm runs Tozawa over. Tozawa’s jaw and throat are still recovering from what Gulak did to him weeks ago, so Gulak keeps on it with a haymaker. Gulak drags Tozawa back into the ring, and gets that sign. Ironically, fans chant “No Chants! No Chants!” Gulak grabs his sign and jabs the bottom into Tozawa’s ribs, cover, TWO. Gulak keeps going, he opens up the apron skirt to bring out not just one chair, but two chairs, and tosses them into the ring. Gulak sets up one chair, drags Tozawa over, and sits Tozawa in that chair. A stiff slap knocks Tozawa over, cover, TWO. Gulak is getting frustrated, fans still want tables. Tozawa is dazed, Gulak takes his No Chants sign and wedges it in a corner. He drags Tozawa up and takes aim at that corner, but Tozawa slumps as dead weight. Gulak mocks Tozawa’s fighting spirit. Either get up or give up! Gulak goes to scoop but Tozawa blocks with all the power he has, then elbows and “AH! AH! AH!” Gulak gets angry, he gives body shots, he scoops but Tozawa slips out, saido suplex into the sign post!

The post splinters, now Gulak is the one writhing in pain. Both men are down but Tozawa stirs. Tozawa gets to the outside and as fans chant for tables, Tozawa obliges! He pulls out a table, fans go wild, and Tozawa puts the table in the ring. Gulak is crawling over, Tozawa starts setting up the table, Gulak pounces. Gulak drags Tozawa up, bumps Tozawa off the table, then drags Tozawa to suplex him into buckles. Drag to a cover, TWO, and Gulak is further frustrated. Gulak surveys table and ring, and decides to put that table in a corner. Tozawa rolls out to the floor, Gulak fetches him, dragging him up but getting reversed so that Gulak goes over the announce desk! Tozawa clears that table now, climbs up, cannonball senton!

Down goes Gulak, but it was a bit double-edged for Tozawa and his own damaged back. Tozawa stirs and gets up, drags Gulak up and into the ring. Tozawa has one more idea, he brings out… one kendo stick, then a trash can! He brings both of those into the ring, stalks over to Gulak, and places trash can over Gulak’s head to then beat it with the kendo stick! Tozawa gets Gulak on that table, then climbs up top, fans fire up as they see what’s coming next. Drop Zone Super Senton through it all!

After that crash landing, Tozawa covers, Tozawa wins! Chants or no chants, Tozawa proved he’s the tougher man, will he be the one to cash in on the Realest Champ’s early Christmas gift?

205 Live is about to add yet another star to the roster!

He made his name in Japan, in the indies, and even in NXT, the Cruiserweights better be ready to #GoToSleep, because they’re soon going to meet Hideo Itami!

The ‘Zo Train’s appetite is souring.

The Premier Athlete, Tony Nese, doesn’t care about how big Hideo Itami has been around the world, 205 Live is #ZoTown. Also Nese doesn’t seem to care that he’s getting turkey bits everywhere. If Itami is smart, he’ll join them. No, Nese, what you should be worrying about right now is staying on the ‘Zo Train. Nese better do a better job than Gulak did. In come Cedric Alexander, Rich Swann and Mustafa Ali. “Look what we got over here~. A cuppa turkeys.” Or, a couple brown-nosing lackeys. Dinero Davari, Tony Abs, what has Enzo done to them? The ‘Zo Train is gonna run you three over. Or, just embarrass him again. Enzo tells them to wrestle like their lives depend on it. Nese is up next, he better do “whatever it takes” to win. Turkey leg down, match up next, will the ‘Zo Train keep on track?

Tony Nese VS Mustafa Ali!

The Certified G issued his orders, can the Premier Athlete carry them out against the Pakistani Prince? Or will The ‘Zo Train go 0-2 against the Anti-Amore Alliance? The bell rings, the two circle, they tie up, Nese shoves Ali away to flex as always. Nese feels that his literal body of work is something everyone should be thankful for this year, but Ali doesn’t think so. They tie up again, ropebreak isn’t clean as Nese gets a headlock. Ali slips to a hammerlock, Nese reverses but Ali reverses right back, scoop slam for Ali but he holds on to arm-drag and armlock Nese in return. Nese pulls Ali’s hair then powers out, things speed up as Ali handsprings over, and he flexes now. Fans like his better than Nese’s, Nese runs in but gets a crucifix roll-up, TWO, Nese runs Ali over with an elbow. TWO, Nese stomps away on Ali. Nese drags Ali up, Ali gives body shots and forearms but Nese gives back a knee before whipping Ali to a corner. Ali goes up and over, speeds up again, flapjack dropkick sends Nese out of the ring. Ali kip-up, then he goes to a corner and climbs up, aims at Nese, then jumps for a somersault senton!

Ali takes Nese down and is safely on his feet again, fans like that. Nese shoves Ali away, tries to run away, Ali stops him but gets a throat chop in return. Ali gives an elbow back, hps up but then gets tripped up, Ali is sideways on that corner. Nese breaks the ring count then returns to give Ali a top shelf knee and a face-first drop on the announce desk. Into the ring for a cover, TWO. Nese is frustrated, he stomps on Ali, then toys with him on the mat. Nese wraps on a chinlock, fans build to a rally, Ali feeds off that to get up and fight out by putting Nese in a corner. Nese wraps the chinlock right back on, Ali tries again but is thrown into the buckles. Nese runs in, Ali dodges and gets to the apron, Nese goes to shoulder him away but Ali dodges and kicks back. Ali slingshots over and speeds up, rallying with forearms. Whip to a corner reversed, Ali slides and slips out, roundhouse knocks Nese away. Ali rolls in, X-Factor facebuster! TWO! Ali and Nese are slow to getting up, having tired each other out. Ali brings Nese up, Nese shoves and forearms Ali hard. Another whip reversed, Ali gives a forearm. Nese staggers, but Matrix kip-up dodges Ali’s swing, Nese gives kick after kick but Ali blocks one. Back suplex escaped, Ali shoved to a corner, but Ali jumps to hit a tornado DDT!

Cover, TWO, Ali is surprised. Nese stirs, crawls, fans rally and Ali gets up. Ali goes to climb up but Nese anchors a foot, so Ali stomps away on Nese. Ali goes up, Nese gets under the ropes so Ali grabs him, only to get swung into the post! Ali sits down, dazed from the impact, Nese gets up and gets running, Premier KNEEse!

Nese wins, The ‘Zo Train is on the board! Can the Premier Athlete get himself a golden opportunity before the holidays?

And The ‘Zo Train is happy about it!

“That is exactly what I’m talking about!” Daivari and Dar promise to “slap the smiles right off of Cedric’s and Rich Swann’s faces.” They’ll drink Thanksgiving dinner through straws! And as such, Enzo will be front row for “Twofer Tuesdays”, because when it’s 2v2, these two will show those two why The ‘Zo Train ain’t an embarrassment. Unlike a certain someone! The Gobbledy Gulaker is sulking in the corner. Can he leave Time-Out? He has to use the restroom… No! You sit there and you think about what you’ve done. As for the Privileged Persian Lion and Scottish Supernova, time to get it done.

Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari w/ Enzo Amore VS Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann

Some familiar foes are mixed in this tag team match, which side will win this Thanksgiving Best of Three series? Starting the match are Daivari and Alexander, the Carolina Kid is caught in an arm wrench but reverses with handsprings and gets a headlock takeover. Daivari gets up, pulls hair to a corner, the ropebreak is not clean as Daivari gives a shoulder and some haymakers. Corner to corner whip and Alexander hits buckles hard. Daivari pumps the ‘Zo Train horn, whips Alexander, Alexander rolls, handsprings and headscissors Daivari before giving a dropkick. The fans chant “Shut up, Enzo!” at the Certified G trash talking on the side. Alexander tags Swann, Swann slingshot dropkicks, Alexander gives Daivari a suplex to set up for the Rolling Thunder splash! TWO, Swann keeps on Daivari but Daivari powers him to the ‘Zo Train corner, tag to Dar. Dar gives Swann a headbutt to the rings, but then Swann kicks him away. Swann dodges Dar, Alexander tags, sunset flip rolled through and Dar takes the springboard flying lariat!

Alexander is fired up as he drags Dar up, Dar is saved by Daivari’s distraction that gets the Privileged Persian a stiff forearm. Dar swings and misses, but counters Alexander’s handspring with a kick to the ribs. Cover, TWO, Dar is frustrated as he goes after Alexander’s arm. Dar gives body shots in the corner, tag to Daivari for some ‘Zo Train mudhole stomps. Tag back to Dar, Dar taunts Swann, big stomp to Alexander’s ribs and then a grinding foot into Alexander’s chin. Tag to Daivari, Enzo is feeling good about his team as Alexander is mugged and isolated. Daivari drags Alexander up, puts him back in the corner, tag to Dar. Enzo trash talks everyone from Alexander to the fans, Dar tortures Alexander’s arm with a modified Fujiwara. Fans rally, Alexander gets up, Dar kicks a leg out then knocks Swann down. Alexander rolls, no one home as Dar pounces from behind. Cover, TWO, Dar is frustrated, but not without his confidence. Alexander kicks back, but Dar kicks him down, tag to Daivari. Daivari stomps away on Alexander, then grinds a boot into Alexander’s face. Alexander makes a scramble for Swann but Daivari anchors his foot, elbow drop to the back. Daivari puts on a chinlock, trash talks in Farsi, fans rally and Alexander fights back to jawbreaker out. Dar grabs Alexander, gets a haymaker for it, Alexander escapes Daivari’s back suplex. Dar rushes in but is tossed out the other side, Daivari grabs Alexander’s tights to keep him from tagging Swann. Alexander gets a second try, tag to Swann, and the Outlandish One starts rallying. Stiff back kick but Daivari boots back, Daivari hops up but is thrown off with a No Hands Hunicanrana! Cover, TWO, Enzo is relieved. Swann goes up top, Dar comes in to distract the ref, Enzo is the one who trips Swann up! Daivari gets to the corner as Swann tumbles down, Daivari aims, “Persian Lion Splash”!

TWO! Enzo and his boys are shocked! Enzo demands Daivari get the job done and tag in Dar. Dar tags in, small package surprise, TWO, roundhouse! Enzo gets up to distract from the cover, so Alexander yanks him down. Daivari comes over but Alexander blocks his boot, to give a stiff back elbow! He grabs Enzo, Enzo begs for mercy, Dar wrecks Alexander with a dropkick! Enzo thanks Dar, Dar gets in, Swann Song heel kick! Dar down in position, Swann climbs up, Phoenix Splash! Swann & Alexander win the series, but the ‘Zo Train are sore losers as they attack as a pack!

Alexander tries to save Swann but he ends up beat down all the same. Enzo stomps a mudhole on Swann, Dar and Daivari keep Alexander down. BIG clothesline for Swann, but then Tozawa and Ali come to the rescue!

However, Nese and Gulak intercept!

The entire ‘Zo Train beats down the Anti-Amore Cruiserweights, Tozawa sent into steel steps, and Ali thrown into a post so hard, he spins off it!

Swann’s ankle is holding him back as Alexander gets mugged 4v1, with Conductor Enzo just watching and coordinating. Alexander takes the Hammerlock Lariat from Daivari, Swann is fed to Dar’s running enziguri! Enzo says the kick is good. The ‘Zo Train isn’t done just yet, they pile Swann and Alexander as Enzo climbs up. And with help from his ‘Zo Train, Enzo hits a Certified G Splash!

#TwoferTuesday came true, and the ‘Zo Train dances behind their Conductor.

Enzo then takes to the mic, no surprise. He asks Swann and Alexander both, “How You Doin’?” At this rate, will the ‘Zo Train run over every other Cruiserweight in the Division as we near the end of the year?

My Thoughts:

Not a bad 205 Live to follow up Survivor Series and Raw. This truly was The ‘Zo Show with everything connected to him and his ‘Zo Train stable. Enzo is still great on the mic even if he is a Heel, and at least Gulak is a great personality to work with Enzo as a foil, because of how opposite they are. Really good Street Fight to open the show, and Houston got what they wanted with a table spot. Tozawa is 2-0 for Street Fights on 205 Live and is 2 for 2 in using a table as part of his finish, and this checks of “No Chants” on Gulak’s campaign. He already did “No Flying” with Ali, so perhaps next is going to be a “No Flashy Attire” with someone like Gran Metalik or Lince Dorado? I don’t know anyone else in the Division with attire quite as colorful unless someone gets added to the roster. Nese picks up his win mostly out of necessity, can’t let it be a clean sweep for the Faces.

Great to hear that Hideo Itami is being called up and to 205 Live like the rumor mills were saying. I also like the reactions from The ‘Zo Train to this news, Dar’s was probably the best and most appropriate, as even in matches Itami lost in NXT, he hit really hard and made the opponent work for the win. Then, the tag team match was pretty solid, thanks to all the work Swann & Alexander have done together against THE Brian Kendrick & Jack Gallagher. If Cruiserweights were allowed to mingle with Raw, a team like those two could possibly into the Raw Tag Team Championship scene, or at least give Heels like The Bar or The Club one other team to go against on the side. But that aside, Alexander & Swann win but then get beat down with Tozawa and Ali so that the math stays even. ‘Zo Train loses the battle but not the war, they’re going to stand tall until Itami shows up to knock them down and put him over to make it clear he is Enzo’s next contender. The only problem is that Itami barely did anything in NXT because of injuries. Hopefully Itami can stay healthy to get his title match with Enzo, which I hope he also wins to freshen things up.

My Score: 8/10


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Hard to Kill Results & Match Ratings: 1.16.21

Three title matches, the return of Decay, Barbed Wire Massacre and a main event with Kenny Omega. Impact Wrestling’s Hard to Kill definitely sounds like it’s got a little bit of everything. Check out how it went!

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So the news that made many people cry a few days ago, was that Alex Shelley would be out of the main event. He went out of his way to film a response/promo/apology so fans knew it was something non-pandemic related, so that was an effort that wasn’t necessary, though appreciated.

Aside from losing it’s “Dream Match” luster, we get Moose as a replacement, which could really work for the cold calculated persona he’s taken on after his EC3 encounter. We also get to crown Knockouts Tag Team champions for the first time in seven and a half years. Let’s also not forget, this could end up being Taya’s swan song from Impact, so we should expect a good match but no Wera Loca victory.

Let’s see if we get any surprises!

Ratings:

  • Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb: Steve wins via King Kill 33 @8:55 – * ½
  • Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake: EY wins via Piledriver @9:55 – ** ½
  • Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok: Kiera wins via Face the Music @8:40 – ***TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona: Cardona wins via DQ @2:30 – N/A
  • X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey: Manik retains via Ole Cradle @13:50 – *** ½
  • Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay: Deonna retains via Venus de Milo @11:40 – *** ¼
  • Ethan Page vs The Karate Man: Karate Man WINS…Fatality – 200 Stars
  • Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards: Eddie wins via Diehard Flowsion @18:50 – *** ¾
  • Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows: Kenny Omega wins via One Winged Angel @20:30 – ****

 

Results:

During the last few moments of the Countdown, Madison Rayne officially retired from wrestling and from Impact Wrestling. Not sure how long she’ll stay a house wife, but good for her. She did great to actually prove to people she was a decent wrestler since her run during the WOH tournament, she was a fun commentator, so good for her.

Decay (Rosemary & Crazzy Steve) vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb

The weird thing about this match was the dynamic between who was involved and what went on.  Crazzy Steve showed a very high work rate in this match, with his strikes and moves looking fantastic. But Rosemary got exposed a bit on still being less than 100% with the knee and generally sloppy on a lot of spots.

Kaleb and Tenille definitely tried to add comedy and their quirky personalities, but the fact that we saw a lot of sloppiness, Steve working his ass off and just comedy spots or gimmick spots too often; this was a giant mess of a match. It also didn’t help that D’lo and Striker are still getting used to each other, so the announcing was distractingly bad.

It can only get better from here!

Old School Rules Match: Violent by Design (Joe Doering, Eric Young & Deaner) vs Tommy Dreamer, Rhino & Cousin Jake

This starts the same way every Tommy Dreamer match starts, with a brawl and weapon use.  This wasn’t a terrible match, but it’s really not anything worth going deeply in to. EY did the flair corner to top rope spot, which ended with Dreamer hitting him with a cookie sheet. We had a Tower spot in the corner, with Joe Powerbombing a Suplex, and it landed right into Dreamer’s face.

Doering got to look like a beast when the entire team took the chairs to him, and he still fought back, ending up in control. Dreamer introduced tacks, then we saw the Signature/Finisher spam which ends with EY breaking up the pinfall and hitting Cousin Jake with the Piledriver.

Again, decent enough, but nothing really special.

Knockouts Tag Team Title Finals: Fire & Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) vs Nevaeh & Havok

Oh, Brian Hebner is back for this match. Slightly surprising.

Kiera and Tasha try to start fast, but the bigger women over power the smaller team and throw them around a little bit. Havok beats up on both of them, Neavaeh comes in to keep up the momentum, but eventually Tasha and Kiera start making a comeback. We see Fire and Flava go for a lot of quick spots, fast tags and trying to spin around the larger women, but they just get taken for a ride more often than not.

It’s not until Kiera hits a High Round Kick, followed by Tasha with the Springboard Neckbreaker actually takes Havok off her feet. Nevaeh tries to make a save and get things back on track, but Tasha picks her leg, Havok gets wiped out after a great Super Kick from Kiera, Tasha and Kiera use some tandem attacks on Nevaeh, then Tasha slows down Havok as Kiera hits Face the Music and we have new Knockouts Tag Team Champions!

Ace Austin comes out to declare himself into the X Division Triple Threat to make it a 4 way! D’Amore comes out, says he can have a match, just not the title match. Matt Cardona comes out.

Ace Austin w/Madman Fulton vs Matt Cardona

Ace tries to go at Cardona before the ring jacket is off, but Cardona absorbs some offense and then fires back a bit. Fulton gets in the way quite often during this match, so the finish is a little telegraphed. But right as Cardona starts building momentum; Fulton slides in to cause the DQ.

Decent enough way to protect Ace and give Cardona quick win.

X Division Championship: Manik (c) vs Rohit Raju vs Chris Bey

Rohit went after Manik to try and prove his point that it’s TJP. Bey seemed dead set on finding a way to win, and as we expected in an X Division match; there were a lot of spots, but they all made sense. Rohit does manage to take off the mask, but TJP painted his face under the mask, so it still throws off Rohit. TJP strings together a few moves, goes for the Mamba Splash, but gets caught by Bey with a Cutter. Bey then hits a Double Art of Finesse, but his brief moment of not knowing who to pin, caused the pinfall breakup.

Rohit almost won the title back after his call back to hitting his Tiger Knee after a Mamba Splash but Bey kicked out. Haymakers get thrown, Rohit hits the Dragon Stomp on Bey, and looks to finish things, but TJP slides in for the style of Cradle he’s used a bit lately, and retains his title after a fun, hard fought match.

Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) w/Kimber Lee & Susan vs Taya Valkyrie w/ Decay

Early on all of the seconds get kicked out, with the beauty of the situation being that Susan pulls out her phone and says she’s filming the whole thing. So Susan, really may be a middle aged transformation of Su Yung. Susan might as well be named Karen.

As we focus on the actual match, Deonna starts slowly picking apart Taya. Going after her left arm, then her left knee and just trying to apply submission and weaken different limbs. Taya was able to push back and have her own submission attempt moment. Taya went for an STF, but the submission game isn’t her wheelhouse.

Deonna was able to pick her apart, counter a pinfall attempt and keep Taya grounded long enough to work in some holds. The normal Fujiwara didn’t get her submit, so Venus de Milo followed up and Taya verbally submitted.

Ethan Page vs The Karate Man

Since this is cinematic or at least green screen, I won’t rate this as a real match. But it was amazingly entertaining. Dragon Ball Z references, Karate Kid, and Mortal Kombat references, it was just amazing.

Barbed Wire Massacre: Sami Callihan vs Eddie Edwards

Interesting pacing to get across the familiarity, twisted respect and love for punishment between these two. We saw Barbed Wire Tables, Chairs, Baseball Bats, Kendo Sticks and even an…N64 Controller!

Sami took a ton of punishment, but the story was basically playing with Eddie’s emotions to bait him into bad dives, and openings for Sami to move out of the way, or sneak in a barbed wire shot. Eddie hit a Blue Thunder Bomb on a barbed wire chair, Sami hit an Avalanche Piledriver through a barbed wire table, but none of this was enough. If anything, the Piledriver just pissed Eddie off.

Going for the callback that started it all, Sami tries to hit a Barbed Wire Chair into Eddie’s face with a Barbed Wire Bat, but Eddie hits a low blow to get a moment. Sami tries to bring himself up with a chair, Eddie hits the Boston Knee Party, then the Diehard Flowsion for the win!

Eddie hasn’t hit that Flowsion in a long time. I did appreciate Sami paying homage to Cactus Jack and Striker acknowledging Jun Akiyama and Mitsuharu Misawa on commentary though.

Moose, Rich Swann &Chris Sabin vs Kenny Omega, Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows

The early onset is interesting. Karl Anderson and Chris Sabin start off and there’s some solid technical counter wrestling, and it’s fast paced action. Moose and Gallows come in to do a big boy showdown which worked fairly well, where Swann and Omega had a brief lockup before the Brothers come in to start heeling it up.

We get a lot of Japanese tag stylings, from the triple team that Team Impact pulls off, to the way the Club breaks up any type of momentum with their own train attacks into the corner. Moose looked amazing in this match. He went toe to toe with everyone, pulled off great moves like a Standing Moonsault, leaped to the top rope for a Spanish Fly and was a really good teammate, regardless of his issues with Rich Swann. Hell Swann and Moose even hit a Doomsday Device variant together. Small aside, I did like seeing Chris Sabin pull off Cradle Shock, which just doesn’t happen often enough anymore.

Omega almost has the match one on Rich, but the only one able to break it up was Moose, and he did so. Omega went into V-Trigger spamming mode to wipe out Moose, rock Rich and then a One Winged Angel won the match for the Bullet Club former members.

 

Overall Score: 6.75/10

Well this started off pretty bad, but at least it built upwards. The main even had a lot of fun wrinkles which increased the storytelling, psychology and overall enjoyment of the show. Hell even when Callis nearly jumped into the ring to break up a pin on Kenny was a good little nugget.

As I said in the weekly coverage, this is probably Taya’s final match, or at least one of the last, especially since they logically moved Rosemary back to Decay with Crazzy Steve. Eddie and Sami had a hell of blood feud and it was nearly cathartic. Let’s also not overlook the fact that Tasha and Kiera actually won the Knockouts Tag titles. I almost thought they wouldn’t win just because they are so charismatic and attractive without the titles, where Havok and Nevaeh don’t exactly have electric personalities. But I’m ecstatic that Kiera finally has a title in Impact!

With the pretty awful start for the wrestling and the commentary, which put the show behind the eight ball; but it did recover fairly well. Not nearly as good as Genesis, but it managed to keep the stories rolling and end on an interesting note. A pretty good show after all was said and done.

 


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)

The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!

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The Dusty Cup features the Cruiserweight Division… and Killian Dain?

For the first time ever, 205 Live gets to be part of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic! Who will leap out of the sweet sixteen into the second round?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz; El Legado del Fantasma wins and advances.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain; Maverick & Dain win and advance.

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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: El Legado del Fantasma VS The Bollywood Boyz!

Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza want to follow in the footsteps of Santos Escobar, and that means getting titles! But Samir & Sunil Singh want the same, so that they can shine even brighter! Will the lights, camera and Bollywood action be left on the cutting room floor by Death From Above and the Technical Assassin?

The teams sort out and Mendoza starts against Sunil. Sunil and Mendoza circle, fans rally up as they tie up, and Mendoza wrenches to a wristlock. Sunil rolls, wrenches back, but Mendoza wrenches again to wristlock. Sunil gets up, trips Mendoza up and gets a headlock. Mendoza gets up, Sunil wrenches and yanks on the arm over and over! Sunil wristlocks, Mendoza knees low and hard, then whips. Sunil reverses, Mendoza goes up and over and things speed up, Mendoza runs Sunil over! Fans fire up with Mendoza and he runs, but Sunil drops to hurdle then monkey flip! Mendoza flounders up but Sunil clotheslines him out!

Sunil dares Mendoza to come back and Mendoza does, into an arm-drag! Sunil has the arm, Mendoza fights up, but Samir tags in. The Bollywood Boyz double whip, double shoulder and double elbow! Cover, ONE, but Samir keeps on Mendoza down with an armlock. Mendoza fights up, whips free but Samir gets around to crucifix takedown! TWO, and Samir wheelbarrows to arm-drag! Another arm-drag and Samir is back on the arm! Mendoza moves around, Samir keeps on the hold, and fans rally as Mendoza fights up. Mendoza pulls hair to put Samir in the corner, Wilde tags in but runs into a drop toehold!

Samir has the arm, Wilde pulls on an ear and whips, but Samir holds on tight to wrangle Wilde down! Tag to Sunil, they whip Wilde and leap frog, to then double hip toss! Cover, TWO! Sunil wrenches, tags Samir back in and Samir hops up to drop ax handles. Wilde knees low, goes to buckle bump but Samir blocks to give the bump first! Samir ducks Mendoza’s sucker punch to punch back, but Wilde gets him for a DDT! Wilde stomps Samir, brings him up and bumps him off buckles. Tag to Mendoza, he CHOPS Samir then taunts Sunil. Mendoza runs in and clotheslines, tag to Wilde! Wilde clotheslines and tags, then Mendoza repeats the process! Double suplex! Cover, TWO!

Wilde keeps on Samir and throws him out hard! Wilde goes out, Mendoza talks trash, and Wilde bumps Samir off the announce desk! Wilde drags Samir back into the ring as fans rally up. Wilde cravats and cranks on Samir’s neck, but Samir fights up and body shots free! Wilde whips Samir hard into buckles! Tag to Mendoza, El Legado drags Samir up and double whip him to ropes. Samir kicks back, Mendoza clubs him, then a whip, but Samir reverses to send Mendoza into Wilde! Mendoza shoves Samir to the Legado corner but Samir dodges and Mendoza gets POST! Fans rally up as Samir crawls, hot tag to Sunil!

Sunil rallies on Mendoza with forearms and elbows, then a whip! And a BACK DROP on the rebound! Sunil keeps going, atomic drop and a running WINDMILL KICK! Wilde returns but Sunil DECKS him! Sunil goes out to bump Wilde off the 205 Live logo over and over! Mendoza runs out but he gets the same! Sunil puts Mendoza in, climbs up top and leaps, BIG ax handles! Cover, TWO! Escobar is ice cold as Samir tags in. Sunil hoists Mendoza up, FLYING UPPERCUT SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Mendoza is still in this but Samir throws haymakers in the corner. Samir hoists Mendoza up top, climbs, but Mendoza fights back! They brawl, Samir clubs Mendoza but Wilde anchors him!

Sunil YANKS Wilde down, tags in and then Samir SUPERPLEXES Mendoza! Sunil add the MACHO ELBOW! Cover, but Wilde breaks it! Not even the Bollywood remake of Power ‘n’ Glory could do it! Samir goes after Wilde with fury, then whips, only for Wilde to send him into steel steps! The ref reprimands but Mendoza gets Sunil with a FLIPPING DRIVER! Tag to Wilde, Electric Chair FLYING CODE BREAKER! Then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP! Cover, and Mendoza intercepts Samir, El Legado wins!

Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

Wilde and Mendoza make Escobar very proud, but this was just the opening round. Will Legado del Fantasma grow even stronger as the Dusty Classic continues?

 

Drake Maverick and Killian Dain make final preparations.

Maverick pins up the doodle of him and Dain, only for Dain to pull it back down. Dain puts on his wrist and hand tape, so Maverick does the same. Dain asks why he keeps mirroring him? Maverick says it’s 2021, a new year, a new look as they’re now matching. Look, Maverick’s a denim jeans guy now! Dain wants Maverick to promise him he fixed the music. He did! The new theme has a lot of rock to open, Dain is satisfied. Will Dain do the dance if they win? No. Not even if they win? Maverick quickly pins up the doodle again, will it be a good luck charm for the odd couple?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Curt Stallion & August Grey VS Drake Maverick & Killian Dain!

The Lonestar and #RetroAG did great as a team in their first outing last week, but now it’s the real deal! Will Stallion and Grey ride into the second round with high spirits? Or will they be brought down by Rockstar Spud and the Belfast Beast?

The new music hits, and it’s to Dain’s liking, but then it morphs into a remix of that whistling theme Maverick had in the first place. Well, it’s fitting for their brand of dysfunction. The teams sort out and Stallion starts against Maverick. They circle and tie up, Stallion headlocks but Maverick powers out, only for Stallion to run him over. Stallion stares Maverick down as they reset and start again. They tie up, Stallion headlocks again but Maverick works on an escape. Fans rally, Maverick powers out but Stallion runs him over again. Things speed up, Maverick hurdles then throws Stallion out, to do some skipping.

Stallion runs back in but is sent back out! Maverick does more skip step, but Stallion comes back to tie up. Stallion whips Maverick to a corner, Maverick goes up and over and does his trot. Stallion rushes in, only for Maverick to hip toss and calf kick him down to an armlock! Maverick wrenches the arm, but Stallion pushes free to tag in Grey. Grey is fired up because it’s the Dusty Classic! He dares “big man” Maverick to bring it, and Maverick says one moment. He tags to Dain! Dain is a bit bigger than 205 but Grey still ties up with him. Dain pushes Grey away to a corner! Grey comes back, ties up with Dain again and gets a headlock, but Dain powers out to run Grey over!

Dain runs, Grey ducks and hurdles, but he decides to avoid the punch. Grey leaps but the crossbody bounces off of Dain! Dain tags in Grey, they double whip Grey and Dain uses Maverick to trip Grey up for the back senton! Human weapon, scoop slam senton! Maverick covers, ONE! Maverick clamps onto an arm, wrenches, and Dain tags in. Dain BOOTS Grey down, then fireman’s carries Maverick for the SWINGING BOOTS! Dain even RAMS Stallion with Maverick! Dain lets Maverick go back to the corner so he can CLUB Grey! Dain then fireman’s carries Grey but Grey slips out to tag in Stallion!

The Cruiserweights go after the heavyweight together! Mule kick, front kick, forearm and ROLLING ELBOW! They bring Dain in but Dain DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Grey and Stallion bail out, Maverick tags in and he says Dain is the one to dive?! Fans want to see it and Dain gives it a try, only to pick up Maverick and TOSS him! Maverick topples Stallion and Grey over and fans fire up! Dain goes out to fetch Stallion into the ring and then puts Maverick in. Dain clubs Grey down and Maverick covers, TWO! Maverick hikes up his pants and brings Stallion up, but Stallion hits a REVERSE NECKBREAKER!

Tag to Grey and Grey whips Maverick. Leap frog into HEADBUTT, then the BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Grey clamps on tight with a chinlock and Maverick endures. Fans rally up, Maverick fights up, but Grey keeps him from Dain. Maverick keeps trying but Grey wrangles him away. Fans duel now as Maverick fights up. Maverick throws body shots, backs Grey down, but Grey CLUBS Maverick first! Grey back suplexes, Maverick lands on his feet, and boots Grey away! Maverick hits Stallion for good measure, slides under Grey and hot tags Dain! Dain rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Stallion in! They both get LARIATS!

Dain brings Grey around for an OVERHEAD suplex! Dain runs in to corner splash Stallion, then does the same to Grey! He whips Grey into Stallion and SHOTGUN DROPKICKS them both down! Stallion staggers, but into an URENAGE! SLINGSHOT SENTON! Dain has the fans fired up as he aims at Grey, but Grey dodges, only to get the DIVIDE! Cover, but Stallion breaks it! Dain grabs Stallion and whips him to a corner, but misses to get buckles! Stallion runs at Maverick but gets double boots! Maverick rolls Stallion to his feet for a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Grey staggers, blocks a kick and KNEES Maverick! Dragon sleeper to a SPINNING POWERSLAM! But Dain drops a senton on Grey!

Fans fire up as Grey runs but Stallion gets around him to waistlock. Stallion tries to lift, Grey SUPERKICKS Dain into the GERMAN! Bridging cover, ONE! Stallion tries a lateral press, but Maverick breaks it! Grey and Maverick brawl, Maverick hits him and Stallion back and forth! Fast hands and feet, but he gets mugged 2v1! Stallion and Grey stomp Maverick in the corner, CHOP him, then whip him corner to corner. Dain puts Maverick on the outside to BOOT Grey and buckle bump Stallion! Tag to Maverick, BOOTS at the corner! Dain drags Stallion up, Maverick LEAPS to take out Grey!

Dain POWERBOMBS Stallion! Maverick wants a high-five, but he gets used as a human weapon again, POWERBOMB SENTON! Cover, Maverick and Dain win!

Winners: Drake Maverick & Killian Dain, by pinfall (advance to the second round)

One of the more unique combinations in this year’s Dusty Cup gets through to the next round! But they’re going up against a couple of rascals in MSK, will the dysfunction fall apart?


My Thoughts:

A pretty good 205 Live that at least got over half an hour this time. Legado VS Bollywood Boyz was a good opener, and it makes sense for Legado to advance. There is always a good story behind a faction wanting to have title belts for each member, but there’s a good chance they’re facing Imperium next round. Imperium wants to do the same thing between both NXT and NXT UK, and Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner will definitely want to get back to the titles. In the end, I don’t see Legado or Imperium being Dusty Cup winners, though.

Maverick & Dain VS Stallion & Grey was a good match, but with Stallion having the Cruiserweight title shot in his back pocket, and with Maverick & Dain being a fan favorite combo, it makes sense Maverick & Dain won. I just knew that Maverick’s new choice for a theme was really just a swerve. Dain & Maverick are probably losing to MSK, though, as MSK are new and it’d mean a lot more if they got into the semifinals. Though again, I wouldn’t see Dain & Maverick winning the cup, even if there is some story there between them and Lorcan-Burch. Though that would be a great shocker.

My Score: 8.3/10


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