Tonight’s Cruiserweight grudge match throws out the rule book!
While Drew Gulak and Tony Nese prepare for their Cruiserweight Championship encounter at Extreme Rules, there’s another grudge match going on! Will the Persian Lion or British Brawler be the one still standing when it’s #AnythingGoes?
- THE Brian Kendrick VS Sunil Singh w/ Samir; Kendrick wins.
- Jack Gallagher VS Devin Justin; Gallagher wins.
- Anything Goes: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Lorcan wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Oney Lorcan speaks.
“Tonight, anything goes.” If Lorcan wants to use a chair, he can. If Lorcan wants to use a table, he can. And if Lorcan wants to give Daivari more stitches, he can. And will! But Daivari attacks now! The Persian Lion doesn’t want to wait, but that’s fine by Lorcan! Security and Drake Maverick disagree! They pull these two apart and will force them to wait until the main event. Will Lorcan and Daivari do anything and everything possible when there’s nothing holding them back?
THE Brian Kendrick VS Sunil Singh w/ Samir!
The Man with a Plan was talking to WWE reporters before the show when the Bollywood Boys felt the need to “cut” in. The Singh Brothers understand that Kendrick has been around a long long time but hasn’t done that much. But it’s fine, because now he gets a Bollywood Lifetime Achievement Award! Kendrick was furious, and dared them to step up into the ring! Samir and Sunil volunteered each other, but it seems Sunil ended up with this honor. Will the Singhs celebrate at another “Boscar after party”? Or will they learn the lesson of a lifetime?
The bell rings and Sunil wants Kendrick to know this isn’t personal. He wants Kendrick to dance with him! Kendrick doesn’t dance. Fans cheer, “Let’s Go, Kendrick!” but Sunil wants Kendrick to join in the “curry-sel.” Kendrick just decks Sunil with a right! He stomps Sunil then throws forearms! Kendrick whips but Sunil grabs ropes. Sunil shakes the cobwebs out, and now Kendrick dances! Sunil runs but gets tossed with a back drop! Kendrick calf kicks Sunil out and Sunil regroups with Samir. Samir checks on his brother but Kendrick shoves him aside. Sunil then clobbers Kendrick! And whips him into steel steps! Kendrick tumbles over as his knees bang off the edge. “Is that what you want, Brian? All you should do is dance!”
Sunil puts Kendrick in and covers, TWO! Sunil rains down angry rights, then drops elbow after elbow. He dances again and swivels those hips, but Kendrick gets to a corner. Fans rally but Sunil grinds his boot into Kendrick. The ref has Sunil back off, but Sunil drags Kendrick up to CHOP! Sunil rolls camera as Kendrick crawls more, then chokes Kendrick on the ropes. Samir is there to taunt Kendrick as Sunil backs off. Kendrick elbows Sunil away but Samir gets a cheap shot! Sunil knees Kendrick out then throws him back in. Sunil covers, TWO, but he keeps on Kendrick with a chinlock. Kendrick endures as fans boo the Bollywood Boys.
Fans rally up for Kendrick and Kendrick works his way up. Kendrick fights out but Sunil clubs Kendrick down. Sunil scoops Kendrick for a backbreaker, then goes to a corner. He hops up, swivels his hips, and rolls camera, to leap and FLOP! Kendrick gets clear of the elbow drop and drags himself up on the ropes. Sunil runs in but gets counter punches! Fans rally as Kendrick whips Sunil hard into buckles! Sunil staggers back, into another calf kick! Kendrick rallies with clotheslines and a boot! Fans fire up as Kendrick drags Sunil up, but Sunil denies Sliced Bread. Sunil kicks low, swivels the hips, and suplexes, but Kendrick slips out to hit the takedown! Captain’s Hook! Sunil taps fast, Kednrick wins!
Winner: THE Brian Kendrick, by submission
But Samir is right on Kendrick! There won’t be any celebrating for Kendrick, but here comes Akira Tozawa! The Stamina Monster fights off the Bollywood Boys and goes to his friend’s side. Tozawa and Kendrick stand tall now, but will they be the co-stars of the Singh Brothers’ next summer blockbuster?
205 Live presents part 1 of their closer look at Humberto Carrillo.
Ultimo Ninja is one of the fastest rising starts in the Cruiserweight Division. This third generation wrestler had fun growing up watching wrestling with his family and friends. Sunday mornings would be about watching Mexican wrestling in their grandfather’s house, and are some of his happiest memories. Moving from Mexico to the United States has been hard. In Monterrey, he had his family around, but now in the US, it’s just himself. His grandfather and father gave him the support he needs, and continue to tell him this is what it’s all for. Carrillo is here living the dream, but how far can he take it? Wait for part 2 next week!
Jack Gallagher VS Devin Justin!
The Extraordinary Gentleman continues to build his way back up in hopes of contending for the Cruiserweight Championship. His two rivals, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese, meet at Extreme Rules for the title, but will Gallagher be in position to meet them on the other side?
The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Devin. Being a gentleman, Gallagher offers a handshake. Devin takes it, and there is no trap behind it. Gallagher and Devin tie up and Gallagher wrenches Devin to a wristlock. He has Devin on the ground and turns him over, then back the other way. Gallagher wrenches the wrist and pulls back on the fingers. He drags Devin up to a headlock but Devin powers out. Gallagher runs Devin over, then speeds things up. Gallagher catches Devin for a fireman’s carry hotshot! Then he wrings Devin out to step through and hammerlock the arm. Gallagher grabs the other arm and leans on it for a recliner cover. ONE as Devin slips out, but Gallagher rocks him with a European Uppercut!
Gallagher gut wrenches but Devin slips out. Devin waistlocks but Gallagher bucks him off to boot him down! Gallagher ties Devin up in the ropes like a pretzel! Fans cheer as Gallagher runs and dropkicks Devin hard! Gallagher keeps on Devin with a suplex and holds him up to show his uncanny strength! Then he drops Devin down! Gallagher aims at Devin from the corner, but wait! Mike Kanellis shows up from the crowd!? Mike starts disrupting things by throwing trash around! “You want to ruin my show, Drake?! I’m going to ruin your show!” Speaking of Drake Maverick, he and security hurry out to stop Mike.
Fans taunt Mike with “Who’s Your Daddy?” over the shocking revelation from last night’s Raw. Mike walks back out through the crowd and security keeps him moving. Devin rolls Gallagher up! TWO, and Gallagher is mad now! Extraordinary Headbutt on the run! Gallagher covers, Gallagher wins!
Winner: Jack Gallagher, by pinfall
Not even Mike’s tantrum is enough to throw off the Extraordinary Gentleman. But will Mike have to pay for his emotional outbursts? As for Gallagher, is he going to climb back up the Cruiserweight ranks as the summer heats up?
Drake Maverick finds Mike Kanellis backstage.
He needs to speak to Mike not as boss and employee, but man to man. Maverick knows Mike is frustrated with Maverick for not doing his job here on 205 Live, and he apologizes for that. Maverick admits he’s been trying to do too much, with being both a GM and pursuing the WWE 24/7 Championship. He’s neglected the Cruiserweight Division and his own wife, but he knows Mike has his own frustrations right now. But Mike can’t just take that out on other people! Please understand Maverick’s position as 205 Live GM.
Oh that’s so great. Suddenly Maverick understands Mike. But he doesn’t! Maverick is the reason Mike’s life is in ruins. And now it is only fair that Mike ruins things for Maverick. But as GM, Maverick can’t have Mike doing this. Mike is now fined. Wow, really!? A fine on a man with a second child on the way?! Because Mike brought this upon himself. Mike says Maverick can do whatever he has to do. Because Mike is going to compete in Maverick’s ring, on Maverick’s show, and he’ll just see how much Maverick will do after he sees what Mike has planned. What does Mike have planned to ruin Maverick’s show?
Anything Goes: Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!
It’s as simple as the name suggests! The British Brawler and Persian Lion will do anything and everything they can to settle the score! Who wins? And who survives?!
They don’t even wait for the bell, or for both of them to be in the ring! The second Daivari is on stage, Lorcan leaves the ring to rush him! They brawl on the ramp and Lorcan knees low. Lorcan puts Daivari in the ring hard then follows after. The bell finally rings and this is official as Lorcan LARIATS Daivari down! Lorcan whips Daivari out of the ring, and fans fire up with the Fury of 205 Live! Lorcan goes back out to go after Daivari by bumping him hard off steel steps! Fans also like that Lorcan brings out chairs from under the ring! Lorcan puts them into the ring one after the other, and fans chant “We Want Tables!”
For now, Lorcan puts Daivari in the ring and runs into the corner for a big back elbow! Lorcan runs corner to corner for another! Then he glares as he picks up a chair and sits it in front of Daivari. But Daivari throws Lorcan out of the ring, and folds up that chair. Daivari tosses it aside, he won’t resort to those yet. He goes out and bumps Lorcan off the announce desk first. Daivari then goes looking under the ring and brings out a trash can. He tosses the chain inside aside, but Lorcan mule kicks him before he can use the can! Lorcan snap suplexes Daivari to the floor! The referee goes out to keep an eye on them as Lorcan whips Daivari. Daivari reverses and sends Lorcan into barriers!
Daivari staggers about before putting Lorcan back in the ring. He looks under the ring, and brings out a ladder! Fans do like seeing that as Daivari puts the ladder in the ring. Daivari finds that chain again, and wraps it around Lorcan’s face! The chain digs into Lorcan’s face, and Daivari lets go when he has Lorcan in a corner. Daivari stands the ladder up in a corner, then drags Lorcan up. He CHOPS Lorcan, then whips him corner to corner. Lorcan reverses but Daivari stops from running into the chair. Daivari kicks Lorcan but Lorcan still whips him into the ladder! Daivari and ladder fall over and fans fire up for Lorcan. Lorcan drags the ladder around to prop up against ropes.
Lorcan grimaces as he goes back to Daivari. He drags Daivari up and lines up his shot, but Daivari resists the suplex. Daivari fights back with body shots and CHOPS Lorcan to sit on the ladder. Daivari whips Lorcan but Lorcan reverses to hip toss Daivari on that ladder! Cover, TWO! Daivari writhes but he survives taking steel ladder twice already. Fans rally up for Lorcan as he grits his teeth. Lorcan grabs a chair again and sits it up. Lorcan signals for his signature suplex, and drags Daivari over. Half nelson but Daivari resists for dear life! Daivari full nelsons into an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Daivari is frustrated but he has Lorcan down. Daivari grabs that chain again and uses it to grind Lorcan’s face again. He whips Lorcan like that into buckles!
Daivari drags Lorcan up again, that chain around his face, for another buckle bump! Daivari trash talks the fans but they boo and jeer. Again Daivari throws Lorcan with the chain into buckles! Cover, TWO! Lorcan toughs it out but Daivari goes to the chair. Daivari keeps Lorcan down with haymakers before moving the ladder to a corner again. Daivari bumps Lorcan’s face off the chair, then laces him through for a modified camel clutch. Lorcan endures being bent back against steel, even as Daivari rakes his face! Fans rally up for “Oney! Oney!” as Daivari lets Lorcan out of the chair. Daivari soaks up the heat as fans boo, and then drags Lorcan back up. Daivari sits Lorcan down in the chair to throw hands.
Lorcan can barely cover up as Daivari SLAPS and punches away. Daivari runs, but into a drop toehold! Daivari hits steel chair! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Lorcan grits his teeth as he rises. Daivari crawls and Lorcan is right at him. Lorcan throws a big European Uppercut, then another. Daivari flounders but Lorcan keeps on him with EuroUppers. Lorcan whips but Daivari reverses, only to get a blockbuster! Daivari flounders away but Lorcan runs back in for another EuroUpper! Daivari ends up outside and Lorcan fires up! The Fury runs, the Fury FLIES! Direct hit takes out Daivari and the fans fire up! Lorcan drags Daivari back in, and fans still want tables. Lorcan hears them, and brings out a table! He brings that table into the ring, but Daivari SUPERKICKS him down!
Daivari drags himself to a corner to rest for a moment before going out to the apron. Daivari aims at Lorcan and leaps, into the trash can! Lorcan tossed the can at Daivari midair! Daivari crashes and burns, and now Lorcan looms over him. Lorcan drags Daivari up to throw into steel steps! And he SMACKS Daivari with the trash can lid. Then Lorcan throws a chair on Daivari! Lorcan scoops out chair after chair to bury Daivari under them! Lorcan stands one up again, then brings a few more over and sets them up with that chair. He kicks Daivari then SMACKS him with the trash can lid before bringing more chairs over. Lorcan has six chairs lined up nice and close, and signals for his suplex. But Daivari kicks and SMACKS Lorcan back! Daivari SMACKS Lorcan more, then climbs up the steel steps.
Daivari soaks up the heat before he drags Lorcan up. Fans chant “You Suck! You Suck!” but Daivari has Lorcan up top! Daivari goes to suplex, but Lorcan resists for dear life. Lorcan fights back and then headbutts Daivari. Lorcan has Daivari in a bomb, but now Daivari resists for dear life. Daivari back drops Lorcan onto all those chairs!! The fans are stunned as Lorcan is down in the wreckage of steel. Daivari himself staggers over to drag Lorcan up and into the ring. He stomps Lorcan but isn’t done with him. He goes to the table! Daivari sets it up but stomps Lorcan before also bringing the ladder up. Daivari has the ladder up, sets Lorcan near it, and climbs. He reaches near the top, then leaps, for the Lion Splash! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan still lives!!
Daivari is livid but fans are still on Oney’s side! Daivari goes back to the table and puts it sideways in the corner. He stomps Lorcan more then goes out to get a second table! Fans don’t like Daivari but they do like where he’s going with this. Daivari sets that table up, but the legs break. So Daivari fetches a third table! He’s a little more careful with this table and has it properly set up by the first. Daivari drags Lorcan up and sets him on the tables, to then climb up top on the corner. But Lorcan revives and trips Daivari up! Lorcan climbs up to join Daivari, to SUPERPLEX Daivari and himself through the tables!! Cover, Lorcan wins!!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by pinfall
It was #AnythingGoes, and both men went to extremes! Lorcan survives and wins, but what shape is he in after all that? Will this match be the catalyst to Lorcan’s rise towards the title?
205 Live takes a look at what led to this coming Cruiserweight Championship match.
Tony Nese and Drew Gulak were among the original class of Cruiserweight superstars from the Cruiserweight Classic and the premiere of 205 Live back on November 29, 2016. They were good friends back then, traveling the world and fighting together in 205 Live. They both wanted to bring change to 205 Live, but at some point, Gulak felt Tony was not able to do that. So Gulak left Tony behind, “because I am superior to him.” But Tony says Gulak’s plan wasn’t about a better 205 Live, but getting himself all the attention. Tony knew Gulak never believed a word he was saying. Gulak says Tony was only ever concerned with his physique.
But then when these two collided in this year’s Cruiserweight Champoinship Contender’s Tournament all the way back in March, we saw who was superior. Gulak felt that the winner of that match was clearly going to win the title at Wrestlemania, and it was Tony. Tony won the title in his hometown, on the biggest stage possible. But Gulak says Tony got lucky for three seconds. “He robbed me of my Wrestlemania moment.” And for the first time since the start of this new Cruiserweight Division, Gulak found himself completely alone. There was no one left to help him, so Gulak refocused and went back to his roots. Gulak brought back his mean streak, and at Stomping Grounds, he let nothing stop him become champion.
Tony says this renewed aggression was out of jealousy and bitterness, but it did allow him to pin Akira Tozawa. “Until he pins the man who was Cruiserweight Champion, he’s not a champion to me.” Gulak vows that Tony will have to beat him unconscious to get this belt back, because he’s not letting go any other way. Who will win to prove they are THE Cruiserweight Champion?
A great go-home for 205 Live! What a great thing to open with but Daivari interrupting Lorcan’s promo! They have really built this feud between them rather well, and they had an incredible match in the main event! I don’t understand why it was called an “Anything Goes” match when it was basically No Holds Barred, but there must be some kind of paranoia (from Vince). If they called this match “No Holds Barred” and basically outdid the No Holds Barred Tag Match of Roman & Taker VS Shane & McIntyre in sheer extreme spots, it obviously would look bad on those four big names. They still could have called tonight’s match “No Disqualifications” but I suppose that wouldn’t stop count outs in the grand scheme of wrestling stipulations. Either way, a great match, and Lorcan is red hot.
Interesting to see that the Singh Brothers are the ones moving into a new tag team feud. They lost to the Lucha House Party, but I suppose this is what happens now that they lost. Plus, there aren’t any other united Heels on 205 Live anymore so what else would there be for them? But again, what do we get out of this? We need a prize for these tag teams to actually fight for. Meanwhile, the story of Mike Kanellis and Drake Maverick continues, and it is much better on 205 Live than the cringey things we’re starting to get on Raw. Can’t wait to see what Mike does to disrupt 205 Live. I also like that Humberto Carrillo is getting video promos to help fans understand who he is. This must be the beginning of a true push for the title after Extreme Rules.
And speaking of Extreme Rules, that video package to sum up things between Gulak and Nese was really well done. WWE definitely does great with things like this, and each guy was great in their own parts of the promo. This match feels like it could go either way, and hopefully doesn’t end up on the preshow but it probably will. I still feel it has to be Gulak to make for new match-ups, such as with Lorcan and Carrillo.
My Score: 8.4/10
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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