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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (5/15/18)

It’s 205 Live in the UK! Both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions collide as part of the WWE European Tour! Drake Maverick wants both Divisions to bring their A-games, what crossover clashes does he have planned? Plus, Buddy Murphy has his shot in two weeks, how will Cedric Alexander respond tonight?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Kalisto VS Kenny Williams VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak; Alexander, Ali & Webster win.

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WWE brings the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions together once again!

London, England brings both rosters together, and 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, sets the stage for tonight’s star-studded match card. TJP the FilAm Flash, Kalisto the Lucha Dragon, Kenny “The Bollocks” Williams and Tyler Bate the Great will all face off in a fantastic Fatal 4 Way. Then, the main event is a Six Man Tag of “epic proportions.” Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster join forces against James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak in a huge crossover affair. The best of both worlds go head to head, who will prove themselves the best of the best?

 

205 Live gives quick profiles of the WWE UK Superstars.

For those not familiar with the lesser known stars of WWE’s UK Division, Nigel McGuiness, Vic Joseph & Percy Watson give us closer looks.

Joseph Conners, the man who lost half an ear while being left for dead, participated in the United Kingdom Championship tournament, defeating James Drake but losing to Mark Andrews. James Drake himself is one half of the Progress Tag Team Champions, but has come to an understanding with Conners since facing off in the WWE UKC Tournament. “Flash” Morgan Webster competes all over the world, and nearly destroyed himself just trying to qualify for the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament a couple years ago. He’s back stronger than ever, hoping to make an impact in both Divisions in his WWE debut. Kenny Williams of Glasgow, Scotland is a former 3-time ICW Zero-G Champion, and also makes his WWE debut tonight. Can he impress Drake Maverick and WWE management enough for title opportunities in the future?

Let’s not forget Tyler Bate, the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Bate may have lost the title to his rival, Pete Dunne, but that won’t stop him from working his way back up. From NXT to 205 Live, will this founding father of WWE’s UK Division make big moves towards a rematch with the Bruiserweight?

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Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Kalisto VS Kenny Williams VS Tyler Bate!

The inaugural Cruiserweight Champion. A former Cruiserweight Champion. A debuting WWE UK superstar. And the inaugural United Kingdom Champion. One of these four men will make a major splash with a win tonight. Will that win lead them towards a title match?

Bate remembers the last time he was on 205 Live. It was a match with TJP in a duel of inaugural champions. However, TJP felt the need to cheat in order to win. Tonight, Bate promises not only to put on a show, but he’s going for payback against the FilAm Flash. TJP’s only response is that the UK superstars are just as jealous of the “Cruiser-Great” as the other Cruiserweights are. Kenny, as the WWE UK Division’s newest star, predicts beating three former champions in one match. It’s why he’s called “The Lucky One”. He’ll proudly do the impossible for Glasgow. But Lucha House Party’s Samurai of the Sun decides to simply let his actions in the ring speak for him.

The bell rings and TJP runs away from Bate. Kalisto takes advantage but Kenny breaks that up. Kalisto kicks Kenny and Bate but they kick back. The UK stars work together with a double whip, but Kalisto slips under to then roundhouse Kenny. Bate kicks Kalisto, then runs, but TJP trips him up and drags him out. TJP puts Bate into barriers then stomps him out. Kenny side steps Kalisto to then catch TJP with a corner splash. Kenny rocks Kalisto with a back elbow, covers, TWO and TJP throws Kenny out. TJP drags Kalisto up to whip, but Kalisto ducks and handstand walks to handspring back for headscissors. Kalisto dropkicks TJP down, covers, TWO.

Kalisto keeps on TJP with a headlock, but TJP back suplexes, only for to Kalisto lands on his feet. He puts the headlock back on, but TJP powers out, only to get run over. Things speed up, but TJP trips Kalisto up. TJP turns Kalisto over for the Boston Crab, then reaches back to add the arms. TJP stands up, and it’s an inverted Mexican surfboard! He drops Kalisto to knock Bate down, then knocks Kenny down. TJP goes back to Kalisto, and puts him in a corner with a buckle bump. He hoists Kalisto up onto the top rope backwards, then climbs up. Kalisto goes for Solida, but TJP rakes his eyes and tears at his mask! TJP shows no respect, but Kalisto elbows him backwards into a Tree of Woe. Kenny comes outta nowhere to dropkick TJP right in the stomach!

TJP pops out of the Tree, and Kalisto adjusts. Kalisto kicks Kenny away, then adjusts again, for a HUGE flying crossbody!

Kalisto wipes Kenny out, but Bate is back to throw hands on TJP! Bate backs TJP into a corner and unloads even more. He backs off to run back in for a European Uppercut, then throws TJP with an exploder. Cover, TWO, but Bate keeps his cool. The young man from Mustache Mountain has the fans singing for him as he drags TJP up. He lifts TJP up in the fireman’s carry, for the airplane spin! Bate spins around and around, and around and around, then finally slows down, only to spin back the other way! He uses TJP to wipe out Kenny and Kalisto, then tosses TJP at Kenny. Fans fire up for Bate as he drags Kenny up for a EuroUpper.

Bate keeps on Kenny then whips corner to corner, but Kenny goes up and back to elbow Bate. Kenny then hops up again for a flying back elbow to knock Bate down. Cover, but TJP breaks it. Bate rolls out while TJP dropkicks Kalisto out. TJP staggers to his feet, and brings Kenny up for a whip. Kenny reverses, but TJP goes Spider-Man to then slip under for an O’Conner roll. TJP stands up and grabs Kenny’s legs to move him around, for an Indian Deathlock. Kenny endures, reaches for ropes, but Bate drags TJP up. TJP manages to keep the leg lock on Kenny while going after Bate with a modified abdominal stretch! Kalisto comes in, but TJP counters him and gets a standing guillotine!

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It’s a trifecta of submissions! Kenny, Kalisto and Bate all endure while fans applaud. Kenny fights out for himself and Kalisto, but Bate is still trapped. Kalisto rolls them both for a 2-for-1 dropkick! Kalisto goes after Kenny now, with kicks and a whip, but Kenny reverses. The tumble to the apron doesn’t go quite as planned, but Kalisto still makes it to the apron to Listo Kick Kenny away. Kalisto climbs, but TJP shoves Kenny into him. TJP then climbs up to join Kalisto, but so does Bate. Bate yanks TJP down and goes after Kalisto himself, but Kenny returns to join Bate. TJP gets up and adds on, for an international Tower of Doom!

All four men go down but the fans are loving it. Kalisto slumps out of the ring while Bate and Kenny crawl away. TJP crawls to pursue, and gives Bate a wrecking ball dropkick. Kenny gives TJP a springboard back elbow to send him down, then hits Kalisto with a wrecking ball dropkick of his own. He doesn’t stop there, he DIVES on TJP!

Kenny takes out TJP, but Bate staggers to his feet. Bate builds speed, to FLY!

Bate wipes out TJP and Kenny, but don’t forget Kalisto!

Kalisto bowls everyone over, and they’re all down on the outside. Kalisto stands up first and he brings Kenny back into the ring. “Lucha! Lucha!” starts up, and Kailsto takes aim from the apron. Kalisto springboards, but Kenny slides under. Kenny speeds up and tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! Cover, but Bate SUPERKICKS Kenny off. Bate drags Kenny up, whips but Kenny reverses. Bate goes for his rebound lariat but misses, and TJP gets him with a boot. TJP hits Kenny with the rolling sabat, and Kenny ends up out of the ring. Bate and TJP trade blocks and counters, then double clotheslines bring them both down! Fans fire up again while all four men are down somewhere around the ring.

Kenny stands up and grabs Kalisto, but Kalisto fires back. Kenny shoves Kalisto into the steel steps with a kick, then hurries to the apron. He fires up, springboards, but into a EuroUpper from Bate! TJP is up, fireman’s carry with Bate, but Bate blocks the Detonation Kick just in time. TJP shoves Bate away, then throws Bate at the ropes, only to take the rebound lariat! Bate brings TJP up, double underhook for the Tyler Driver 97!

Cover, Bate wins!

Winner: Bate, by pinfall

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The impact was so strong, TJP is stuck in position. Bate wins big against former champions and a rising star. With the second WWE UK Tournament coming soon, will the inaugural winner give it another go?

 

The Best Kept Secret wants to be Cruiserweight Champion.

Buddy Murphy made as much clear when he attacked the new Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, on the night he celebrated his Wrestlemania victory. What was Murphy thinking? Murphy wants people to understand that he’s been in the WWE for five years. He was NXT Tag Team Champion alongside Wesley Blake, but that’s all he’s done. Other than that, Murphy’s done “nothing”. Everyone else gets handed opportunities. No one else does what he does or gone through what he’s gone through. Murphy puts in more work to maintain his under-205 weight to even be a Cruiserweight. No one will hand him his moment, so he had to make one for himself.

Drake Maverick promised Murphy a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity given his wins, but it wasn’t soon enough for Murphy. No one else has a chance against Murphy. Murphy is the Cruiserweight Juggernaut, and the next Cruiserweight Champion. The showdown happens in two weeks, in Alexander’s home state. Will the #AgeOfAlexander continue on? Or will the Best Kept Secret finally reign supreme?

Who will be Cruiserweight Champion in Carolina?

 

Cedric Alexander meets Mustafa Ali backstage.

The heroes of the Cruiserweight Division and good friends prepare for tonight. They’re born ready for nights like this. Gulak, Conners & Drake are nothing to mess with, but then they meet their other teammate, the British rocket man, Morgan Webster.

“Gentlemen, I have arrived.” Flash Morgan in the flesh, and they welcome him to 205 Live. He welcomes them to the UK, and this was a long time coming. 205 Live just got “a touch of the Flash.” They like his confidence, but they know they have work to do. Can this trio mesh together to defeat the three gritty fighters put against them?

 

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Drake Maverick heads to the ring.

The 205 Live GM helped arrange this amazing crossover, and joins commentary for this main event match.

 

Six Man Tag: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak!

The Heart and Soul of 205 Live join forces with Progress Wrestling’s own high-flyer against the gritty ground-game grappler and two men of like minds. Before their entrance, Gulak, Conners & Drake are interviewed on how they plan on working together tonight. “Mr. Mayhem” James Drake has worked with the Righteous Conners before, so that combination has been proven. Now with Gulak added on, they’re going to enjoy “ripping and tearing” their opponents apart. Gulak confirms they’ve been doing team-building exercises all day. So whether it’s their first time or their 100th time, “two of the best mat technicians in the United Kingdom” plus “the best submission specialist in WWE” are going to put both Divisions on notice.

The bell rings, and Alexander starts for his team against Killer Conners. The two circle as Conners shows off that ear. They tie up, Conners gets the waistlock but Alexander the wristlock. Conners uses the ropes to acrobatically reverse that onto Alexander, but Alexander rolls and flips out. Alexander trips Conners for a cover, ONE, but he gets a headlock. Conners powers Alexander to a corner but dirties the break with elbows and clotheslines. Conners lets up, but grabs Alexander by the ear. Alexander breaks free, handsprings to headscissors then dropkick Conners down. Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO. Alexander keeps Conners down with a half nelson. He shifts to an armlock, one knee on Conners’ head. Alexander brings Conners up, and tags in Flash!

Fans fire up as Flash gives a body shot, then wrenches Conners’ wrist. Conners reverses, then shoves Flash at a corner. Flash goes up and over, then arm-drags Conners on the run. Conners scrambles to his corner and tags in Drake. Drake runs at Flash but Flash arm-drags Drake. Flash backs Drake down with just his dukes up. Drake gets to ropes, but Flash dares him to bring it. Gulak wants in, so Drake tags him in. Gulak and Flash circle and tie up, and Gulak powers Flash to the ropes. He doesn’t honor the break, and toys with Flash. He whips Flash but Flash dodges, then headscissors Gulak down! Gulak scrambes to his corner, and Conners quickly tags in. Conners rushes Flash but ends up tripped up. Flash hits a standing inverted senton! Cover, ONE, but Flash keeps on Conners with a wristlock.

Ali tags in, and climbs up, to double stomp Conners’ arm. Ali wrenches Conners, but Conners pulls on the ear. Conners whips but Ali reverses, so Conners powers him to an open corner. Conners runs back in but Ali goes up and over. Ali blocks the kick to give a kick, cover, TWO. Ali keeps on Conners but Conners shoves him away. Gulak and Drake reinforce Conners but Flash and Alexander join Ali. It’s a Six Man stand-off while the referee keeps the peace. Gulak huddles up with Conners and Drake. He reminds them of their ground game plan, and they break. Drake tags back in, and he circles with Ali. They tie up, and Drake backs Ali up into a corner for a cheap body shot.

Drake snapmares Ali, then stomps him in the chest before tagging Conners. They stomp away on Ali, then Conners digs his heel into Ali’s stomach. Conners taunts Flash, then drags Ali up to put him back in the corner. Fans rally and Ali slides under, then shoves Conners away. Conners tags Gulak, and Gulak grabs Ali. Ali slips out of the saido suplex, hot tag to Flash! Flash gets a kick from Gulak, then Gulak tosses Flash to ropes. Gulak suplexes and hangs Flash up on the top rope. Flash flops down, and Gulak taunts him before covering. TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. He brings Flash back over, and Drake tags in to mug Flash. Drake snapmares Flash into the chinlock, who has a blood mouth without his mouthpiece.

Fans rally for Flash, but Drake stomps him down. Drake drags Flash up again, then puts him back in his corner for a headbutt to the ribs. He snapmares Flash again, back into the chinlock. Fans rally again, and Flash fires up. Drake rocks him with a forearm, but Flash hits back. Flash fights out of the enemy corner, then hops up for a flying headscissors! He and Drake are down, but fans are rallying. Flash crawls for his corner, but Drake is closer. Drake tags Conners, but Flash still tags in Ali! Ali rallies on Conners, whips but Conners reverses, only for Ali to flapjack dropkick Conners down. Ali whips Conners but Conners reverses again, only for Ali to slip out to the apron and roundhouse Conners back.

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The fans fire up as Ali slingshots in, for the facebuster! Ali takes out Drake and Gulak for good measure. He hoists Conners to the top rope, but Drake runs in. Ali backflips over Drake, then dodges Drake to hurry up to join Conners, and throws Conners at Drake with a SUPER Steiner!

Cover on Conners, TWO. Ali keeps his cool, and goes back to Conners. He chops Conners stiff in the chest, but Conners yanks Ali into the ropes! Tag to Drake, and he rocks Ali with a forearm. Fans rally for Ali, and Ali slips out of Drake’s suplex. Drake holds Ali’s tights to keep him back, but takes a sharp chop for it! Ali tags in Alexander! The Crusierweight Champion rallies on Drake, and hits a big EuroUpper! He runs in for a shoulder tackle, then a swing kick from the apron. Alexander springboards for the flying clothesline! Cover, but Conners breaks it. Flash runs in and hits Conners with a tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT! Gulak clobbers Flash with a clothesline, but Ali SUPERKICKS Gulak!

Ali sees Conners, Conners hits Ali with a slingshot complete shot! Alexander handsprings to give Conners a Neuralizer, but Drake tells Alexander to #GritYourTeeth, for a STIFF left forearm! Drake fires up while Alexander staggers, but Alexander still counters Drake with a stiff back elbow of his own. Everyone is down but the fans are loving it. The fans rally and the six men slowly stir. Alexander and Drake head for their corners. Gulak tags in, then Drake rushes Alexander, only to be sent out to the apron. Alexander kicks Drake off, and boots Gulak as he rushes over. Gulak staggers away and Alexander clears the way for Flash to DIVE!

Flash takes out both Drake and Conners! Alexander boots Gulak again, then springboards, but Gulak catches him into a waistlock. Alexander runs and bucks Gulak off, then runs for another Neuralizer. Gulak catches that into the Ankle Lock!

Alexander endures the hold, coming close to tapping. He rolls and throws Gulak into buckles! Tag to Ali, and Ali leaps for a flying tornado DDT! Ali positions Gulak and climbs up, for the 0-5-4!!

Cover, Ali and team win!

Winners: Ali, Alexander & Webster, Ali pinning

The team-building wasn’t enough for Gulak and the gang. His first-time-ever trio lost to the other first-time-ever trio. With two weeks to go, will this momentum help Alexander retain the Cruiserweight Championship?

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My Thoughts:

A great crossover show for both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions. WWE is still dragging their feet in doing anything substantial in with their UK superstars, aside from featuring them on NXT. However, they combined the two Divisions very well here tonight, and perfectly used “less is more” in terms of booking the night. That Fatal 4 Way was great, and though this was the first time seeing Kenny Williams in WWE, we got a lot from him to understand his character. Everyone did great, and that TJP triple hold spot was impressive in creativity. Great to see Bate win, there’s a lot for him to do since he’s so young. Bate being the first ever superstar to have held both WWE UK and Cruiserweight Championships in a career would be something to look for if Pete Dunne is going to remain WWE UKC.

Great promos from everyone tonight, such as Murphy’s video for his coming Cruiserweight Championship match. That match is highly anticipated and will be as great as any other match he and Alexander have had in the Division, if not better. It could go either way, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Murphy follows through to become the new Cruiserweight Champion for his first singles title ever. The Six Man Tag was a great blend of matching styles. Flash, Ali & Alexander are like a UK Cruiserweight Justice League with Gulak, Conners & Drake are their Legion of Doom (DC Comics, not the legendary tag team). Naturally, Alexander and team win, but it’s great for Ali to get the pin. That way, Ali stays afloat in the Division while Alexander also stays strong for his match with Murphy.

My Score: 8.5/10

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