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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (6/19/18)

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Will one of these men move on to face the Cruiserweight Champion?

The Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, is still without a #1 contender. Drake Maverick heard the requests of Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali both wanting revenge on Hideo Itami, and has made a major Triple Threat match! While an official contender won’t be named, surely the winner will be first place in the race.

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew Gulak w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Lince Dorado w/ The Lucha House Party; Gulak wins.
  • TJP VS ???; no contest.
  • Triple Threat: Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy VS Hideo Itami; Itami wins.

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The Cruiserweight Division is growing heated.

Two weeks ago, the Beacon of Light and the Aussie Juggernaut had yet another incredible rematch that could have determined a new #1 Contender. However, the Innovator of the GTS would ambush Mustafa Ali and even blindside Buddy Murphy. Itami wants respect, but he also wants that Cruiserweight Championship. Will he get what he wants after tonight’s main event?

 

Drew Gulak w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Lince Dorado w/ The Lucha House Party!

The rivalry of Cruiserweight Tag Teams rolls on, but with the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament in progress, the Ungentle Men are down a man. Can the Philly Stretcher still make it work against the Golden Lynx with only The Man with a Plan in his corner? Or will LHS keep the fiesta rolling on through the Summer?

Oh and yes, be sure to say hola to Penelope Gulak the pinata, she’s back again to give moral support. The bell rings, and we begin.

Dorado and Gulak circle while fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” They tie up and Gulak gets the headlock takeover. They stand up again, and Dorado pries his way out into a wristlock. Gulak counters to a hammerlock, but Dorado elbows back and snapmares Gulak down. Gulak runs Dorado over, cover, ONE, but Gulak goes after the wrist again. Dorado stands up while fans rally, but Gulak throws him overhead with a wristlock suplex. Bridging cover, TWO, but Gulak covers again. TWO as Dorado gets a shoulder up. Gulak tries again, TWO as Dorado bridges. Gulak goes to put his full weight on Dorado, but Dorado counters and ends up on Gulak’s shoulders! Dorado sunset flips, TWO, but now a roll up, TWO.

Gulak headbutts Dorado in the chest, but Dorado kicks back. Gulak punches Dorado into a corner, then throws in body shots. Kendrick mocks the Lucha dance, but Dorado boots Gulak to then fly with a modified huricanrana to throw him. Dorado springboards, quebrada! Cover, TWO, but Dorado arm-drags Gulak into an armlock. The Lucha House Party rallies, but Gulak hits Dorado. Dorado hits back, then climbs the ropes, but Gulak disrupts his acrobatics! Dorado crotches on the top, and then Gulak shoves him down and out! Kendrick mocks Dorado but fans rally for him. Gulak fetches “Dorito” and puts him in the ring. Gulak then drags Dorado up by his mask, very disrespectful. He drags Dorado into a ring and stomps away.

Gulak brings Dorado up again for a stiff knee to the chest. Dorado hits back with right hands, then forearms. Dorado fires off furiously and the ref backs him off, but Gulak schoolboys him out of the ring! The Golden Lynx hits the ground hard, but Gulak doesn’t give him time to rest. Gulak glares at Penelope, not laughing at LHS’s jokes. He puts Dorado in the ring, then grabs a leg. Gulak brings Dorado around and hooks his legs for the surfboard, but then pulls at the mask and jaw! He lets go at 4, then comes back for a chinlock. Dorado endures while Kalisto & Gran Metalik rally the fans. Dorado feeds off the energy, gets up and fights back. Gulak clubs him, then whips him to a corner.

Dorado stops but they collide with heads! Both men are down, and a 10 count begins. Dorado gets to a corner and Gulak stirs. Both men are up at 4, then start brawling. Dorado gets an edge, but Gulak shoves, only for Dorado to dropkick him down! Dorado dropkicks again, then gets to a corner. He comes back over to pull on Gulak’s hair. This is for pulling the mask! Dorado forearms Gulak, then grabs a leg to windmill kick over it! Gulak scurries to a corner but Dorado runs in. Gulak puts him on the apron, but Dorado hits back with a Listo kick. Dorado climbs, flies, crossbody! Cover, TWO!

Dorado keeps going, but Gulak takedown to cover, TWO. Gulak whips Dorado, handspring, Golden Rewind! But Kendrick helps Gulak get a ropebreak! Kalisto & Metalik protest, but the referee keeps Dorado back. Gulak holds ropes, Kalisto & Metalik protest more, but this only distracts the ref, and Kendrick hotshots Dorado! Gulak grabs Dorado for the GuLOCK! Dorado taps, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission

Kalisto & Metalik run off Gulak from holding on longer than he should, but the win is still his. Gulak & Kendrick celebrate their win, will they and Gallagher conquer the budding Cruiserweight tag scene?

Perhaps will find out who is truly the best team in 205 Live, as these two trios face off in an ELIMINATION Six Man Tag match next week!

 

Drake Maverick speaks with a referee.

The 205 Live GM wants to make sure things go as planned tonight between there of the best Cruiserweight superstars in the Division today. The referee understands the importance of this match and takes his leave. That’s when Hideo Itami enters. Maverick wants to talk about Itami’s “outburst” a couple weeks ago. If Itami has something to say, come to Maverick in his office instead of ruining a main event. Itami promises there won’t be any more problems in the future. So long as Maverick shows Itami respect. Respect? Respect works both ways, Itami. Itami has to worry about Murphy and Ali, the biggest and the fastest. But hey, Itami is in the main event. That is where Itami belongs, but he needs to make sure to make the best of it. Itami says, “I will.”

 

TJP VS ???

The FilAm Flash is feeling underappreciated in the Cruiserweight Division, and comes out already holding a microphone. TJP tells Toledo that “another 205 Live, and another week that the talent of the Cruiser-Great is wasted.” TJP’s been saying Maverick, “the most incompetent GM in WWE”, needs to do what’s best for 205 Live, and reward the man who carried the show on his back. It wouldn’t take much at all. Just give TJP more higher-profile matches, or the main event, every single week.

But no, TJP gets “this.” TJP doesn’t even want to add this guy to his record, because this guy only wants to add TJP to his. Maverick wants to set TJP up to fail, and if you don’t believe him, just ask “this guy.” TJP wonders if “this guy” feels he deserves to be in the ring with one of the best. Or, is he just some “whatever guy from Tostito, Ohio” that was lame enough to be pulled out of the scrap pile? “This guy” takes offense as TJP talks down to him, and knocks him down with a hard right!

TJP is shocked, so he kicks the guy in the leg! TJP puts “this guy” in a Kneebar! He won’t let go, no matter how much the referee shouts at him. TJP makes “this guy” tap out, but it doesn’t matter. More referees rush in and get TJP to let go. TJP kips up and looms over “this guy”, to then soak in the heat. He shouts, “I carried this place on my back, and I deserve better!” Does TJP really deserve better? Or will he just get what he deserves?

 

Lio Rush is officially signed with 205 Live!

Drake Maverick confirms on his own social media that as of last Friday, The Man of the Hour became the newest Cruiserweight Division competitor. Lio Rush is ready to show us all what a “23 year old piece of gold” can do in a WWE ring. Who will be the first to #FeelTheRush?

 

Triple Threat: Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy VS Hideo Itami!

The Heart of 205 Live, the Aussie Juggernaut, and the Don from Nihon. All three men want respect, all three men want to win, and all three men want to challenge Cedric Alexander. But only one can have it all, who will that man be tonight?

The bell rings, and the three stare down across the way. They all circle, approach, but it seems Ali and Murphy come to an understanding. Itami was the one who ruined their match a couple weeks ago, so they should take care of him first. Itami rolls his eyes, then bails out of the ring. Ali goes to pursue, but Murphy pushes him aside to chase Itami first. Itami turns around into a heavy haymaker from Murphy! Murphy clubs and Itami hits back, but Ali FLIES in outta nowhere!

Ali brings Itami up and in, then takes him down to rain down rights. Itami gets Ali off him, but Ali comes back for more. Murphy returns and pulls Ali away to then stomp away on Itami. Ali comes back but gets a right hand for himself. Itami chops Murphy, but it does nothing. Murphy bumps Itami off buckles then stomps another mudhole into him. Ali returns, but ducks the right this time to chop Murphy. Ali’s hand hurts more than anything, but he keeps chopping! He chops, then whips, but Murphy reverses. Ali dodges, then headscissors! Murphy and Ali are up quick but Ali runs at Murphy, only to get a boot. Murphy runs, but Ali tosses him outside! Ali builds speed, but Itami intercepts with a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO!

Itami keeps on Ali with a chinlock, and he shouts “Respect me!” Ali endures while fans rally up for him. Ali stands, hits back with body shots, but Itami pushes him to then back drop. Itami boots Murphy back out as he reenters, then covers Ali. TWO, and Itami snarls. Itami kicks Ali in the back, then smirks as Ali writhes. Itami sits Ali up for another kick, then shouts for more respect. Fans boo instead, but Ali goes for a third kick, and hits it. Itami talks trash in Japanese, but he doesn’t see Murphy…

Murphy snapmares and kicks Itami in the back. Itami stands, snapmares and kicks Murphy. Murphy repeats the snapmare and kick, but so does Itami. Neither man backs down, another snapmare and kick and the two grind foreheads. Itami SLAPS Murphy, so Murphy SLAPS back. Itami hits, but Murphy retaliates. Murphy runs, but into Itami’s kitchen sink knee! Itami kicks away on Murphy again, even getting a running start. Murphy writhes around, but Itami still shouts for respect. Ali returns, back suplex and kick to Itami! Ali says Itami should respect him, but then Murphy returns to clobber Ali with a clothesline! Murphy then deadlifts and German Suplexes to a bridge, TWO!

Everyone is down from sore backs, but Murphy is up first. Murphy toys with Ali, then brings him up. Itami returns, so Murphy throws Ali into Itami. Murphy tells him to stay out, but Ali rolls Murphy up, TWO. Ali runs into a sleeper from Murphy! Murphy brings Ali to the mat with his full body weight. Ali won’t give up yet, and fans rally up for him. Ali gets that second wind, but Itami also returns. Itami grabs Murphy in a sleeper! Murphy backs Itami into buckles, then throws elbows. Murphy grabs Ali again, but Ali stunners Murphy! Ali gets to a corner, and boots Itami away as he runs in. Murphy runs in, but Ali slips out to the apron to roundhouse Murphy away.

Ali fires up and takes aim. He slingshots in, but Murphy alley-oops Ali, so the facebuster goes to Itami! Murphy goes to pin Ali but Ali reverses to his own cover, TWO! Ali baits Murphy into a corner, then hits the Reverse-Rana! He keeps going, and hits the flying tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe Murphy survives consecutive impacts to the head. He backs off while Murphy and Itami slowly stir. Fans are on Ali’s side as he looms over Itami. Ali brings Itami into the drop zone, then climbs up. Itami trips him up!

Ali is stuck up top, and Itami drags himself up to join Ali. Itami wants a suplex but Ali resists. Murphy joins in, and grabs Itami for a bomb. Itami fights Murphy off, then kicks him away. Itami goes after Ali again, SUPER Back Suplex, but Ali lands on his feet! Murphy grabs Itami, tucks him in, but then runs at Ali to bicycle kick him down. Murphy then SUPERKICKS Itami, and drags him off to top for the AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! All three men are down again, but slowly stirring. Fans build to a rally, and all three men flounder towards each other.

Murphy hits Ali and Itami, but then Ali hits Murphy and Itami. Itami hits Ali and Murphy, but then Murphy unleashes his strike fest. Itami dodges the knee to respond with his own strike fest. Murphy ducks the back hand, and it goes into Ali! Murphy hits that knee, then runs in at Ali, to get a SUPERKICK! Ali springboards back, but Itami boots him out of the air! All three men are down again, and fans are fired up.

The three men stir again, crawling in different directions. Ali stands up while Itami pie-faces Murphy. Itami runs at Ali, and Ali slips out again, but Itami blocks the roundhouse! Itami forearms Ali, then back elbows Murphy. He hits Ali again, but Murphy blocks Itami’s kick, to lift him up for a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, Aussie kamigoye! Murphy grabs Ali but gets another roundhouse! Murphy and Itami are stacked in the drop zone, and fans fire up for Ali. Ali climbs, takes aim, and hits a 450! He gets the 2-for-1 special, but he can’t make the cover from sore ribs.

Murphy rolls out, Ali covers Itami, but Murphy drags Ali off! Ali glares at Murphy with wide eyes, but it still takes a lot to stand. Murphy bounces Ali off the announce desk! Murphy clears off the desk, and fans fire up for what they sense is coming. The referee tells Murphy not to do what he’s going to do, but Murphy’s already standing on the table. Ali sweeps the legs! Murphy crashes but Ali gets away. But then he turns around, runs, and SPANISH FLY off the table!!

Both men pay for that one, and fans are losing their minds. Ali drags himself to the ring while Murphy has barely moved. Itami gets Ali with the hesitation dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Even after all that, Ali lives! And Itami is furious. Itami gets a wicked idea, and he undoes a buckle pad. Ali stands, and pulls Itami away with a roll up. TWO, and Ali still goes into buckles! Then, with that bottom buckle now exposed, another hesitation dropkick! Itami’s boot sends Ali’s head into the steel! Itami covers, Itami wins!

Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall

Whether he won respect or not, Itami won this match. You don’t have to agree with him exposing steel, but there were no rules against it. Itami has his hand raised now, but will he be the one to challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship? And if he does, will he get his hand raised with the title?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another solid 205 Live tonight with everything meaning something from top to bottom. Gulak and Dorado have a great singles match, and Kendrick does great helping him sneak the win, as a Heel should. These two trios have been doing great, but it sounds like next week’s Elimination Six Man Tag will be their blow-off. I hope the Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships are still going to happen, and the winner of this feud moves on to be one of the contenders to be crowned champions.

TJP builds his story up more, and he even keeps his word of not adding his opponent’s name to his record, because they don’t actually have their match. I’m waiting for a segment where TJP and Maverick talk this out face-to-face. Maybe it comes down to one last match in 205 Live/the Cruiserweight Division for TJP. If TJP wins, he’ll get a championship match. If he loses, he has no choice but to leave the Cruiserweight Division and try to get a spot on Raw, SmackDown or even NXT. Then TJP can come back, having failed to fit in anywhere else, and settle for doing things Maverick’s way. Lio Rush is “officially” part of the Division, and he could easily challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship now, I can’t wait to see him on TV again.

The Triple Threat main event was great, as all the main events on 205 Live have been lately. Maverick loves to keep these from being official Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contenders matches just so it isn’t so easy for any of the competitors. There was so much great stuff, both story and action, and wow that table Spanish Fly. Itami wins as the opportunistic Heel, but it makes sense as he’s the only one not to have faced Alexander yet. Given the trend, Alexander VS Itami won’t happen on PPV, even though it could, but it’ll still be an amazing main event for 205 Live, I hope we get it the go-home week to Extreme Rules.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival 2019 A Block Ratings & Analysis: Part 4

A Block and Andrew bring out Part 4! Top 3 competitors are only separated by 2 points. How does the Champion Carnival start to take shape?

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A Block and Andrew bring out Part 4! Top 3 competitors are only separated by 2 points. How does the Champion Carnival start to take shape?

Welcome to Part 4 of the Champion Carnival A Block! Shuji, Zeus and Ryoji are currently in the drivers seat, but with Okabayashi with only 2 matches completed…he could be a big spoiler.

This will cover matches on 4/15 – 4/16 – 4/17.

 

Ratings:

  • Dylan James vs Yuma Aoyagi: Dylan wins via Chokeslam @5:00 – **
  • Zeus vs Atsushi Aoki: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @10:45 – *** 1/4
  • Yuji Okabayashi vs Gianni Valletta: Valletta wins via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle @9:05 – ***
  • Yuma Aoyagi vs Atsushi Aoki:Aoki wins via Rolling Cradle @10:00 – *** 1/2
  • Atsushi Aoki vs Ryoji Sai: Aoki wins via Rolling Cradle @8:35 – *** 1/4
  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Gianni Valletta: Valletta wins via Chainwrapped Double Axehandle @5:05 – *1/2
  • Kento Miyahara vs Yuma Aoyagi: Miyahara wins via Shutdown Suplex Hold @17:55 – ****

 

Analysis:

So…yeah…I got nothing. Yuma and Dylan was fine, but even with Yuma trying to get a jump at the bell, this was never overly competitive. Yuma got one shot with a Japanese Leg Clutch pin attempt, but it was never really close. So nothing bad, just nothing much.

Aoki is once again outmatched in size. Not so much height this time, but Zeus is a former bodybuilder and Aoki is a Junior Heavyweight, so the math isn’t hard here. Zeus easily overpowers Aoki for most of the match until Aoki gets annoyed. Three or four of Aoki’s chops get returned by one of Zeus’ and Aoki drops. So he fires up, stomps on Zeus’ foot and DDTs him. Aoki has decent flurries of offense, usually branching off of stepping on Zeus’ foot. Only messy moment was a Crucifix Pin attempt that Aoki looked like he double clutched on so that made it odd, but it wasn’t totally messed up. Solid match and Zeus had to pull out the Jackhammer, which he seemed like he was avoiding all match until he started getting annoyed with Aoki’s resiliency. We end 4/15 with a big WASSHOI!

So the 4/16 matches of A Block start with the living crap basket himself, Gianni Valletta. Now I give him some points, the crowd started chanting for Okabayashi so he went to the outside and whipped his chain against the guardrail as a scare tactic. As for the match it was a brawl. Some time outside went back and forth, but the turning point was when the referee tried to stop Valletta from biting Okabayashi in the corner, and Okabayashi kicked him away, bumping the referee. So a low blow, followed the the chain that we should all know Valletta carries, and that equals the first win for that moron. It’s a good upset, done in a way that keeps Okabayashi looking strong. But any points for Valletta will leave a bad taste in my mouth.

Finally, Aoki gets someone that’s closer to his size and style.Yuma got a few wins so far, but Aoki finally has a believable match up. This doesn’t disappoint. More Junior Heavyweight style, but Aoki kept focusing on Yuma’s arm since he has a multitude of Arm submissions in his arsenal. Yuma nearly pulls off End Game, but Aoki gets to the rope. After some back and forth, Yuma has Aoki reeling, goes to meet him in the corner, and Aoki does that Forward Roll Cradle for a surprise pinfall. Not a surprise that Aoki finally won, surprise since Yuma had most of the momentum at that point.

The first of 3 matches for 4/17, sees Aoki with another winnable match up. Sai has a height advantage, but is not a particularly impressive physique, so the pace is actually fairly quick. Lots back and forth moments, even though Aoki was mostly fighting from beneath. The crowd always gets behind Aoki, so it’s great to hear them pop hard for him. In a very similar way to his first victory, as soon as the match looks to be in Sai’s favor, Aoki manages a rolling cradle for a surprise victory.

Well I think we’re noticing a theme with Valletta’s matches. They are usually started before the bell, involve outside shenanigans, and sloppy wrestling. Since he won this one, it followed suit with the Okabayashi match, with ref bump, low blow, chain. However, the general wrestling was just significantly worse. Shuji being a top contender for the Block, this really hurts. Could come back to bite him since Valletta would’ve been one of those matches you check off as a win ahead of time.

Aoyagi is the last remaining member of Nextream, but Miyahara being the champion…everyone’s going to want to step it up. Aoyagi took his sweet time stepping it up though. Kento manhandled him and Yuma looked outclassed for a while. Yuma caught Miyahara in End Game, and that was the closest he was to really winning the match. Yuma managed to pull off his triple German Suplexes, but nothing really looked to point in Yuma’s favor. He showed some fighting spirit, but Kento just outclassed him. Good match, but only one real hold your breath moment to suspend disbelief.

 

Overall Score: 7/10

Good couple of days! Honestly the only reason these upsets don’t rank higher is because they seem like hollow upsets. By that I mean Valletta getting a few wins is just a tool to keep the standing closer, but he’s got no chance in hell at winning this block.

As for A Block in general, we didn’t really get a monumental shift. Zeus moved into first, Shuji is 1 point behind, Dylan James and Kento are 2 points behind. At this point, Aoyagi is eliminated because he only has 1 match left and Valletta is eliminated because Zeus beat Valletta, so even if Valletta were to win out…Zeus holds a tie breaker.

Everyone else is technically still alive, but Aoki is most likely dead in the water. Anyway! The next part should start making the finish a little clearer as we slowly get through the tournament.

Current Standings:
Zeus (4-2) – 8 Points
Shuji Ishikawa (3-2-1) – 7 Points
Dylan James (3-2) – 6 Points
Kento Miyahara (3-2) – 6 Points
Ryoji Sai (2-2-1) – 5 Point
Yuji Okabayashi (2-1) – 4 Points
Yuma Aoyagi (2-5) – 4 Points
Gianni Valletta (2-4) – 4 Points
Atsushi Aoki (2-3) – 4 Points

 


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/23/19)

Drew Gulak wants to teach Humberto Carrillo a lesson!

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Crusader says class is in session! Will Drew Gulak force Humberto Carrillo to submit to the submission style of wrestling?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo; Carrillo wins.
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Daivari wins and will challenge Tony Nese for the title.

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The Cruiserweight Crusader addresses the WWE Universe.

“Hello, my name is Drew Gulak.” And these are strange times on 205 Live. It’s alright if you’re confused. Gulak’s long time rival, Tony Nese, became Cruiserweight Champion against all odds at Wrestlemania. Cedric Alexander left for Raw while Buddy Murphy moved to SmackDown via the Superstar Shake-Up. But tonight, the Premier Athlete will learn who his first challenger is when Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari battle for the first time ever. No one could’ve predicted 205 Live’s current state of affairs, but Gulak assures all his constituents that he will soon have that Cruiserweight Championship around his waist to finally bring about his Drewtopia. And that begins by taking his rebellious student to school and finally shows him that “when you step to me, you will tap out.”

 

David Otunga joins 205 Live commentary!

While Nigel McGuinness trains superstars in the UK Performance Center, WWE’s top lawyer joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in calling the fastest action in sports entertainment!

 

Drew Gulak VS Humberto Carrillo!

The Philly Fury steps down from the podium after his State of Division Address to now address what he feels is a travesty in the state of Ultimo Ninja’s young career. Will Gulak get Carrillo to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground? Or will Carrillo show Gulak there’s more than one way to live on 205 Live?

As Gulak finishes his entrance, WWE shares Gentleman Jack Gallagher’s Instagram message. “Salutations, 205 Live, ladies and fellow gentleman.” Gallagher is on the sidelines given he needs to get some stitches in his moustache. Now fans are surely wondering why he gave Gulak a headbutt. As a gentleman, he must explain. It’s all rather simple. What has Gulak done for Gallagher? Gallagher suspected Gulak was just furthering his own goals at the expense of Gallagher’s. Gallagher was proven right when Gulak got Gallagher disqualified against Carrillo, so he made sure Gulak understood something. Gulak may not have valued Gallagher as a friend, but he will learn to respect him as an enemy. Gallagher will surely come back to settle his grudge with Gulak, but will Carrillo get his pound of flesh first?

Carrillo makes his entrance and we begin this fight of philosophies. Gulak circles with Carrillo and ties up. Gulak gets a headlock takedown and cover, TWO! Carrillo scrambles away to a corner but Gulak dares him to come back. Carrillo does and ties up with Gulak again. Gulak rolls Carrillo, TWO! Gulak is feeling himself as he taunts Carrillo. But he also tells fans to show respect when they boo and jeer. Carrillo and Gulak tie up again and Gulak gets a waistlock takedown. Carrillo slips out to a crucifix pin, TWO! But Carrillo suddenly gets La Majistrol, TWO! Gulak is frustrated, but he’s caught in an Oklahoma Roll! TWO and Gulak realizes Carrillo does know how to mat wrestle like him. Gulak gets up and circles with Carrillo then ties up.

Gulak grabs Carrillo’s hair and pulls him to ropes. He gives Carrillo a cheap shot then an uppercut! Gulak brings Carrillo up but Carrillo trips him up. Things speed up and Carrillo’s agility allows him to headscissor and springboard arm-drag Gulak around! Carrillo also dropkicks Gulak out and then builds speed, but Gulak avoids the baseball slide. Gulak swings on Carrillo but he blocks to CHOP and use the apron to climb way up high! Carrillo waves hi but Gulak says he should come down. Carrillo dares him to join him up top but Gulak insists Carrillo come down. Gulak climbs up to get at Carrillo but Carrillo kicks him away. Carrillo hops down and speeds up to triangle enziguri Gulak down! Fans fire up as Carrillo handsprings to arm-drag Gulak off the mat! Cover, TWO!

Carrillo clamps on with a chinlock but Gulak endures. Gulak fights up and snapmares Carrillo off, but Carrillo handsprings through to SUPERKICK! Gulak is dazed but he still trips Carrillo’s springboard up! Carrillo crashes to the mat and Gulak shakes out the cobwebs. Gulak gives springboard stomps with the bottom rope. Then he rains down rights before getting an armbar! Carrillo rolls to block but Gulak goes after fingers! Fans rally for Carrillo as he endures Gulak pulling at fingers. Carrillo gets the ropebreak but Gulak holds on until 4. Gulak stalks Carrillo to the corner but Carrillo fights back. Carrillo throws haymaker after haymaker, then runs, only for Gulak to tilt-o-whirl scoop. Carrillo lands out of it and ducks a clothesline, but Gulak wheelbarrows to a step-through! Gulak drops a leg on Carrillo’s leg, and puts on an Indian Deathlock!

Carrillo endures as Gulak pushes on the legs. Carrillo keeps it from being a cover and he throws a BIG right! Gulak gets mad and gives a ground ‘n’ pound. Gulak makes it a cover, ONE, so Gulak stands with the deathlock on. Carrillo endures so Gulak clubs him down to a cover. TWO, but Gulak shifts to another cover, TWO! Gulak wraps on with a chinlock of his own, but Carrillo fights his way up. Gulak throws Carrillo down then drops an elbow, cover, TWO! But Gulak doesn’t let up as he puts a deep leg hook on Carrillo. Fans rally for Carrillo but Gulak rocks back into a surfboard! And chinlock! Carrillo reaches and flails, then pries free, only to fall on his face. Gulak covers, TWO! Gulak drags Carrillo up and wraps on another chinlock.

Carrillo endures as Gulak grinds him into the mat. Carrillo reaches for ropes as fans build to another rally. He works his way up and fights out but Gulak suplexes. Carrillo lands on his feet and elbows Gulak away. Then he boots Gulak away, and runs to whip Gulak to a corner. Carrillo clotheslines and snapmares to quickly dropkick him down! Nebraska fires up with Carrillo as he somersault moonsaults! Cover, TWO! Gulak lives and scrambles to ropes, but Carrillo grits his teeth as he drags him up. Gulak reverses the whip but Carrillo handspring back elbows him down! Carrillo hurries to a corner and leaps for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Carrillo grows frustrated but he has the fans on his side. Carrillo drags Gulak up but Gulak blocks the suplex.

Gulak throws hands and scoops Carrillo into the dragon sleeper! But Carrillo slips out and shoves. He leaps but Gulak sunset flips, TWO! Gulak fireman’s carry to gutbuster drop! Ghost pin cover, TWO! Gulak grows frustrated now but he stalks Carrillo to ropes. Gulak drags Carrillo up but Carrillo blocks the whip. Carrillo lets Gulak’s pull help give him momentum for a forearm! Carrillo then whips Gulak to a corner and runs in. Gulak puts Carrillo on the apron and hits Carrillo back. Carrillo blocks the buckle bump to give a roundhouse! Carrillo climbs up, leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gulak survives and Carrillo grits his teeth. Gulak grins at Carrillo’s frustration as both men slowly sit up. Carrillo throws a forearm but Gulak gives it back. Carrillo hits again, so Gulak headbutts. The brawl continues back and forth as they stand up.

Gulak CHOPS then kicks, but Carrillo blocks to kick back! Both men stagger, Carrillo springboards to enziguri, but gets caught into an Ankle Lock! Carrillo rolls through to a cradle, TWO!! The Ankle Lock is on again! Gulak drags Carrillo around but Carrillo endures. Carrillo reaches for ropes, but turns to kick Gulak away! Gulak is down and fans fire up for Carrillo as he crawls to a corner. Fans rally up as Gulak stands. Gulak swipes blind but he finds Carrillo. Carrillo fights back but Gulak elbows and headbutts him down. Gulak hoists Carrillo up top and CHOPS him! Gulak climbs up and bends his own rules, but Carrillo resists the superplex. Carrillo fights Gulak back then SLAPS him down! Gulak staggers back up but Carrillo sunset flip powerbombs! Carrillo puts Gulak in the drop zone, headstand, AZTEC PRESS! Cover, Carrillo wins!!

Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall

It looks like the student has surpassed the teacher! Gulak thought he’d drag Carrillo down to his level but Carrillo soars higher than ever! Will this springboard Carrillo towards a future title opportunity? Will Gulak be able to rebound before Gallagher comes back for his own grudge match?

 

Oney Lorcan speaks.

“I have been training, competing and making sacrifices for over a decade, for one goal: Make it to the WWE and become a champion.” There’s one man between him and Tony Nese: Ariya Daivari. Daivari isn’t like other Cruiserweights. He doesn’t care about being flashy or technical. All he does is hit as hard as possible until there’s only one man left standing. Luckily, that’s the kind of fight Oney likes.

Ariya Daivari speaks.

“Ever since I got my priorities straight and focused on myself rather than those past flops I was propping up for the last year, I have been untouchable.” Daivari is undefeated in 2019! And he plans to keep it that way. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lorcan, if it’s Nese, or the entire 205 Live roster, nobody is keeping him from becoming the next Cruiserweight Champion.

Will the Privileged Persian Lion give Lorcan more fight than he can handle? Or will Lorcan take it all in stride as he looks to accomplish his goal?

 

Drake Maverick speaks with Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, again.

The 205 Live GM feels like he’s having the same conversation every single week. Maria has this inability to let Mike succeed on his own. Her interference in the Fatal 4 Way is inexcusable. THE Brian Kendrick walks over and hopes he’s not interrupting. Maverick doesn’t want any trouble, but Kendrick plays innocent. Why would he do something when Maria is the one constantly distracting Mike’s opponents? Like when she cost Kendrick’s good pal, Akira Tozawa, in that Fatal 4 Way. This isn’t a vendetta. Kendrick just wants to talk. Tozawa can fight his own fights.

Maria says they can blame her all they want, but if Kendrick’s looking for the reason his “meal ticket” lost, the two of them should look in the mirror. But maybe they’re just too cowardly to do that. Kendrick just wanted to talk. Tozawa can fight for himself. Then why is Kendrick here? Right, he should get going. He was just a distraction, anyway. What? Akira Tozawa attacks Mike outta nowhere! The Stamina Monster find the right opportunity to attack the Opportunist, but Maverick reprimands him as security pulls him off Mike. But then Mike sucker punches Tozawa and Maria laughs at him. Maverick gets Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis to leave, but this fight is far from over.

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!

The Premier Era of 205 Live truly begins, and it’s time to see who will step up to challenge Tony Nese now that Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy have moved on. Will it be the Boston Brawler of the Persian Lion that punches their ticket for a title match?

But before the match begins, the Cruiserweight Champion appears to watch this up close and personal. The bell rings and Lorcan focuses on Daivari and vice-versa.

Lorcan and Daivari tie up and push each other around. Lorcan puts Daivari in a corner but they continue along the ropes. The ref calls for a break and Lorcan honors it to let Daivari come out. Daivari circles with Lorcan and they tie up again. Lorcan wrenches to a hammerlock but Daivari slips through to hammerlock back. Daivari wants his hammerlock lariat already, but Lorcan gets clear! Lorcan and Daivari tie up again as fans cheer for “Oney! Oney!” Daivari gets the hammerlock again and again wants the lariat! But Lorcan gets clear and wants his Half ‘n’ Half! Daivari gets away and gets out of the ring. Lorcan stares Daivari down and dares him to get back in. Daivari takes his time as he eyes Nese. Daivari gets back in at the ref’s count of 6 and circles with Lorcan again.

Lorcan headlocks but Daivari powers out to punch Lorcan in the back. Daivari wants a cobra clutch but Lorcan holds the ropes. The ref counts and Daivari lets go at 4. Lorcan comes back gets a headlock and takedown to a cover. ONE but Lorcan tries again, ONE. Daivari goes around but Lorcan holds on. They stand and Daivari tries to power out but Lorcan holds on. Daivari makes it a cover now, ONE! Lorcan squeezes tighter but Daivari keeps it from being a cover. They stand again and Daivari powers out. Lorcan runs Daivari over and covers, ONE, so Lorcan tackles him, ONE! Daivari kicks low and CHOPS Lorcan at the ropes! Lorcan staggers from the string but Daivari whips. Lorcan reverses and atomic drops Daivari. He gives Daivari another atomic drop, then a third! Daivari ends up flying out of the ring!

Fans fire up for Lorcan as he builds speed, but Daivari clobbers him out of the air! Lorcan tumbles down and the referee checks on him. Lorcan’s okay to continue so Daivari takes his time getting him up and into the ring. Daivari stalks Lorcan to a corner and whips corner to corner. Lorcan hits buckles hard and falls over. Daivari stomps Lorcan out then fires up. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari goes back to Lorcan. Daivari drags Lorcan up to CHOP again. Lorcan seethes as Daivari gives more CHOPS. Daivari can’t believe this, so he keeps trying the CHOP! Lorcan glares and CHOPS back! CHOP after CHOP and then Lorcan scoops. Daivari slips out to a spin Lorcan for an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Daivari keeps his cool.

Daivari glares at Nese but Nese shrugs it off. Daivari goes back to Lorcan to whip, but Lorcan elbows Daivari down! Lorcan clotheslines and whips back, but Daivari holds ropes. Lorcan runs over but Daivari dumps Lorcan out hard! Daivari fetches Lorcan to bounce him off the announce desk. Lorcan staggers around and Daivari grinds him into the timekeeper barrier. Daivari puts Lorcan in the ring at 8 and argues with the ref about that count. Daivari drags Lorcan up by his ears and bumps him off buckles. The Persian Lion CHOPS Lorcan and chokes him on the ropes in full view of Nese. Daivari stalks Lorcan and puts him in another corner. Daivari whips corner to corner but Lorcan reverses. Lorcan misses as Daivari goes up and over, and Daivari wants his Million Dollar Dream!

Lorcan flails to resist, but Daivari drags him down! Daivari goes for the body scissors but Lorcan keeps moving around. Fans rally and Lorcan gets a second wind! Lorcan sits up and drags Daivari with him for the ropebreak, but Daivari rolls him off! So Lorcan uses buckles to push back to a cover, TWO! Daivari frees Lorcan but clobbers him back down. Daivari stands and drags Lorcan up, but Lorcan suplexes him first! Lorcan grits his teeth and fans rally up behind him. Daivari crawls over and they both stand up. Lorcan throws big European Uppercuts! Lorcan whips but Daivari reverses, only to get a kick! And a CHOP! And a dropkick that sends him way out! Lorcan slingshots and splashes down! Fans fire up with Lorcan as he drags Daivari into the ring.

Lorcan becomes the Fury of 205 Live as he wants his Half ‘n’ Half, but Daivari elbows out. Daivari boots Lorcan then hops up to leap, into a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs to BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Daivari survives but Lorcan’s rage builds! Lorcan glares and drags Daivari up in the half nelson. Daivari arm-drags out and SUPERKICKS! Million Dollar Dream! Daivari has Lorcan down and Lorcan flails around but he’s stuck in the middle of the ring. Lorcan fades, but he comes back to life! Lorcan sits up again and fans rally behind him. Daivari can’t believe Lorcan is prying out of the hold! Lorcan grabs Daivari to slap, slap, SLAP! Running EuroUpper!

Lorcan drags Daivari up again, and to the top rope! He climbs up behind Daivari, half nelson, but Daivari fights out for dear life. Lorcan falls hard, and Daivari turns around for the LION SPLASH! But he flops as Lorcan gets clear! Nese likes what he sees as Lorcan glares at Daivari. Lorcan runs in for a big clothesline, then a back elbow! He keeps moving, but gets another SUPERKICK! Daivari flounders his way up top, LION SPLASH! It hits, but he’s not done! Daivari hammerlocks for the LION LARIAT! Cover, Daivari wins!!

Winner: Ariya Daivari, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Nese has to applaud that performance, because that was truly worthy of fighting for the title. Daivari walks up to Nese and Nese offers a respectful handshake. Nese wants to congratulate Daivari on a “hell of a match”, but all Daivari wants from Nese is the title. Nese holds up the title and dares Daivari to take it. Daivari backs down for now, but this match is coming. What will it take to stop the man who stopped the unstoppable?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An incredible episode of 205 Live! Gulak did a great job in his promo to frame the new chapter in the Cruiserweight Division after the Shake-Up, and I was really surprised he lost to Carrillo. Gallagher’s own promo made it seem like the main thread of this story was going to be their blow-off match to settle things so I feared Carrillo was going to be fodder to give Gulak momentum. But instead, Carrillo gets the win he should’ve had all along, and can move on to whatever is next. Gulak VS Gallagher meanwhile will be great, and I hope they get a stipulation of some kind to make it even more exciting. Tozawa VS Kanellis is obviously going to happen again, I also hope that gets something special for the blow-off.

Lorcan VS Daivari was a great contender’s match. As Lorcan put in his promo, their styles parallel each other so closely, it was great to see them hit hard and move fast. Nese being Face, naturally the Heel wins but this was honestly another long time coming moment in 205 Live. If Enzo had stuck around, I’d imagine Nese would’ve still found his way to the title off him, then the “Zo Train” would break up and we’d have gotten Nese VS Daivari sooner. But after the time that’s passed, it’s great to get this match with the forms of Nese and Daivari we have now. I don’t know if this match will be part of MITB PPV, but even if it’s the go-home or the episode after, it’ll be great. I’m sure Nese will retain, this is his first defense outside of the rematch with Murphy.

My Score: 8.3/10


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