Cedric Alexander is still WWE Cruiserweight Champion, but the contenders keep on coming. 205 Live GM Drake Maverick made the decision, and we will have Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali 3! Will the winner of this match make such an impression that they get one more shot at the Age of Alexander?
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- THE Brian Kendrick w/ Drew Gulak VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party; Lince wins.
- TJP VS Brian Keith; TJP wins.
- Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; no contest.
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And still WWE Cruiserweight Champion…
Cedric Alexander took on the challenge of the Aussie Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, and won. In his home state of North Carolina, the Soul of 205 Live went toe to toe and move for move with the Best Kept Secret. Murphy was the bigger and stronger competitor, but Alexander showed he was the tougher and more determined. After two Neuralizer kicks and the Lumbar Check, the champion brought down the the Daredevil from Down Under. Who will be next to challenge the #AgeOfAlexander?
Drake Maverick frames tonight’s action.
After last week’s interference by Drew Gulak, the Lucha House Party will be granted some payback in singles action as the Golden Lynx goes up against The Man with a Plan. “Will Kendrick win once more? Or will Dorado even the score?” Then, in the efforts of naming Cedric Alexander’s next challenger, Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali have a third match against each other! Their series is tied one win apiece, who will win the rubber match?
THE Brian Kendrick w/ Drew Gulak VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party!
The Golden Lynx ended up tapping out to the Captain’s Hook last week, but only because the Philadelphia Stretcher got involved last week. Surprisingly, Gulak comes out with Kendrick instead of Jack Gallagher.
While the ungentle gentleman is conspicuous by his absence, Gulak again joins commentary. When asked who he feels should challenge Cedric Alexander next, Gulak naturally says it should be Gulak himself. The Lucha House Party is a bit confused, but Kendrick uses that opening to attack even before the bell! Kendrick puts Lince in the corner and fires off, but then backs off at the ref’s count. Lince tries to fight back but Kendrick is all over him again. Kendrick backs off again, and Lince gets him with wild haymakers! Lince fires off and he gets Kendrick in a corner now. The ref backs Lince down, and things speed up as Kendrick rushes Lince. Lince dodges and hits a dropkick flip, then the headscissors.
Kendrick bails out while the matracas rattle and fans chant “Lucha!” with Lince. Kendrick dares Kalisto to do something but Kalisto keeps his distance. Lince runs and slides out but Kendrick retaliates with forearms. Kendrick whips Lince but Lince reverses to send Kendrick into the apron. Lince gest to the apron and headscissors Kendrick down again. Fans “Lucha! Lucha!” with the Lucha House Party. Lince puts Kendrick in the ring, but then Kendrick dropkicks Lince down. Kendrick fetches Lince to put him into barriers and then mock the matracas. Kendrick puts Lince in the ring, then stomps away on Lince. He brings Lince up for a big side slam, cover, TWO. Kendrick drags Lince into an armlock and grinds his forearm into Lince’s chin.
Lince endures and fans rally, the matracas are loud as Lince powers his way up and out. Lince runs but into another side slam! Cover, TWO, and Kendrick grows frustrated. Kendrick crossface punches Lince, then toys with him. Gulak claims the Lucha House Party is only in it for the merchandise sales while Kendrick stalks Lince to a corner. Kendrick chokes Lince against the ropes, then backs off at 4. He comes back to grind his foot into Lince, then backs off at 4 again. Gulak likes what he sees as Kendrick drops knees. Kendrick brings Lince up for a butterfly suplex, cover, TWO. Kendrick grows frustrated while the fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” again. Lince endures as Kendrick shifts to a chinlock. Gulak grows annoyed with the matracas, but Lince stands up.
Kendrick whips and Lince hits buckles hard. Kendrick whips Lince again, and Lince hits buckles hard again. The fans boo but Kendrick embraces the heat as he drags Lince up again. Kendrick goes for the hat trick but Lince bounces off to heel kick Kendrick down! Lince stands up with the chants, and boots Kendrick away as he runs in. Lince runs out, and headscissors Kendrick down. Now Lince rallies with chops and punches. He runs in at Kendrick, ends up on the apron, but he buckle bumps Kendrick away. Lince then climbs up, takes aim, and hits a big crossbody. Cover, TWO, but Lince keeps his cool as he dropkicks Kendrick again. Kendrick rolls out, Lince builds speed and DIVES!
Both Lince and Kendrick go down, but Metalik swings his matraca and chants with the fans. Gulak doesn’t think the “cat” is so great, they should be keeping this match to the ring. The trash talk distracts Lince enough for Kendrick to bounce Lince off the annonce desk. Kendrick brings Lince around, and throws him into Metalik! Kendrick puts Lince in the ring but Kalisto tells Gulak to leave Metalik alone. Gulak says what happened was “unfortunate”. Kendrick aims at Lince and runs corner to corner but misses! Lince handsprings, and hits the Golden Rewind!
Cover, Lince wins!
Winner: Lince, by pinfall
The Golden Lynx wins one for the Lucha House Party, but Gulak goes after Kalisto!
Then he goes into the ring to go after Lince! He stomps away on Lince, venting all his frustrations and annoyances over the Lucha House Party on “Dorito.” Kalisto and Metalik return, and they run off Gulak and Kendrick. This grudge based over personal styles is growing even more personal. Who will be the team standing tall when it’s all over?
205 Live takes another look at last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match.
The first championship match to be held on 205 Live in eight months did not disappoint. Alexander proved he is a well-rounded athlete while Murphy showed exactly why he’s the Juggernaut of the Cruiserweight Division. But even though Murphy was confident no one could stop him from becoming champion, Alexander gave him more than he was prepared to take. In the end, Alexander won in front of an elated home crowd. Alexander has reigned since his win at Wrestlemania, how long will his reign continue?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Heart of 205 Live is glad for and proud of his friend, Cedric Alexander, retaining the Cruiserweight Championship. “His performance didn’t just make me proud, it made me hungry.” Ali wants to get back and prove he deserves an opportunity. Tonight is his third match with Murphy, a “force of nature.” Murphy thinks he’s gonna run Ali over and get another shot. Murphy may be stronger, but does he have more heart? Ali vows to prove he has the Heart of a Champion. Will Ali break the tie to then go for gold?
TJP VS Brian Keith!
The inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion claims dissatisfaction with his opportunities in the Cruiserweight Division. He claims he wants out of 205 Live if he isn’t given better. Will the “Cruiser-Great” get what he wants after he wins tonight? Or will one of Texas’ own show him up?
The bell rings, and TJP wants to shake Keith’s hand. Keith accepts, but TJP just uses it to reel him in for a clothesline! TJP exits the ring and grabs a mic. He says he’s sorry to do this to Keith in front of his family in “Corpus Crispy”, but nice boots. Keith probably thought he’d make a name for himself tonight, but no chance. TJP then hits the slingshot senton, and keeps talking! “Let me get this straight: Is this really the type of competition that the first-ever Cruiserweight Champion deserves?” TJP then puts Keith in a deathlock, and continues talking!
To TJP, Drake Maverick has forgotten that TJP carried this division on his back long before Maverick was GM. TJP then pulls Keith back for a surfboard stomp! TJP wonders if another GM on another brand will appreciate him better. Paige, Kurt Angle or even William Regal in NXT. TJP puts Keith in a new deathlock, sitting on the hold to keep it in place. Keith endures while TJP says “The best technical wrestler might just be available to those brands very soon. As for this guy, it’s tapout time.” TJP pulls back and Keith does tap out, so TJP wins.
Winner: TJP, by submission
The FilAm Flash lets Keith go so that he can soak in the spotlight. He sent a message to both his current GM and all other WWE GM’s at the same time. TJP wants championship treatment, which GM will give it to him? Will any brand treat him as a champion?
“Where oh where is the Man of the Hour?”
He’s been in the back, planning his attack. Lio Rush wants us all to face it: he’s the best Cruiserweight in the world. “What you are looking at is a 23 year old piece of gold.” Lio is a gift, but what we will experience is a “living legend, a phenomenon, and it’s only a matter of time before 205 Live feels the Rush.” The clock is ticking. When will Lio Rush’s time in 205 Live come?
Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali!
The Heart of 205 Live and the Beacon of Light, Ali wants his second chance at the Cruiserweight Championship. However, so does the Aussie Juggernaut, who only just got his first chance at a singles championship in WWE.
In a quick backstage interview, Murphy is asked about his “set back” in losing last week. The Premier Athlete and Murphy’s friend, Tony Nese, speaks on his behalf, saying Murphy took Alexander to his limits. Only idiots would expect the same thing to happen next time. Murphy answers now, saying that he is still the Juggernaut of this division, and will prove it all over again that “you can’t stop the unstoppable.”
Tensions are high before the bell, and when the bell rings, Murphy rushes at Ail. Ali leaps up and over, but Murphy turns around and powers him to a corner. Murphy rams in his shoulder, then carries Ali corner to corner for more shoulders. Murphy goes to do it again but Ali sunset flips through, only for Murphy to break free and throw Ali to a corner. Ali dodges and chops, but Murphy barely flinches. Murphy shoves Ali to the other corner, but Ali goes up and over again. Ali chops, and chops, but still nothing. Murphy whips but Ali kicks. That does something.
Ali dodges Murphy’s counter attacks, but he can’t escape Murphy’s grasp. Ali back elbows Murphy, but Murphy grabs Ali’s hair! Murphy back suplexes but Ali slips out and speeds up. Ali cartwheels past and then flapjack dropkicks Murphy down. Murphy rolls out, but Ali builds speed to corkscrew and FLY!
Down goes Murphy and Ali fires up! The fans cheer Ali on as he puts Murphy back in the ring. Ali climbs up top, and leaps with a crossbody. Cover, TWO, but Ali keeps his cool. Murphy gets to a corner and he shoves Ali away. Ali runs in but is put on the apron. He rocks Murphy with a right, then climbs up, but Murphy turns around and climbs right up to join him. Murphy and Ali fight up there and Ali sends Murphy away. Murphy comes right back, but runs into a right hand! Ali adds a buckle bump, then stands up. It gets risky as Murphy starts hitting back. Murphy gets Ali onto his shoulders in the fireman’s carry, and even though Ali resists, Murphy drops him on the top turnbuckle!!
The double-edged move takes a lot out of them both, but Murphy manages a cover. TWO, but Ali is clutching his ribs. Murphy rams his knee into Ali’s back, then whips him. He flips Ali over with the kitchen sink knee, then stalks Ali. Fans rally for Ali, but Murphy whips him again. Ali rolls Murphy, then crucifix, TWO. Murphy kicks and tosses Ali onto the top rope, going after those ribs again. The referee checks on Ali, but Murphy trash talks him. Murphy drags Ali up, and gives him a pendulum backbreaker to then flip him over for a gutbuster. Cover, TWO, and Murphy grows a bit annoyed with Ali. Murphy puts Ali in a seated abdominal stretch to work on those ribs. Fans keep rallying for Ali, and Ali stands up.
Ali fights his way out of the hold, then uses ropes, but Murphy uses his strength to block the tilt-o-whirl. Murphy goes to long dart Ali but Ali slips out to shove Murphy into buckles. Ali then hits the reverse-rana! Both men are down but fans rally up again. A ten count begins, and reaches 8. Both men stand before 9, Murphy runs at Ali, only for Ali to boot him away. Murphy staggers away and Ali runs in. Ali blocks those boots just in time, and spins Murphy around to SUPERKICK the back of Murphy’s head. Murphy back elbows Ali though he’s still in the ropes. Ali goes to the apron, and springboards for a splash!
Direct hit, but Ali’s ribs keep him from covering. Ali crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are down again, but fans rally. Ali stands up first and rocks Murphy with a forearm. Murphy hits back with a haymaker, so Ali answers in kind. Murphy gives another strong right, and so does Ali. Now Murphy throws a body shot, but Ali hits back with another forearm. Ali tries again but Murphy fires off his strike fest. Ali manages to deflect the knee and give a spinning heel kick! Murphy falls to his knees while fans rally. Ali runs, but into a forearm from Murphy. Murphy runs but into Ali’s SUPERKICK! Ali runs but Murphy flips him over to boot him to a corner. Ali evades and roundhouses Murphy, to then slingshot for the- No, Murphy denies the facebuster to give Ali a knee to the head! Cover, TWO!!
Fans cheer for Ali, dazed as he is. Ali crawls for the ropes, but Murphy glares as fans rally. Murphy stalks Ali to the ropes, and to the apron. He drags Ali up, but Ali fights back. Murphy shoves Ali back, but Ali evades and Murphy boots a post! Ali returns to the apron, to then somersault and facebuster Murphy on the edge!!
Murphy pops off the apron and hits the barrier, but Ali puts him back in the ring. Cover, TWO?! Ali can’t believe Murphy survived! Murphy is the dazed one now, and fans rally up again. Ali stands but Murphy yanks him into buckles. Murphy stands but walks into a mule kick. Ali hops up but Murphy tucks him in for a cheeky SUPERKICK! Murphy then drags Ali out in dominator position, and hits the AK DDT!
Cover, TWO!? Now Murphy is in disbelief. Fans love it though, “This is Awesome!” Ali drags himself to ropes and out of the ring, but Murphy stalks over to him again. Murphy goes outside and grabs Ali by the hair. “Who do you think you are?!” Murphy shouts that he’s next in line, and places Ali’s head on the apron. Murphy stomps, but Ali moves just in time, and trips Murphy up! Ali staggers away, then runs back at Murphy, but Murphy tosses him up! Ali lands on the ropes, to then jump for a SUPER Tornado DDT!! Fans are losing their minds while Ali puts Murphy in the ring again. Ali climbs up to the top once more, but Hideo Itami attacks?!
Itami just ruined this amazing main event, but why? Why is he going after Ali? Itami just smirks as fans boo and jeer. But Itami isn’t just after Ali, he hits Murphy with a hesitation dropkick, too! Then he brings Ali up, and hits the GTS Mk. II!
Security and extra referees come in to stop Itami from doing any more damage. Itami always demands respect, is this his way of getting it? Or just his way of getting in on the Cruiserweight Championship picture?
A great episode of 205 Live, though there were some things that were clearly just to fill time. For one, we didn’t need two recaps of the Cruiserweight Championship match from last week. That is something Raw or SmackDown would do but that’s because they’re for several hours each. 205 Live is only one hour, we need less filler. Also interesting how Drake Maverick essentially did my job for me, with how he starts the show with summing it all up for the viewers. Maybe the WWE just want any new viewers not to feel too lost when they tune in.
The matches tonight were all good for one reason or another. TJP uses poor Brian Keith to make his statement that he wants a title shot or a transfer. But whether we’re talking kayfabe or reality, moving out of 205 Live isn’t good for him, because there’s just no room. Meanwhile, Gallagher’s absence may have hurt Kendrick’s chances of winning, as Gulak wasn’t enough to distract the Lucha House Party this time. Lince wins to keep LHS up, and I still feel this story is only going to be settled when one team is given WWE Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships. Again, we need more teams in the Cruiserweight Tag Team Division first, but maybe the duo of Nese & Murphy can work something out for truly the biggest and strongest team in the Division.
Of course, Murphy still wants to be THE Cruiserweight Champion, and his match with Ali was another instant classic, until the end. Itami attacking “ruins” the match but it sure makes for good story. Itami having a match with either Ali or Murphy would be great, and I expect Itami challenges next, since the other two had their shots. Alexander VS Itami can also be a great match, given the difference in styles, and that match might go either way as Itami is the kind of Heel who will resort to anything he has to in order to win.
My Score: 8.5/10