Hey, kids. It’s the Botching One with another in our series of “205 Live” Pickups. The action’s always fast-paced and fun so it’s a nice little Tuesday…ahem…pick-me-up to launch me right into my other job. Let’s get to this, shall we?
Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado (w/ Kalisto) vs. Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick
When Drew Gulak came out, he should have been a lot of fun. Drew is dripping in charisma and he can be really funny. Sadly, the commentary is a bit too milquetoast to handle it so it wasn’t much to listen to, sadly, and it really should have been. Gulak tried to make it fun but it just didn’t work. They were just as uneventful as they are when no one else is out there. Note to Triple H: Don’t give the commentary team company. It shows us how unexciting they are.
When the Lucha House Party is in the ring, it’s always fun. The speed at which their matches move is pretty incredible. ‘Course, it’s all for naught if their opponents can’t keep up. Gallagher & Kendrick are more than up to that task. The great thing about the Lucha House Party is that they can also work slowly and tell a story. It’s not all “spot fest” stuff. The match had a real ebb and flow. Very well done.
Cinéma de Train Track – Mustafa Ali
Nice and short. Mustafa is the best of the promo on “205 Live” and I totally believe him when he speaks. No only is he the “Heart of 205 Live”, he’s also the mic.
Backstage segment – Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese
Tony was gone quickly and he only wished Buddy well. Buddy was decent here. Not amazing, but decent. He’ll keep improving for sure.
Tony Nese vs. Keith Clayball
Like a halfway decent journalist, I went looking for info on Keith and couldn’t find any. He was here to do the job and he did it sufficiently. Nese bores me to no end. There’s nothing about him that’s remotely interesting or unique. He was definitely aggressive here but I couldn’t get invested. The crowd wasn’t either. I’ve heard louder doctor’s offices than this crowd was during this match. Next…
Video – Hideo Itami
Itami no longer wants a partner so Itami/Tozawa is over. That’s the story they told here. It was done decently.
Backstage segment – Drake Maverick & Cedric Alexander
Cedric is what he almost always is – completely boring. He sounded hyper-scripted. I know they are…but they shouldn’t sound like it. Drake, on the other hand, sounded good there. I felt his personality. I almost never feel Cedric’s. He just recites lines. I’ve just about given up on him improving in that regard. If he won’t, he’ll need a mouthpiece.
Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy
Mustafa’s chops tho! I don’t know how Buddy absorbed them…TWO of them. Mustafa got off the ground awfully quickly and showed zero mercy. This one just went right to 180. When Buddy took over, it slowed down nicely. The double cross-body looked QUITE painful. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it done with that much speed and impact. Mustafa also throws one heck of a DDT and Murphy really sells it well.
These two worked very hard and, while it took a while, the crowd eventually was right there with them. You really can’t do much more. They needed to put someone else on the Ali/Alexander level and Murphy just got there with this match. Very nice match!