Published Oct 31 2018:
The latest episode of WWE 205 Live aired on Wednesday, October 31.
Here’s a recap of what happened on the show…
Match 1: Jack Gallagher vs. The Brian Kendrick Summary: Jack Gallagher gained the upper hand early on by throwing The Brian Kendrick around the ringside area. Kendrick reversed the momentum when they returned to the ring and he locked in a lengthy submission. Drew Gulak, who was on commentary, attempted to interfere but Akira Tozawa jumped over the barricade and took him out. The match then came to an end when Kendrick hit Sliced Bread #2 on Gallagher for the win.
Verdict: This was a decent way to start the show. 205 Live is very good at making every match mean something, even 10-minute openers like this. The Gallagher/Gulak vs. Kendrick rivalry has been building for almost a month and it will only get better now that Tozawa has been added to the mix.
Match 2: Gran Metalik vs. Local Competitor Summary: Gran Metalik challenged TJP to a match but the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic winner took to social media to decline. Instead, Metalik faced an unnamed local competitor, defeating him within a minute with an elbow drop. Following the match, TJP appeared and ripped Metalik’s mask off his face before running away through the crowd.
Verdict: As a match, this gets an N/A grade — it was over before it began — but I’ll give it a C grade for the extra storyline development at the end. TJP has become an evil mask collector over the last couple of months and he has now unmasked all three members of Lucha House Party. The former Cruiserweight champion’s persona has had its critics, especially during his time on Raw, but his current character work is the best stuff he’s done.
Match 3: Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese (#1 contender match) Summary: Tony Nese showed off his raw power in the early stages by launching Mustafa Ali onto the steel ramp within the first couple of minutes. Ali, still injured from his match against Hideo Itami last week, withstood a ton of offence from Nese before turning things around with a powerbomb, a leap to the outside and a flurry of superkicks. It looked like Nese would get the win after digging his knee into Ali’s midsection following a move from the middle rope, but “The Heart of 205 Live” kicked out. Nese then attempted to tear his opponent’s bandages off but Ali flipped over him to get the win with a unique pinfall. Following the match, Cedric Alexander helped Ali fend off Nese, who was joined on the stage by the man that Ali will face for the Cruiserweight title, Buddy Murphy.
Grade: Is it possible for a match involving Ali to disappoint? No, no it is not. This was another typically acrobatic and action-packed match from two of 205 Live’s top performers. The Ali vs. Itami match was incredible but Ali vs. Murphy for the title could be even better. There was a brief moment post-match when it looked as if Alexander could turn against Ali, so watch out for that rivalry to potentially unfold as the weeks go on.
Also on the show
- 205 Live GM Drake Maverick told Cedric Alexander that, due to his recent losing streak, he does not deem the former Cruiserweight champion ready to have a rematch with Buddy Murphy for the title just yet.
- Murphy said he will face one of the UK’s best, Mark Andrews, when 205 Live emanates from Manchester, England next week.
- TJP bumped into Mike & Maria Kanellis backstage. Maria said she would be willing to talk business if he needs help in his battle with Lucha House Party.