Just who is challenging for the Cruiserweight Championship?
Drake Maverick tried to determine a #1 Contender, but an unclear finish complicates things! Now the 205 Live GM must choose the Cruiserweight Champion’s challenger! Will Tony Nese be facing Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, or both at WWE Stomping Grounds?
- Lucha House Party VS The Singh Brothers; The Singh Brothers win.
- THE Brian Kendrick VS Russ Taylor; Kendrick wins.
- Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Lorcan wins, by disqualification.
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Drake Maverick addresses the State of the Cruiserweight Contenders.
Last week’s Fatal 4 Way was an incredible match, but it ended with some controversy and confusion. A double cover between Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak ended in a three count, and there was much discussion between the two referees and Maverick himself. And after a week of reviewing the footage, a final decision has been made: it was a draw! That means this Sunday, Tony Nese defends his Cruiserweight Championship in a Triple Threat! But there’s still plenty of action to look forward to tonight!
The Lucha House Part return to 205 Live to settle the score with the “Boscar winning” Samir & Sunil Singh. The Bollywood Boys swear they won Best Actors, but they want to be the best team in the Cruiserweight Division. #LightsCameraAndBollywoodAction, but will they lose when it’s #LuchaTime? Plus, the Persian Lion and Boston Brawler go one more round because their grudge has not been settled! Ariya Daivari lost one contender’s match and got a lot of stitches for it, but he cost Oney Lorcan in last week’s contender’s match. Who will cost the other more after they go head-to-head and punch for punch as tonight’s main event?
Lucha House Party VS The Singh Brothers!
Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik step up for #LuchaTime to show the Bollywood Boys that winning against a Slow White Cow and the Great Grandson of The Red Crab is nothing like facing a Golden Lynx and the King of the Ropes! Will the fiesta be the Summer blockbuster? Or will those “Boscars” motivate Samir & Sunil to become the brightest stars on 205 Live?
The teams sort out, and Lince starts with Samir. Kalisto rallies the fans with the matracas rattle and chants of “Lucha! Lucha!” Samir and Lince circle, and Lince dodges Samir’s rush. Lince throws haymakers and body shots, then headlocks. Samir powers out but gets run over! Lince runs, handsprings and springboards, but Samir gets clear to SLAP Lince. Samir dances too much and gets a CHOP! Lince CHOPS Samir to the corner then tags Metalik. Lince whips Metalik so that Metalik can whip Lince so that Lince can whip Metalik into Samir for a big clotheslnie! Metalik feeds Samir to Lince’s CHOP, then they combine for a slightly mistimed Wheelbarrow Bulldog. Cover, TWO!
Samir bails out but Metalik sees Sunil coming. Metalik dropkicks Sunil down and out, then has Lince come in. They both run to corners, but fake the Singh Brothers out with double backflips back into the ring! The Singh Brothers regroup and Metalik eggs Samir on. Samir tags Sunil in instead. Metalik kicks Sunil and tags Lince. They double whip Sunil for double hip tosses! Then Metalik becomes a human weapon, wheelbarrow leg drop! Lince hits the planking splash! Cover, TWO! Sunil survives and throws hands with Lince. Lince CHOPS Sunil down then puts him in a corner for buckle bumps. Lince whips Sunil corner to corner hard, then climbs up top! He leaps at Sunil for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Lince watches Sunil in the corner, but still misses. Sunil runs into boots, but then Samir distracts Lince as he hops up. This allows Sunil to yank Lince off the top! Lince hits buckles as he falls, then Sunil tags Samir. The Singh Brothers stomp Lince out then Samir rains down rights. Samir lets up at the ref’s orders, but he brags with a swivel of the hips. Samir drags Lince up for a haymaker, then stomps him in the Bollywood corner. Tag to Sunil, and the brothers dance before stomping Lince more. The ref reprimands them but Sunil tags Samir. Samir drags Lince up for more clubbing forearms. Lince fights back but Samir kicks him down. Samir wraps on a chinlock and grinds Lince down.
Fans rally as Kalisto spins the matracas. Lince stands up and fights back, but Samir wrangles him back down. Lince pulls hair and that gets Samir to let go. Samir comes back to whip Lince hard into the corner. But Lince fights back! Sunil hits the steps and Samir runs into elbows and boots. Lince hurries, dodges Samir and sends Samir out of the ring! But Samir trips Metalik before the tag! Kalisto protests but Lince CHOPS Samir for Metalik. Sunil tags in and Samir whips Lince. The Singh Brothers combine, SUPERKICK to Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, but Metalik breaks the pin! Sunil drags Lince and tags Samir, and the brothers stomp Lince down. Samir toys with Lince and swivels those hips again.
Lince hits back with body shots but Samir clubs him down. Samir whips Lince but Lince handsprings to a Golden Rewind! Lince is dizzy but fans rally up. Lince and Samir crawl, hot tags to Sunil and Metalik! Metalik springboards up over Sunil but keeps moving. Sunil dodges Metalik’s handspring, but Metalik CHOPS him back. Metalik sees Samir coming and mule kicks him. Metalik uses the corner to acrobatically leap and dropkick Samir down! Sunil misses an elbow, Metalik runs onto the ropes and dropkicks Sunil down! Tag to Lince and he gives Metalik a boost for another dropkick! Sunil bails to the outside, Lince helps Metalik FLY onto Sunil!! Metalik puts Sunil in, Lince hits the Golden Shooting Star! Cover, but Samir breaks it!
Metalik springboards to drop an elbow on Samir! Lince and Sunil are left alone, but Sunil elbows Lince down. Sunil grabs a pinata, but Kalisto stops him from using Penelop as a weapon. But the pinata breaks! That’s not right. Sunil rolls Lince, holding tights!! The Singh Brothers win!!
Winners: The Singh Brothers, Sunil by pinfall
The Bollywood Boys ruin the fiesta but start their own party. Will Samir & Sunil celebrate all the way to a second “Boscar” win?
Noam Dar relaxes.
The Scottish Supernova sips a drink and reads a book, but notices the camera. “Hello, hello, hello!” Now, ever since that “unprovoked and digusting attack by Drew Gulak,” Dar has been staying on the sunny Spanish isle of Magaluf, rehabing and enjoying some “me time.” The lovely nurses have assured him that he’ll be more than fit and ready to “blast off again.” That is, only if Drake Maverick greatly improves the working conditions on 205 Live, and meets the very, very, very high standards of Mr. Supernova 11. Until then, Dar is staying-
Wait, THE Brian Kendrick is in Magaluf, too? What? Dar’s not- Oh, okay…! What a good friend Kendrick is to come all this way. Yes, the Man with a Plan is obviously a very good friend to check on that bum knee. Kendrick would love to stay and chat, but he has to catch a private jet to make it to California in time for his match in two minutes. Well, Dar can stay on Fantasy Island as long as he wants, but he’ll have to compete some time if he wants after the Cruiserweight Championship.
THE Brian Kendrick VS Russ Taylor!
The former Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t mind that his good pal, Akira Tozawa, is competing for the title instead of him. But he won’t want to stay out of the title scene for long. Will the Man with a Plan come up with a plan to get back in the race?
The bell rings and California cheers for one of their own. Kendrick offers Russ a handshake, but Russ isn’t so sure. He perhaps is familiar with Kendrick’s history. Russ slaps the hand away, but Kendrick gets mad! Kendrick intimidates Russ to a corner, but backs off. The two circle but now Russ offers a handshake with a snarky grin. Kendrick slaps that away and again shouts at Russ. Russ gets to the corner and Kendrick backs off, to give Kendrick a BIG sucker punch! Kendrick staggers away, but comes back with a dropkick! Kendrick throws furious hands in the corner, lets up, but comes back to throw more hands. He walks off his anger to then drag Russ up for a whip corner to corner. Russ hits buckles hard and Kendrick hits him with a forearm smash.
Kendrick rallies with more forearms, then roars as he throws big hands on Russ against ropes. Kendrick whips but Russ reverses, but Kendrick slides under to calf kick Russ down! Russ scrambles away but gets another calf kick! Kendrick grabs Russ for Sliced Bread! Cover, Kendrick wins!
Winner: THE Brian Kendrick, by pinfall
The veteran from Venice Beach snaps back to winning ways against the upstart Russ Taylor. Will Kendrick continue winning all the way back to another Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?
Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.
The Extraordinary Gentleman lost to Chad Gable in Gable’s Cruiserweight Division debut, by a count-out. What is next for Gallagher in 205 Live? Well it was certainly bittersweet to lose even in his best effort. While Gallagher does not question the legitimacy of Gable’s win, he does hope Gable agrees that they need to settle things. In the meantime- Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis interrupt. Mike says Gallagher should be ashamed of his loss, because he was given a golden opportunity, but blew it. And he blew it because Gallagher couldn’t even get in the ring. That’s embarrassing. Almost as embarrassing as having a GM skipping work just to get one over on the WWE 24/7 Champion. It sounds funny, but Mike isn’t laughing anymore.
The problem here is guys like Gallagher are just dead weight. And that’s why WWE Executives worked so hard to keep people like Mike and Maria, because the WWE needs them. And if they decide to stay on 205 Live, Mike is done with being overlooked! Mike is done with the show being overlooked just because people like Gallagher keep dropping the ball. Gallagher responds by telling them they’re right. He’s been in a slump but he has an idea on how to get out of it. Gallagher gives Mike a golden opportunity to get a black eye in front of his wife. Mike would love to see him try. Gentleman VS Opportunist of Love, will this match happen with Maverick focused on his own matters?
Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!
The Persian Lion wants to make this match eye for an eye and ear for an ear, but he’ll have to go toe to toe and punch for punch with the Boston Brawler to do it! Will Daivari get even with the Fury of 205 Live? Or will he just get stitches on the other ear?
The bell rings and Daivari takes too long taking off his fancy shirt because Lorcan blasts him with a running European Uppercut! Lorcan keeps on Daivari with fast hands and feet in the corner! The ref counts and Lorcan lets up, but he doesn’t let Daivari get away. Lorcan CHOPS Daivari over and over in the corner, then rams an elbow in. Lorcan runs corner to corner to ram another elbow into Daivari, then keeps going. Daivari bails out and looks to retreat through the crowd! But Lorcan pursues and drags Daivari back to the ring! Daivari scrambles back out but Lorcan glares. Lorcan drags Daivari from the front row again and puts him back in. Daivari kicks Lorcan low then runs, but into Lorcan’s dropkick!
Lorcan rains down rights on Daivari, then clobbers him with clotheslines and elbows! Daivari is dazed but Lorcan looms behind him. Lorcan waistlocks but Daivari fights out. Daivari runs but Lorcan follows, only to get a SUPERKICK! Lorcan ends up in a corner and Daivari runs in, only to get an elbow. Lorcan hops up but Daivari stops him witha CHOP! Daivari CHOPS more, then climbs up to join Lorcan. Daivari goes after the arm, for a SUPER armbar DDT! Lorcan writhes as he clutches that arm. He gets to a corner and the ref checks on him. Lorcan won’t let this stop him, but Daivari brags to the fans, “Who’s the man now?!” Daivari goes after Lorcan and stomps him down. The ref backs Daivari off and Lorcan gets to a different corner.
Daivari is right on Lorcan and that bad arm with a shoulder breaker. Daivari snapmares then drops knees on Lorcan’s arm. Fans boo but Daivari soaks it up. Daivari sits Lorcan up for a keylock and thrashes him around. Lorcan endures and fans build to a rally. Daivari talks trash in Farsi but Lorcan powers up off the fan energy. Lorcan fights out with body shots but Daivari clubs him back. Daivari scoops but Lorcan slips out. Lorcan wants the Half ‘n’ Half but Daivari slips through to hammerlock and throw Lorcan into buckles! Lorcan clutches his arm again, but Daivari is right on him in the corner. Daivari drags Lorcna up by his ears, then wrenches through to another hammerlock. He throws Lorcan into buckles again! Fans boo but Daivari tells them to shut up.
Daivari stomps Lorcan then drags him up by his beard. Lorcan CHOPS Daivari back! Daivari stomps Lorcan down again, then snapmares Lorcan back to a keylock. Lorcan endures again, and fans rally up. Lorcan powers up again, pries at the hold, and fights back with body shots. Daivari knees low then whips, but Lorcan holds ropes to deny the dropkick! Lorcan rolls Daivari to his feet, but Daivari arm-drags the Half ‘n’ Half away. Daivari kicks but Lorcan blocks it! Lorcan grits his teeth with wild eyes to spin Daivari. Daivari dodges and gets the Million Dollar Dream! Lorcan endures Daivari’s hold as Daivari drags him down to the mat!
Fans rally and Lorcan keeps reaching. But Lorcan starts to fade! He fights to stay awake, and gets his second wind! Lorcan powers back to his feet, and powers Daivari into buckles! Daivari holds on so Lorcan tries again in another corner. Daivari still holds on, so Lorcan rams Daivari again! Lorcan is free, and throws haymakers! He rocks Daivari but Daivari swings back. Lorcan blocks but with his bad hand! Lorcan reels back and Daivari reels him in for an armbar code breaker! Daivari runs in for a BIG clothesline in the corner! Daivari hoists Lorcan up, cross-armdrag bomb, the Iconoclasm! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan lives and Daivari can’t believe it! Daivari keeps his focus as he drags Lorcan to a drop zone. Daivari climbs up top, leaps, but his Persian Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally up for Lorcan as Daivari clutches his ribs. Lorcan grits his teeth and runs corner to corner, for a back elbow! He keeps moving and hits another! And then the running Blockbuster! Cover, TWO!! Daivari lives but Lorcan doesn’t let that deter him! Lorcan ignores his arm’s pain as he grits his teeth again. Fans fire up and give Lorcan power! Lorcan CHOPS Daivari, and again! Another CHOP, but Daivari kicks back! Daivari CHOPS Lorcan then throws ofrearms, and repeat! Lorcan grabs Daivari for blunt EuroUppers! Lorcan runs for another! Daivari staggers, but SUPERKICKS Lorcan back!
Daivari wrenches the arm but Lorcan blocks the shoulder breaker into a Half ‘n’ Half! But Daivari slumps out of the ring! Lorcan doesn’t care, he FLIES onto Daivari! The Fury of 205 Live has reached his fever pitch! Lorcan drags Daivari up but Daivari JABS him with a chair!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by disqualification
The Persian Lion resorts to cutting his losses with that chair shot. But Daivari doesn’t care, this isn’t about wins or losses, but about hurting Lorcan! He throws Lorcan over the announce desk! The ref reprimands Daivari but Daivari doesn’t care what he says. Daivari goes to Lorcan on the other side of the desk and puts him on top to rain down angry rights. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari doesn’t care about them, either. Daivari drags Lorcan off the desk and brings him around to throw into steel steps! Lorcan hits the steel with knees and still flies over the top! Daivari gets in Lorcan’s face with trash talk, then drags him up for even more brutality. They go up the ramp, and Daivari throws Lorcan into the LED boards!
More referees rush out to stop this, but Daivari drags Lorcan back up. LION LARIAT!! Daivari glares daggers into Lorcan even as Lorcan is down and out. Is the Persian Lion satisfied with what he’s done to the Boston Brawler? Will Lorcan be able to come back for payback?
The Cruiserweight Champion and his challengers speak on the coming Triple Threat.
Tony Nese starts by saying that his start in 205 Live is nothing to brag about. Nese stacked the odds against himself, and made a promise to his family to make it. And now he is THE Cruiserweight Champion. Now, for the first time in Nese’s reign, he defends against not just the determined Akira Tozawa but the sadistic submission specialist in Drew Gulak. The odds are against Nese, how he doesn’t have to lose the match to lose the title, but Nese will say the same thing he said back at Wrestlemania: “You can take your odds and shove ’em!” He is not going to give this title up that easily. Gulak and Tozawa will have to beat him and only him for it! At Stomping Grounds, Nese will fight to the very end because he is the Premier Athlete, and your WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
Akira Tozawa knows Tony Nese is tough and Drew Gulak is dangerous, but the Stamina Monster is tenacious. The Triple Threat means Tozawa must beat two men. When he does, he’ll become two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion. As for Drew Gulak, “Terror never sleeps. Terror waits patiently, and then strikes without hesitation or remorse.” For too long, the Cruiserweight Crusader was too concerned with “the betterment of this wretched place.” All Gulak needed to do was look inward. “There is no hope for a better 205 Live, only a better Drew Gulak.” And the best version of Gulak isn’t one who worries about rules or order, but about pain and punishment! You can call Gulak cold, vicious and sadistic, but after Stomping Grounds, you will also call him champion. Just who comes away with the Cruiserweight title in this tough, tenacious and terrifying Triple Threat?!
What a great go-home for 205 Live! And I’m really excited to see another big match for the Cruiserweight Championship. I was a little worried they were going to make a 1v1 match of Gulak VS Tozawa, winner is the true contender, but a Triple Threat will definitely give this belt the match it deserves, and one that makes Stomping Grounds more interesting to watch. I really can’t be sure if Nese comes away with the belt now. Tozawa probably isn’t winning, but this is a big opportunity for Gulak to win it off of Tozawa so that he and Nese can take that Cruiserweight title to Extreme Rules or even Summerslam.
Meanwhile, the action we got tonight really was good stuff. Lucha House Party and the Singh Brothers have a great match, and it was a good choice for the Singhs to win. This prolongs the feud and will surely escalate things to a Tornado/No Disqualifications tag like most tag feuds build to on 205 Live. If only we had Cruiserweight Tag titles… The coming Jack Gallagher VS Mike Kanellis will be a great match, but Mike almost went Face by simply saying he is going to help put 205 Live on the map. All these guys deserve more attention, this show deserves more attention, and if Mike & Maria are the ones to help do it, more power to them. That main event was incredible, even with Daivari getting disqualified. His beating on Lorcan was a nice touch, though. I hope these guys go No DQ in the next one.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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