Two Cruiserweight superstars go from being a tag team to being enemies. Hideo Itami never wanted Akira Tozawa as a partner or a friend, and now he’ll make Tozawa #GoToSleep if it means getting the respect he demands. Plus, we’re a week away from Alexander VS Murphy for the title, what will both men to do prepare?
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- Drew Gulak VS Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party; Gulak wins.
- TJP VS Christopher Guy; TJP wins.
- Akira Tozawa VS Hideo Itami; Itami wins.
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Hideo Itami demands respect.
The Innovator of the GTS came to WWE via NXT to prove he’s a star. He had so much promise when he came in, but it was all halted by injury. Itami returned and started over in 205 Live, but he was forced to team with Akira Tozawa to keep that momentum going. But Itami asked “Why?” That momentum would also be stopped, and Itami only blamed Tozawa. Itami wants Tozawa to understand he made a mistake thinking they were friends. Will Itami make it even clearer when he makes Tozawa #GoToSleep?
Drew Gulak VS Gran Metalik w/ Lucha House Party!
The Cruiserweight Crusader knows that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Gulak takes one step forward when he defeats another member of Lucha House Party. And once he’s grounded all the flashy high-flyers, he’ll have proven that you can flip or dive, but you will tap out. Will he ground The King of the Ropes and do just that?
But before the match begins, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick walk out.
The Ungentle Men join commentary, as they’ve had their run ins with LHS recently. They also share their “artwork” of the luchadors with the commentary team to show everyone what they think of Metalik, Kalisto and Lince Dorado. That aside, Gulak and Metalik tie up with the bell. Gulak gets the waistlock and moves to a headlock for the takeover. He traps an arm but Metalik uses the headscissors. Gulak powers his way out to a cover, ONE, and Metalik puts on a headlock now. They both stand up, and Gulak powers out. Metalik runs Gulak over and then speeds things up, front flip and then a stiff chop. Metalik acrobatically arm-drags Gulak, then dropkicks him down. Gulak bails out and Metalik builds speed, but Gulak slides in while Metalik slides out. Gulak reminds us this is a No Fly Zone.
Gallagher likes Gulak’s sound strategy, but Metalik still catches Gulak with the swinging kick. Metalik springboards and missile dropkcisk Gulak down. Cover, TWO, but Metalik keeps on Gulak. Metalik puts Gulak in a corner for a chop, then whips him corner to corner, but Gulak reverses. Gulak runs into Metalik’s back elbow, then Metalik hops up, only for Gulak to trip him up. Dorado and Kalisto rally for Metalik with the matracas, but Gulak puts him in a Tree of Woe to stomp away on the ribs and chest. Gulak backs off while Metalik gets out of the tree. He tosses Metalik out of the ring and lets him sit there for the ring count. Metalik stands at 4, then reenters at 6. Gulak is upon him, with the takedown and then sits down to pull on Metalik’s arm and leg.
Metalik endures this modified stretch hold, and Lucha House Party get the fans rallying again. Gulak shifts to just an armlock, but Metalik fights back with his free arm. Metalik gets to his feet but Gulak brings him back down for a cover. TWO, but Gulak maintains the keylock. Metalik slaps Gulak’s head, but Gulak wrenches the arm. Fans rally and Metalik throws body shots but Gulak throws in a knee. Gulak whips Metalik, but Metalik throws him with tilt-o-whirl headscissors! Metalik whips Gulak, but Gulak reverses and manages to avoid the handspring. Metalik dodges Gulak but Gulak boots him to a corner. Gulak runs into Metalik’s boot, and Metalik runs for a Sling-dog.
Metalik runs again and runs the ropes, to hit another missile dropkick! Cover, TWO, and Gulak gets to ropes. Metalik takes the gloves off but Gulak puts him on the apron. Metalik SLAPS Gulak, but Gulak hits back with a haymaker. Gulak runs in but Metalik springboards up and over for the Asai Moonsault!
Down goes Gulak! Lucha House Party and the fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” while Metalik stirs. Metalik brings Gulak up and into the ring, then goes back to the ropes for the springboard splash. Cover, TWO, but Metalik keeps his cool. Metalik drags Gulak up for another stiff chop. Gulak throws body shots, then hits a discus clothesline! Cover, TWO, and Gulak grows frustrated. Metalik rolls to a corner while the fans rally again. Gulak grits his teeth and runs in, but Metalik dodges to SUPERKICK Gulak down. Metalik then climbs up from the other side, for a tightrope walking Coast2Coast!
Cover, TWO! Kendrick and Gallagher don’t see the point in the rope walking if it was just a dropkick. Metalik drags Gulak up, into the fireman’s carry, but Gulak slips out to grab Metalik for a suplex. Metalik slips out, then hops up, for the victory roll. TWO, to Gulak’s cover, TWO! Gulak and Metalik stand, and Gulak ducks the punch to get the waistlock. Metalik elbows him down, and springboards for the Lionsault, but Gulak sticks his boots up! Gulak grabs Metalik, for the GuLOCK!
Metalik endures, but taps! Gulak wins!
Winner: Gulak, by submission
The Philly Fury lets go when he’s satisfied, and this win is satisfactory. Gulak keeps his word to check off another luchador, will he get the clean sweep?
One thing’s for sure, Kendrick & Gallagher approve. Gulak thanks them for their applause with a curtsy. Are we seeing the third man in the Ungentlemanly Alliance?
Buddy Murphy prepares for his Cruiserweight Championship match.
The Aussie Antagonist is sure that the current Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, isn’t training harder than him. In fact, Murphy believes no one trains harder than him. Murphy will come in “the bigger, the faster, the stronger athlete”, which is something Alexander has yet to deal with. That’s why Murphy is so confident he’ll win. It’s why Murphy has won every match since coming to 205 Live. Murphy vows to be the next Cruiserweight Champion, “because you can’t stop the unstoppable.”
TJP VS Christopher Guy!
The “Cruiser-Great” feels underutilized on 205 Live, so he reached out to SmackDown GM Paige via Twitter to see if there are openings on the Blue Brand. Is the inaugural Cruiserweight Champion truly thinking of moving up a weight class? Or is he just acting like he’s above it all to compensate for his recent losses?
The bell rings, and TJP circles with Guy. They tie up, and TJP moves all around with holds to a takedown into the hammerlock. TJP handsprings off Guy and “kicks dirt” at him. He even dabs on ’em. TJP dares Guy to bring it, and they tie up again. TJP slips through to a wristlock and then the sideways headscissors takedown. He keeps moving around, and hammerlocks one of Guy’s arms to YANK on the other! Guy writhes in pain while TJP grins. TJP keeps on Guy in a corner with a European Uppercut, then sticks a foot in Guy’s face while pulling on the arm. TJP whips Guy corner to corner, then snap suplexes Guy up. He rolls through for the saido suplex, then slingshots for the senton atomico.
TJP vows to finish, and the 205 Live GM, Drake Maverick, watches with a disapproving frown. However, Guy fights out of the fireman’s carry! Guy dropkicks TJP down and the fans cheer. TJP runs in but Guy avoids him, then springboards for a sunset flip, only for TJP to roll through and dropkick him down. TJP grabs the legs, ties them up, and turns Guy over for an Angelito STOMP! Then he adds on the Detonation Kick!
Cover, TJP wins!
Winner: TJP, by pinfall
The FilAm Flash is smug as ever after winning. Whether he’s on 205 Live or goes to SmackDown Live, TJP makes the T stand for Tuesdays.
In-ring interview with TJP.
Dasha congratulates TJP on his win, and asks about the recent comments he’s made. TJP thinks that “One: I wasn’t just the first Cruiserweight Champion, I was the best Cruiserweight Champion. Two: I’m the best technical wrestler in the world! Three, and more importantly: I single-handedly revived Cruiserweight wrestling, and I carried this Division on my back. If that is the kind of competition Drake Maverick thinks that I deserve, it’s crystal clear exactly what 205 Live management thinks of me.” TJP clearly feels he’s better than just some Guy, but will complaining about it get him what he wants?
The Cruiserweight Division made a big impression on the WWE European Tour.
The Heart and Soul of 205 Live, Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander, were the cornerstone of the Cruiserweight action that wowed the crowds all over Europe. Ali himself made direct connections with the fans to share his light of inspiration with them.
Alexander also shared his feelings of the entire experience.
Exclusive interview with Cedric Alexander.
Vic Joseph thanks the Cruiserweight Champion for taking the time for this interview, but it helps that Vic and Alexander go a ways back. Alexander is on quite the roll, and sets to defend the title against Buddy Murphy. How is Alexander handling the pressure of being champion? “One day at a time.” Alexander had pressure at Wrestlemania, at Greatest Royal Rumble, so pressure is just “another day at the office” for him. But when Alexander returns to his home state of Carolina, he’ll have family and friends in attendance, that has to be a different kind of pressure. Not at all to Alexander. His friends and family will be his support, he won’t fail.
Then on to Buddy Murphy, who is like we’ve never seen in the Cruiserweight Division. Murphy states he’s bigger, stronger and faster, and that Alexander has never faced someone like him. Alexander responds by saying that he himself cut weight to be a Cruiserweight. Alexander went through the very same things Murphy has, from hours of cardio to gallons of water day in and day out. Cutting weight gives you that agility, that speed, but it also drains stamina. If Murphy hasn’t figured that out, then Alexander plans to exploit it.
But how can Alexander be sure? Everyone else who has gone up against Murphy have failed to exploit a weakness, so what can Alexander do? “205 Live is full of young, hungry lions”, from Gran Metalik to Mustafa Ali and even Drew Gulak. But there’s a reason Alexander is champion: he’s well-rounded, can do it all and then some, and will remind Murphy that this is the #AgeOfAlexander. That may be the case now, but will it be after next week?
Akira Tozawa VS Hideo Itami!
The Stamina Monster and the Innovator of the GTS were a tag team that showed promise, but Itami never wanted that for himself. Now, to both earn respect and move towards a Cruiserweight singles title opportunity, Itami vows to make Tozawa see he is not on his level.
In a quick backstage interview, Tozawa says that “Hideo is a legend. I always respected Hideo, but Hideo did not respect me. If Hideo didn’t like me as a partner, he really won’t like me as an opponent.”
Th bell rings, and the two go right at each other with boot kicks. Then they throw fast and furious forearms. Itami kicks then whips but Tozawa reverses. Itami sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through. Tozawa kicks but Itami ducks and rolls him up, TWO. Itami kicks but Tozawa dodges, and fans applaud how even they are. The two circle again, and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa. Itami hates that, and kicks at Tozawa. Tozawa blocks the kick then chops, so Itami chops back. Tozawa chops, Itami chops, and it’s a chop fight. Itami staggers, but fires up and chops Tozawa. Tozawa also staggers, but also chops back. Itami chops again, and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa. Tozawa fakes the chop, to hit the jab! Itami crawls to ropes but Tozawa “AH! AH!” stomps away. Tozawa backs off at 4, then brings Itami up for a snapmare.
Tozawa runs to Penalty Kick and back senton on Itami. Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps fans in it with “AH! AH!” Tozawa stomps Itami, then brings him up for a shouting scoop slam. Cover, TWO, and Tozawa puts Itami in a chinlock. Tozawa brings Itami to the mat, but Itami endures. Itami stands up and jawbreakers out, but Tozawa ax handles Itami back. Tozawa stomps and chops Itami again, then again. Tozawa whips corner to corner then runs in, but Itami puts him on the apron, only for Tozawa to forearm Itami back. Itami sees Tozawa coming and kicks him between the ropes. Itami then climbs up, and drops the flying guillotine knee!
Tozawa goes down and Itami shouts at the fans, “Respect me!” Fans “AH! AH!” instead, so Itami tells them to “Shut up!” Itami stomps Tozawa while demanding respect, then brings Tozawa up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Itami keeps on Tozawa with kicks. Itami baseball slide dropkicks Tozawa out of the ring, then goes out to stomp him more. Fans continue to “AH! AH!” but Itami puts Tozawa into barriers. Itami stands Tozawa up for kicks against the barriers, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO, but Itami keeps focus as he drags Tozawa back up. Itami snapmares Tozawa into a chinlock, and now Tozawa endures. Fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa and Tozawa powers up to fight back. Itami clubs and elbows Tozawa, then whips him corner to corner. Tozawa boots Itami back, then climbs up to fly, into Itami’s kick!
Itami looms over Tozawa, wanting Tozawa to respect him while he suffers. Itami drags Tozawa up, whips and runs him down with the kitchen sink knee. He toys with Tozawa, showing little respect to him. Itami mocks the “Ah! Ah!” while fans genuinely echo it. Itami kicks Tozawa while he’s down, right in the ribs. Fans refuse to respect Itami, so Itami drags Tozawa up for another whip. Itami hits another kitchen sink knee, then paces around Tozawa. Itami drops short knees into Tozawa, then brings down the knee pad forthe leaping scuff. He shouts “Respect me!” then mocks the “Ah! Ah!” again. Tozawa gets up and swings on Itami, but Itami drops him with a DDT! Cover, TWO, so Itami puts the chinlock on again.
Tozawa endures, and “AH! AH!” gives him energy. Tozawa fights back again, but Itami knees again. Itami whips, but Tozawa anticipates the knee and rolls Itami up! TWO, and Itami boots Tozawa, only to run into the headscissors! Tozawa hits the Shining Wizard, then fires up as he goes to the corner. Fans “AH! AH!” while Tozawa climbs up. Tozawa aims, but Itami rolls out. Tozawa simply changes flight plans, and leaps from the apron for a cannonball!
Fans fire up with Tozawa as he puts Itami back in the ring. Tozawa hurries back up top, and hits a missile dropkick. Cover, TWO, but Tozawa keeps focus. Fans “AH! AH!” again, and Tozawa drags Itami up. Itami resists the lift and elbows Tozawa’s head. Tozawa chops, then runs into the corner, but Itami boots him. Itami hops up, for the tornado hotshot! Itami climbs up, and flies for the clothesline! Cover, TWO! Frustration grows for Itami, but he goes after Tozawa again with a strike fest. Tozawa ducks, but swings into a Fujiwara armbar, that Itami transitions into a crossface. Itami wants the other arm but Tozawa slips out to inside cradle, TWO, rolling roundhouse!
Tozawa hurries to a corner and the top again. He takes aim, but Itami trips him up. Itami rocks Tozawa with a right, then climbs up, but Tozawa fights back. Tozawa clubs away with every “AH! AH!” and then reaches for a Fisherman. Itami fights back, and gets a SUPER FALCON ARROW!!
Itami crawls to a cover, TWO!? Somehow Tozawa survives, and Itami can’t believe it. Both men slowly stand up, and Itami runs to build speed for a big dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa stirs, so Itami gets to a corner. Itami runs in, but misses, and Tozawa tilt-o-whirls into an Octopus Stretch!
Itami endures while walking towards ropes, and he collapses into the ropebreak. Tozawa lets go quickly, to then build speed and DIVE!
The Tozawa Torpedo connects! Tozawa quickly puts Itami in the ring, then climbs back up. He takes aim and leaps, but Itami rolls out of the way! The Super Senton back flops on the mat! Itami drags himself up and gets to the other corner, to run back in for the hesitation dropkick! Tozawa is dazed, but Itami won’t stop there, he hits another one! Itami still isn’t done, as he brings Tozawa up for the GTS Mk.II!
Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Itami, by pinfall
Itami takes the win, but still demands respect. Now that he’s a singles competitor again, will Itami at least earn a Cruiserweight Championship match in the near future?
This was a solid night of action for 205 Live. It was three matches this time, but it all did matter in the end. Gulak and Metalik have a great match, and I sensed Gulak was going to join Gallagher & Kendrick in their stable. I don’t think WWE would go from a Cruiserweight Tag Team Division to a Cruiserweight Trios, but they could at least establish more than one trio stable in the Division. Lucha House Party going against Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick in a Six Man Tag would be great, and then have things come down to Gulak VS Kalisto in singles while Metalik-Dorado take on Gallagher-Kendrick in tag team action. By the way, where are the Daivari Brothers? They need to join the unofficial Tag Team Division already.
TJP beats a jobber but not just for the sake of an easy win. His story has shifted from arrogant sore loser to arrogant yet overlooked talent. I don’t really think TJP would actually move out of the Cruiserweight Division to join Raw or SmackDown. Those shows barely have room (or interest, rather) for everyone they already have *cough* Tye Dillinger */cough* so TJP is best served staying a Cruiserweight. But for story, it works that he’s making it as if he can leave at any time so it’s up to Maverick to give him reason to stay. Murphy and Alexander each do well in their promos to hype next week’s match, and I still feel that can go either way. Itami-Tozawa felt like it could go either way, too, but it works for Itami to go over. If Alexander retains, he’ll need a good number of Heels to face.
My Score: 8.5/10
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!
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!
- 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 – ****
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.
EVERYBODY has been ejected from ringside.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 17, 2021
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.
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/21)
The Dusty Cup comes to 205 Live!
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?
- 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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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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