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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Report! (7/3/18)



The hottest rivalry in the Cruiserweight Division comes to a head!

The hottest feud in the Cruiserweight Division is about to have an explosive sequel for the Summer! Will it be the Beacon of Light, Mustafa Ali, or the Aussie Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, that survives their No Disqualifications Match? Plus, more action from the Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, and word on Alexander VS Itami!


All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter



  • TJP VS ???; Noam Dar wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Jason Strife; Tozawa wins.
  • No Disqualifications: Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy; Ali wins.


Drake Maverick reviews last week’s 205 Live.

The Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, wants challengers, no matter who they are. Alexander specifically named Hideo Itami, but that led to a confrontation backstage. These two were kept from going to blows, and Maverick gives credit where credit is due. Therefore, Alexander will defend his title against Itami next week!

As for this week, two top Cruiserweight superstars get to settle their rivalry in the main event. It’ll be Ali and Murphy, No Disqualifications! The series is tied, who will win the rubber match? Plus, the self-centered “Cruiser Great” has been wanting competition for himself, and Maverick has heard him out. TJP will face an opponent of Maverick’s choosing, will the FilAm Flash be prepared for anything?


TJP VS ???

The inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion has complained about the lower level opponents he’s been facing. TJP knows Maverick is giving him a mystery opponent of the GM’s choosing. Good job, that’s what a GM is supposed to do. Also, all those other opponents were of Maverick’s choosing, too, so it’s nothing new. Maverick did promise to give TJP what he wants tonight, but TJP notices three obvious things. One: this isn’t the main event. Two: this is not for the title. Three: TJP is standing here in the middle of “West Flippin’ Nowhere”, Omaha, Nebraska, “a dump of a town”. TJP tells the fans not to boo, even they know Nebraska sucks. This is where fun and excitement come to die.

But all that aside, TJP is here, waiting for his opponent. He’ll give the “incompetent” GM a chance. Maybe he really will give TJP what he wants: an opponent worthy of being in the ring with “the greatest technical wrestler in the game”. And so, who is stepping up to #TapOutTime? It’s NOAM DAR!

The Scottish Supernova returns to the Cruiserweight Division, but TJP doesn’t seem that impressed by the new #1 Contender to the United Kingdom Championship. Will TJP come to take Dar seriously after their match?

Both men are ready to fight even before the bell. They back off long enough for the bell to ring, and TJP rushes Dar. Dar ducks to chop, headbutt and uppercut back! Dar sweeps the legs, then takes off his jacket to put pinkies up. TJP crawls and staggers, but Dar hist the Nova Rolla Knee! Cover, Dar wins!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall

Incredible! Not only does the Supernova make a surprise return, he wins in fast fashion! Maverick likes what he sees from the Scottish superstar, too. Is Dar on his way to becoming both United Kingdom and Cruiserweight Champion?


Buddy Murphy speaks.

“I’ve proven there’s no Cruiserweight like me.” He is truly the Juggernaut of 205 Live, and if it wasn’t for Mustafa Ali, he’d probably be champion by now. But in No Disqaulifications, there will be no rules keeping Murphy from hospitalizing Ali once and for all. And after that, it doesn’t matter who is champion, Murphy will be waiting.


Backstage interview with TJP.

But he refuses. He’s been known to be a sore loser before, perhaps this is a hint at that again. When will TJP get what he really wants: a win that matters.


Akira Tozawa VS Jason Strife!

The Stamina Monster is feeling great after winning against The Premier Athlete last week. Can he keep his roll going this week? However, before the match can begin, the Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, appears!

This isn’t at all expected, but the 23 year old piece of gold swaggers his way out to ringside. Is he scouting his competition?

The bell rings and Tozawa ignores Lio to huricanrana Strife! Strife springs up but Tozawa chops him. Tozawa chops again, then fakes the chop to hit the jab. Tozawa fires up the fans and even Lio has to admit that was good. Fans “AH! AH!” along as Tozawa stomps a mudhole into Strife. Tozawa backs off at 4, then brings Strife up for a whip. Strife sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick and back senton! Strife rolls away while Lio again nods Tozawa is doing well. Tozawa brings Strife up but Strife hits a leaping knee!

Strife runs in for a forearm, then whips Tozawa corner to corner. Tozawa reverses and grabs at Strife. The referee calls for the break, and Strife hits back with an elbow. Tozawa goes down, and Strife goes up. Strife moonsaults but flops! Tozawa hits a screaming Shining Wizard, then rallies the fans with “AH! AH!” Lio likes that, too, as Tozawa kicks, swings, slips under and kicks again. Strife goes down, Tozawa goes up. And with Lio watching, SUPER Senton!

Cover, Tozawa wins!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall

The former champion impresses the new kid on the block. Tozawa has a win streak forming, but will the Man of the Hour be the one to end it?

Lio speaks.

From on top of the announce desk, Lio says “Wow! That was incredible.” He’s a fan of Tozawa now. Tozawa is so good, he’s extremely good. Lio sees why he’s a former champion. But he’s standing here and asking himself, “What is it that you’ve really done since then?” The answer is that Tozawa’s just been waiting for an opportunity. It’s sad, really. Embarrassing, even. Tozawa should be ashamed. There’s a difference between Tozawa and Lio Rush. That difference is that Lio doesn’t wait for anything. He’s too quick, and too good, to wait. Lio calls his shots, so when Tozawa is done waiting, he steps to the 23 year old piece of gold, with The Man of the Hour, and #FeelTheRush. Bold words for the bold young man, but will he be able to back it all up with action?


Mustafa Ali speaks.

Buddy Murphy is big, strong, and throws people around like rag dolls. And more importantly, he’s dangerous. No Disqualifications allows Murphy to be more dangerous than ever before. “But that’s what makes me different.” Others run from danger while Ali runs towards it. Ali knows the rules will be bent, stretched and even broken, but that’s okay, because Ali will prove the Juggernaut is still human after all.


Cedric Alexander speaks.

“Hideo Itami has been walking around here like he’s entitled to being champion just because of what he’s done in the past.” The Soul of 205 Live wants Itami to understand that he has been working way too hard for way too long to earn the Cruiserweight title. It’s not about what Itami thinks he deserves, it’s about Alexander adding the Japanese legend to his own legacy. Will the #AgeofAlexander survive when the Don from Nihon comes for his throne?


No Disqualifications: Mustafa Ali VS Buddy Murphy!

Finally we will settle the score between the Beacon of Light and the Daredevil from Down Under. When there is nothing holding them back, what will these two do to each other in order to win? Or rather, what won’t they do?

Murphy rushes the ring, but Ali dropkicks him away! Ali then climbs up, and leaps with a senton!

This match hasn’t even officially started, but it’s off to an insane start! Ali staggers over to Murphy and throws him into barriers. He puts Murphy back in the ring, but the referee keeps them back to ring the bell. Now that the match is truly on, Ali goes after Murphy’s legs. Murphy kicks Ali away then rolls out of the ring. Ali pursues, but gets tossed over the announce desk! Murphy takes his time fetching Ali, and rocks him with an elbow against the barriers. He keeps going, bouncing Ali’s face off the announce desk. Ali hits back with an elbow of his own. They go around the corner, but Murphy kicks and elbows back. Ali chops, then chops again.

Murphy kicks back, then goes to bump Ali off the steps. Ali blocks and bumps Murphy off the steps instead, then has fans clear out for him. He puts Murphy against barriers and clotheslines him into the crowd! Ali uses the barriers to springboard for a crossbody! He takes Murphy down, and the fans fire up. Ali drags Murphy up but Murphy hits back with another elbow. Murphy sits Ali up for a kick to the back. Murphy drags Ali back to ringside, but Ali tosses him over. Ali rocks Murphy back, then lines up the shot. Ali walks the tightrope, only to get tossed onto the ramp! Murphy catches his breath while Ali writhes on the steel.

Murphy brings Ali up and wants to suplex him back onto the steel, but Ali resists. Ali turns it around, but now Murphy resists. Murphy turns it back around to snap suplex Ali back onto the steel! It wasn’t without a drawback as Murphy hits his own back on the steel. But Murphy gets Ali up and into the ring, covers, TWO. Murphy keeps on Ali’s back with a knee and a chinlock to stretch him back. Fans rally while Ali endures the back pain. Ali works his way up but Murphy brings him back down. Ali tries again, and stands up. He gets to the ropes, but Murphy doesn’t have to let go because of No DQ. Murphy drags Ali back, then down to the mat. Ali endures as fans rally up again. Murphy wants Ali to quit but Ali won’t. Ali powers up again, and jawbreakers Murphy back.

Murphy kicks Ali in the back, then catches his breath in a corner. Ali writhes more, but Murphy returns to wrench the arm and whip him corner to corner. Ali hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Murphy taunts Ali, “I can do this all day.” Ali grits his teeth, and hits back, but it doesn’t do a thing to Murphy. Murphy rocks Ali with one big right, then more rights in a corner. He stomps away without having to stop, but then he decides to swagger about. He drags Ali up and whips him corner to corner again, then toss Ali with a back drop. Ali writhes, Murphy covers, TWO. Murphy smirks, he’s not at all concerned.

Murphy rams knees into Ali’s back again, then drags Ali up. He hits Ali in the back with a forearm, then whips corner to corner again. He sends Ali flying with another back drop, but again takes his time with the cover. TWO, but Murphy is still smirking. Murphy stalks Ali, and Ali hits back. Those hits do nothing, but Murphy’s right rocks Ali again. Murphy chops and punches, then even kicks Ali. Murphy toys with Ali, daring the “Heart” to do something. He whips Ali corner to corner one more time, but Ali kicks him away! Ali gives an uppercut, then a boot. Fans fire up as Ali trips up Murphy, to catapult him onto the post. Ali builds speed, flapjack dropkick brings Murphy down!

Murphy gets to a corner, and Ali comes back with chops. Ali whips corner to corner, Murphy reverses but Ali slides to a stop. Murphy runs in but Ali slips out to the apron. Ali roundhouse kicks Murphy back, then takes aim. He slignshots in, but the facebuster is countered. Murphy goes to throw Ali out, but Ali throws Murphy out. Ali somersaults for a draping X-Factor! Cover, TWO! Ali grows frustrated now as both men slowly crawl away from each other. Fans rally up, and Ali stands first. Ali goes over to Murphy, but Murphy yanks him out of the ring. Ali drags Murphy down, but Murphy shoves him into the announce desk. Murphy rushes Ali but Ali sends his face into the announce desk. Murphy staggers away, and Ali goes over, but Murphy bounces Ali’s face off the steel steps.

The referee checks on Ali, but Murphy checks for what’s under the ring. Murphy settles on the bottom half of the steel steps. He puts that in the ring, then brings Ali back over. Ali blocks the steel step bump to bounce Murphy off the desk again. Ali stalks Murphy, but then gets an idea. Fans like that, because it involves the desk! Ali clears the top, but Murphy has gotten inside the ring. Murphy baseball slides the steps into Ali! Then he FLIES!

Direct hit, and both men go down! Fans love it as they chant “Holy sh*t!” Murphy puts Ali in the ring, covers, TWO! So close, but this still isn’t over. Murphy stands up, and stomps on Ali’s bad back. He repositions the steel steps in the corner now, even though he’s really only using one arm. Murphy returns to Ali, and aims at the steps, for a big hip toss onto the steel! Fans want “One More Time!” so Murphy drags Ali up again. Murphy throws Ali again, and Ali again bounces off the steel! Cover, TWO! Ali’s heart might be getting his body in trouble, though, because Murphy wants to go “One More Time!” He brings Ali up, but Ali turns it around. Murphy stops himself short of the steel, but Ali comes back to headscissor Murphy into them!

Murphy staggers and falls, and Ali crawls over. Not to cover, but to position Murphy in the drop zone. Ali climbs up, bad back and all, but Murphy anchors his feet. Murphy grabs Ali’s hair to tuck him in, for a cheeky SUPERKICK! Then a powerbomb! But Murphy won’t allow for more than a ONE count before deadlifting Ali for a sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Ali survives, and Murphy can’t believe it! Fans chant “We Want Tables!” but the Cruiserweight Juggernaut goes back to the steel steps. He resets them flat on the mat, then brings Ali over. Murphy bounces Ali’s face off the top a couple times, then turns him sideways. Murphy goes up to the top, but Ali trips him up! Ali uses the steps to smash Murphy over and over in the corner. Fans don’t want stairs, they want tables.

But Ali doesn’t listen, he climbs up and balances on the stairs. He brings Murphy up and now fans just hope they don’t die. SUPERPLEX off the steps!! Fans change their minds, they want “More Steps! More Steps!” That and they declare “This is Awesome!” Both men are down, barely stirring. Ali crawls over to Murphy, but Murphy rolls away to get out of the ring. Murphy crawls away on the ground, but Ali slowly pursues. They return to the announce desk, and Murphy flapjacks Ali onto it! The table stays standing, but fans are still getting what they want. Murphy climbs the barriers but Ali stops him! Murphy still shoves Ali away, but Ali uses the table to step stool back to Ali! SPANISH FLY!!

But the table still doesn’t give way! Ali and Murphy just writhe on the ground. The referee checks on them both while fans are stunned. Ali stands first, then puts Murphy back in the ring. Ali enters, but Murphy gets him with the running knee trigger! And now Ali ends up trapped in the ropes! Murphy sees it, as does Ali. Murphy grins, and gives the panicked Ali another knee trigger! And another! And another! The referee backs Murphy off to check on Ali, but fans want “One More Time!” Ali won’t quit, either. He grits his teeth, so Murphy pops him out of the ropes for an Aussie Kamigoye! Cover, TWO!? How does Ali have anything left? All fans know is that “This is Awesome!”

Murphy brings the steel steps over, but Ali rolls to avoid them falling on him. Murphy runs in but into a boot! He staggers onto the steps, and Ali runs up the steps to tornado satellite DDT Murphy off them! Cover, Ali wins!!

Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall

Somehow, someway, the Heart of the Cruiserweight Division survives to win! Murphy was still bigger, stronger and meaner, but Ali proved he was tougher. Can Ali finally move beyond the Aussie Antagonist to again pursue the Cruiserweight Championship?



My Thoughts:

This is an odd 205 Live to critique. The majority of the quality was in that amazing No DQ main event, but the other matches did well enough in establishing things. Great to see Noam Dar back, as he only strengthens the crossover WWE is doing with the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions. Now obviously I don’t think WWE would give a UK Cruiserweight like Dar both titles, but it would be great if someone active in both Divisions was at least teased at making it possible. TJP goes back to sore loser mode, but he didn’t explode tonight. I wouldn’t mind if he demanded a rematch from Maverick, to then Heel it up and cheat. Tozawa gets an easy win on Jason Strife, and clearly he’ll be Lio’s first feud. They should do great because both guys are fast, and it will be all about speed there.

Good to hear that 205 Live will use the Cruiserweight Championship as their “go-home” to Extreme Rules next week. Until something happens where they get included on a main roster PPV or even an NXT TakeOver event, they need to make the most of big weeks for the WWE. Ali wins that amazing No DQ match, but that brings in to question what happens after Alexander-Itami. If Alexander wins, will we get a Wrestlemania rematch in time for Summerslam? Or if Itami wins, will the rematch clause complicate the timing of Ali’s title shot? Perhaps a triple threat that pushes the friends over the edge? It all sounds really fun to me, though, so I’d be happy with any of it.

My Score: 8/10

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A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade! 




A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!


Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19

It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.

In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.

Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu

In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.

Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.

Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.


Event recap: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)

Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)


~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.

~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.

~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.

~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.


ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.



Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)


NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.

The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.


“Parasyte” Kazunari Murakami’s plan to take over the REIWA Ark

“For us, The Budokan is the beginning rather than the “Return” ~ Interview with Yoshiki Inamura

Kazushi Sakuraba has an astonishing determination to “become the Takako Tokiwa” of the Pro Wrestling World

Pro Wrestling Casebook ~ a shock ran through Michinoku, when Kenoh announced he was joining Noah (2013)

“Aiming to become the GHC Champion, in the year of my 60th birthday” ~ Takashi Sugiura

GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope

Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)

And you thought last week was big!



Coverage 205 2021

205 Live doubles down on historic matches!

Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!


  • Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
  • Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.


205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.

It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.

The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?


Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!

How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?

The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!

Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!

Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!

Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!

Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?


Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!

The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?

The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!

Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.

Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.

Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!

Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!

Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!

Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)

These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?

My Thoughts:

A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.

Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.

My Score: 8/10

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