Cedric Alexander gives Hideo Itami what he wants: a Cruiserweight Championship match! Can Itami also get the respect he demands on top of the title?
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- Kalisto w/ Lucha House Party VS Tony Nese w/ Buddy Murphy; Kalisto wins, by disqualification.
- Lio Rush VS Colin Delaney; Rush wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Hideo Itami; Alexander wins and retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
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205 Live reviews Hideo Itami’s path to the Cruiserweight Championship.
Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy have gone back and forth in their short but super charged feud that has fired up the Cruiserweight Division. But just as they were both competing for a chance at Cedric Alexander’s title, the Innovator of the GTS interrupted and disrupted the match! The man that demands respect refuses to show it to anyone else. “They don’t deserve to be a champion. But I will be the next Cruiserweight Champion, and I will make you respect me!”
Between the showing of disrespect and a feeling of unrest, Cedric Alexander asked GM Drake Maverick for some competition. Maverick said he’d let Alexander know when he knew, but that wasn’t good enough. It’s gotta be Hideo Itami, after that big triple threat victory over both Mustafa and Murphy. Maverick isn’t the type to reward bad behavior or bad attitudes, but that’s not what Alexander means. This isn’t about Itami being reward but about the #AgeOfAlexander building his legacy. The only way to do that is to take on all-comers. Itami is a modern legend, so Alexander wants to add that to his own credentials. Maverick decided to think on it, but then his hand was forced when Itami got in Alexander’s face backstage. Alexander doesn’t back down, but neither does Itami. They have their title match tonight, who will be knocked down while the other raises the title?
Kalisto w/ Lucha House Party VS Tony Nese w/ Buddy Murphy!
The Lucha Dragon and his amigos are bouncing back from their loss to Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick n the Six Man Tag Elimination Match. Meanwhile, The Premier Athlete has been on a good roll as of late, but still lost to Akira Tozawa along the way. Something’s gotta give in this classic match-up of speed versus strength, who will climb up the ranks with a win tonight?
The bell rings and the two circle. “Lucha! Lucha!” echoes out but Nese is not amused by that or the matracas. Kalisto dodges Nese and keeps the “Lucha!” going. He does it again, and now Nese just gets annoyed. Nese powers Kalisto to a corner, but backs off to throw Kalisto. Kalisto cartwheels through, but runs into Nese’s facelock. Nese whips but Kalisto goes up and over. Nese goes up and over, too, then flexes. Kalisto runs but Nese Matrix handsprings. Nese sweeps the legs but Kalisto handsprings to evade, and now Kalisto flexes. Nese mockingly applauds, then grabs Kalisto to throw him. Kalisto handstand walks through then headscissors Nese down. He also dropkicks, covers, TWO.
Kalisto gets to the apron, and uses the ropes to springboard in, but Nese catches him! Nese puts Kalisto up top, for a kick and Fall Away Slam! Cover, TWO, but Nese keeps on Kalisto with crossface punches. Nese mocks the Lucha dance, then flexes again. He drags Kalisto into the patented body scissors and squeezes. Both fans and Lucha House Party rally up, and Kalisto backs up to a cover. TWO and it’s back to body scissors. Nese changes it up for a leg drop, then taunts the matracas. The matracas just taunt back, and Kalisto kicks Nese from the mat. Kalisto hits Nese again, then handsprings up for a spike-rana. Nese checks his nose while Kalisto gets to the apron. Kalisto Listo Kicks, then springboards for a seated senton! He keeps moving, dodges and springboards for the “Mexico City Twister” corkscrew crossbody!
Kalisto kicks away, then whips, but Nese reverses. Kalisto kicks Nese away again to then tilt-o-whirl headscissor Nese down. Nese gets to a corner whiel Kalisto fires up. Kalisto runs in but is put on the apron. Kalisto springboards for a crossbody, cover, TWO! Murphy coaches Nese while LHS rally up. Kalisto is feeling it with hsi dance, then rolls Nese to a school boy kick. Kalisto wants the spike-rana again but Nese dodges to waistlock and forearm Kalisto against ropes. Nese runs now, but into a big heel kick! Kalisto goes for but is denied Salida, deadlift powerbomb into buckles! Both men are down but their friends are coaching them up.
Fans rally, but Murphy has had it with those noise makers. He shouts at Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik, but they ignore him. Nese comes out to try and keep Murphy calm, but even Nese gets annoyed. Kalisto springboards to senton on Nese! The matracas rally up while Murphy checks on Nese. Kalisto wants Murphy to get back, as does the ref. Murphy does, but as Kalisto puts Nese back in the ring, Murphy attacks Kalisto!
Winner: Kalisto, by disqualification
The match is over, but a brawl begins as Dorado goes after Murphy! Murphy throws Dorado aside, but has Metalik to deal with now!
Murphy scraps with Metalik but Nese adds on! They have Metalik 2v1 until Dorado returns and leaps from the apron! The Golden Lynx wipes out both buff buddies, but the referee backs him and Metalik off. Lucha House Party is all fired up, and it takes all Nese has to keep Murphy from getting in the ring with them. Nese says “Not now”, they’ll wait for a proper match. It seems the luchadors have jumped from the frying pan and into the fire, can their fiesta of fury best the muscular Murphy & Nese better than they did the grappling Gulak, Gallagher & Kendrick?
Drake Maverick welcomes Noam Dar back to 205 Live.
The Scottish Supernova set a record for winning last week, but he’s after something more. Maverick agrees, and knows there were some “distractions” the last time Dar was here. But things are different, and Dar will make an impact. But then TJP enters. The FilAm Flash agrees that things are different, because they’re “much, much worse”. This brand was about real competition, so what was that last week? A mystery opponent? Is this some kind of game show? TJP needed time to prepare, because if he had, he would’ve put “The LoserNova” back on the bench. Dar brings up it was a 30 second win. Maverick keeps the peace. If TJP wants that rematch, he’ll get it next week. TJP accepts with a sneer, but will he do better with seven days to get ready?
Hideo Itami speaks.
“Cedric Alexander made a big mistake.” Alexander’s arrogance and disrespect have fired up the Japanese legend. Itami vows to become the Cruiserweight Champion! If he brings even half the intensity he does in training to this match, perhaps that will come true.
Lio Rush VS Colin Delaney!
The Man of the Hour is back in the ring, but in return for last week, Akira Tozawa decides to watch ringside just like Lio. Will the Stamina Monster be a distraction to the 23 year old Piece of Gold? Or will Lio make quick work of Delaney like he did Dewey in his debut?
The bell rings, but Lio realizes something is missing. He goes outside to fetch Tozawa a chair! Lio wants Tozawa to take a load off and sit down. Tozawa “politely” declines with a kick of the chair. Delaney rolls up Lio! TWO, but things speed up as Lio Matrix handsprings to mule kick and enziguri Delaney. Lio laughs at Delaney, and hopes Tozawa is watching this. He toys with Delaney, then throws a swift forearm. Delaney is dazed, but he manages to reverse the whip. Lio manages to avoid the back drop, then rebounds just to show off. He leaps over Delaney, then handspring kicks Delaney off the apron and to the floor. Tozawa gives Lio space as he fetches Delaney. Lio says it’s time, as he climbs up top. He leaps for the Final Hour splash! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
Lio is 2-0 in the Cruiserweight Division, and fast. He grins at Tozawa but Tozawa seems to frown a bit. Tozawa copies Lio again with a table top speech on how Lio is “great! You’re good!” But, what has Lio done here? Nothing! Tozawa knows Lio calls his own shots, but “hey boy”, do you really want to fight Tozawa? Lio says yes, any time and any place. Lio asks for the mic so everyone can hear him.
Tozawa fakes Lio out, but that’s just some joking. He holds the mic out to Lio, to drop it. Now things are serious. But before they can start throwing hands, Drake Maverick appears. The 205 Live GM isn’t sure what’s going on, but the only person who makes matches is him. Though, if they want a match, they’ll get one next week. Lio Rush VS Akira Tozawa is happening! Speed goes against Stamina, but will Lio make Tozawa #FeeltheRush?
205 Live looks back on the No Disqualification tiebreaker.
With Hideo Itami having ruined their previous chance at settling the score, it was only natural they would be given another go. In a match where there were no rules but to win, it was also natural that nothing would hold them back. They gave it everything they had and pushed themselves past normal bounds, all for pride and glory. Murphy was bigger, stronger, faster, but he wasn’t tougher. In the end, the Heart of 205 Live would prove he had the most heart out of the entire division. Ali has won the war between him and the Cruiserweight Juggernaught, where does he go from here?
Drew Gulak speaks.
“Normally, I don’t approve of selfies, but apparently that’s the only way to reach the young people today.” Gulak’s opinions of society aside, he wants you to pay close attention. He, Gallagher & Kendrick have put the lucha “scourge” behind them and are on to bigger and better. In other words, they’re paying attention to the main event very closely. Should the eventual winner be worried about three Ungentle Men coming to turn this sizzling Summer into their cruel Winter?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Hideo Itami!
Respect is earned, but so are championships. The #AgeOfAlexander has both, and the Innovator of the GTS wants both. Only one man can have both, what will it take to be that man?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Alexander and Itami circle. They tie up and go around the ropes. Alexander ends up in control but honors the break. Itami doesn’t as he pie-faces Alexander. Alexander grins, and wonders if that’s all he’s got. He eggs Itami on and they tie up again. They go around the ropes but Itami is in control this time. Itami breaks but swings a kick, only for Alexander to slip away. Itami lets him know it was close before they circle again. The two tie up, and it’s fast waistlock and standing switches. Alexander tries a cover, ONE, and Itami gets a facelock.
Itami holds on as Alexander backs him down again. They both honor the break, but Itami gets a sucker punch in. Itami is in a corner, and that keeps Alexander from getting at him. Alexander backs off to let Itami come out. They go at each other again and Alexander gets a facelock. Itami slips out to a waistlock, then rolls up Alexander, ONE. Alexander avoids a kick and gets a headlock. He brings Itami to a knee, but Itami fights and powers out. Alexander dodges, handsprings back to headscissor Itami. He dropkicks Itami down and fans fire up. Alexander goes after Itami but Itami gets to a corner.
The referee backs Alexander off again, but Alexander gets a toying kick on Itami’s cheek. Alexander eggs Itami on, and Itami rushes in, but into a sharp chop! Alexander chops Itami again, but Itami puts him on the apron. He knocks Itami away, but Itami roundhouses the step-in springboard away! Then he kicks Alexander in the head! Itami grounds ‘n’ pounds, and demands respect. Fans boo and jeer instead as Itami stomps Alexander. Itami kicks Alexander sharply again, then eggs him on. He gives another sharp kick, and Alexander is gasping in the corner. Itami grinds his boots into Alexander, then brings him up. Itami whips and hits a kitchen sink knee. Cover, TWO!
Itami stomps Alexander more, and eggs Alexander on. Alexander hits back but Itami just kicks Alexander down again. Itami toys with Alexander while demanding respect. He still eggs Alexander on, then taunts the fans. Fans boo, and Alexander stands up to chop Itami again. Alexander chops more, then runs, but into another knee! He clutches his stomach, Itami has done a lot of damage to it already. Itami sits Alexander up for body scissors and squeezes those ribs and abs. Alexander endures, and fans rally up.
Itami grabs at Alexander but Alexander elbows out of the hold. Itami clubs Alexander’s back, then lifts. Alexander slips out to waistlock, but Itami elbows out. Itami runs but Alexander follows, only to get another knee! And a running kick! Cover, TWO, and Itami grows frustrated. Itami stalks Alexander, then wraps him in a chinlock. Alexander endures a new grind, but fans rally up again. Itami wants them to shut up but that only makes fans want to rally for Alexander more. Alexander feeds off the energy but Itami throws him down. Itami embraces the heat, saying he’s already the champ. Itami kicks Alexander while he’s down, then stomps him. He brings Alexander up to drop him with a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, and Itami is further frustrated.
Itami grabs Alexander in another chinlock, and pulls back as he gets leverage. Fans rally up again, and Alexander gets up. Alexander fights back but Itami knees low. Itami whips but Alexander rolls him up! TWO, but Alexander rocks Itami with a big European Uppercut! Alexander fires up and hits a shoulder tackle to swing kick. Springboard complete shot, cover, TWO! But Alexander isn’t deterred. He grabs at Itami on the apron, but Itami trips him up. Itami drags Alexander out but Alexander shoves him away. Alexander takes aim and builds speed, but Itami gets up, so Alexander gives him a forearm. Alexander keeps going, and comes back to FLY! The tope conjilo wipes them both out!
Fans are fired up as Alexander sits up and gets Itami up and in the ring. Alexander aims from a corner, and springboards, but Itami gets under. Itami fireman’s carry but Alexander slips out. Alexander shoves, handsprings, Neuralizer! Cover, TWO! It was close, but Alexander isn’t frustrated yet. Itami crawls but Alexander stands up. Alexander drags Itami up, but Itami resists the lift with elbows. Alexander chops Itami, then runs in, but into boots! He staggers away, but comes back, only to get more boots. Itami hops up, tornado hotshot! Itami climbs back up, for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!
The frustration returns, but Itami still has ideas left to use. He brings Alexander up, wants a fisherman but Alexander resists. They brawl with forearms, but Itami kicks. Itami kicks but Alexander blocks. Alexander misses the backhand but Itami hits the palm strike. Itami boots in a corner, then drags Alexander out, Fisherman suplex! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO. Itami decides to do what he did in that triple threat, and he starts untying a buckle pad. The referee stops him this time, and Alexander rolls him up! TWO, but Alexander boots while getting to the apron. Alexander springboards but Itami sweeps the legs! Alexander crashes and burns, but Itami has to fetch him because of Champion’s Advantage. Itami decides to capitalize, with a hesitation dropkick into the steps!
Itami drags Alexander up and in, but he’s dead weight now. The count climbs up to 5 while Itami struggles to haul Alexander in. Itami gets Alexander in, then covers, TWO!! Somehow Alexander still lives! Itami tries again, TWO! Itami grimaces as he demands more respect. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander snapmares to- No, Itami slips out of the Lumbar lift, and SMACKS with that backhand! Alexander staggers into another! Itami then runs, for a knee against the ropes. Alexander flounders, but manages to dodge Itami into LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall; still WWE Cruiserweight Champion
A sudden but decisive victory, and the #AgeOfAlexander conquers the Japanese legend! The legacy grows for the current champion, even though he can barely stand. The Soul of 205 Live still holds on to that title, what will it take for someone else to become Cruiserweight Champion?
A great night for 205 Live, as there’s no pressure since there’s no need to make it a go-home. Of course, that means they don’t get on PPV’s even though they really should, but you can’t have it both ways it seems. That aside, I like the shift in feuds for both Lucha House Party and Nese-Murphy. I was hoping Murphy & Nese would be a tag team for the possible Cruiserweight Tag Team Division, and now we can have a few weeks of these two teams going against each other towards Summerslam. I really hope those tag titles aren’t being scrapped, because the Cruiserweight Division as a whole already gets so little to do.
Lio Rush is a truly great addition to the Division. While he’s young, he’s so fast and talented in the ring, and even good on the mic. In fact, he’s so good, he acknowledged Colin Delaney’s WWE ECW history via Twitter. Tozawa did great in copying what Lio did before, and their match is happening, so I’m excited. I’m also looking forward to the Dar VS TJP rematch, because if this is given time, it can be a really solid match. There were also good video packages for both Ali VS Murphy last week and the set-up to Alexander VS Itami tonight. Alexander VS Itami was a solid title match, and very strike heavy as expected with a Strong Style superstar like Itami involved. I almost thought Itami was going to win, but Alexander impresses with that last burst. Alexander VS anyone going towards Summerslam will work, he’s that versatile.
My Score: 8/10