Hey, kids. It’s the Botching One with another edition of “The Pickup” – our weekly “205 Live” deep-dive. So far, it appears the regime changes have no affected “205 Live” in the least bit. Drake is still the GM and everything is as it was before. Perhaps things will change here too over time. Let’s dig in, shall we?
In-ring segment – Hideo Itami & Ariya Daivari
This is a decent pairing and I totally get why they were put together. Hideo’s accent is quite thick and it keeps him from cutting good promos. Ariya with him fixes that issue. Ariya did really well here but he always did. Drake was great here too. He came down to regulate but Noam convinced him to give him a match with Hideo. Hence…
Hideo Itami vs. Noam Dar
This was fun. Dar endlessly spinning Hideo around into the backslide pin was an absolute riot. He then dizzily stumbled around for a second. Great stuff. It’s admittedly difficult to keep saying the same things over and over again about “205 Live” matches but they’re all really good. “205 Live” just doesn’t do bad matches. Of course, given that new coupling of Hideo & Ariya, Hideo couldn’t lose. Still a very good match.
Backstage segment – Drake Maverick & Buddy Murphy
Buddy sold his arrogance pretty well here. Drake’s reaction to him was even better. He’s so good in this role. I really wish he was just doing this and not managing AOP. He’s playing to distinctly different characters. How long can that last?
Lio Rush vs. ?????
Lio don’t take no mess. He got this match started immediately. Lio is, as you already know if you’ve been reading this blog, one of my absolute favorites. He has everything it takes to be successful for a very long time. He’s got the mic, he’s got speed, he’s got strength, and he has a catalog of moves that’s pretty deep and it’ll only get deeper as time goes on. The job guy du jour did well here – selling everything here pretty well. He even got in a tiny bit of offense.
As I’ve said before, I really wish they’d tell us who the job guys are. They’ve lately decided not to do that and sometimes, I know who it is anyway. In this case, I don’t. If you know, please put it in the comments. These guys deserve some shine.
Cinéma de iPhone – Cedric Alexander
This was actually better.. It was marginally better…but better nonetheless. It was also sufficiently short. He wants the title back, darn it all to heck!
Street Fight: Drew Gulak & “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher vs. “The” Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa
Gulak in a suit? Okay. The surprises were not over either. Kendrick…sans goatee! Didn’t think I’d see that. He also cut his hair shorter. He now looks like the Brian Kendrick from his days teaming with Paul London. Even the wardrobe is a total throwback. Gosh, this was a fun match. Loved watching Kendrick & Tozawa pull the table out to use it….only to be attacked by Gulak & Gallagher…who then put the table back exactly as it was. DEAD! This was a little ludicrous at times too. The spot where Tozawa was wearing the trashcan and Gulak was hitting it with a broom was completely silly. What damage could that possibly do? Nigel tried to explain it as “his ears must really be ringing”. Man, please…LOL! The story is that Gulak & Gallagher eliminated one and double-teamed the other. Then they’d get rid of him and double-team the other. Back and forth this went. There was nothing they didn’t use, really. They even used a microphone.
I honestly can’t say enough good about this. It excelled in story and work. It really was that good.
So ends another episode of “205 Live”. As usual, the main event was the most fun but the rest hardly disappointed. Join me again next week for another edition of “The Pickup”.