Recap of the Aires/Neville feud, including a tag match with Perkins & Gallagher that was on some show that wasn't 205 Live.
We are kicking it off with not-Tozawa, as Rich Swann comes out with some weird Rey-Mysterio-in-last-days-of-WCW strap-on devil horn thing. WAIT. Tozawa's his partner! Awesome. Dar & Kendrick come out & we're on. Kendrick's tights are a truly awful shiny pastel green & pink thing. Tozawa (with white & red mouthguard) is grinning like he's got Kendrick's number. I wonder if this week Kendrick's the teacher. We start it right off with a tope suicide con cabeza (Swann hits some tope-thing in tandem but who really cares next to Tozawa's perfection. Swann does actually, and does a full lap around the ring to celebrate). Swann plays Ricky Morton. Phillips wonders, completely deadpan, if the lessons will get to 100 (we're currently on three, so that'd be 23 months of lessons to kick off 205 Live. Actually, I'm totally good with that).
Anyway, Tozawa gets tagged in & hits a modified Shining Wizard on Dar for three in short order. Tozawa has the mic! Lesson number four for Kendrick is "choosing a partner is very important. You choose very poorly. Always choose wisely." Tozawa struts by Kendrick & points to his head. Feel like Dar really drew the short end of the stick here, damn.
Neville interview, blah blah, nobody's on the Neville Level. Neville ends the interview by looking at Dasha like he's considering eating her.
Ugh, no-gimmick Ali is out. He's up against also-no-gimmick Tony Nese. I'm sorry, being a high flyer & a good athlete is some fairly basic stuff if you're on a show about Cruiserweight wrestling. Gulak (w/ collar stays) comes out to declare this a "no fly zone" and join on commentary. Gulak is god-awful on commentary. Graves & Phillips try to help him sell this angle but Gulak is just brutal.
Match is bleh. Nese catches Ali's corner springboard tornado DDT ( how long has it been since Ali's actually hit that move?) and turns it into his one arm suplex w/flex onto the top rope. Nese does a GIANT hip toss that's a thing of beauty. Ali hit a springboard moonsault into a cross body that sounds much cooler than it looked. Ali's movement in the ring is just so slow & awkward that his "high-flying" moves look very low-flying. Ending comes when Ali goes up to hit the inverted 450 with no name & Gulak drags Nese out of the ring for the DQ. Well, at least that gets Gulak off the microphone. Ali gets some revenge by hitting a somersault plancha from the top rope to the floor on Gulak.
Backstage Gallagher is doing curls with William III. Aires comes in to chat for a bit and we get some good facial expressions.
Main event is Gallagher vs. Neville. This'll work.
Some mat wrestling to start. Neville takes William III & throws it down the entrance ramp! That bring a not-nearly-as-good-as-Tozawa tope suicida from Gallagher. Neville quickly gets back on top though & gives Gallagher a long & methodical working-over. Gallagher with a comeback. Dropkick gets two. Neville gets the upper hand again and starts yelling at Gallagher in what sounds completely like a foreign language. Dropkick by Gallagher, but Neville kips up! Upon replay Neville yells something that sounds like it might be "not today!" when kipping up. Gallagher grabs a double underhook and they do a cool maneuver that has a pin attempt in the middle and ends in a butterfly suplex. Doesn't matter much though, as Neville quickly grabs the Rings of Saturn for the tapout.
Oooooh - Neville starts to head for the back, but remembers he's a heel & boots a groggy Gallagher in the face post-match, drags him down the ramp, and goes to lock in the Rings of Saturn (they gonna give that another name?) on the ramp. But here comes Aires! Aires totally airballs the roaring elbow but Neville (and Phillips! Good job covering for your wrestlers!) sells it anyway. Last Chancery on the ramp! Hit Aires' music & a staredown & we're out!
Show was kind of "eh" this week. Main event was OK, but nothing really in the other matches. Angles were pretty much treading water.
205 Live overall doesn't really feel like a "cruiserweight" show, it kind of feels more like NXT with smaller guys. Basic angles, same WWE style wrestling, just where everyone is (theoretically) under 205 pounds. Not sure if I think that's a good thing or bad thing to be honest.
So excited to read this! I'm still watching 205, just haven't had the inspiration to do recaps. It might be the lack of Corey Graves. I have never seen a wrestler look like he just came from a Bar Mitzvah as much Drew Gulak does.