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Chris’s Grades & Analysis For WWE 205 Live 7/23/19

After weeks of humiliation from his wife and consecutive losses,Mike Kanellis reached his boiling point after obliterating his opponent.

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After weeks of humiliation from his wife and consecutive losses,Mike Kanellis reached his boiling point after obliterating his opponent. Mike disrespected the General Manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick and said he wanted to kick his ass the GM had heard enough and brought the fight to his disgruntled employee. Maverick later accepted Mike's challenge via social media. Will the two men come to blows again tonight?

After weeks of humiliation from his wife and consecutive losses,Mike Kanellis reached his boiling point after obliterating his opponent.

Mike disrespected the General Manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick and said he wanted to kick his ass the GM had heard enough and brought the fight to his disgruntled employee.

Maverick later accepted Mike’s challenge via social media. Will the two men come to blows again tonight?

 

Chris’s Grades:

Backstage Promo From Drake Maverick:

Drake has kept his cool long enough and last week when Mike bad-mouthed his wife, he exploded in rage. I am loving this storyline as Drake “the man” is appearing for the first time on 205 Live, but I’m not sure if this is going to help Mike Kanellis at all. After weeks of humiliation from his pregnant wife and losing consecutively, this all feels like another loss for him.

If Mike’s new character is a running joke each passing week, why the hell did he stay in WWE? Seriously though, what’s the big pay-off for this developing and hard to watch storyline?

Grade–B+

Lucha House Party (Kalisto and Gran Metalik) VS Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza:

WHAT A MATCH!!! Seriously all four Lucha Libre superstars tore the house down, from counters and unique sequences and high-flying action. This was everything and more 205 Live has to offer, the veterans looked to shut down the young and up-and-coming newcomers with old-school wrestling tactics. However, it was the new blood that came up with an impressive victory tonight! I can’t wait to see the rematch down the road.

Grade–A+

 

Bollywood Boyz Backstage Promo:

After back-to-back weeks of getting outsmarted by The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa, the Singhs feel disrespected. Especially after Tozawa’s win last week and taking their Boscar award. They will now do battle next week in a tag team match. I want to make one more mention here, Samir and Sunil are incredible heels that get under your skin. It makes you want to knock them out, that’s how you know their characters are working. No longer just lackeys for The Modern Day Maharaja Jinder Mahal!.

Grade–B 

 

Oney Lorcan VS Tony Isner:

Lorcan is fun to watch with his speed and agility always coming into play. This was nothing more than a display of how dominating the crazed Lorcan can be. A mere stop in the road until he gets into the cruiserweight championship title scene.

Winner: Oney Lorcan, Grade–B

 

Drew Gulak’s Threatening Promo:

A vindictive and vicious Cruiserweight Champion in a dark room delivered another stellar bone-chilling promo. This is the Drew Gulak that we should have gotten all along, like a shark smelling blood anxiously waiting for a challenger and his next victim. Gulak will remain on top of the division, and he doesn’t care who he must obliterate to stay WWE Cruiserweight Champion!

Grade–A

 

Drew Gulak VS Isiah “Swerve” Scott:

This was a hard-fought battle between the student and the prideful and arrogant teacher. Drew Gulak continues to evolve into a raging beast who is capable of almost anything to hurt his opponents. The champion was perfect in methodically targeting Swerve’s injured hand to ensure the victory.

The young up-and-coming star was out to prove to his mentor, that he’s grown significantly in the squared circle. He did that and much more showing off his speed and agility and keeping Gulak on his toes and all times. There was a dozen of near-falls and great unique counters that brought the WWE Universe to their feet. If Swerve was a little more experienced, his “Swerve” (pun intended) aka confidence would be perfect to go up against the NXT Champion Adam Cole!

Winner: Drew Gulak, Grade–A

Chris’s Show Grade–A

Analysis: 

The show opens up with a recap of Mike Kanellis weeks of frustrations and the physical altercation between Drake Maverick and himself last week.

Backstage promo from General Manager of 205 Live Drake Maverick. A remorseful Drake says he crossed the line last week but as a man, he felt justified. Drake announces that Mike’s not here tonight, but he’s going to get his title shot and the opportunity to “kick his ass!” Drake then drops a bombshell that next week it will Drake Maverick vs. Mike Kanellis in an Unsanctioned Match!!

We go live as Vic Joseph and Aiden English welcome us to Miami, FL, and announce tonight’s episode is competition night with NXT superstars crossing over! Starting the night off right high-flying action that makes the cruiserweight division must see! Lucha House Party (Kalisto and Gran Metalik) vs. Humberto Carrillo and NXT’s Raul Mendoza.

The bell rings and Kalisto and Raul start things off. They tie-up and Raul applies a wristlock, Kalisto escapes with a cartwheel into his own to reverse the pressure. Raul locks in a headlock, Kalisto scoops him and tilt-o-whirls out and escapes again! Lucha Libre at its finest ladies and gentlemen! Both competitors are tearing it up and the WWE Universe is on fire! Tag here comes Metalik and Carrillo to show the crowd what they can bring to the table, they both enter with handsprings!

Tie-up and Carillo gains some offense but Metalik reverses…back to Carillo headlock, off the ropes and backflips and Metalik does the same. The competitors shake hands…nope Metalik kicks him and scoops Carillo down. Quick tags by The Lucha House Party to cut off the ring as they school the newcomers. One highlight of the match is when Kalisto tags in Metalik and he uses his back for Metalik to land a missile dropkick! Raul is back in now, firing on all cylinders… clothesline into a dropkick. Irish Whip into the corner and Raul slides through the middle rope, and walking the ropes to hit a dropkick!  Raul hits a ferocious enzugiri for a near-fall!

The finish comes with Carillo and Metalik fighting in the corner, Raul hits another enzugiri on Kalisto and wipes him out with a corkscrew splash outside. Metalik climbs up and lands a backflip into knees… Carillo up now and lands his jaw-dropping twisting corkscrew splash for the 1-2-3!

We head backstage where The Bollywood Boyz are talking about The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa parading through Miami with “their” Boscar award. They say “For weeks Kendrick and Tozawa we’ve been playing your games, but next week we play ours!” Next week it will be Kendrick and Tozawa vs. The Singh Brothers in a tag team match.

We get a stellar video of another crossover superstar from NXT Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.  They show highlights of his matches in NXT while proclaiming that Swerve means confidence!

We get a recap of Chad Gable/Jack Gallagher II from last week, if you haven’t watched it yet, stop reading and go check it out! Seriously GO WATCH IT!  Jack Gallagher sent out a tweet following their outstanding match claiming “The Best of Jack Gallagher is still yet to come!”

I want the trilogy and so does the WWE Universe, perhaps a Two-out-of-Three Falls Match? Make it happen HHH!

Here comes The Fury of 205 Live Oney Lorcan and his opponent Tony Isner is already in the ring. The bell rings as Isner lands some right hands right of the gate, but it’s short-lived as Lorcan takes over with some nasty-looking chops. Lorcan with a hard whip into the corner, followed by three running uppercuts!. Crazed look by Lorcan signals the end as he hits the Half-and-half for the 1-2-3!

Ahead of tonight’s main event, the Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak gave another threatening promo. Claiming he sent out a challenge to anyone on the roster last week, and since nobody answered he’s facing someone from NXT. Many may have forgotten that Gulak trained Swerve and taught him the ropes, but that’s not the Drew Gulak he’ll be facing tonight!

Next week Mike Kanellis will face Drake Maverick in an Unsanctioned Match if Mike wins he will earn himself a title shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship!

Here comes Isiah “Swerve” Scott, followed by the champ. The bell rings and Gulak blasts Swerve with a missile dropkick right into the corner, snapmare takedown into a headlock. Swerve escapes into a wristlock and Gulak headscissors out. A slap from the ruthless champion and a stalemate. They interlock with both men jockeying for position, and Gulak throws him into the ropes to the outside. After consecutive sequences of waistlocks and wristlocks and flipping escapes Swerve blasts the veteran with a dropkick and send Gulak outside.

Gulak back in now and he shoves Swerve back to assert his dominance and tosses Swerve outside but he handsprings through. Gulak slides in…Swerve appears to escape but cartwheels into a splash! Swerve on offense and drives Gulak into the corner, breaks at the five-count. Swerve with a takedown and joint manipulation pulling the fingers back. Gulak waistlocks back to his feet, Swerve escapes… nope Gulak pulls him back, back elbow and a devastating right hand Two!  The young up-and-coming superstar is taking it to his former mentor with only one hand now as he blasts the champ with knife edge chops in the corner. A “Let’s Go Swerve” chant breaks out!

Swerve lands some stiff kicks to the body of Gulak, but the champ goes right after the injured hand to and punches Swerve outside. Gulak drives him into the barricade stomach-first, takes him to the announce table and lands a thunderous slap to the chest before driving him onto the hard apron. The ruthless champion is done playing around, as he lifts Swerve up into a Crucifix Bomb into the ring post! Rolls him back in two-count. Gulak locks in a single leg submission all-the-while stomping his boot on Swerve’s head. Gulak Irish Whip into the corner reversed but Swerve can’t capitalize and gets blasted with an elbow. Gulak climbs out and turns Swerve inside out with a ferocious top-rope flying lariat, Two!

The WWE Universe is rallying Swerve back to his feet, Gulak with hard strikes now sends him to the corner. The champ lifts him up again for the crucifix bomb, but Swerve flips out…jawbreaker Gulak is in the corner and eats an elbow, following by a middle-rope spinning uppercut Two! Gulak goes up top and Swerve steiners him crashing to the mat. The fan-favorite is feeling it now, Swerve runs and delivers a killshot calf kick, another near-fall! The second week in a row the WWE Universe is chanting “THIS IS AWESOME!” Gulak back to the injured hand and locks in the Dragon Sleeper, Swerve gets his foot under the rope for a break.

Both competitors are up, Gulak goes up and over the ropes…Swerve with a right hand followed by a shortkick through the ropes. Swerve to the apron, Double-Stomp to his former mentor. Climbs up to the top and lands THUNDEROUS DOUBLE-STOMP, another near-fall! Both competitors back up, Gulak with a strike to the chest…off the ropes and catches Swerve in mid-air for a roll-up, 1-2-nope!

Gulak runs right into a tilt-o-whirl slam into an armbar. Swerve can’t use the right hand to clinch it in, Gulak now with joint manipulation on the injured hand. Swerve with slaps to the face, the vindictive champion fires back with some of his own…High Angle Suplex and then the Cyclone Crash Neckbreaker for the 1-2-3!

That’s the show folks!


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