And STILL Cruiserweight Champion…
Drew Gulak and Tony Nese gave it there all at Extreme Rules, but it is the Philly Stretcher that won as the hometown hero! What is next for this cruel and calculating Cruiserweight Champion on the road to Summerslam?
- Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Samir Singh w/ Sunil; Tozawa wins.
- Mike Kanellis VS Jackson James; Kanellis wins.
- Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable; Gable wins.
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The Cruiserweight Champion speaks.
“For months, Tony Nese was looked at as the pinnacle of this division, and everyone else was fine with that. How sad.” The Premier Athlete lacked the killer instinct to truly lead. And even after becoming champion, Nese dared to doubt Drew Gulak. But now Gulak has erased all doubt, and his grip on the title is growing tighter by the day. Who will dare to step up next when they know what kind of pain and punishment to expect in Gulak’s 205 Live?
Akira Tozawa w/ THE Brian Kendrick VS Samir Singh w/ Sunil!
The Bollywood Boys tried to mock the Man with a Plan, and he looked to make them pay for it in the ring. But then when the Singh Brothers were beating him down 2v1, the Stamina Monster came to his friend’s rescue! Now Tozawa will take on the other Singh to see if they can sweep. Will Bollywood be celebrating or commiserating after their run-in with these former Cruiserweight Champions?
The bell rings and the two circle. Samir knees low and clubs Tozawa down to then stomp him in the corner. The ref counts and Samir backs off to swivel those hips. But Tozawa CHOPS away! He fakes Samir out to JAB! Samir crawls to a corner but Tozawa stomps him down. Fans “AH! AH!” but Samir yanks Tozawa into buckles. Samir stomps a mudhole into Tozawa, then swivels his hips again. Samir grinds his feet in while Sunil trash talks. The ref counts so Samir lets up to drag Tozawa up and whip. Tozawa hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Samir covers, TWO! Samir keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Kendrick and the fans rally up. Tozawa fights up and out, but Samir clubs him bakc. Samir runs but into the kick!
Tozawa swings, slides under and then fireman’s carries. Samir fights with elbows, but Tozawa still tosses him! And then adds the shotgun dropkick! Samir bails out and regroups with Sunil, but Tozawa runs over. Sunil blocks his path so Tozawa adjusts to CANNONBALL onto Saimr! They crash into the barriers, but Tozawa is up to “AAH!” with the fans! Tozawa puts Samir in the ring and in a drop zone. He climbs up top but Sunil lurks. Kendrick shouts at Sunil and Tozawa hops down. Tozawa dodges Samir and rolls him up, Tozawa wins!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
But Sunil goes after Kendrick! Then Samir and Sunil work together to stomp a Bollywood mudhole into Tozawa. Samir rains down rights and Sunil has the Boscar. Roll film and… Kendrick stops the attack! Kendrick throws Sunil out and Tozawa kicks Samir down! The Bollywood Boys are on the retreat again, but they forgot their trophy! Tozawa grabs it, and holds it up high. Now it’s Tozawa’s Boscar, for Best Performance Against a Singh Brother! Will he and Kendrick rack up more wins and more accolades as the summer heats up?
205 Live presents part 2 of their closer look at Humberto Carrillo.
The young luchador is already in his second year of signing with the WWE, and his first year alone has been a dream come true. He told his parents that he would be here one day, it is truly a childhood dream come true. There has been a lot of change in his first year. His first goal is to keep the lucha libre tradition to represent both him, his family and where he comes from. And now, his goal is to be WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Will the rise of Ultimo Ninja happen within his second year as a WWE superstar?
Mike Kanellis VS Jackson James!
Things have been rough for the Kanellis Family. The Opportunist of Love has not gotten the opportunities he’s wanted, and it’s a blame game as to why. Then he finds Mrs. Maria Kanellis is pregnant, but she doesn’t even think Mike is man enough to be the father. And while Drake Maverick acknowledges his lack of focus, Mike still says what happens next is on the GM’s head. Just what is next for the Kanellis Family drama?
Maria watches backstage as Mike hits the ring. The bell rings and Mike BOOTS Jackson right off his feet! Jackson flounders to a corner but Mike CHOPS away on him! Mike lets up just long enough, to then CHOP away again. He drags Jackson out to whip and SPINEBUSTER! Maria does start to smile as she sees Mike manhandle Jackson to another corner. Jackson flops down and Mike grits his teeth as he runs in to clothesline! Mike rolls Jackson and fires himself up more. He drags Jackson up just to LARIAT him back down. But he’s not done there, he gives Jackson another LARIAT! Jackson’s torso is almost as red as his tights, as Mike hits the Power of Love! Cover, Mike wins!
Winner: Mike Kanellis, by pinfall
Finally a win for Mr. Kanellis, but he’s not done! This is what he warned Maverick about as he throws Jackson out. He grabs a mic and says, “Did you think that is what I was going to get fined over?!” That wasn’t it at all! Mike dares Maverick to fine him in person! Maverick does come out and lets Mike vent. No, it won’t be that easy. Mike is done going into offices. What Mike has to say he says in front of everyone! Two months, his contract expired and he could’ve gone anywhere! But Mike decided to stay for two reasons: to prove to Maria that he’s good as he says he is by becoming Cruiserweight Champion; and to kick Maverick’s ass!
Well Maverick apologizes for Mike’s bad mood, but maybe Mike should look in the mirror. The reason Mike isn’t anywhere in the Cruiserewight Division is because of himself. Mike isn’t more deserving than any of the day one guys! And then he didn’t last long on Raw! Speaking of Raw and not lasting long, Mike saw what happened with Renee Michelle. Oh yes, stoop to lows. Maverick is not a competitor in the Cruiserweight Division, he is their GM. Oh wow, yeah, Mike totally forgot that! Maverick is the same GM that keeps chasing the 24/7 Championship! The same GM that embarrasses the brand walking around in his underwear! Mike isn’t the joke, Maverick is.
Maverick never said Mike was a joke! Maverick brought Mike here because he has the potential to be one of the best! Mike will not let Maverick patronize him! Maverick wants to be the bigger man, but he’s not. Maverick’s barely half a man. Height insults. Mike tells Maverick to go home, talk to his wife, beg her for forgiveness, and prove to her that he’s a man. But wait, he’s not! Because a real man wouldn’t back down from a fight, or let someone talk down to him like Mike is to Maverick. Is Maverick getting mad? He looks mad! You mad? No, Maverick’s not mad. Because a real man gets mad. A real man wouldn’t let Mike say that their wife is a filth- THAT’S IT! Maverick fires off hands on Mike, then ducks the clothesline to dropkick Mike out!
Maverick dares Mike to come back and get what’s coming to him! But Mike just grins, because he may have just caught Maverick in his trap. Will Maverick still be 205 Live GM after hitting one of his superstars?
Jack Gallagher VS Chad Gable!
The last time the Extraordinary Gentleman and the American Olympian tangled on 205 Live, it ended in a disappointing and even controversial count-out. Gable got the win, but not even he was satisfied. So now Gallagher and Gable go 1v1 in this rematch of redemption! Who will gain a proper victory in Worcester?
The bell rings and Gallagher offers a handshake. Gable takes it to prove this match will be respectful. They tie up and Gable waistlocks. Gable spins and trips Gallagher to float into the facelock. Gallagher rolls and escapes to wrench the wrist. Gable spins and waistlocks to spin Gallagher to a snapmare and chinlock. Fans like the technical exchange. Gallagher works his way out the back with the handstand. Gable nods respect to that, and they go again. Gable wristlocks but Gallagher rolls and handsprings to cartwheel and wrench. But now Gable rolls, bridges, spins and headlock takeovers. Gallagher headscissors but Gable pops out. Roles reverse but Gallagher jackknifes, TWO as Gable bridges out. Gable lifts Gallagher but Gallagher slips out to arm-drag! The two stand off, and fans cheer the exchange again.
Gable offers the handshake, and Gallagher accepts, but Gable uses it to drag Gallagher into a waistlock and slam! Gable shifts up to a headlock, but Gallagher powers up. Fans rally and Gallagher gets his own headlock. Gable powers out but Gallagher runs him over. Gallagher runs but Gable speeds up, only to run into a fireman’s carry and hotshot! Gallagher sunset flips, TWO, but he goes at Gable’s arm. Gable endures the armlock and powers his way up. Gable whips but Gallagher reverses, only for Gable to dodge and arm-drag back. La Magistrol, TWO! Another arm-drag and now Gable has Gallagher in the armlock. Gallagher endures as Gable pulls on the keylock. They stand and Gallagher reverses to a takedown and short-arm-scissors.
Gable rolls back to make it a cover, TWO, and Gallagher still has the arm scissor. Gable rolls again, TWO, and the arm scissor is still on. Fans rally as Gable works on a solution to the hold. Gable rolls again to deadlift Gallagher for an Electric Chair drop! Gable drags Gallagher up for European Uppercuts, and Gallagher is rocked! Cover, TWO! Gable grows frustrated and goes after a leg with a standing toehold. Gallagher endures the toe ‘n’ ankle twist while avoiding a cover. Gallagher kicks free but Gable whips him hard to a corner! Cover, TWO! Gable keeps his cool as he drags Gallagher back up. He whips Gallagher again but Gallagher goes up, under, but runs into the overhead belly2belly! Cover, TWO!
Gable drags Gallagher around to drop a twisting toehold! He yanks the leg and Gallagher clutches his hamstring. Gable circles like a shark then dragon screws the leg! Gallagher clutches the knee but Gable steps through for another toehold. It is a cover, too, TWO! Gable keeps on the toehold and Gallagher has to keep sitting up. Gallagher endures then kicks with his free leg. But Gable gets the bad leg for another toehold! Then Gable twists to turn Gallagher, but Gallagher fights free. Gallagher walks into a EuroUpper, and another. Gable throws another but into a backslide! TWO, and a BIG dropkick from Gallagher decks Gable! Gallagher counter punches Gable back then whips. Gable reverses but Gallagher ducks to deck him with a right!
Gallagher suplexes Gable and holds him up there with his extraordinary strength! And drops him after roughly 15 counts! Cover, TWO! Gallagher grows frustrated with Gable’s toughness, but he gets himself back up. Gable follows, dodges and waistlocks to roll, Chaos Theory denied to the Double Wristlock! The Kimura Lock is on but Gable moves to relieve pressure. Gable powers to a cover, TWO and he’s freed. Gallagher staggers away but Gable runs in, only to get an elbow. Gallagher hops up, leaps for a missile dropkick! Gable staggers but runs over, only for Gallagher to dump him out. Gallagher runs to blast Gable off the apron, then slides. Gable gets under, only to get thrown into barriers! The Gentleman is getting gritty now!
Gallagher goes into the ring and the ring count begins. Gallagher runs to DIVE! But Gable deflects it! And then throws Gallagher with a German Suplex! Deja vu to their first match a month ago! Gable and Gallagher crawl up as the count begins. Gable stands at 4 but won’t leave Gallagher behind this time. He puts Gallagher in at 7 and hops in at 8, but gets caught in a cradle! TWO, and Gable blocks the punch to full nelson. Gallagher breaks free and wants the wristlock. Gable slips out, Tiger Driver 97! TWO, to the ANKLE LOCK! Gable shouts out the Olympic Gold Medalist as Gallagher endures! Gallagher reaches but is dragged away! Grapevine!! Gallagher unlocks the legs to hammer away on Gable’s head! Gable lets go and Gallagher is free. Worcester cheers both men’s grit as Gallagher and Gable stand.
Gable throat chops and rolling kicks! But Gallagher uses the ropes to rebound, for the Extraordinary Headbutt!! He falls to the cover, TWO!? Gable survives and Gallagher can’t believe it! Both men slowly stir and head for each other. Gallagher grimaces as he SLAPS Gable. Gable SLAPS back and now it’s a brawl! They throw forearms and elbows, then Gallagher fires off body shots and windmill fists! The ref counts and Gallagher stops. Gallagher whips Gable corner to corner, then runs in, but misses his dropkick! Gable catches Gallagher into the Canadian Rack! Dominator DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher still lives and Gable is in shock!
Fans fire up as Gable drags Gallagher to a drop zone. Gable climbs up and moonsaults, to get boots to the gut! Gallagher hits his Extraordinary Dropkick!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Gallagher is the one in shock now! Gallagher drags Gable up and hoists him to the top rope. He clubs Gable over and over before climbing up top. Gable fights back with elbows, but Gallagher clubs him more. Gallagher still staggers down, but clubs Gable into the post. Gallagher climbs up again, stands up with Gable, SUPER BACK SUPLEX, becomes Gable’s crossbody! Gable glares, rolls Gallagher, CHAOS THEORY!! Bridging cover, Gable wins!!
Winner: Chad Gable, by pinfall
Gable and Gallagher pushed each other to their limits, but it was Gable who edges out the Gentleman. But to be a good sport back, he offers Gallagher a hand. Gable helps Gallagher up and gives him a nod. The fans love the respect between Gable and Gallagher, will we get more from these two terrific technicians? But with this decisive defeat, what is next for Gallagher in the Cruiserweight Division?
A pretty great episode for 205 Live for the Summerslam build. Gulak gives us a great promo as he gets to start fresh with new competition, and we got another good Humberto Carrillo profile video. Again, pretty sure Carrillo is on his way to the title, but he’ll need to have matches to earn it. Tozawa VS Samir with Kendrick and Sunil around was a good match, but as I said last week, we’ll probably just get a tag team build to a tornado and/or No Disqualification tag match blow-off that means nothing because we have no tag titles. But it will still be a great match because Kendrick and Tozawa are great, and the Singh Brothers are also good given the tornado blow-of we just got with Lucha House Party.
I am loving the continuity between Raw and 205 Live as far as this Kanellis-Maverick story is going. Mike gets his win but then the real thing in this is the red hot promo between him and Maverick. They had great points to throw at each other, especially Mike mocking last night’s WWE 24/7 Championship segment. This could easily become the story of Maverick fighting for his job as GM given how he hit Mike. And it’s a way for Maverick to shift from the 24/7 Championship and let Truth feud with someone new. Again, if Maverick loses, I expect it to be Maria taking his place and then she gives Maverick the opportunities he “deserves,” like going against a Face Cruiserweight Champion, maybe as Carrillo’s first feud.
Then the main event of Gable VS Gallagher was incredible, regardless of Worcester dissenters thinking it was boring. Technical wrestling is not boring, Worcester was just tired and/or drunk. And then when they left the technical stuff behind for big hits and throws, the fans woke up and saw this match was actually great. Gable winning was a great choice, because now we’re getting a Gallagher crisis of confidence type thing. Gallagher sold that uncertainty at the end there, so something has to happen where he decides between 205 Live and NXT UK as his place to be in the WWE, and that could be a really good story.
My Score: 8.2/10