It’s your Royal Botch-ness with another installment of “The Pickup! Contain your enthusiasm as we dig deep into this week’s “205 Live”. This one serves as the “go home” to TLC and we’ll get two, count ‘em, TWO, CW matches at TLC.
Enzo’s got himself a stable. I honestly never thought I’d see it. They seemed bent on playing out the backstage drama. They’ve done a nice “about face” and now Neese, Gulak and Davari are now fully aligned with him and I completely love it.
Ring segment – Enzo Amore
No show can’t begin without Enzo anymore. He is the most charismatic worker on the show by thousands of nautical miles. I could likely watch him talk forever and be totally entertained. What’s really interesting is that, try as he might, he can’t make the fans really hate him. Yeah, they’ll boo him but they don’t boo him like WWE would like them too. He’ll never get visceral hate because he’s just too entertaining. Nice problem to have. Anyway, after he entertained us for a while, Kalisto came out to get a little revenge for last week’s mugging.
“Gentleman” Jack Gallagher (w/ The Brian Kendrick) vs. Rich Swann (w/ Cedric Alexander)
Swann is such a phenomenal worker! He’s so fast and crisp! He was a beast on the indie scene for years and most of that has shown up on WWE TV. ‘Course, it takes two to make this stuff look good and Gallagher was more than ready to dance. Gallagher throws a very pretty dropkick as well. Interesting to note how Gallagher’s worked has changed. He’s really slowed down but he’s no less compelling in there. Of course, this sets up the match at TLC nicely as it broke down nicely and all four men got involved. Rich took it via DQ.
In-ring segment – Drew Gulak
I like this direction for Drew. He was swimming in a sea of nothing until he entered Drutopia. He references the attack on Tozawa a weak earlier that left him with, according to them, a bruised larynx and swollen vocal cords. We also get back to the…wait for it…POWERPOINT PRESENTATION!!! His smugness isn’t overbearing but it’s just enough to make it entertaining. We also find out that he’ll be presenting a very special “Championship Edition” of “Drew Gulak’s Plan for a Better 205 Live!”
Kalisto & Mustafa Ali vs. Enzo Amore and Ariya Daivari
A promo in Persian from Ariya! Didn’t expect that. Very cool! Enzo, of course, takes over, does the “there’s only one word…” thing, and we’re off and running! Of course, Kalisto, Mustafa, and Ariya can get it done and they did at various points. Enzo, if my eyes don’t deceive me, seems to be getting better. Of course, his mouth will always be the most valuable of what he does but he hardly embarrassed himself in there. Everyone worked hard and made all this look really good. Ali’s tilt-a-whirl dive to the outside was a thing of beauty. Kalisto pins Enzo in the end-of-match confusion and that ends a very good match. Kalisto turns mercenary and goes for broke on Enzo. We’ve never seen that side of him before and I like it!
The fact that “205” is only an hour show enable them to keep things lean and mean…and they’ve been doing very well in that department lately. No segment is overly-bloated. I’m enjoying the way “205 Live” is going right now and if you haven’t seen it in a while, I encourage you to give it another shot. It’s worth it.
As always, thanks for indulging in “205 Live” with us here. Come on back for another “Pickup” next week!