Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy faces THREE challengers at the Royal Rumble, but that’s still not enough! Who answers his (non-title) Open Challenge?!
- Lio Rush VS Lince Dorado
w/ Lucha House Party; Rush wins.
- Open Challenge: Buddy Murphy VS ???; Murphy wins.
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The Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way is set!
Hideo Itami shocks many but most of all Cedric Alexander in that instant classic match from last week’s episode. Now the Innovator of the GTS moves on to the Royal Rumble match alongside Akira Tozawa and Kalisto as they all challenge Buddy Murphy for the title. But Drake Maverick knows there are many top Cruiserweight stars who missed out. Lio Rush feels cheated because of the Lucha House Party’s presence at ringside during his qualifying match against Kalisto. Lio called out LHP and the Golden Lynx answers the call for them to settle things in the ring. Will the Man of the Hour get even with Lince Dorado for the imagined slight? Or will Lince prove Lio has no one to blame but himself?
Then the champion himself says he still doesn’t think the WWE Universe understands that he IS the best Cruiserweight of all time. Therefore, he offers a non-title Open Challenge tonight just weeks before his title match! Who will answer that challenge? Will Murphy come to regret daring someone to step to him?
Lio Rush VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party!
The 24 Year Old Piece of Gold picks up a mic before the match to welcome fans to “Lio 5 Live.” Lio has unfinished business with Lince Dorado, because Lince has a misconception about Lio. Lio’s not here to make friends or to party, he’s here to win! And if you can’t tell by now, take a good look at what Lio’s done for the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Bobby Lashley. Lio wanted to be WWE Cruiserweight Champion at the Royal Rumble, and the Lucha House Party ruined that. So now in return for that, Lince will learn exactly what it’s like to #FeelTheRush. Lince makes his entrance with his amigos, and we begin!
But the moment the LHP makes their entrance, Lio protests. The luchadores all roll together because they know one of them isn’t enough to beat Lio. Lince doesn’t care what Lio thinks as he throws his vest at him. Lio laughs but then throws the vest back. He tells Kalisto and Gran Metalik to leave, and so they start to leave. And Lio pounces on Lince in the corner! Lio rains down rights but the referee backs him off. Lio taunts Kalisto and Metalik as they reluctantly continue to the back. The ref asks Lince if he’s willing to continue, and Lince says he is. The bell rings, and Lio runs right into Lince’s haymakers!
Lince throws hands and knees, then whips. Lio reverses but Lince slides under. Lince kicks back and heel kicks Lio off his feet. Lince keeps on Lio in the corner with knees and chops, then bumps him off buckles. He snap suplexes Lio down then covers, ONE! Lince keeps on Lio with more body shots in the corner. Lio shoves Lince then boots him away. Lio runs and redirects things, to SLAP Lince! Lince glares as Lio trash talks, and they grapple on the mat! Lio and Lince scrap, then things speed up again, Lio runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Lince drops the planking splash, covers, TWO! Lio manages to survive but Lince doesn’t back down. Lince stomps Lio then drags him to a drop zone. Lince climbs up but Lio rolls away to the ropes.
Lio crawls under the apron skirt but Lince drags him back out. Lio shoves Lince into the post, then trips him off the apron! Lince crashes down and Lio grits his teeth. Lio stands, aims, and springboards for the Asai moonsault! Lio hits Lince but also hits the announce desk! The ref counts but Lio bounces Lince off the desk. Lio puts Lince in at 6 and covers, TWO! Lio grows frustrated and takes it out on Lince with stomps. He rams Lince with an uppercut, then covers, TWO! Lio calms down as he drags Lince up. Lince hits back with body shots, then runs to springboard, but his crossbody flops! Lio hits a basement dropkick, covers, TWO! Lio wraps Lince in body scissors and a chinlock to squeeze the air out of him.
Fans build to a “Lucha! Lucha!” rally as Lince pries Lio’s feet apart. Lince stands up and fights out, but Lio clubs him back down. Lio says this is his time as he stomps a mudhole into Lince. The ref counts but Lio backs off at 4. Lio suplexes Lince then covers, TWO! Lio puts Lince right into another chinlock and pulls Lince back. Lince endures the partial camel clutch, and fights up as fans rally. He jawbreakers Lio away then dropkicks him down! Lio runs but into a boot. Lince runs to bulldog Lio down! Lince handsprings, but Lio rolls and roundhouses! Cover, TWO! Lince barely survives and Lio is seething. Lio stomps Lince then dares him to stand up. Lio throws haymakers to knock Lince into the ropes. He chokes Lince on the ropes but stops at 4.
Lince gets to a corner but Lio is on him with the double chicken wings. Lio spins Lince but Lince shoves him away. Lince gets to the apron and shoulders in, but Lio kicks him first. Lio goes to bump but Lince turns that around. Lio staggers away as Lince climbs, and Lince leaps for a big crossbody! But he bounces off the cover! Lio staggers to a corner as Lince goes to the other. Lio runs but misses in the corner, Lince CHOPS Lio! Lince kicks Lio out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Lio up the ramp! Lince puts Lio back in and then hits a second rope moonsault. He hits another, then climbs up a third time. Lince leaps for another moonsault, and hits it! Cover, TWO!! Lio lives and Lince is exhausted.
Lince fires himself up with “Lucha! Lucha!” and fans follow along. Lio stands, trips Lince, and then throws forearms. Lince comse back with a boot! Lio staggers, and Lince boots again. Lince runs to boot Lio down a third time. Lio flounders as Lince runs to handspring, but into Lio’s underhooks! Lince shoves out, Lio low springboards back, but Lince dodges to mule kick! Lince handsprings, Golden Rewind! Cover, TWO!! Lince cannot believe that Lio survives again! Lince drags Lio back to a drop zone and climbs up again. Lio crawls to ropes, so Lince hits a HUGE guillotine leg drop! Lince hurries as Lio crawls to another corner. Lince runs in, but into the post! Now Lio climbs up top, for the Final Hour frog splash! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
It was a tough match, but the Man of the Hour gets that win he wanted! But Lio isn’t satisfied with that, he goes after Lince on the ramp! Kalisto and Metalik return to run Lio off, and Lio runs away with a grin. Will Lio continue to go after the luchadores on the road to the Royal Rumble?
Backstage interview with Noam Dar.
The Scottish Supernova beat Tony Nese last week, but how did he overcome the size and strength disadvantages? Well Nese thinks that just because he’s the Premier Athlete, that makes him better than everyone. But Dar proved that’s wrong. However, Nese comes in and tells Dar to get out of his fantasy world. Dar proved he was just lucky, because Nese dominated bell to bell. But Nese still lost. “Every dog has his day”, but everyone knows that 99/100 times, Nese wins. Yet Nese lost this time. Well, it’s 1-1. Dar can prove it’s not a fluke and face Nese again. Dar does admit he wants to have a match with someone who will bring out the best in him, but that’s not Nese. Will Nese get that tiebreaker he desires? Or is Dar on to bigger and better things?
Drake Maverick talks with officials backstage.
He will check on Lince Dorado in the trainer’s room after what Lio Rush did to him, so he entrusts the referee to handle Buddy Murphy’s open challenge match. TJP walks in, and doesn’t recall a time Maverick ever checked on him in the trainer’s room. Because he’s never had to… TJP had a serious cold once. Don’t joke, Lince could be seriously injured.
But surely TJP is here to answer that open challenge, right? Well unfortunately for TJP, a new superstar has taken that opportunity already. Maverick has high hopes for this debuting Cruiserweight, actually. But he does like that TJP has motivation to seek out opportunity. TJP is a cornerstone of the division- And is handsome. Maverick just wants to tell TJP that this is a good thing, and if there are any opportunities in the future, Maverick will be sure to tell TJP. TJP can barely keep a straight face as he exits. Does TJP think earning and seeking opportunities is a joke? Will he or this new superstar be having the last laugh?
Buddy Murphy’s championship challengers speak.
Kalisto says “The Lucha House party was created to show the tradition of Lucha Libre around the world, and have fun with my amigos!” Kalisto takes lucha libre seriously, and dedicated his life to be the best. He vows to be the new two-time Cruiserweight!
THE Brian Kendrick speaks on behalf of Akira Tozawa to say that anything goes in a Fatal 4 Way. It will be brutal, and that’s why Kendrick is teaching Tozawa every dirty trick in the book to break his opponents’ will to compete. Tozawa just says “What he said”, and gives a big smile.
Ariya Daivari speaks on behalf of Hideo Itami that all three of the other superstars in that match have held the title. They had hunger that has been fed. Itami has not been fed, and he is hungry! A hungry man doesn’t see right or wrong, he just sees food. Itami sees the title, and is a threat to both Murphy’s reign and well-being. Just ask Cedric Alexander about that. In that Fatal 4 Way, 50 THOUSAND will witness live the birth of the Itami Era.
But while all three contenders are ready for a Fatal 4 Way, they’ll all be facing each other in a Triple Threat next week! Who will come out of that match with major momentum towards the title?
Open Challenge: Buddy Murphy VS ???
The Juggernaut wants to prove to the entire world that he is not just Cruiserweight Champion, but the greatest Cruiserweight in history. As such, he posed this challenge not just to the world, but to himself to show that he can defeat any Cruiserweight from anywhere. Before this match, Murphy picks up a mic.
“Ladies and gentlemen, shut your mouths, I’ve got something to say!” Fans obviously don’t take kindly to that, but Murphy reintroduces himself as the greatest Cruiserweight of all time. And Murphy plans to prove that against three of the best in the world at the Royal Rumble. Those three have their triple threat to prove who’s the second best, but that’s next week. Murphy won’t stand for the “What?”, and will force fans to listen to him. Murphy’s not worried about next week, he is focused on this 205 Open Challenge. Who wants to try and stop the unstoppable?! Maverick has already promised this is a brand new superstar to join 205 Live, and that new name is… Humberto Carrillo! NXT’s newest sensation is here to show Cruiserweight wrestling is in his blood. Murphy doesn’t sweat Humberto yet, but will he by the end of the match?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with Humberto. Murphy looks Humberto up and down and actually shakes his hand. The two tie up and Murphy waistlock slams Humberto to the mat. Murphy floats all over Humberto then kicks him to a corner. He declares himself the greatest all over again, but Humberto shrugs it off. Humberto circles with Murphy again, and Murphy wrenches the arm. Murphy yanks the arm and puts on an armlock, but Humberto endures. Humberto reverses the wrench, but Murphy quickly rolls to reverse it back. Murphy goes after the wrist but Humberto uses the ropes to flip through. Humberto cartwheels and handsprings to sweep the legs! Cover, TWO! Humberto leaps over the leg sweep to grab Murphy in a headlock.
Murphy tries to power out but Humberto holds on. Fans rally for Humberto but Murphy pulls hair. Murphy powers out and runs Humberto over with a shoulder. Murphy wags a finger at Humberto, then swings a kick, but Humberto ducks under to handspring up. Humberto ducks all the punches but Murphy dodges Humberto’s kicks! Murphy misses his own kick and is surprised by Humberto’s handspring! Fans cheer as Humberto offers Murphy the handshake back. Murphy applauds Humberto and shakes his hand, to sucker Humberto into a snapmare. Humberto handsprings through and wags his finger now. Things speed up and Humberto arm-drags Murphy around. Humberto springboards for a flying arm-drag, then a dropkick!
Murphy rolls out but Humberto builds speed. Humberto slides but Murphy ducks under. Humberto comes back, Murphy tosses him to the apron but Humberto lands on his feet to moonsault! Murphy dodges again but Humberto rolls through to stand back up. Humberto runs back but into boots. Humberto rolls again but Murphy throws him down by his head! Murphy walks past Humberto on the ramp as the referee checks on him. Murphy drags Humberto up for a heavy forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Murphy keeps his cool as he drags Humberto back up. He snapmares Humberto again for a stiff kick, and then wraps on a chinlock.
Humberto flails and reaches as fans build to a rally. Murphy traps an arm for a seated stretch, and rams his elbow in over and over! Humberto flops to the mat, Murphy covers, TWO! Murphy keeps on Humberto with another chinlock. Murphy fish hooks Humberto’s face but stops at the ref’s count. Humberto endures and fights his way up. Humberto throws hands and gets free! He counter punches Murphy but Murphy reverses the whip. Humberto huricanranas Murphy out! He builds speed to DIVE, but Murphy dodges to send Humberto to the ramp! Humberto clutches his ribs while Murphy grins. Murphy drags Humberto up again and bounces him off the apron. Murphy whips Humberto into barriers, then tosses him into the ring. Cover, TWO!
Murphy grows annoyed with Humberto and drags him back up for another heavy right. Humberto staggers to a corner and Murphy stomps a mudhole into him. Murphy pushes Humberto to the apron and then climbs up from the opposite side of the corner. He drags Humberto up top, and fans fear what’s coming. Humberto fights back, so Murphy bumps him right off the post! The referee checks on Humberto, but Murphy quickly runs at him, only for Humberto to back drop Murphy on the apron! Murphy writhes on the ground while Humberto catches his breath in the ring. Murphy crawls back into the ring at the count of 6, and runs at Humberto. Humberto boots Murphy then elbows him away. Things speed up, Humberto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he grabs Murphy.
Murphy elbows Humberto away, but Humberto comes back with a springboard enziguri! Murphy flounders and Humberto puts him in quick. Humberto climbs, leaps, big crossbody hits again! Cover, TWO! Humberto fires himself up, and drags Murphy to a drop zone. Humberto climbs but Murphy anchors a foot. He kicks Murphy away and climbs again, but Murphy grabs him to tuck him in! Murphy’s kick is intercepted by a kick! Humberto boots Murphy and then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Humberto is beside himself, but he hasn’t put the champion away yet. Murphy crawls away as Humberto grits his teeth.
Humberto runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Murphy climbs up, but Humberto rocks him with a kick! Humberto climbs up to join Murphy, but Murphy resists the superplex. Murphy pushes Humberto back but Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto’s right back on Murphy but Murphy gives him a gordbuster to the mat! Murphy adjusts, leaps for a sunset flip, deadlift into a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Humberto shocks Murphy by surviving! Murphy glares as he drags Humberto up. Murphy kicks Humberto in the face, then grins as he suplexes. Humberto blocks, and tries to suplex. Murphy blocks back, and the two fight for control. Humberto gets Murphy up but Murphy slips out, but he falls! Did Murphy’s knee give out?
The referee checks on Murphy, and Humberto isn’t sure if he should trust Murphy. Murphy checks his own knee as he takes the knee pad down. A second referee comes in to help as Murphy hobbles. The referees discuss it with Murphy as Humberto comes over. Murphy manages to stand and Hubmerto applauds the guts. But it’s a fake out! Murphy kicks Humberto and pumphandles, but Humberto victory rolls! TWO, and Murphy fires off his strike fest. Humberto dodges the knee to hit back with an enziguri! Murphy falls out of the ring, and Humberto DIVES! Direct hit sends Murphy flying over the announce desk!
Humberto quickly drags Murphy up to bounce him off the desk! And again! Humberto puts Murphy back in the ring and fires up. He springboards at Murphy, but into the knee trigger! Pumphandle, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Juggernaut wins, but with a little bit of trickery. Humberto showed fire and grit, surely he’ll be a great addition to the Cruiserweight Division. However, a win is a win, will Murphy continue to win when he’s against three opponents at once?
A fairly solid episode for 205 Live now that it is put back on Tuesday. It’s hard to tell if this was recorded before or after SmackDown, but I have a feeling it was again after given the enthusiasm of the crowd. Or rather, lack there of. At the same time, this did not end up one of the many episodes where the main event was above and beyond expectations, which likely disappointed the live fans. But first, Lio VS Lince was really good for an opener. Sending Kalisto and Metalik to the back definitely helped just on the choreography of the match. Lio didn’t have to cheat, he just made the best of one mistake from Lince. I imagine that Lio VS Metalik will happen next, hopefully as part of the go-home. Then, whether Kalisto wins the title or not, Lio finishes the series with him as the blow-off.
There was some good post-Rumble story set up, such as more with Dar and Nese. Dar rejecting Nese’s rematch will surely bring about Nese going after Dar and compelling him to give Nese that tiebreaker. TJP laughing off the idea of the open challenge and such adds more to his Heel entitled attitude. But I’m wondering if after tonight he’ll make a point of him “deserving” to be given chances while the other superstars fail when asking for those chances. Case in point, I am surprised that it was Humberto Carrillo who answered the Open Challenge. Humberto is a great talent, but not a well-known one yet. I would’ve given this chance to someone like Oney Lorcan who at least brings more intensity, which is what fans might have come to expect from 205 Live main events.
The “This is Boring!” chants didn’t help, it’s like they didn’t give Humberto a chance. However, I think by the end, when Humberto managed to bring that intensity and the high spots, fans started understanding him. Obviously Murphy wins, but I’m surprised he did the fake knee move to do it. That might have been to give Humberto even a shred more of legitimacy to fans seeing him the first time, but it really only hurts Murphy in my mind. Hopefully Humberto gets more chances, along with NXT tag partner Raul Mendoza, so fans can get a better idea of how good he really is. As for Murphy, he noted the Triple Threat of his contenders, I wonder if he’ll at least be around to watch personally. That Triple Threat will make for a great go-home match that will surely get fans more into it, even if it’s after SmackDown.
My Score: 8.4/10