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- Kalisto VS Akira Tozawa; Kalisto wins.
- Drew Gulak VS Mark Andrews; Gulak wins.
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We finally have a new WWE Cruiserweight Champion!
The finals of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, as started by 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, happened on the Grandest Stage of Them All! The Heart and Soul of 205 Live battled fast and furious, pitting every ounce of their determination, grit and desire against each other. Cedric Alexander would derail one 0-5-4, survive another, and avoid the last before giving Mustafa Ali a powerful Lumbar Check. The Age of Alexander begins, how long shall it reign?
Percy Watson joins the 205 Live commentary team!
Just like Nigel McGuinness–who will be back in a couple weeks–Mr. Showtime himself now covers both 205 Live and NXT! And what a night to make his 205 Live debut on, as Cedric Alexander will be here later on to celebrate.
Kalisto VS Akira Tozawa!
Ahead of next week’s Cruiserweight Tornado Tag match, the Lucha House Party’s Samurai of the Sun and the Stamina Monster of the Rising Sun go mano y mano to gain momentum for their respective teams.
The bell rings and the two circle. Tozawa points out the chants for him before he ties up with Kalisto. They go around in a circle and Tozawa gets the waistlock, but Kalisto pries his way out to an arm wrench. Tozawa rolls to reverse the wrench, then shifts to the wristlock. Kalisto cartwheels and reverses the wristlock, bringing Tozawa to his knees. He brings Tozawa back up to a headlock, but Tozawa powers out. They speed up, Kalisto handstand walks and handsprings to headscissor Tozawa. Tozawa backs off to a corner, Kalisto starts up a “Lucha! Lucha!” chant. Tozawa comes back and they circle again. They tie up, Tozawa puts Kalisto up against the ropes. The break is clean but tense, and Tozawa starts up “AH! AH!” chants.
They tie up again, and Tozawa puts Kalisto in a corner. Tozawa backs off to stomp Kalisto, then whips him corner to corner. Kalisto goes up and over and things speed up again. Kalisto sunset flips, Tozawa rolls through, Kalisto ducks the Penalty Kick and rolls Tozawa but Tozawa ducks the Listo Kick. Tozawa flips Kalisto to his feet and fakes the chop, to hit the jab! Kalisto staggers to a corner and Tozawa starts up another “AH! AH!” chant while he stomps a mudhole into Kalisto. Tozawa backs off for just a moment, then brings Kalisto back up. Kalisto hits back with body shots, but Tozawa rocks him with another stiff jab. Tozawa snapmares Kalisto, runs and hits the Penalty Kick and the back senton. Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps on Kalisto with a chinlock.
Kalisto powers his way up and fights out of the hold, but Tozawa rocks him again with another stiff right. Tozawa chops Kalisto to a corner, then chops him again. He clubs and stomps Kalisto in the corner, then brings Kalisto up for a corner to corner whip. Kalisto slips out as Tozawa runs in, and then he swing kicks Tozawa away. Kalisto springboards and hits the seated senton, then keeps moving for a springboard corkscrew crossbody! Fans fire up as Kalisto mule kicks and runs, he hits Tozawa with a Spike-rana! Cover, TWO!
Tozawa rolls to a corner but Kalisto dropkicks him in the back. Kalisto stands Tozawa up, rams in a shoulder, then puts him on the top rope. Kalisto climbs up to join Tozawa, “Lucha House Party, baby!” But Tozawa fights back with body shots. They brawl up there, but Tozawa knocks Kalisto down. He’s in the drop zone, but springs up to swing kick Tozawa. Kalisto climbs up again, but Tozawa again fights him. Kalisto uses a headbutt, but it’s a bit double-edged as they both wobble. After some adjustments, Kalisto brings Tozawa up, for a rebound Spanish Fly!
Cover, TWO! Kalisto grows frustrated, but he crawls over to Tozawa on the mat. They brawl on their knees, then up to their feet. They throw right forearms back and forth, but Tozawa gets the edge. Kalisto comes back with furious palm strikes and an elbow! Tozawa back kicks, swings but slides under, spinning roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Now Tozawa feels frustration while Kalisto gets to a corner. Tozawa is in another corner and fans chant “AH! AH!” while he takes aim. He runs corner to corner but Kalisto evades to then SUPERKICK Tozawa! Tozawa is dazed, Kalisto keeps on him with a knee to the stomach, and then a rolling Death Valley Driver!
He keeps going, kicking Tozawa in the chest. Tozawa sits up again, so Kalisto kicks him again, and again. Every time Tozawa sits up, Kalisto kicks him down. Kalisto backs up to a corner, fires up, and runs in, but into a monkey flip that sends him into buckles! The referee checks on Kalisto while Tozawa drags himself to the apron. Tozawa pulls himself up to the top rope while Kalisto is still down. He stands up and takes aim, but Kalisto rolls out of the way. Tozawa isn’t bothered, he hops down and builds speed to blast Kalisto with a baseball slide dropkick that sends him into the announce desk! Then he builds more speed to DIVE!
The Tozawa Torpedo hits and sends Kalisto back into the announce desk. Kalisto staggers while Tozawa gets back on the apron, for a cannonball! The fans are fired up, and so is Tozawa. He gets Kalisto back in the ring while fans chant “205! 205!” Kalisto is in the drop zone, fans chant “AH! AH!” while Tozawa climbs up. SUPER SENTON, but into Kalisto’s knees!
Kalisto’s knees hurt from that impact almost as much as Tozawa’s back. The fans rally while Kalisto drags himself to his feet. Tozawa also stands, Kalisto runs for a second Spike-rana, but Tozawa blocks it! Tozawa brings Kalisto up but Kalisto rolls through to a sunset flip, TWO into Tozawa’s seated cover, TWO, but Tozawa comes back with a jackknife cover. TWO as Kalisto bridges out! Kalisto goes for a backslide but Tozawa flips over, only to run into Salida Del Sol!
Cover, Kalisto wins!
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall
Lucha House Party’s leader gains major momentum for the coming Tornado Tag match with this victory. Will the result be the same when Gran Metalik and Hideo Itami are added to the mix? Or will Tozawa & Itami beat some respect out of their rivals?
Tony Nese talks with Mark Andrews backstage.
The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welshman is a bit surprised to be seeing the Premier Athlete ahead of his match with Drew Gulak. But Nese was Gulak’s friend, until he turned into “this sadistic, egomaniac.” If anyone deserves vengeance on Gulak, it’s Nese. But he still hopes Andrews goes out there and kicks Gulak’s ass. With the 8-pack powerhouse supporting him, can Andrews settle his grudge with the gritty Philly grappler?
Drew Gulak VS Mark Andrews!
Just as Tony Nese said, the self-proclaimed greatest grappler in the Cruiserweight or any Division in the WWE today has grown in arrogance as well as aggression. Can Andrews settle the score with the Philly Fury here in New Orleans?
Before the match, Gulak speaks. “I am nothing if not a man of the people, and I have heard your concerns.” Gulak asks, “What better time than now, for myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…! POWERPOINT, PRESENTATION~!!” Fans are so excited for its return, but “the answer to that question is, ‘anytime but now.'” Fans boo. There’s a time for presentations, but not when Gulak is destroying the “pop-rock dimwit”, Mark Andrews. This is not Microsoft Office master, Drew Gulak, no. This is “the best submission specialist in the WWE!” It doesn’t matter who you are, you step to Gulak, you WILL tap out. Gulak finishes his speech just in time, so that he isn’t interrupted by Andrews’ entrance.
The bell rings and they tie right up. Gulak powers Andrews back then whips him to ropes, but Andrews collides with him shoulder to shoulder. Neither man backs down, so Andrews speeds up and throws Gulak with a headscissors then with arm-drags. Gulak blocks the third arm-drag but Andrews slips around to the other side and gets the hat trick. Gulak slips out of the ring to catch his breath, and Andrews waits for him to return. The ring count begins but Gulak takes his time. He returns at 7 and shoulders into Andrews, but Andrews comes back to kick at the leg. Andrews kicks Gulak around the ring but Gulak brings him down with a wristlock. Gulak keeps Andrews grounded with wristlock after wristlock, then grinds a knee into his chest.
The fans rally for Andrews and Andrews rolls and handsprings to flip Gulak over. Andrews walks right into Gulak’s scoop, and Gulak goes for the dragon sleeper! Andrews resists then manages to victory roll Gulak, TWO! Gulak gets to a corner, Andrews runs in but Gulak puts him on the apron. Andrews shoulders back in, then slingshots over, into a wheelbarrow bulldog! Fans fire up for Andrews while Gulak gets out to the apron. Gulak shoulders in but Andrews counters with a dropkick. Andrews joins Gulak on the apron, and hops up for a huricanrana, but Gulak goes to counter with a powerbomb. Andrews slips out on the back end, but Gulak shoves him into the turnbuckle cross bars! Down goes Andrews, and Gulak watches him writhe in pain.
Gulak leaves Andrews to the mercy of the ring count while embracing the heat. The count reaches 5 as Andrews stirs, he beats the count at 7. Gulak goes right at Andrews with springboard stomps, then brings him up into a cravat neck wrench. Andrews endures, reaches, and fights out while the fans rally. Gulak snapmares but Andrews lands on his feet, only for Gulak to run him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. He brings Andrews up for a pendulum backbreaker, then another. Cover, TWO, so Gulak puts on a chinlock. Gulak squeezes and grinds Andrews while fans rally again. He wants Andrews to give up, but Andrews refuses. Gulak wrenches and thrashes Andrews around, but Andrews endures. Andrews powers up and fights back but Gulak grounds him with a knee to the ribs.
Gulak bends Andrews back in a chickenwing chinbar, but fans keep rallying. Andrews feeds off the energy to fight back again, but Gulak knees him down again. Cover, TWO, but Gulak grins as he toys with Andrews. He grabs Andrews’ wrist and pulls as he stands on Andrews’ throat. The referee counts, Gulak lets go at 4, but then goes back for another chinlock. Andrews endures and fights back again, jawbreaker rocks Gulak. Gulak shakes it off but Andrews hits him with a forearm. Andrews ducks the punch to enziguri Gulak! Gulak staggers and falls to his knees while Andrews gets space. Fans build to a rally again, and Andrews runs in for the 619 to the stomach!
Gulak staggers again, Andrews takes aim and springboards for the crossbody! Andrews fires up, and hits a corkscrew standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Andrews catches his breath while Gulak gets to ropes. Andrews whips but Gulak holds ropes, so Andrews throws a forearm. Another try but Gulak reverses, so Andrews tilt-o-whirls into the crucifix. They go ’round ‘n’ ’round, and Andrews brings Gulak down in the crucifix!
Cover, TWO, and Andrews grows frustrated. Andrews gets to a corner and climbs but Gulak grabs his foot. Andrews enziguris Gulak away, then runs for another wheelbarrow, but Gulak shoves him away, to then clobber Andrews from behind! Cover, TWO! And Gulak is shocked. Gulak glares at Andrews, and slowly brings him up by his beard. Andrews revives and starts chopping away at Gulak! Gulak hits back with palm strikes, and now it’s a slap fest! Gulak shoves Andrews, tilt-o-whirl on the rebound, but Gulak blocks the DDT! He suplexes Andrews, but Andrews counters into StunDog Millionaire!
Down goes Gulak, and fans fire up for Andrews as he hurries to a corner. Andrews climbs up, takes aim, but Gulak rolls away to the far side. Andrews hops down and walks over, only for Gulak to yank him into buckles! And then Gulak drags Andrews into the Gu-LOCK!
Andrews taps, Gulak wins!
Winner: Gulak, by submission
This time, Gulak is merciful and lets Andrews out at the bell. He continues to prove how talented a submission wrestler he is, but is he truly the best in the WWE today?
Wait, Gulak isn’t as merciful as he seemed. He goes back to Andrews, and puts him BACK in the Gu-Lock! The referee tries to stop Gulak while Andrews flails around, but it’s Tony Nese to the rescue!
The Premier Athlete hits the ring and hits Gulak with a takedown and fast hands! Gulak scrambles away but Nese FLIES!
He takes out Gulak, then fires up in the ring! Nese dares Gulak to get up and finish this, but Gulak wants no part of an angry former friend. “You always were a cheater.” This grudge is far from settled, will Nese defeat his nemesis in the gritty grappling Gulak?
205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, meets with a new team.
He has heard their request, and will grant it. These two superstars will be in Cruiserweight Tag Team action next week, but he does have some reservations about it. Who is he referring to? Why, it’s the Ungentlemanly Alliance, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick!
Maverick admits he’s rather happy to have the Man with a Plan back in action, but reminds everyone that given the eye-injury Kendrick suffered at the hands–or rather, knee–of Hideo Itami, Maverick just hopes this won’t turn into “a vendetta”. Gallagher says, “Frankly, Mr. Maverick, a vendetta with Mr. Itami at this point, it’s beneath us.” Kendrick adds that he’s just as happy to be back, and as far as Itami goes, “consider it water under the bridge.” Maverick doesn’t seem quite convinced, but we can all be sure that with this team back, the budding Cruiserweight Tag Team Division just got a whole lot… crueler.
Drake Maverick heads to the ring.
The man formerly known as Rockstar Spud has been all smiles the last 48 hours in regards to the Wrestlemania Cruiserweight Championship match. He speaks to the New Orleans crowd to say, “I’m not gonna keep you, but I just wanna say, has this been the best weekend of WWE or what?!” The fans agree, it’s been pretty great. Maverick admits that nothing made him prouder than being appointed 205 Live General Manager. And he thinks they’re doing a hell of a job, don’t you? He sat ringside right by the announce desk–John Cena was in the front row–but Maverick was over on the other side, and watched “the Heart and Soul of 205 Live battle it out” for the title, “and they tore the house down!” Now, that brings him to present the NEW Cruiserweight Champion himself, Cedric Alexander!
The Carolina Kid is here and proudly holding onto his title after fighting for so long to get it. He enters the ring to join Maverick, and Maverick hands him the mic to speak. Fans let him know, “You Deserve It!”, and he thanks them. He wants to say that two years ago, everyone chanted, “Please Sign Cedric!”, and because of that, Alexander made it all the way to Wrestlemania to walk out a champion! Fans chant, “Yes You Did!” Alexander keeps it simple, and on behalf of himself and his family, “Thank you.” He loves them all, but before he can say more, Mustafa Ali appears.
The Beacon of Light walks to the ring and stands across from Alexander. Fans chant for “Mustafa! Mustafa!” to show they respect him as much as they do Alexander. Ali speaks, telling Alexander, “I came out here to tell you something face to face.” As his Wrestlemania opponent, as a member of the Cruiserweight Division, and as Alexander’s friend, Ali wants to say that Alexander doesn’t just deserve it, he earned it. They shake hands while fans applaud. Ali lets Alexander know there’s a long line of challengers waiting in the back, but fans are hoping for “One More Match!” between these two friends. But Ali reminds Alexander he’s still in that line. Another man who is in that line is Buddy Murphy! But where is he? He’s behind Alexander! And he gets the champion up for Murphy’s Law!
Maverick and Ali don’t notice until Alexander hits the mat, and by the time they react, Murphy’s out of the ring. Fans boo and jeer but the Best Kept Secret doesn’t care, he made his statement. Ali checks on Alexander while Maverick reprimands Murphy. Murphy was going to get his opportunity, he didn’t need to do this! But again, Murphy doesn’t care. Ali and Alexander both glare at Murphy, but Murphy just signals that he’s coming for that belt. Will the Age of Alexander survive when it goes up against the Aussie Action Hero?
A pretty good episode of 205 Live, all things considered. Great to see Percy Watson moving up in commentary, and I assume that means once Nigel returns, all WWE programming will have three person teams. Kalisto VS Tozawa have a great opener, but something confused me about Kalisto having this singles match but Lince Dorado taking his place in next week’s Tornado Tag. That aside, great for Kalisto to win, keeping him afloat in the Cruiserweight singles division. And with the return of THE Brian Kendrick, the Cruiserweight Tag Team Division… Well it can actually be one now. And them claiming they’re done with Itami is surely foreshadowing that they aren’t, and will attack during the Tornado Tag to prompt a Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship match involving all three teams.
Gulak VS Andrews left a bit to be desired, though. It didn’t help that something happened in the crowd to distract so many. I will note that it at least looked like one of the largest crowds 205 Live has had, and they at least snapped back to attention in time for the important parts. Gulak wins to stay strong going into the feud we’ve been waiting for: Team PowerPoint Civil War! This has been building since the ‘Zo Train turned them on each other, and now we finally get to progress with it. The Cruiserweight Championship celebration was more an acceptance speech, but it was still great. I thought Ali was going to turn, but he’s too popular for that, so leave it to Murphy to be Heel! He kinda botched his ambush, but oh well. A match of Murphy VS Alexander is going to be physical and incredible.
My Score: 8/10