Hey, kids, it’s the Botching One with another edition of the 205 Live “Pickup”. The show has been pretty darned good lately and this was more of the same. Let’s get into it, shall we?
Jack Gallagher (w/ Drew Gulak) vs. The Brian Kendrick
Well, isn’t this a switch? It wasn’t terribly long ago that Brian Kendrick was the diabolical heel and Gallagher was the face. This was interesting in that it showed how amazing both are with regard character development. They both play face and heel equally well. The tweaks to Gallagher’s character are more drastic than those of Kendrick but both are more than effective in both roles. Drew is phenomenal on the mic and it shows no better than it does when he’s on commentary. Surprising was how well Percy hung with him. He used to be so quiet and now he’s really grown into his role. It took him a while but he did it. Also fun was Tozawa’s assistance when Drew decided to interfere.
Backstage segment – Drake Maverick & Cedric Alexander
I’ll go ahead and say it. Drake is the best GM I’ve ever seen on any show. He comes off more GM-like than any other I’ve seen. Cedric was a little wooden but he’s wooden often. Drake is who made this work. He was totally believable as he always is.
Gran Metalik (w/ Kalisto & Lince Dorado) vs. ???
I can’t begin to tell you all the ways in which I need a serious rest from Lucha House Party. They as just used to death. We had them on “Raw” this week and now we have them here. They’ve opened up every “205 Live” episode since the Prohibition too and I really need a break. I did love TJP’s taking of the mask and the way WWE handles that. No one ever sees the face of the unmasked luchador. That would be disgraceful to the worker and I’m glad they’re respecting the luchador tradition. I do, however, wish I knew the name of Metalik’s opponent. I’ve never seen him and they never said it so…
Backstage segment – Buddy Murphy
I’m happy with him as champ. He’s a great worker and he just gets better and better on the mic.
Backstage segment – Mike & Marie Kanellis & TJP
Maria is fantastic slime and no we’ll finally get to see it on “205 Live”. Heck, I’m happy to see it anywhere. They both languished on the main roster forever.
Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese
Mustafa is an absolute machine. Few work harder or better than he does. Even when we get an uncharacteristic botch like we did tonight, Mustafa recovers faster than anyone and he makes us forget about it. Tony, while being completely boring on the mic and completely inconsequential as a character, his prowess in the ring is…ahem…undisputed. WWE seems to be focusing on the ring work with him so he’s been able to get somewhere lately. Adjectives fail here. Great match through and through. Alas, Nese’s thirst for Mustafa’s pain was his undoing and the it’ll be Ali facing Murphy for the title. Nese decided to try for a little revenge but Cedric came out to make the save. I love that when Cedric went to get him up, the audience thought he was going to turn heel on Mustafa. That would have been fun and I would have been all about it. That didn’t happen, though, and we just get supportive Cedric which works too.
Not a bad episode of “205 Live” at all. Well-balanced show with great ring work and…gasp…actual storytelling. I did miss Lio being there (shocking, I know) but he couldn’t be. He’s on his way to Saudi Arabia with Lashley. See you all next week for another “Pickup”!