Hey, kids.  It’s your man, Botch, back with another dose of “The Pickup”.  For my part, I love the fact that they’re finally starting to build stars.  Drew Gulak is high-larious and Enzo is great here too.  We’re also beginning to see personality peek through from others as well which has been a long time in coming.  On to this week’s edition of “205 Live”…

In-ring segment:  Drew Gulak

LOVE that he’s using Enzo’s “Super 55” mic.  Funnier still is that he has no clue how to use it.  He held it upside down throughout and it sounded funny as a result.  Enough of my audio nerd-itude.

Drew was just off here.  His face was completely dead and he stumbled a few times.  This was not one of his finer moments (to put it mildly) and I’ll try to forget it happened given how lively and fun he usually is.

Drew Gulak (err…Noam Dar) vs. Cedric Alexander (Gulak on commentary)

Thankfully, when Drew got to commentary, he got better.  He still stumbled and got lost but he had more to say.  His Bill Watts-isms interfered with the match really well when he told Noam to get down from the top rope.  As for Cedric, how many times can I keep writing about how crispy in the ring he is.  He’s the best on the roster (maybe any of them) and his lumbar check looks positively beautiful and vicious all at once.  If he can ever get his mic together, he’ll be unstoppable.


“205 Live” is about to go on the road for three dates in January!  If they were coming anywhere near me, I’d so be there.


Backstage – Mustafa Ali, Akira Tozawa, and Rich Swann & interview with Rich

Another fairly weak backstage segment that was only missing the Bayside High lockers…until Dasha showed up to interview Rich.  Rich came alive when she showed up.  He’s become more fun lately and seems to have found his groove on the mic.    Good for him!


The Brian Kendrick (w/ Jack Gallagher) vs. Gran Metalik

Kendrick understands absolutely the ring psychology needed to pull off a great match and he showed it here.  Gran Metalik’s dive onto Gallagher looked really dicey for Metalik but he got up and kept it moving.  Metalik’s Hurricanrana over the guard rail was a thing of beauty too.  Kendrick ended it with a particularly vicious Captain’s Hook.  Another very good match but “205 Live” matches always are.


Backstage:  Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Noam Dar, and Ariya Daivari

Drew found his groove completely by this time, thankfully.  They’re all beginning to find personalities and it’s nice to see.  It’s not happening quickly…but it is happening.  Tony Nese is the only one who seems to be completely stuck for whatever reason.  He remains boring and I’m not sure how he’s going to get out of it.


Tone Nese vs. Rich Swann

He came out rattling on about why he’s the “premier athlete” and counted his abs again.  Zzzzzzzzzzz.  Drew is out with him and he’s got a megaphone.  I was hoping he’d really use it but he didn’t.  Rich Swann came out positively drowning in baby oil!  Yikes!

Rich Swann is every bit as good as Cedric but not quite as crispy.  To be fair, no one I’ve seen is.  His corkscrew onto Nese from the top rope to the outside of the ring was very nice.  Nese did the very heel thing and kept the match very slow.  The bicycle kicks to Swann as he hung in the Tree of Woe was fun heeling too.

After the match ended, the Zo Train was called out by the siren in the megaphone (the only time it was used) and thought they were gonna have a little fun.  ‘Course, Mustafa and Tozawa were out there too.  I was thinking as Cedric and Rich were standing back to back about what a great opportunity it’d be to turn Cedric but they didn’t do it.  Alas…

Another solid episode of “205 Live” has ended and so ends our “Pickup” for the week.  Join me next week!