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King: 205 Live Highlights & Recap For 7/30/19

Tonight on 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick and Mike Kanellis are looking to tear each other apart in the first-ever Unsanctioned Match on the purple brand!

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Tonight on 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick and Mike Kanellis are looking to tear each other apart in the first-ever Unsanctioned Match on the purple brand, and we'll also hear from the ruthless Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak on his plans for SummerSlam! 

Tonight on 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick and Mike Kanellis are looking to tear each other apart in the first-ever Unsanctioned Match on the purple brand!

We hear from the ruthless Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak on his plans for SummerSlam!

Chris’s Grades:

The Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa VS. The Singh Brothers Tag Team Match:

The match was alright, nothing too exciting happened and the end result left room for this feud to continue. Maybe it was due to time constraints, but both of the singles matches prior to this was much longer and more thrilling.

Winners: The Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa, Grade–C+

 

Humberto Carrillo Vignette Segment:

Once again WWE’s production team hits a home-run as this week Humberto Carrillo shares what his future entails on 205 Live. He’s laser-focused on becoming Cruiserweight champion one day, and Carillo wants to go one-on-one with Drew Gulak.

Grade–A

 

Lucha House Party Lesson in Lucha Libre:

Kalisto shared why Lucha Libre is all about heart and paid respect to the young up-and-coming superstar Humberto Carrillo. Lince Dorado didn’t appreciate that too much, and there seemed to be some tension between the Lucha House Party.

Grade–B

 

Lince Dorado VS. Ariya Daivari

The match was not as impressive as I had hoped it would be. While the Lucha high-flyer did hit some incredible moves, I felt like the match ended before the two could kick it into second gear, Daivari mocking Jerry King Lawler was amazing for cheap heat. The roll-up finish signaled that these two are far from over, and I genuinely hope that their second match will outshine this one.

Winner: Lince Dorado, Grade–B

 

The Cruiserweight Champion’s Consensus:

Drew Gulak is chomping at the bit for a challenger to step up to him. Nobody has had the resolve to challenge him, but it doesn’t really matter because all that awaits that said individual is pain and punishment!

Grade–B+

 

Mike Kanellis VS. Drake Maverick (Unsanctioned Match):

Wow, Just Wow! Right from the start, Mike dished out all of his anger and frustrations that had been stirring for a year. He beat the living hell out of his GM, Drake was his punching bag for the majority of the match. The GM getting a second wind at the end was awesome to see as well, he played the resilient babyface to perfection. I disagreed with the end result and it’s still a head-scratcher to me.

What is the payoff for this feud and match? How does Mike finally get his Championship opportunity that he absolutely deserves? I think maybe we will see another match between the two at SummerSlam, one thing that I do know is Mike is not going to take Drake beating him lightly there is going to be another confrontation very very soon!

Winner: Drake Maverick, Grade–A

Highlights: 

The show opens tonight with an in-depth recap of how Mike Kanellis (in his mind) has been mistreated by the General Manager Drake Maverick, and how Maria’s humiliation culminated into tonight’s Unsanctioned match.

We go live as Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, and Aiden English welcome us to Memphis, TN.

The first match of the evening is The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa VS. The Singh Brothers. This mini-feud started after consecutive weeks of interference during one-on-one matches, first Kendrick came to Tozawa’s aid and then vice versa the following week. Last week The Bollywood Boyz issued a challenge for a tag team match.

At the beginning of the contest, we saw Kendrick and Tozawa working like a well-oiled machine utilizing their high-octane offense. Then the Singhs took over and continued their development as a more aggressive duo. The turning point of the match was when Kendrick got the hot-tag from Tozawa and hit both Singhs with ferocious lariats. The finish came when Samir held Kendrick while Sunil attempted to blast him with the Boscar award, he inadvertently struck Samir in the grapefruits… Sliced Bread into a top-rope Senton from Tozawa!

Tonight is the most important and final trilogy of vignettes of the young up-and-coming Lucha Libre superstar Humberto Carrillo. He’s laser-focused on one thing…Drew Gulak’s Cruiserweight Championship!

Sarah Schrieber interviews The Lucha House Party about the importance of Lucha Libre. Kalisto says it’s about the heart and brings up how last week Humberto Carrillo and Raul Mendoza and Kalisto and Gran Metalik tore the house down. That’s Lucha. Kalisto says that Carillo is one of the best in the Cruiserweight division, but Lince Dorado has some other opinions on the matter and claims that they wear they’re Lucha and Carillo just talks about it.

We return to ringside as The Persian Lion Ariya Daivari is making his entrance, followed by Lince Dorado. The bell rings and Dorado and Daivari tie-up into waistlocks followed by wristlocks. All-the-while Daivari is mocking the Lucha hand gestures. The action picked up as Dorado went for his signature handspring back elbow off the ropes, but The Persian Lion scurried outside. There were some beautiful maneuvers executed starting with a Springboard Moonsault off the apron, and a jaw-dropping Springboard Cross-body that wiped out Daivari!

Dorado secured the victory when he performed a surprise tilt-o-whirl roll-up jackknife bridge!

The Cruiserweight Champion gives another threatening backstage promo in a dark room about his road to SummerSlam.  Gulak says he’s going to pay very close attention to tonight’s Unsanctioned match!

Drake Maverick comes out first for our main event, Mike Kanellis blasts him from behind and stomping him. Mike throws him into the LED board on the ramp. GM took a massive amount of punishment during our main event. As his bitter rival unloaded all of his anger stemming from missed opportunities, losing his wife Maria’s respect, and feel disrespected by Maverick himself.

Here are some of the highlights.

This match was right up there with the Anything Goes Match a few weeks ago between Oney Lorcan and Ariya Daivari, and had the WWE Universe on the edge of their seats.

The GM found a second life from God knows where to make a heroic comeback at just the right time, and vanquished his disgruntled employee with a Spike Dudley Bulldog to gain the triumphant victory!


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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Jeff Hardy WWE Smackdown

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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