Hello, kids. It’s the Botching One with yet another “Pickup” – Wrestle Royalty’s weekly “205 Live” blog. Let’s dive into this episode, shall we?
Kalisto vs. Lio Rush
The speed of this match was just incredible. It opened with a flurry no one could have kept up with. I certainly couldn’t. They also know how to slow it to a crawl in order to tell the story. Lio’s dive out on to Kalisto was quite likely the most forceful I’ve ever seen. He headed straight for him like a lawn dart and the force pushed Kalisto over.
They’re also telling the “is Lio spread too thin” story and that’s cool too. It adds doubt as to whether or not Lio can ultimately take the CW championship should he win this match.
Very solid match we got here. We got fast, we got slow, we got near-falls. The one thing I didn’t like was the ending. It was pretty silly and I couldn’t suspend disbelief. Lio allowed himself to be distracted by Lince & Metalik. That part of the story just dragged on too long and it made no sense for him to be distracted so long. No one else would be. I get that Lio was supposed to goad Metalik into hitting Lio but it just dragged. The rest of it was really good though.
Backstage segment – Drake Maverick
New face? Cool! This was pretty nebulous but I’ll take new faces.
Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa
Akira’s theme has got to be one of the very worst in WWE. It’s just not him at all. CFO$ don’t blow it much but when they do, they really do. It’s just nondescript and boring. Anyone could come out to it. He deserves so much better. Gulak’s works great though. Okay, the match.
Both were, at one point, really getting somewhere until they were derailed – Drew had his “Powerpoint Presentation!!!” taken away from him and Akira had “Titus Worldwide” taken from him. It was sadly obvious how not over they are by the responses both were getting. Of course, they are getting the main event spot on this week’s show so that shows something.
The match itself was great. How could it not be with these two? Loved watching the Iron Octopus to the Horse Collar submission sequence. Never seen that before and it looks just fantastic. We’ve also gotta talk about Tozawa’s selling. It told the story beautifully. He was in multiple submissions during the match and he sold each one like a champ. I also loved how he got himself out of the Gu-Lock.
Great match that deserved far more reaction from the crowd than it ever got. They certainly did all they could to get the crowd into it. SMH…
Backstage segment – Cedric Alexander
Poor robotic, minimally-involved Cedric. He’s so much better than this. Next…
Backstage segment- Ariya Daivari & Hideo Itami
Ariya did most of the talking here and the segment was all the better for it.
…and so it ends. Two great matches and three brief talking segments. In truth, it’s all we needed. Talking is not the strong suit of many on “205 Live” so it’s likely far better this way. Very enjoyable episode of “205 Live”. If you aren’t watching this show, start, gosh darn it. It’s so worth it. See you next week for another “Pickup”!