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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (1/23/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado VS TJP, Ariya Daivari & Tony Nese; Kalisto, Metalik & Dorado win.
  • Hideo Itami VS Jack Gallagher; Itami wins.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali; Alexander wins.

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Daniel Bryan addresses the WWE Universe.

Though he is SmackDown’s General Manager, it is Bryan’s duty “on behalf of the WWE” to inform us all that Enzo Amore has abdicated the Cruiserweight Championship and is no longer part of 205 Live. Bryan wanted to be the one to give us this news because of his connection to the Cruiserweight Division. Bryan was proud to call the Cruiserweight Classic that then gave way to 205 Live, and knows better than anyone the “untapped potential” of the Cruiserweight Division. Therefore, the next phase begins next week as an official 205 Live General Manager will be named, whose first course of action will be to address the Cruiserweight Championship situation. Whomever it is, they will give this brand the direction it needs to deliver the exciting action the WWE Universe deserves. Who will line up to be the first ever GM to 205 Live? What is to be the fate of the Cruiserweight Championship?

 

Six Man Tag: Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado VS TJP, Ariya Daivari & Tony Nese!

Luchadors unite as the Samurai del Sol, the King of the Ropes and the returning Golden Lynx take on the trio of the FilAm Flash, the Privileged Persian & the Premier Athlete. Will the combined #LuchaSpirit bring them a win tonight?

The bell rings and Lince starts against the “Cruiser-Great” as Lince owes TJP for injuring him months ago. TJP rushes Lince but he’s ready, they tie up and Lince puts TJP in a headlock. He holds on as TJP lifts, but TJP gets the waistlock and slams Lince down. Lince retaliates with a handspring armdrag then a waistlock of his own. TJP slips out and spins around to throw Lince with a sideways headscissors. TJP dabs on ’em, but Lince catches TJP into a headscissor hold of his own. He squeezes TJP but TJP kip-ups out. TJP pie-faces Lince, Lince gets up but gets caught into a hammerlock. Lince jumps up and snapmares TJP, then gives that dab back. TJP runs at Lince but Lince evades and arm-drags TJP down again before hitting a jumping huricanrana. Lince chops TJP down then hits a standing moonsault!

TWO, but Lince keeps on TJP with an armlock. TJP reaches for his corner but Lince wrenches his arm. TJP kicks Lince away and tags Nese, Nese runs in but gets a dropkick from Lince! Lince tags in Metalik, Metalik whips Nese but Nese reverses. Things speed up and Metalik handsprings but Nese evades. They keep going, Metalik handsprings to armdrag Nese on the rebound! Nese gets out of the ring, the fans fire up with “Lucha! Lucha!” while Metalik builds speed, but Nese returns to run him over with a back elbow!

Nese drags Metalik over to his corner, then mocks the “Lucha!” dance before flexing. He tags in Daivari, Daivari stomps Metalik before bumping him off buckles. Daivari covers, TWO, so Daivari bumps Metalik off the buckles again. He chops Metalik, whips him corner to corner, but Metalik walks the ropes to hit the whirlwind missile dropkick! Metalik covers, TWO, so he brings Daivari up in a fireman’s carry. He dumps Daivari down and tags in Kalisto, Kalisto hits a knee-spring senton. Cover, TWO, but Kalisto keeps his cool. He wrenches Daivari’s arm but Daivari drives in a knee. Daivari whips Kalisto, Kalisto tumbles to the apron to knock him back with a swing kick. Kalisto takes aim, then springboards for the flying crossbody!

TWO! Kalisto kicks Daivari, Daivari shoves him away. Daivari swings but Kalisto uses a Matrix handspring to evade, then retaliates with a spinning back heel kick! Kalisto starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” and runs in, but Daivari blocks the monkey flip to put Kalisto on the top rope. Kalisto boots Daivari away, but Nese distracts, Daivari clubs him from behind and sends him to the floor! Lince checks on his teammate and friend while Daivari comes out. Daivari drags Kalisto up and throws him into the apron edge before putting him in the ring. Daivari covers, ONE, but he anchors Kalisto while TJP tags in. The inaugural Cruiserweight Champion stomps Kalisto, then puts him in a corner to grind a foot into his chin. The referee counts and TJP backs off at 4, but then comes back to grind his foot into Kalisto more. He drags Kalisto up for a standard suplex, then rolls and holds on to hit a back suplex. TJP covers, TWO, but he drives an elbow into Kalisto’s head. He drags Kalisto up while fans rally. Kalisto slips out fo the suplex and rolls him up, TWO, TJP runs Kalisto over with a lariat. Another cover, TWO, and TJP grows annoyed. TJP drags Kalisto over and tags in Nese, Nese gives body shots and a buckle bump. He tags Daivari back in, Daivari stomps Kalisto before wrapping on a chinlock. Kalisto feeds off the “Lucha! Lucha!” and fights back. Daivari throws him down by his mask then knocks Metalik off the apron. Daivari runs at Kalisto, Kalisto elbows him away, then boots him. Both men are down, Kalisto crawls for his corner. Daivari grabs him by the waistband but Kalisto pries himself free and enziguris Daivari down! Both men down again, crawling for their corners, hot tags to Lince and TJP! The Golden Lynx rallies, throwing TJP with a huricanrana and then bringing him down with a springboard flying crossbody!

Lince keeps moving, rolling sabat puts TJP in a corner. He then runs in corner to corner but ends up on the apron. TJP throws in a shoulder but Lince jumps up to give him a guillotine legdrop. Lince climbs up and MOONSAULT!

Nese and Daivari both break the pin, but then Metalik and Kalisto hit double missile dropkicks on them! Nese and Daivari get out of the ring, so Metalik and Kalisto both FLY!

Lince has TJP in position in the ring, he hurries up to the top rope. Shooting Star FLOPS as TJP rolls clear! TJP lifts Lince in the fireman’s carry while Nese climbs onto the apron, Lince slips out and shoves TJP into Nese! TJP gets mad at Nese, Lince handsprings for the Dorado Stunner!

Lince and Team Lucha Spirit win! Will this victory go a long way to determining a challenger for the vacated Cruiserweight Championship?

As for TJP, he’s pissed.

He shouts and yells at Nese and Daivari, who are confused as to why he’s upset with them. Nese tries to calm TJP down, but TJP angrily shoves him, so Nese shoves him down! He and Daivari point out that TJP got pinned, so TJP lost the match. Nese and Daivari take their leave, TJP continues to seethe and scoff. Will TJP ever not lose his cool when he loses a match?

 

Drew Gulak addresses the WWE Universe.

The Cruiserweight Crusader still stands for a #Better205Live. At the sweet center of Gulak’s plan is “authority.” Therefore, Gulak supports the decision to appoint an official 205 Live GM. However, it can’t just be anyone. The Cruiserweight Division needs a GM with “the right values”, someone who will end the “high-flying, chanting, flipping, flopping and showboating that has plagued our Division for so long.” In other words, Gulak believes we need a GM who will create a #Drewtopia. Is Gulak declaring his candidacy for the position?

 

Hideo Itami VS Jack Gallagher!

The Ungentle Gentleman continues to show zero respect to the Innovator of the GTS, especially after he sidelined THE Brian Kendrick with serious orbital bone damage. However, Itami has words for both Gallagher and Kendrick. “The WWE is not ballet. Injuries happen.” Kendrick’s injury was an accident, Itami would never do that on purpose. Itami actually respects Kendrick, but he does NOT respect Gallagher. Clearly no love lost here, will Itami make Gallagher #GoToSleep?

The bell rings, and Itami boots Gallagher down right away!

Gallagher goes crawling to ropes, Itami comes over and whips him to then knock him down with a kitchen sink knee. Itami kicks Gallagher stiff in the back, and fires up as Gallagher gets to his feet. Gallagher avoids a kick and gets to the ropes, but then gives Itami a cheap shot to the stomach. He puts Itami in a headlock, and holds on as Itami tries to power out. Itami puts Gallagher in a corner then rams in a shoulder. Itami wrenches Gallagher’s arm then whips him corner to corner, Gallagher brings back the Extraordinary Headstand.

Gallagher refuses to come down, so Itami rushes in. Gallagher jumps over him, but Itami knocks him down with a roundhouse kick to the chest! Itami keeps on Gallagher in a corner, then whips him but is reversed. He puts Gallagher on the apron but Gallagher bumps him off a buckle. Gallagher throws in a shoulder, Itami counters with kick after kick. Itami then hops up to the second rope, and jumps for a flying knee drop into Gallagher’s back!

Gallager tumbles to the floor, fans fire up for Itami. Itami waits while Gallagher staggers around the outside, but Gallagher slips under the ring to pull a little trickery. He pops out from the other side and pushes Itami right into buckles! Gallagher then unleashes angry right hands in the corner, stopping at the ref’s count of 4. Gallagher drags Itami and wrenches the arm. He yanks on that arm Itami has injured in the past, torturing it from shoulder to wrist. Gallagher wrenches the fingers and wrist as far as he can, but Itami endures. Itami gets up and fights back, but Gallagher yanks him right back down. Gallagher hears the “Boring!” chants but merely mocks the fans. He puts Itami into a seated hammerlock and then pulls on that other arm, to recline back for a modified armlock pin.

TWO, and Gallagher grows annoyed. He drives a knee into Itami’s back, then goes after the repaired arm again. Itami resists and endures, but Gallager drops a knee on the arm. Gallagher embraces the heat before returning to the wristlock. Itami gets up and fights back with haymakers. Itami starts rallying with lariats, then a back kick and Fisherman Suplex. Gallagher gets to a corner while Itami fires himself up, Itami then hits a knee strike in the corner. Itami throws Gallagher down then climbs up top, and hits the flying clothesline!

Cover, TWO! Itami and Gallagher both look furious, Itami is the one who unloads strikes. Gallagher shoves Itami towards the ref, but Itami manages to stop himself. Gallagher rolls Itami up, TWO! Itami blocks Gallagher’s counter attack to then rock him with a spinning backhand. Gallagher falls back, Itami goes corner to corner, to hit the hesitation dropkick! He’s not done, though! Itami grabs Gallagher in a dragon sleeper, demands “RESPECT!” before swinging him around for a code breaker!

Itami wins! The Innovator of the GTS has innovated a whole new move, will he finally get the respect he demands?

 

Akira Tozawa speaks.

He walks into 205 Live and hears they’re getting a General Manager. “I could be a good boss. Watch.” He walks over to a 205 Live backstage employee and tells them, “You’re FIRED!” Then he walks off with a big smile, much like Mr. Vince McMahon would. Can the Stamina Monster make the transition from wrestler to boss?

 

Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali!

The Carolina Kid was the #1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Champion, but he doesn’t seem too upset about the situation he finds himself in. His mission stays the same, and his vow to start the #AgeofAlexander is still going strong. Can he defeat the Pakistani Prince to prove he’s still worthy of that title?

The bell rings, the two friends shake hands but Alexander also lets Ali know this is business. The fans chant “Let’s go, Cedric!” while the two circle. Ali lunges in and gets a waistlock but Alexander gets the standing switch. Alexander lifts Ali but Ali keeps from being thrown, and pushes Alexander back. The referee calls for the break, and the break is clean. The two circle again, tie up, and Ali gets a headlock. Alexander powers Ali to a corner now, and gives another clean break. They circle a third time, Ali gets the wristlock but Alexander rolls and spins to reverse it. Ali reverses back, things speed up, Ali shows off his agility and the fans applaud. They go again, Ali headscissors but Alexander handsprings through to stay on his feet. The fans applaud while Alexander says “You gotta come better than that, baby.” They tie up again, Ali pushes Alexander to the corner but Alexander turns it around. The two go back and forth in the corner, the referee calls for the break, and things get chippy for Ali. Alexander doesn’t get why, but they tie up and get chippy all over again. Ali shoves Alexander, Alexander shoves Ali then sweeps a leg. They speed up again, handspring headscissors and dropkick from Alexander!

Cover, TWO, Alexander puts Ali in an armlock. Ali endures and gets to his feet but Alexander simply sweeps the legs to bring him back down. He stands up again and whips Alexander but Alexander reverses, Ali responds with a flapjack dropkick! Ali covers, ONE, so Ali arm-drags Alexander down into an armlock. Alexander stands up and arm-drags Ali, but Ali arm-drags Alexander back down and into the armlock. Ali trash talks but Alexander stands up again to whip Ali to ropes. Ali kicks Alexander, then runs at Alexander in the corner. Alexander puts him on the apron, sees Ali trying to slingshot up, so he shoves him down!

Ali not only falls off the apron but bumps his head on the edge! He writhes in pain on the ground, but Alexander simply catches his breath in the ring. The ring count begins and climbs up to 5 before Ali stirs. Alexander goes out to fetch Ali, puts him in the ring, TWO. Alexander puts Ali in a straitjacket clutch and bends him back. Fans rally and Ali uses that energy to stand back up. Alexander yanks Ali back down, then stalks him to a corner. Ali rocks Alexander with a strong forearm, so Alexander rocks him back with a running European Uppercut. Alexander stomps Ali, Ali gives Alexander a forearm, Alexander chops Ali. Another sharp chop rings out before Alexander whips Ali corner to corner hard. Alexander runs in corner to corner but Ali jumps up and over, sending Alexander face first into buckles!

Ali himself has a rough landing, but his eyes burn with determination. Alexander is groggy as he stands up, Ali starts rallying with forearms and chops. Ali whips Alexander, Alexander reverses but Ali slides to a stop. He slips out to the apron and rocks Alexander with a roundhouse! Ali then takes aim, and slingshots in for the rolling facebuster!

Cover, TWO! Ali cannot believe it, but he won’t let it deter him. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander shoves him away. Alexander runs in but into a back elbow, Ali hops up and jumps! Alexander blocks the tornado DDT with pure strength! Then he pops Ali up and around for a suplex. Ali knees his way out then shoves Alexander to a corner. Ali runs in but Alexander dropkicks his legs out, now Ali hits buckles face first! Alexander gets to the apron, and kicks Ali in the head! Then the step-in springboard downward spiral!

TWO! Alexander is shocked, but he’s not out of ideas. He takes off his elbow pads before dragging Ali up. Ali SLAPS Alexander, so Alexander slaps him back. Now they brawl with furious right hands. Ali pushes Alexander, Alexander blocks the kick on the rebound and rocks him with a back elbow. Alexander goes to run but Ali holds onto his waistband, so Alexander scrapes him off. He throws a kick, but Ali blocks to spin Alexander around for the wheel kick!

Alexander is out on his feet, Ali runs, but into the Spanish Fly!

Both men are down but the fans are fired up! The referee checks on Alexander and Ali, they’re both okay to continue. Alexander gets up first and heads for Ali. He brings Ali up, crossbody counter, TWO! Alexander runs in but is put to the apron, he rocks Ali with a roundhouse. He jumps up but Ali trips him up, Alexander hits the top buckle! Ali runs again, and hits the tilt-o-whirl tornado DDT!

Cover, TWO!! Ali is shocked! He won’t stop here, though. He drags Alexander over while fans declare “This is awesome!” Ali climbs up, takes aim and 0-5-4 FLOPS! Alexander runs, handsprings and hits the Neuralizer enziguri! And then, LUMBAR CHECK!

Alexander covers, Alexander wins!! The Cruiserweight Championship may be up for grabs, but perhaps this victory will solidify the origins of the #AgeofAlexander!

As for the friendship of Alexander and Ali, the winner helps the loser to his feet, and they raise each other’s hands. With sportsmanship like this, will the Cruiserweight Division only grow stronger in these uncertain times?

 

My Thoughts:

I give kudos to WWE for handling the situation they find themselves in with Enzo Amore. Given the Certified G’s scandal, this episode essentially resets some things going on in the Cruiserweight Division. Commentary did a great job dancing around the issue while still bringing up the valid points that need to be addressed. Without Enzo, the ‘Zo Train clearly disbands without a word. Bryan makes the announcement about a GM, and Cruiserweight superstars have already volunteered for the job, but I hope the GM isn’t anyone we currently see in the Division. This can be a great opportunity to bring back a classic Cruiserweight talent from the past, such as Gregory “Hurricane” Helms or Jamie “J&J Security” Noble. A former Cruiserweight Champion from the previous era would make for a great authority, especially if they become a fighting GM. Helms can make that work the best for nostalgic and entertainment reasons, as Gregory Helms is the GM and The Hurricane is the in-ring talent. And with Elimination Chamber on the horizon, I would hope they let that match type be what decides the new Cruiserweight Champion in a high-flying and hardcore six man match.

As for tonight, this was some great action to make up for both the underwhelming Raw 25th Anniversary and the Enzo Amore issue. The Six Man Tag was a great opener, and I love seeing the luchadors of 205 Live uniting in a semi-official faction. If Cruiserweights were allowed crossover with the other divisions, I would love to see one of the three winning the Cruiserweight Championship while the other two compete for the Raw Tag Team Championships. TJP maintains his sore loser gimmick, which I shall call #TJPissed from now on. Nese and Daivari sticking together for now makes sense, they only just lost the ‘Zo Train rights recently so they must be stinging from the news. Itami VS Gallagher still wasn’t quite right, I think WWE needs to let Gallagher be even more aggressive and mean before fans stop chanting “Boring” at him. At the same time, Itami’s new move isn’t really that good yet. If Itami jumps for the code breaker part, it’ll look more effective, but I commend Gallagher for selling the damage to his eye to keep in line with what happened to Kendrick. That main event was amazing, though, and fans got into it by the end. Alexander wins to keep himself strong, but Ali looks to be a good second choice for new champion. Keeping with my Cruiserweight Elimination Chamber match idea, I would hope the six are Alexander, Ali, Itami, Nese, TJP and Gallagher for the best crossing of stories within the Division.

My Score: 8.5/10


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