Hey, kids, it’s the Botching One with another edition of “The Pickup”. This is the show that’s all about great ring work and minimal story. At first, this didn’t work but as time has gone on, we’ve gotten to know the competitors better and it absolutely does now. Let’s dive in, shall we?
Lince Dorado (w/ Lucha House Party) vs “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher (w/ Drew Gulak)
And the overexposure continues. Lince & Kalisto both had mics (yikes!) and went for cheap pop. Like…lots of cheap pop. Very awkward segment that mercifully ended before it got too long. Of course, the match couldn’t fail with Dorado & Gallagher. Is it just me or are we seeing a lot of the Abdominal Stretch lately? Lince’s dive onto Gallagher was rather dangerous as it almost completely missed. Very little of Dorado made contact with Gallagher and Gallagher had to make that work. Sadly, Lince wasn’t though botching. He completely missed a spinning heel kick to Gallagher too. Like…zero contact. Still, this was not a horrible match by any means. Gallagher ended up with a bloody mouth somehow as well. Gallagher got the roll-up on Dorado and the match was over.
Gulak came out on commentary and he was a scream. Aiden is totally on his game and the two of them were just great together with Nigel getting in a few great lines too.
Backstage segment – Humberto Carrillo
He did the best he could there given the language barrier. It was kept short but it was effective.
Cinéma de 501 Blues – Ariya Daivari
Looking straight out of a Levi Jeans commercial, Ariya can talk very well and he gave us that here. Love the way he took shots at everyone he’s previously been associated with. It wasn’t dirty pool either; he went the classy route in order to sell his frustrations. Maybe they’ll actually do something with him now.
Backstage segment – Mike & Maria Kanellis
He’s frustrated, darn it. He sold that well there. Maria was all quiet determination and she did that well too. Good segment.
Noam Dar vs. Tony Nese
I’ve always liked Noam and always found Tony to be boring. Tonight, Tony didn’t come out selling his abs so that was interesting. He only wants to destroy Noam. Noam wants similar and went in for bear. He started attacking Nese’s fingers in the most sadistic way possible. It was hard to watch but very effective. This was a “No DQ” match and Nese started with a chair. From then forward, Nese started laying waste to Dar’s back. I love that Nese didn’t go the boring “hit him in the back” with it. He used his head and came up with some innovative offense that involved the chair. They continued to use the…ahem…foreign objects in novel ways rather than doing the expected.
These two really left it out there. Great match all around. This was “205 goes extreme”. Dar’s Fujiwara Armbar with the chair was just brutal and creative all at once. We even got table destruction. You can’t do anymore in a match. You just can’t…unless you’re Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Beyond that, they gave it all they had. Fantastic match.
Cinéma de Contract Signing – Drake Maverick, Buddy Murphy, & Akira Tozawa
Backstage? Why? Murphy did a great job with his promo here. Verbose and full of himself. Akira’s was short and fun too – punctuated with the smile. Great way to close out “205 Live”.
So there it is! Next up: Elimination Chamber. I’m fairly certain this match will get the Kickoff treatment but no matter. They’ll still kill this. We’ll see you all here at Dignified Discussion on Sunday and I’ll see you back here next week for another edition of “The Pickup”!