It is nice that “205 Live” kind of has its own identity. Each show begins with Drake Maverick covering the highlights of the past week and letting us in on what gets us to the matches we’ll get this week. It enables someone who’s never seen the program to “come in cold”. Not a bad idea at all.
This week, we had a guest on commentary: Wale. He’s a huge fan of WWE (he had a dust up at a Raw broadcast I attended in DC a few years ago). As for his commentary, he added little to the match he “commentated”. Of course, he’s never done it before so that’s to be expected. They just kinda tossed him out there and hoped for the best. We didn’t get it.
TJP vs. Noam Dar
They’ve added electric guitar to his theme – I guess to “heel it up” a bit by making it slightly heavier. Not quite sure why they bothered, really. He gave us some promo work that wasn’t bad at all but the crowd couldn’t have cared less.
As is almost always the case, Dar & TJP tore it down in there. Of course, during the entire match, they spent most of the match talking to Wale. This one had some real impact and it was fun to watch. Noam took it which makes total sense. The back-and-forth between them continues.
Cinéma de Arena Seats – Drew Gulak
He’s always good on the mic but he didn’t make much of a case for a rematch here. Of course, he did very well with what he was given as he always does. I still miss his PowerPoint schtick.
Backstage segment – Drake Maverick
Nice! This made total sense. Drew wanted a rematch…and Drake denied it. Done and done!
Akira Tozawa vs. Colin Delaney err…Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher, Brian Kendrick, & Cedric Alexander
The match didn’t happen and here’s Gulak, Gallagher, & Kendrick with the beatdown. Didn’t see that coming which is always good. Drew is great on the mic. He just is. He had little to work with but he gave it all he could. Cedric…generally isn’t. Anyway, this just doesn’t make sense. There’s no reason at all for this feud to continue. Cedric beat him at SummerSlam and that should be it. Apparently, Cedric is scared and Gulak knows why. Okay… I’ll let this play out. Maybe it’ll be interesting.
Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado (w/ Kalisto of Lucha House Party) vs. Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy
Is anyone as sick of LHP as I am? For whatever reason, they are the only 205 Live act with a t-shirt. I don’t get it. They come out to near-indifference wherever they are so it’s not working. It’s not even their fault. All three of them are fantastic. The issue is that they are overused. Since “205 Live” in only an hour long, we don’t see as many people as we’d see on the main roster. When someone is used to death, it really sticks out. These three qualify. There are other options but they don’t take advantage of them. The motivation for the match-up is tenuous at best too.
Speaking of indifference, that’s all I feel when I see Tony Nese. He comes out, draws attention to his abs, and puts me to sleep almost immediately. His entire gimmick needs tweaking badly. Buddy Murphy is the one I care about but pairing him with Tony Nese is making me care less about Murphy.
Of course, again, the issues are all character and booking-related. None of these men are less than great in the ring. The double dive from Dorado and Metalik was fun. Love that Vic almost called them “Loser House Party”. It appears Nigel is getting to him. Dorado has a cast on his thumb because of tendon issues and Murphy went after it a bit quite believably but not too much as to cause real damage.
We did get a nice mega botch from Lince, Buddy, & Tony. I have no idea what was supposed to happen there and the commentators didn’t either. It looked like Tony was completely out of position. Rare “205 Live” botch but one that was spectacular.
Beyond that, this match just didn’t quit. At times, the moves just came so fast that I can’t possibly blog them all…and most of this this was well into the match when most would be gasping for breath. The moonsaults and double-pin on Nese kept the crowd into it. Because of the 205 stigma, they have to work 75% harder to get the crowd involved…and the last match of each show does exactly that each time.
The finisher happened before we even realized it which was perfect for a match like this. Very well done and so much fun to watch!
And so it goes with “205 Live”. They always finish so strong. Wale was a non-starter so we don’t need that again. Still, if you’re not watching “205 Live”….WHATSAMATTAHYOU???!?!?!? It’s so worth it now!
See you next week for another edition of “The Pickup”!