While the Cruiserweight Champion prepares for his next match, The Premier Athlete and Scottish Supernova settle a score! Who wins in No Disqualifications?
- Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak; Gallagher wins.
- No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar; Nese wins.
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The Cruiserweight Division’s newest grudge will be settled.
The Scottish Supernova got even with Tony Nese about a month ago and with a surprise roll-up. Noam Dar says the problem with the Premier Athlete is that he thinks he’s so much better than the rest. Dar proved Nese wrong, but Nese says Dar only proved he’s lucky. Nese wanted to settle things then and there, but Dar says he only wants to compete against someone who will push him to his limits. Dar refused the rematch, so Nese went after him in the parking lot! As 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick had no choice but to suspend Nese until further notice.
But then Dar told Maverick that if Nese wants the match that bad, they should have it. Or else, Dar would just return the favor. Marverick, wanting to avoid another brawl, gave in. Now Dar and Nese will face off in No Disqualifications! Who wins this grudge match with no limits on what they can do?
Lucha House Party heads to the ring!
Winter’s still here and bringing the snow, but the trio of Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik bring the heat! The Golden Lynx grabs a mic and asks where they are. Doesn’t he know? They’re in Toledo! Good evening, everyone, and welcome to the show! But boy is it cold~! Especially at night. You know one wants to go home, because the party’s still going! And that means… “Lucha! Lucha!” A Lucha House Party! But on Raw, that was not a good night. Elias didn’t let them finish their performance. So before Lince cuts the Gentleman’s mustache off and gives it to Penelope, The King of the Ropes wants to serenade us with his heavenly voice. Who wants to hear Metalik sing? Toledo doesn’t mind. Metalik takes the mic and warms up his throat, but Gallagher’s entrance interrupts him!
Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party VS Jack Gallagher w/ Drew Gulak!
The Submission Commission isn’t really into “fun”, so it makes sense they’d deny Metalik his singing debut. But that aside, the Ungentle Gentleman wants to reestablish that the ground game is the only way to play. Will this rivalry revisited go the other way? Or will the fiesta continue all through the night?
Gulak joins commentary but leaves Vic Joseph hanging on the handshakes. The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Lince. They tie up and Gallagher gets a waistlock. He sits down and brings Lince to the mat for a high keylock. Lince kips up but Gallagher dodges to wring his arm out. Gallagher stands on the arm but Lince rolls and kips up. Lince breaks free but not for long, and Gallagher wrings Lince out again. Gulak applauds as Gallagher mounts and twists the arm. Gallagher bends the fingers and twists the wrist but fans rally up. Lince kips up and kicks low then goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Lince headscissors Gallagher, then shows off his dance moves. Gallagher runs but into the drop toehold! Lince dropkicks Gallagher then covers, TWO!
Lince keeps on Gallagher with a snap suplex and float over. TWO, but Lince stays on the arm. Gallagher gets up and grabs at the mask but Lince shakes him off. Gallagher reverses and gets a headlock but Lince goes to power out. He can’t get out of Gallagher’s grip and Gulak likes what he sees. Gallagher grinds Lince but fans rally up. Lince powers out and then hits a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! He adds the planking splash and covers, TWO! Lince whips Gallagher but Gallagher dodges and catches Lince in a fireman’s carry. Gallagher hotshots Lince on the ropes, and Gulak gives a thumbs up as Gallagher headbutts Lince. Lince boots Gallagher back then hops up and over for headscissors! Gallagher bails out but Lince wrecks him with a dropkick!
Lince builds speed but Gallagher gets clear. Gallagher and Gulak regroup to taunt “Lindsey Dorito” with waves of the hand. Lince comes out to get at Gallagher and puts him back in the ring. Lince climbs but Galalgher trips him up! Gallagher clubs away on Lince’s back! Lince falls to the mat but Gallagher is on him with forearms. The ref backs Gallagher off but Galalgher comes back for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Gallagher keeps on Lince with a knee in the back. Gallagher pulls the arms for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Lince endures and fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” Lince fights up but Galalgher headbutts him down! Gallagher kicks Lince in the ribs, then drops springboard knees! Cover, ONE, but Gallagher keeps on Lince. Gallagher whips and catches Lince into an abdominal stretch!
Lince endures as fans rally again. Gallagher shoves and gets Lince again but Lince hip tosses Gallagher out of the ring! Lince springboards for a BIG crossbody! Fans fire up with the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants while the ref checks on both men. Gulak is concerned but Gallagher is okay to continue. Lince gets up first and puts Gallagher in the ring. Lince shoulders and slingshots for a crucifix! TWO, so Lince tries La Mahistrol! TWO, so Lince dropkicks Galalgher down. Lince runs, hurdles and heel kicks Gallagher down! Lince brings Gallagher up but Gallagher suplexes him tot he apron. But Lince forearms Gallagher back, climbs up, flying crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Gulak speaks on how ineffective high-flying is, but dodges questions about Humberto Carrillo, who Gulak has campaigned to help for weeks now. Gallagher surprises Lince with a roll up, ONE and Lince rolls Gallagher. ONE, and Lince kicks Gallagher down! Lince second rope moonsaults, then again, then climbs up top! Fans fire up, Lince goes for Tres! But gets knees! Gallagher gut wrenches Lince up, and powerbombs him! High stack, TWO, but into a Half Crab! Gulak hopes Carrillo is watching as Lince endures the hold. Lince manages to roll back and kick Gallagher. Gallagher deadlifts but Lince monkey flips! Lince elbows from a corner then SUPERKICKS Gallagher! Gallagher rebounds for the Extraordinary Headbutt! Cover, TWO! Lince lives and Gulak grows frustrated for Gallagher.
Gallagher gets up and swipes at LHP. Gallagher runs corner to corner but misses! GOLDEN REWIND! Jackknife cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives and Gulak coaches him from commentary. Lince and Gallagher both get up and start throwing hands. They brawl back and forth but Gallagher European Uppercuts. Lince CHOPS Gallagher and puts him on the top rope! Lince climbs, SUPER STEINER, but sunset flip! Galalgher wins!!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall
Gulak celebrates with Gallagher, saying “In your face!” Ground games do work! Carrillo, the offer still stands because the point has been proven! Will Ultimo Ninja choose to stay safe and sound with feet on the ground?
Backstage interview with Humberto Carrillo.
What is his reaction to Gulak & Gallagher trying to recruit him? He feels fortunate that they see him as a great talent. But what about their noted distaste for lucha libre and general high-flying? Carrillo’s athleticism is what brought him here to the WWE. He enjoys what he does, and does it for his family. But if great wrestlers like Gulak & Gallagher want to give him some training, who is he to refuse? Will Carrillo be turned to the grounded side? Or is he simply going to become a more well-rounded wrestler?
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“This is ridiculous. How many failures on this show do I need to prop up?” First he’s a sidekick to some wannabe wrestler Certified G, and then he is the mouthpiece to someone who couldn’t even articulate a single thought! Daivari didn’t come back to be someone’s Young Boy. He is back to serve himself! For the last 13 years, he’s been fighting all alone. They say in this business, the only thing anyone collects is the money and the miles. Daivari has the miles, and he definitely has the money. But he wants to collect the Cruiserweight Championship. And then people will put respect on his name. When and where will the Persian Lion get his shot at the title?
Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis speak.
“It took me 16 years to become an overnight sensation.” 16 years it took him to get here! He didn’t work that long just to lose to someone like Kalisto or THE Brian Kendrick. He did not work that long to be seen as a joke! But Maria says it’s not about losses, but the process. Every time Mike loses, they actually win. Every loss is a step closer to success. They’ve never been afraid to lose, because everywhere they’ve ever worked, they’ve been successful. It’s not about a match, it’s about THE match. On that “Day of Reckoning”, everyone will remember Mike Kanellis. If Mike’s waited 16 years, how much longer will he have to wait for that moment?
No Disqualifications: Tony Nese VS Noam Dar!
The Premier Athlete wanted after the Scottish Supernova so badly, he got himself suspended for the parking lot attack! But now he gets what he wants as even Dar wants to settle the score. Who comes out with the tiebreaker when there are no rules to be broken?
But before Nese even gets in the ring, Dar dropkicks him off the apron! Dar goes right after Nese to put him in the ring. The ref keeps Dar back to check on Nese. Nese refuses to quit so the ref rings the bell. Dar comes running in corner to corner for a big forearm smash! And an overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO! Nese bails out but Dar pursues. Dar puts Nese into barriers, then into more barriers! Dar high fives the fans before whipping Nese into steel steps! Nese writhes and Dar talks trash. Dar pulls the steel steps apart and puts the top half down. He goes after Nese and ducks the punch to crotch Nese on the barriers. Dar then runs up the steps for a flying forearm! Nese tumbles down and Dar fires up! Fans fire up with Dar as he drags Nese back up.
Dar brings Nese around the corner to bump him off the apron. Nese staggers away but Dar works on the low rope’s crossbar. Dar puts Nese’s fingers through the bar and bends them! Nese screams as Dar tortures his fingers! Dar lets go so that he can slam the hand on the apron. But Nese throws Dar into the post! Nese drags Dar up with one good hand to throw Dar into the post again! Dar clutches his shoulder but Nese won’t let up. Nese runs Dar all the way into barriers on the far side! Toledo fires up with Nese now as he drags Dar up and into the ring. Nese searches under the ring to bring out a chair! Nese goes at Dar but Dar forearms back. Dar throws hands but Nese jabs him with the chair!
Nese sits the chair up and then knees Dar between ropes. Nese makes Dar a bridge between ropes and chair, for the triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Dar lives but Nese fetches the chair. Nese grinds the chair into Dar’s ribs as a cover, TWO! Nese grinds the chair into Dar again but Dar keeps his shoulders up. Dar gets away but Nese kicks him to a corner. Nese drags Dar up and scoop slams him with the chair on his back! Dar writhes but Nese covers, TWO! Nese grows frustrated and takes it out on Dar by kicking his ribs. Nese flexes his good arm, then keeps Dar from getting the chair. He pushes Dar down but Dar comes back with forearms! Nese back kicks Dar low and hard, then flexes as he brings Dar back up.
Dar spins out and kicks but Nese hops over the sweep. Nese whips but Dar reverses, and then Dar ducks Nese’s crossbody! Dar and Nese both slowly get up, and Dar throat chops. Nese knees the headbutt away but then Dar dragon screws Nese’s leg! Nese ends up in a corner but elbows Dar away. He hops up but Dar sweeps the legs! Dar and Nese again slowly stand up as fans build to a rally. Dar hops up but Nese rolls forward. Nese’s Shoryuken is countered by Dar’s exploder! Nese hits buckles and Dar covers, TWO! Dar grows a little frustrated but refocuses while Nese rolls out of the ring. Nese crawls but Dar pursues. Dar searches under the ring, and fans hope he finds their favorite.
Dar brings out more chairs, and then yes, a table! Toledo is happy to see that, even if Dar puts it aside for now. Dar gathers those chairs again, but Nese back kicks Dar down! Nese runs back in, but Dar back drops him onto the chairs! Both men are down but fans build back up. Dar stands first and puts Nese back in the ring. Dar covers, TWO! Nese lives but Dar grabs himself a chair. Dar traps one of Nese’s arms then smashes Nese’s knee on the chair over and over and over! Dar then pulls back for a modified Half Crab! Nese endures and powers out of the hammerlock, then gets Dar’s fingers! Nese pulls way back on the pinkie! Dar swings but Nese ducks and scoops Dar for a Michinoku Driver on the chair! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but both he and Nese are exhausted.
Fans again want tables, but Nese keeps to the chair. Dar stands and puts pinkies out to take aim at Nese. Nese leans against the ropes but Dar comes over to throw forearms. Nese hits back and now they brawl. Dar hits but Nese hits back. Dar gets an edge with forearms and kicks from all sides. Nese shoves and rocks Dar with a forearm of his own! Nese runs back in but Dar uses the chair as a shield! Dar traps the arm in the chair, and uses it in a Fujiwara armbar! Nese endurse the modified hold, but he manages to roll and make it a cover! TWO, and Dar lets Nese free of the chair armbar. Dar gets to a corner and aims at Nese again. Pinkies out as Dar runs, but Nese drops out of the ring.
Fans want that table, so Dar gives the fans what they want. Dar props the table up against the barrier and brings Nese over. He whips but Nese reverses to send Dar into the steel steps! Nese pulls these steps apart now, and brings the base steps around. He positions the steps and then points to the table. Fans like where Nese is going, but then Nese refuses to use the table. Nese brings Dar up, but Dar spins and sweeps the legs! Nese’s face hits steel steps! Dar stands up and gets onto the apron. SHORYUKEN outta nowhere! Dar is dazed and Nese grits his teeth. But Dar gets Nese in an armbar! Nese drags Dar over to powerbomb him on the steel steps! But Dar still goes after the arm!
Nese climbs the steps and deadlifts Dar from here, to powerbomb him on the announce desk! The fans got a table after all! Toledo loves this as Nese drags Dar up and to the ring. Nese covers, TWO!! Dar still lives and Nese cannot believe it! Dar drags himself to a corner but Nese is right on him. Nese goes to lift but Dar gets a victory roll! TWO as Nese avoids a repeat from their previous match. Dar’s in the corner and Nese runs side to side, but the Premier Knee misses! Dar clotheslines Nese down then climbs up top. Double stomps on the bad knee! Then takedown to an Ankle Lock! Nese endures and reaches for ropes, but Dar grapevines! Nese drags them both a little further, and he gets a chair! He SMACKS Dar with it!
Nese is free and uses the chair as a crutch to get around. Dar pursues again, but Nese jabs the chair into the knees! Nese puts a chair around one leg like a vice, and STOMPS it! Dar writhes from the pain in his leg but Nese isn’t done with him. Nese aims from the other side and runs back in, Premier Knee THROUGH the timekeeper’s area!! Toledo loses its mind as Nese and Dar blast through the barriers! Nese forces himself up as fans declare “This is Awesome!” Nese drags Dar’s dead weight out of the wreckage and into the ring. Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete goes to extreme measures to defeat Dar! With this victory, Nese proves he’s better, but does he also prove himself worthy of a Cruiserweight Championship in the near future?
Drake Maverick presides over the Cruiserweight Championship contract signing.
The champion, Buddy Murphy, and challenger, Akira Tozawa, are with Maverick in his office. Murphy’s been on a four-month tear since winning the title at Super Show-Down, but Tozawa has revitalized himself after becoming allies with THE Brian Kendrick. This first-ever 1v1 match between them is very exciting, so they get down to business. Tozawa signs his part but Murphy speaks. Murphy offers Tozawa a selfie opportunity with him, because that’s as close as Tozawa will get to the title. Maverick wants Murphy to back off the taunting but Murphy says he’s not going to do anything foolish.
Murphy reminds Tozawa that the Fatal 4 Way didn’t do a thing. Murphy took on one of the best luchadors in the world, one of the best strikers in the world, and Tozawa. Tozawa couldn’t get the job done when the odds were against Murphy, so why does he think he has a shot 1v1? The competition isn’t with Tozawa or with 205 Live, but with the history of the Cruiserweight Division. Murphy will prove that no one can stop the unstoppable. He finally signs his part, and the deal is done. Tozawa speaks up. Murphy thinks he’s unstoppable? So did the King of the Cruiserweights. And Tozawa beat him to take the title. Tozawa smiles as he says, “See you Sunday.” Will Tozawa again do the impossible and again become Cruiserweight Champion?
This was a really fun go-home for 205 Live. I appreciate the Lucha House Party bring some of their story from Raw to here, I’m thinking that means we will get more of them and Elias after Elimination Chamber. What would make it better is if Elias makes a comment on not wanting to go to 205 Live just on the towns they go to. And as for 205 Live tonight, LHP was used to effectively push the story developing between Carrillo and the Submission Commission. Carrillo is rather reasonable that Gulak & Gallagher want to train him. I’m betting Carrillo takes those training lessons seriously, but then refuses to abandon his family’s traditional lucha libre style, and that adds to the conflict.
The No DQ main event was great, even if Toledo wasn’t that into it in the middle. There was some good innovation in this match, like other 205 Live No DQ based matches have had. I especially liked that while Toledo insisted on a table, Nese and Dar tricked them into thinking it would be the wood table to instead use the announce table. I’m surprised Nese won but that’s also a good thing, as another Heel moving up means a Face could take that title soon.
I’m curious as to how Daivari’s story is going to develop since Hideo Itami is not part of WWE. I appreciated the references to Enzo Amore and Itami without actually using their names, but that in itself is a sign Itami is truly gone. It seems WWE wants to wait until after this thing with Dean Ambrose boils over before officially saying Itami is gone. They get consistent in the weirdest ways, because I honestly don’t see how Itami’s release affects Ambrose’s story of leaving/not leaving. As for Daivari, the only way he’s getting a title shot before Wrestlemania is if Tozawa wins at Elimination Chamber. And speaking of, Tozawa does his own great reference to Neville/PAC, because Tozawa did win when no one thought he would. The way things are going, I’d be surprised if Tozawa loses, because he’s been building up so much momentum.
My Score: 8.3/10