The Cruiserweight Champion takes on his enemies with The Stamina Monster by his side! Can Alexander and Tozawa together shut both Gulak and Gallagher up?
- Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik; Murphy wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Michael Thompson; Ali wins.
- Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Gulak & Gallagher win.
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Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight’s 205 Live!
The King of the Ropes takes on the Cruiserweight Juggernaut for the first time in 1v1 action. Gran Metalik bested one of the Body Guys in Tony Nese, but can he do it again against Buddy Murphy? Or will Buddy Murphy build momentum towards returning home to Melbourne for Super Show Down and his Cruiserweight Championship match?
Then, a tag team main event sees the Philly Fury and his ally in the Ungentle Gentleman take on the Soul and the Stamina of 205 Live. Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher go up against Cedric Alexander and Akira Tozawa as Gulak continues to pursue his own title match. Alexander remains undefeated after a main event match with TJP. However, Gulak and Gallagher would again attack, and put Alexander in the GuLOCK. Can Alexander get payback with Tozawa’s help? Or will Gulak actually prove himself worthy with a win tonight? For that matter, what happens if Tozawa or Gallagher make great impressions on the WWE Universe and Maverick tonight?
Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!
The countdown is on for when the Juggernaut becomes the hometown hero against Cedric Alexander. Murphy has his chance at the Cruiserweight Championship, but he must first see if he can gain points for his team against the Lucha House Party. The King of the Ropes is on a roll, will he get the Body Guy sweep?
Just as last week, the tag team partners must stay backstage so that there won’t be any hijinks like before. Therefore, Metalik and Murphy are truly 1v1 as the bell rings. Murphy and Metalik circle as Lafayette chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Murphy gets a waistlock but Metalik the standing switch, only for Murphy to standing switch again. Metalik slips out of the back suplex but Murphy gets a headlock takeover. Fans duel as Metalik headscissors and Murphy pops out. Metalik knocks Murphy over for the cover, ONE. Murphy returns the favor and covers, ONE. The two stand off and fans like the evenly matched action. Murphy kicks but Metalik spins him around. Metalik waistlocks but Murphy elbows out again. Things speed up and Murphy misses Metalik as he handsprings. Metalik hits a huricanrana and a dropkick!
Murphy bails out and Metalik builds speed. Metalik slides but Murphy ducks under to then rock him with a right! Murphy throws Metalik into barriers, then all the way to the far side barriers. The 10 count begins so Murphy puts Metalik back in. He takes too long trash talking and Metalik wrecks him with a dropkick. Metalik jumps over the swipe, then mule kicks. Metalik climbs, SUPER ASAI! Direct hit takes out Murphy, but Metalik is slow to getting up. Metalik puts Murphy back in then covers, TWO! Metalik keeps on Murphy but Murphy blocks teh fireman’s carry. Murphy throws elbows, then puts Metalik on teh apron. He throws Metalik’s face right into the post! Metalik slumps to the floor, but Murphy doesn’t leave him out. Murphy puts Metalik in then covers, ONE. Murphy kicks Metalik right across the back!
Fans chant “Juggernaut! Juggernaut!” as Murphy puts a chinlock on. Metalik endures, working to get back up. Murphy hooks the mask, then wrenches harder. Metalik gets up but Murphy forces him back down. Murphy puts his weight on Metalik but Metalik refuses to quit. Metalik stands up again and fans slowly build to a rally. Metalik powers Murphy to a corner but Murphy holds on. He tries again, but Murphy still holds on. Metalik goes for another buckle bump but Murphy slings him into the buckles instead. Murphy throws strong right hands, then drags Metalik up to the top rope. Murphy climbs up but Metalik fights back. Metalik chops Murphy, bumps his head off buckles, then adjusts, for a SUPER Sunset Bomb!
But Metalik can’t make the cover, he’s too sore. However, Metalik drags himself up to swing kick Murphy away. Metalik springboards for the crossbody! Then he boots Murphy away, for the Sling-Dog! Metalik chops Murphy again, then whips. Murphy reverses but Metalik hits the springboard back elbow! Cover, TWO! Metalik grows frustrated but he keeps on Murphy. He fireman’s carry but Murphy fights out. Murphy shoves but gets a SUPERKICK! Metalik moonsaults, then goes back up top, only for Murphy to trip him up! Murphy climbs up and has Metalik. Metalik fights back and sends Murphy down. Metalik stands, but has to land on his feet. He walks the ropes, into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO into a spinning sit-out bomb! Cover, TWO!! Murphy can’t believe that Metalik survives, but is just as exhausted now.
Murphy stands to throw a hand, but Metalik chops back. Metalik goes to chop again but Murphy gives his strike fest. But Metalik avoids the knee to SUPERKICK! Then fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out to boot! Murphy runs, into a BIG clothesline! Metalik fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver! Cover, TWO!? Now Murphy shocks Metalik by surviving! Metalik drags himself back up and stomps on Murphy. Fans build to a rally as Murphy throws Metalik to the apron. Metalik springboards back in, but is caught. He fights out with elbows, but Murphy blocks the kick. Murphy flips Metalik, Metalik lansd on his feet, but his knee jams. Yet Metalik still backhands Murphy! Murphy staggers but still knee triggers Metalik! Murphy drags Metalik up, pumphandle, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Juggernaut outlasts the King of the Ropes and gains major momentum towards Melbourne! Will Murphy’s homecoming be his crowning moment?
“I’ve said it before, and I’m gonna say it again! You can’t stop the unstoppable.” The bigger, faster, stronger Cruiserweight got this victory, but this is just a small step forward towards Super Show Down, where he becomes the NEW Cruiserweight Champion! Murphy has all the confidence in the world, but will he grab the title he’s worked so hard to have?
Cedric Alexander talks with Mustafa Ali backstage.
The Soul is glad to see the Heart of 205 Live is back, things haven’t been the same without him. Ali was losing his mind on the sidelines, but he’s sure he’s fine and is ready to be back in the ring. Although, Ali does wish he was tagging with Alexander to take on Gulak & Gallagher in the main event. Alexander doesn’t wnat Ali to worry about that, just get back to where you need to be. Alexander is just fine with Tozawa, who is just as fired up not three feet away.
Tozawa pumps himself up, then looks over at Ali, and gives a smile and a wave. Ali and Alexander wave back. Tozawa returns to being intense, so Ali is confident he’ll work as a tag partner. Alexander and Tozawa trade “AH! AH!” Who will Ali meet in his return match? Will the Soul and Stamina work well together against the brains and brutality of Gulak and Gallagher?
Mustafa Ali VS Michael Thompson!
The Beacon of Light is back, but he gave us all quite a scare a little over a month ago, when he had a match with Hideo Itami. Ali was not only suffering from extreme exhaustion, but the Innovator of the GTS showed no mercy when he went off on Ali. Ali has since been recovering, but now he’s 100%! Will the Heart of 205 Live get back on track towards the title?
However, before the match begins, Hideo Itami makes his presence known. He walks out, a big smile on his face, and he tells “Mustafa-san” in Japanese, and then in English, that he came to watch Ali’s return because “I missed you.” Ali wants Itami to say hello face to face. Itami hopes Ali feels better, and “wishes” him good luck. Ali is furious now, and as the bell rings, he ducks Thompson and gives him a sharp chop! Ali chops and whips but Thompson reverses, only for Ali to dodge and dropkick! Thompson gets to a corner while Ali glares at Itami. Ali chops Thompson as if he were Itami, then whips him corner to corner. Thompson reverses and runs in but Ali goes up and over. Ali slips out and roundhouses Thompson back, then slingshots in for the X-Factor!
Ali glares at Itami, daring him to get a closer look at this match. But Itami doesn’t, and Ali gets yanked into buckles! Thompson reels Ali in, but Ali slips out of the back suplex to SUPERKICK! Then Ali springboards for the tornado DDT! ?Thompson flounders into a drop zone, and Ali makes sure Itami watches this. Maverick is watching this backstage, too, as Ali climbs up. Ali hits the 0-5-4! Cover, Ali wins!
Winner: Mustafa Ali, by pinfall
Ali keeps his eyes locked on Itami, even as Itami laughs and “applauds”. Itami may not want to get in the ring with Ali, but Ali is chomping at the bit for their rematch. When and where will Maverick give Ali what he wants?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
The GM is excited for tonight’s main event, but hopes things don’t fall into chaos as they tend to with them. Gulak answered Alexander’s challenge, there was just… Well nevermind what that was. Tonight’s priority is to win an inspirational moral victory for THE Brian Kendrick, who is again sidelined because of an injury from Akira Tozawa. Gallagher believes that any chaos happening on 205 Live is more because Maverick is “preoccupied” with the Authors of Pain. Maverick says AoP does not get in the way of 205 or vice versa. Though he could arrange a meeting between G&G and AoP if they want. No, that’s just fine. Gulak wishes to put things behind them, and wants to build a positive working relationship once he’s Cruiserweight Champion. Gulak & Gallagher take their leave, but will they take the win tonight?
Noam Dar speaks.
The Scottish Supernova wants Lio Rush to know that he understands. Dar was once the “young hotshot” of 205 Live, which is why Lio feels so confident as the “23 year old piece of gold”. But Dar was here at 22, so if Lio wants to see what the hype is about, just meet him in the ring, “dafty”.
Lio Rush responds.
The Man of the Hour hopes Dar learned something from Akira Tozawa. “Keep the Man of the Hour’s name out of your mouth.” There is a difference between the two of them. Dar hit his peak, but as seen on Raw last night, Lio has big things ahead of him. Only now does Dar want to step to Lio Rush? Bad move, because next week, the Supernova will #FeelTheRush. The youngest, fastest and cockiest stars in the WWE Universe will shine, but which one will shine the brightest?
Cedric Alexander & Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
The Ungentlemanly Alliance promised #NoTitleNoPeace when they wrecked one of Akira Tozawa’s matches not too long ago. But then when Tozawa got his revenge on the Man with a Plan, Kendrick ended up injured and out of action. Now only Gulak and Gallagher remain standing, will Alexander and Tozawa finish them off so the champ can focus on his Super Show Down challenger?
The bell rings and Gulak starts against Alexander. This is the match up both have wanted, and some fans chant “Drew 0 5 Live!” in support of Gulak’s continuing campaign. Gulak taunts Alexander as they circle. They tie up and trade waistlocks. Alexander throws Gulak down but Gulak spins it around to a wristlock. Alexander spins back to mule kick. Gulak narrowly avoids the Lumbar Check and gets to his corner. Gallagher tags in and Gulak takes his time obeying the rules. Gallagher stays near his corner but then circles with Alexander. He gets a wristlock, but Alexander reverses back and into a hammerlock. Alexander shifts to a headlock and takeover. He denies Gallagher the headscissors, but Gallagher works his way up and out.
Gallagher tortures the wrist and fingers, but Alexander rolls and handsprings. Alexander headscissors and dropkicks Gallagher down, then dares Gulak to do something. Alexander brings Gallagher over and tags to Tozawa. Tozawa chops Gallagher, then Alexander chops Gallagher. Tozawa chops Gallagher agian, Alexander fakes the chop, and then they both jab! Gallagher staggers about, but manages to tag Gulak. Gulak runs in, but into the jab! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he whips Gulak. Gulak sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick and screaming senton! Cover, ONE! Tozawa keeps his cool as he stomps Gulak. Gulak hits back with body shtos and knees. Gulak whips but Tozawa speeds things up, tilt-o-whirl into the Octopus Stretch! Tozawa shouts “AH! AH!” while wrenching, but Gulak still gets to ropes for the ropebreak.
Tozawa lets Gulak go, and Gulak scurries to ropes on the other side. Gulak asks for mercy, but Tozawa just gives him kicks. Tozawa puts on a headlock, but Gulak powers out while Gallagher tags in. Gallagher and Gulak both miss, but they catch Tozawa’s crossbody for a double slam. Gualk drops an elbow while Gallagher bends Tozawa in the Skyder Stretch. Fans rally up for Tozawa as he wriggles to ropes and gets the ropebraek. Gallagher lets go, to then stomp Tozawa. Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Tozawa with an armlock. Gulak wants Gallagher to punish Tozawa, and he does with those knees. Tag to Gulak and they mug Tozawa. Fans rally and duel while Gulak taunts Alexander. Gulak tags Gallagher back in, and they continue to mug Tozawa.
Tozawa fights back with body shots to Gallagher, but Gallagher rocks him with a European Uppercut. Cover, but Tozawa uses the ropes to break it. Gallagher brings Tozawa up for more knees, then whips. He gives Tozawa a knee in the corner, then tags Gulak back in. Gulak takes aim and boots Tozawa in the corner. Cover, TWO! Gulak drags Tozawa back up and holds him in a light sleeper hold while Gallagher tags in. Gallagher throws more body shots, then stays between Tozawa and Alexander. He grinds his foot into Tozawa, then cheap shots Alexander! Alexander gets in but the referee keeps him away, so Tozawa suffers even more mugging! Gulak tags in again, and he brings Tozawa up. Tozawa keeps fighting, but Gulak wrenches his arm into the rolling Russian leg sweep, deadlift to powerbomb! Cover, TWO!
Tozawa’s resilience annoys Gulak, but Alexander rallies the fans up. Gulak drags Tozawa up but TOzawa resists the bomb. Gulak tries again, but Tozawa slips out to a DDT! The referee checks on Gulak, but both men are okay to continue. They both crawl for their corners, hot tags to Gallagher and Alexander! Alexander rallies on Gallagher, blocking a kick to give that stiff back elbow! Alexander runs, handspring to Neuralizer enziguri! Cover, TWO! But that doesn’t slow Alexander down, he watches Gallagher stand up. He lifts, but Gallagher counters to a headlock takeover cover. TWO and Alexander makes it his cover, TWO! Gallagher runs into the Spanish Fly!! Cover, but Gulak breaks it!
Gulak grins at Alexander while Alexander glares daggers. Alexander is distracted, misses Gallagher but still boots him away. Alexander springboards but Gallagher gets under. Gulak creeps back in but Alexander immediately gets rid of him. Gallagher hits the Gentleman Dropkick! Cover, but Tozawa breaks it! Gallagher throws Tozawa out, then goes back to Alexander. Gulak tags in, and the two work together on the champ. Gallagher runs, and they hit Alexander with a high-low, clothesline and leg sweep! Cover, TWO!! Alexander survives the combination attack and fans rally up again. Gulak taunts Alexander, then tags Gallagher back in. They drag Alexander back up, but Alexander resists the double suplex. They get him up but he slips out! Alexander boots Gallagher, tag to Tozawa!
Alexander hip tosses Gulak out but goes out with him! Tozawa hits Gallagher with the missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he whips Gallagher. He back kicks, swings, slips under and rolling roundhouses! Gallagher bails out but Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits! Tozawa puts Gallagher back in, then climbs up top. Fans echo “AH! AH!” and Tozawa leaps for the SUPER Senton! But Gulak drags Gallagher out of harm’s way!
Alexander tackles Gulak but Gallagher clobbers him. Gallagher rocks Alexander with the EuroUpper, then Gulak adds a stiff chop. Gulak throws Alexander at a post and he goes flying! Gallagher hits Tozawa with the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Then tag to Gulak, for the GuLOCK! Fans duel as Gualk says this is for a #Better205Live! Tozawa taps, Gulak & Gallagher win!
Winners: Jack Gallagher & Drew Gulak, Gulak by submission
The cruel winter has come back as Gallagher & Gulak use shrewd tactics and ruthless aggression to get the better of a former and the current Cruiserweight Champions. Alexander vows to make this a war Gulak won’t win, but has the #AgeofAlexander already come to an end?
Backstage interview with Drake Maverick.
After seeing that main event, has he anything to say? Maverick must congratulate the winners, and knows what must happen. Gulak is undeniable as a contender, and clearly Alexander wants after him, too. Therefore, next week, we will get our Cruiserweight Championship match of Alexander VS Gulak. Will this war come to an end already? Who moves on to meet Murphy in Melbourne?
This was a rather packed episode right here for only being under 50 minutes. Maverick returns to give us the rundown, so that meant there were no surprises that he’d spoil. This segment has clearly become just a way to fill time while switching ring decor from SmackDown’s to 205’s, which is smart but also a bit silly. However, I do appreciate that Maverick’s story on Raw is being used here as grounds for the Heel talent to question Maverick’s focus. I wonder if there will come a point where it really does start to become a problem. Or at the least, he starts using Akam & Rezar as his muscle like he implied to do with Gulak & Gallagher. Unfortunately, that would lead to one side being buried over the other, so maybe he shouldn’t.
I like the Dar and Lio promos, and their match next week is going to be great. I feel like Lio wins this first-time-ever so that he stays undefeated, but I could see them having a series and Dar gets at least one win so he can rub it in. Ali’s return was great, because they used his squash of Michael Thompson (who wore a spade with the letter J on it so his real name must be based on that) as a way for Itami to taunt Ali from a distance. Ali VS Itami has to happen again, and I really hope it is a true #1 contender’s match. If Ali comes out that the winner to give us another amazing rematch, I would hope Ali gets the win from there. Other than Alexander, Ali has been the strongest Face, so why delay him any longer?
Metalik VS Murphy was great, another match that took a moment to get going, but it got the fans into it by the end. Naturally Murphy wins for both keeping the Body Guys from looking weak against just one third of the Lucha House Party, as well as for Murphy’s singles strength since he’s going to face the champion at Super Show Down. The main event tag match was another great match, 205 Live main events have been consistent in that. It works that Tozawa takes the fall at Gulak’s hands, and now we get Alexander VS Gulak for the title. Again, it would be shocking if Gulak wins, and that’s a good thing. In Melbourne, Murphy will be Face just on hometown appeal, so it’s fine if it’s Heel VS Heel from American perspectives.
At the same time, Murphy probably won’t win, I still expect him and Nese to be part of the (potential) tag team title scene. Therefore, I expect the champion to retain at Super Show Down, whether it’s Alexander or Gulak. Gulak getting to be that champion and then facing Ali would be so great for their rivalry from last year, bringing things full circle in a way. I also like Ali wanting to tag with Alexander, the Cruiserweight Division should at least allow its superstars to fluidly go between the singles and tag titles since there aren’t that many of them right now, and aren’t competing for Raw or SmackDown tag titles. The Heart & Soul would be an unstoppable team given their combined ability and popularity.
My Score: 8.2/10