It’s international Cruiserweight action!
205 Live returns to London already, and that means Cruiserweight Crossover with NXT UK! Will El Ligero slow Tony Nese down on the way to Money in the Bank?
- Fatal 4 Way: Jack Gallagher VS Humberto Carrillo VS James Drake VS Mark Andrews; Carrillo wins.
- Tony Nese VS El Ligero; Nese wins.
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Drake Maverick welcomes us to 205 Live in the UK!
And for tonight, the 205 Live GM invited some of NXT UK’s best Cruiserweight superstars for an even more exciting hour of action! A Fatal 4 Way will feature Ultimo Ninja settling things with the Extraordinary Gentleman, but also facing Mr. Mayhem, James Drake, and the High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Mark Andrews! Plus, a non-title showcase as the Luchador of Leeds looks to test the Premier Athlete this close to Money in the Bank! Will the Light shine against Tony Nese? Or will he just be a tune-up for Tony before he faces Ariya Daivari this Sunday?
Byron Saxton joins commentary!
He’s around for SmackDown anyway, so he’ll stick around to call the Cruiserweight action on WWE’s fastest hour of sports entertainment!
Fatal 4 Way: Jack Gallagher VS Humberto Carrillo VS James Drake VS Mark Andrews!
The Extraordinary Gentleman was teaching Ultimo Ninja alongside Drew Gulak, but then the Philly Fury pushed it too far and Gallagher had to choose a side. Gallagher still wants to settle things with Carrillo, but can either of them get a win when one half of the NXT UK Tag Team Champions and the Welsh Rockstar are also in the mix?
The bell rings and Drake bails right out. The other three just let him do what he wants while they circle. They approach and tie up. Andrews headlocks Gallagher while Carrillo headlocks Andrews. Gallagher pops out of Andrews’ grip and Andrews powers out of Carrillo’s. Andrews and Gallagher get clear as Carrillo handsprings back in! Andrews dodges and dropkicks Gallagher but Carrillo dropkicks him. Gallagher gives Carrillo a European Uppercut, but Drake slips in to roll Gallagher up! ONE and Drake bails out again. Gallagher and Carrillo decide to flank Drake, so Drake runs back into the ring. Andrews CHOPS Drake and throws forearms! Andrews whips but Drake whips, only for Andrews to slide and Pele!
Carrillo and Gallagher return, Andrews dodges but Carrillo has help from Gallagher to acrobatically arm-drag Andrews out! Gallagher whips Carrillo but Carrillo springboard crossbodies Gallagher down! Fans fire up as Carrillo runs into Andrews’ shoulder. Andrews slingshots but Drake trips him up! Drake tosses Andrews with a Ticket to Mayhem onto the apron! Drake attacks Carrillo with furious stomps! Fans boo as Drake forearms Gallagher back out. Carrillo kicks and forearms back, then whips. Drake slides under and comes back with a spinning heel kick! Cover, TWO! Andrews gets back up but Drake knocks him back out. Drake drags Carrillo up for forearms, but fans taunt Drake with singing. “He’s got his own~ face, on his ass!” Drake ignores them as he throws forearms on Carrillo in a corner.
The ref counts but Drake grinds his boot into Carrillo until 4. Gallagher returns but Drake goes after him with forearms. Drake returns to Carrillo and snap suplexes him down. Cover, TWO! Drake keeps on Carrillo with a thrashing chinlock. Carrillo endures as Drake wrenches back. Fans rally up and Carrillo fights his way up. Drake scrapes Carrillo’s face and goes after Gallagher. Gallagher and Drake brawl with the ropes between them, but Drake sends Gallagher down. Drake goes back to Carrillo but Carrillo kicks away on Drake! Carrillo whips Drake but Drake reverses, only for Carrillo to uniquely handspring. Carrillo kicks, misses, but gets the enziguri!
Drake bails out and fans fire up as Carrillo builds speed. Carrillo FLIES and takes out Drake! Drake clutches his shoulder but Carrillo keeps on him, only for Andrews to fly in with headscissors! Andrews brings Drake up but Drake forearms him back. Drake throws Andrews at barriers but Andrews stops himself. Andrews elbows Drake away then moonsaults back, but Drake catches him! Drake pops Andrews up but Andrews counters to a tornado DDT! Everyone is down, but wait! Gallagher is up and fans cheer as he brings out an old friend: William the Umbrella! Gallagher opens the umbrella up and climbs up, for the Mary Poppins DIVE! He wipes out everyone! London loves it as Gallagher puts Andrews in and covers, TWO!
Gallagher keeps his cool as he drags Andrews up. Gallagher goes to suplex but Andrews blocks. He still gets Andrews up and holds him there, and holds, and holds, and holds, and holds, to then finally drop Andrews! Gallagher is all fired up, and he goes up top. But Drake intercepts him with a forearm! Gallagher fights back but Drake climbs up to join him. Drake hammers away on Gallagher but Carrillo kicks Drake! Andrews climbs up behind Drake for a SUPER REVERSE RANA! Gallagher adjusts, and leaps onto Drake with an Extraordinary Headbutt! Carrillo’s up top, twisting splash! Cover, but Andrews and Gallagher both break it up! All four men are down but London is thunderous! “This is Awesome!” but far from over as Andrews brawls with Carrillo on the mat.
Gallagher joins in as he punches Andrews. Andrews CHOPS so Gallagher punches. Carrillo CHOPS so Gallagher punches. Andrews forearms, Carrillo punches, Gallagher punches, Andrews CHOPS, Carrillo forearms, and Gallagher fires off! Carrillo kicks and CHOPS and SUPERKICKS! He kicks Andrews to suplex, but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews runs but slides again, DOUBLE PELE! He fires up again, but gets a headbutt! Carrillo rolls Gallagher up, Carrillo wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
A huge match results in a huge win for Carrillo! And he even got the better of Gallagher in it! Will this mean huge things for Humberto in the near future?
Gallagher stands and Carrillo offers a handshake to show it’s all good. Fans cheer for Gallagher, and Gallagher takes the handshake. Things are still respectful between them, but will Gallagher be able to get himself back on track soon enough?
Ariya Daivari speaks.
“Last week, after my match on 205 Live, Tony tried to slide in the ring and punk me out.” The only reason he would do that is because Daivari has intimidated him. Nese is trying to prove Daivari isn’t in his head, even though he is. And now, just days before their Cruiserweight Championship, Nese is going to wear himself out flying all the way to London, having a match he doesn’t need to, risk getting hurt, then flying all the way back to the States. As for the Persian Lion, he’s getting a tan, has a massage for tomorrow and will get a good work-out in so he’ll be showing up at Money in the Bank “nice and fresh”. Daivari “wishes” Nese luck tonight, and “hopes” he’ll be okay for their title match. Is Daivari perhaps taking the Cruiserweight Championship too lightly?
Backstage interview with the WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Tony Nese!
The Premier Athlete knows what Daivari just said, but does he think competing against Ligero tonight is the smart thing this close to MITB? As Nese sees it, the smart thing isn’t always the right thing. Nese could’ve taken it easy like Daivari and gotten a tan. But fans expect more of the Cruiserweight Champion than taking it easy. And it has become a tradition that when in the UK, the best of 205 Live has a match with the best of NXT UK. So as the Cruiserweight Champion, Nese will carry on the tradition. Ligero is an international icon, but like Daivari finds out this Sunday, Nese didn’t become champion because he took it easy.
205 Live takes a look at El Ligero.
The Luchador of Leeds is unique just on his mask itself. He wanted to stand out on first appearance, but now he stands out because of his long established career. All of his experience is what will give him an edge going into any match. After 16 years and thousands of matches, to be in the WWE is an unbelievable dream come true. Will Ligero show he can get it down in the Cruiserweight Division on top of NXT UK?
The Lucha House Party speaks.
“Singh Brothers, how are you gonna say the Lucha House Party snuck up on you?” They’re loud and rowdy! But they’ll be even louder next week, because they accept the rematch challenge. And then it’ll be Lucha Time! Will the Golden Lynx and the King of the Ropes shut the Bollywood Boyz up with a 2-0 sweep? Or will Samir & Sunil use them as a springboard higher up in the Cruiserweight Division?
Tony Nese VS El Ligero!
This may not be for the Cruiserweight Championship, but if the Premier Athlete isn’t careful, it could be a glimpse into the future. Will the Light of NXT UK grab the spotlight? Or will Nese get through him to then go through Daivari at Money in the Bank?
The bell rings and fans cheer on Ligero. Nese respects that with a nod, and even a handshake. They circle and Ligero stays just out of Nese’s reach. They tie up and Nese waistlocks. Ligero breaks free to a wristlock, but Nese rolls and reverses it to tweak the arm. Nese then arm-drags Ligero to an armlock. Fans rally and Ligero gets up, but Nese wrenches to another wristlock. Ligero grabs Nese to bring him down, then springs up to reverse the wrench. Nese powers Ligero to a corner but whips corner to corner. Ligero goes up and under and then things speed up. Ligero hurdles then becomes a pretzel! He lures Nese in and gets him with a roll up, ONE! Nese has the cover now, ONE! Ligero has it, ONE! Nese, ONE! Ligero, ONE! Nese again, ONE! Ligero, Nese, Ligero, Nese, Ligero, Nese, Ligero, Nese… TWO!!
Both men back off and fans cheer that fast and furious exchange. Nese and Ligero shake hands again, and then even shake hands with the ref for keeping up. Ligero and Nese circle again then tie up. Fans duel now as Nese headlocks. Ligero powers out but Nese runs him over. Nese runs but sees Ligero drop down, so he body scissors to a cover, TWO! Things speed up again, and Nese blocks a hip toss to a dragon’s lair cover! TWO, and Ligero baits Nese in for a takedown. Ligero runs but rolls over Nese. Nese side steps but gets a headscissors! Cover, TWO! Ligero keeps his cool while Nese gets to a corner. Ligero stands Nese up to CHOP! And CHOP! Nese CHOPS back, then CHOPS more. Ligero CHOPS back again, then whips Nese corner to corner. Nese goes up and elbows Ligero away.
Nese jumps up and moonsaults, but lands on his feet as Ligero gets clear. Ligero swings but Nese goes Matrix to then mule kick, knee lift and sweep the legs! Cover, TWO! Ligero rolls away but fans cheer. Nese takes aim and slingshots, but Ligero gets clear. Nese cartwheels over Ligero but into his roundhouse! Ligero runs back in but Nese tosses him up. Ligero rebounds off ropes to headscissor Nese down! Fans fire up as Ligero gets in and builds up speed. Ligero runs into Nese’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! Nese drags Ligero right into a body scissors squeeze. Fans rally as Ligero endures. Ligero works against the feet but Nese squeezes tighter. Ligero elbows Nese and breaks free, but Nese switches to a rear bearhug. Nese squeezes and Ligero endures all over again.
Ligero stands but Nese back suplexes. Ligero lands on his feet but his boot is blocked, and Nese ROCKS Ligero with that right! Nese has Ligero in the corner and runs side-to-side, but Ligero gets up to follow! Wheelbarrow roll-up, TWO! Nese fireman’s carry to a gutbuster drop! Cover, TWO! Nese goes right back to the body scissors. Ligero endures and fans rally up again. Nese squeezes but Ligero pushes back to a cover, TWO! Nese still has Ligero in the squeeze but Ligero keeps working against the hold. Ligero pushes back again for a cover, TWO! Nese clubs away with forearms then squeezes tighter with his legs. Ligero refuses to quit and continues to go after the feet. Ligero goes for a third cover, TWO, but Ligero stays standing! Nese pushes Ligero away then scoops, but gets a crossbody counter!
Ligero runs and redirects Nese to then fire off kicks to the leg. Ligero forearms and chops and kicks, then mule kicks! Nese is down and Ligero runs, but Nese dodges. Ligero fireman’s carry to the widowmaker! And buzzsaw! Cover, TWO!! Nese lives and Ligero can’t believe it. Nese gets to a corner while Ligero fires himself up again. Ligero walks into Nese’s boot, then gets another big left hand! Nese bobs ‘n’ weaves then knees Ligero to boot and heel kick him down! Cover, TWO! Ligero gets to a corner now while Nese grows frustrated. Nese runs in corner to corner for a big back elbow! He keeps moving but Ligero puts him on the apron. Nese kicks Ligero down, then triangle moonsaults! Ligero gets clear and Nese lands on his feet.
Ligero slingshots in but his stunner is blocked with pure strength! Nese tosses Ligero into the ropes, for a draping triangle moonsault! But Nese flops as Ligero gets clear again! Ligero steps up and springboards for a splash! Cover, TWO!! Nese survives and Ligero is shocked! London rallies up as Ligero runs and springboards. Nese gets clear but he turns into Ligero’s kick. Ligero builds speed to FLY! Direct hit wipes Nese out, but Ligero is down, too! The ref counts and Ligero is up at 3. Ligero fires up and drags Nese to the ring. He puts Nese in then climbs up top. Ligero aims but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese hops up fast to SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Ligero lives but Nese won’t let up.
Nese goes back up but Ligero hurries to intercept. Ligero climbs to join Nese but Nese fights him off. Ligero keeps trying but nese shoves him down to the drop zone! Nese adjusts and hits the 450 splash! Cover, TWO!? Ligero still lives!? Nese can’t believe it but London is loving it! Nese drags Ligero up and lifts, but Ligero resists the German Suplex. Ligero standing switches but Nese spins around. Ligero back drops but Nese sunset flips, but Ligero sits on it! TWO, SUPERKICK! Nese is dazed and Ligero springboards, but Nese blocks C4L to a roll up! TWO, but Nese holds on, to deadlift and BUCKLE BOMB! Side to side, Premier Knee! Cover, Nese wins!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall
The Cruiserweight Champion toughs it out to show everyone his fighting spirit! And he shows great respect to Ligero, as does London. Nese offers Ligero a hand and Ligero takes it. “I didn’t know it was gonna be that hard, but good job, man.” Nese raises Ligero’s hand but then Ligero raises Nese’s hand. But wait, Daivari is in London?! Daivari attacks Ligero but then Nese goes after him! Daivari stomps Nese but Nese throws hands, only for Daivari to throw him into buckles! And then a post! Daivari throws more hands to beat Nese down, then stomps him even further. London boos and jeers the Persian Lion, but Daivari gives Nese the Lion’s Lariat! Daivari picks up the Cruiserweight Championship, but will he own it after MITB?
A pretty great 205 Live in the UK! The Cruiserweight Division has been the one giving us these great crossovers with NXT UK, and they’re always very good. That Fatal 4 Way was really great, Mark Andrews and James Drake are definitely great in the ring. Gallagher was really pulling out all the stops for this one, but it was also great for it to be Carrillo that wins. I’d love Gallagher VS Carrillo 1v1 but I think Gallagher VS Gulak is going to be next on the agenda. Hopefully Gallagher gets to do some more in NXT UK, too, so we can see him do even greater stuff. With Carrillo winning, I wonder if he’ll move up into title contention already.
Daivari had a good tanning bed promo, and Nese VS Ligero was a pretty great main event. Of course, 205 Live’s had a great string of quality main events, so what else would it be? Daivari surprising everyone was a good twist, and naturally that allows him to stand tall. However, I think this means Nese retains the Cruiserweight Championship, unless Daivari cheats.
My Score: 8.3/10