My beloved cruiserweights were having their very first tour, and only an hour and a half away! I’ve driven further than that for pancakes; how could I miss this? Answer: I couldn’t. I even sprung for ringside seats, which included a bonus meet and greet. I had no idea what that would entail. Enzo and Drew Gulak were there for pictures and autographs. I had worn my homemade Gulak for a Better 205 pin (since they won't sell me one) and got him to sign it. I managed not to fall over from swooning. As a bonus, Drew gave me an actual honest to goodness Drew for a Better 205 pin! He told me to keep it secret, because he on;y had two. I'm hoping that secret was only for Saturday, because then he won't love me anymore.
Hideo Itami defeated Jack Gallagher in the opener. My husband declared Gallagher the best comedy wrestler of all time (and he is quite the connoisseur of comedy wrestling) and the second best William Regal. Itami busted out his new version of the GTS, a sort of rolling GTS that still looks good, but is probably so much safer. I also discovered the secret to Hideo’s great looking kicks: he just kicks a dude as hard as he can. Maybe no one told him these aren’t real fights? No wonder there as has been such a rash of broken orbital sockets.
Kalisto and Gran Metalik defeated Drew Gulak and TJP in a tag match. Gulak is ridiculously popular. It turns out if you let a guy have a gimmick and let him talk, people are going to like him. Gulak had made a good end-of-year run to become my favorite wrestler. And he started 2018 strong with lots of exasperated faces and angry “No Chanting” at the crowd, even though they were chanting for him. While most of the kids were canting "Lucha Lucha," all the girls between about 11-15 were loosing their shit over Perkins. The tween love for him is impressive. Gran Metalik is HUUUUUUGE. I’m probably closer to 205 pounds than he is. It’s not about weight limits, it’s about perceived weight limits.
Matt Hardy defeated Bray Wyatt in a special attraction match. When this was added to the card it seemed really weird. Did people think Hardy and Wyatt would be some amazing draw? Judging by all the spot-take a breather-do another spot they did, I think this was a try out for what to do at The Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View event. Matt Hardy came out and announced, “Lowell, MA- I knew you come!” and sang the obsolete song. Bray Wyatt’s entrance is pretty cool in person, but I couldn’t figure out how to turn on the flashlight on my iPod. My husband leaned over to inform me that “They call them his fireflies.” And know you know why I married him. There were two spots I really liked, Wyatt doing a very Last Dance with Mary Jane dance with Matt hardy when he was knocked out, and both guys teasing big dives then thinking better of it. We’ll see if either shows up at The Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View event.
At intermission I scooped out the merch table, but all they had were things for Kalisto and Enzo. C’mon! Itami and Perkins already have shirts and you couldn’t bring them? Where is my damn Gulak for a better 205 Live shirt? The also had the 205 logo shirt, but the shirts aren't even purple! Why don’t I just die?
Akira Tozowa defeted Aria Divari. Tozowa must have the best cardio in the world. He ran down the ramp, around the ring and started jumping up and down all while yelling. I was duly impressed. Davari’s Persian Lion splash is truly beautiful live. That should definitely be his finisher. Davari was the first guys who really got booed. I booed him (but I still love him).
Mustafa Ali defeted Tony Neese next. I can’t believe how much I have come around on Ali. Back in the CWC I though he was pretty mediocre, but now I’m all in. I think being a face works so much better for him than being a heel. He's also become so fluid and smooth- like some sort of graceful ferret. I tried to tell Neese that the eight reasons he was better than me was just the same reason eight times, but I don’t think he heard me.
Our main event was Cedric Alexander vs. Enzo Amore in championship match with special guest referee Nia Jax. Enzo won by nefarious means. Cedric went for a corner kick on Enzo, but missed and hit Nia. While she was regaining her composure Alexander tried to applogize, but Enzo grabbed his tights for quick roll-up. It was much longer than a 3-count, but Nia was still coming around. Enzo went to try to spur her into action and Alexander grabbed him for a lumbar check and another over-3-count. Nia finally came around and went to count Cedric’s pin, then changed her mind and decided to Samoan drop Alexander instead and threw Enzo over him for a very fast 1-2-3. I guess she still is technically a heel.
I had the best freakin’ time. I love all the cruiserweights, and it was so nice to see them with a bunch of people who also wanted to see them. They were also a lot better at working a smaller room than the few other WWE house shows I’ve been to. They knew how to interact specifically with crowd and were aware of what we could hear and see. It wasn’t like playing to an imaginary camera. According to the venue, there were about 1200 people there, which some other folks told me was about what NXT got when they came. Not bad for the first show.
1. Enzo- no one else even came close. I think ever person under 12 years old was wearing an Enzo wig. He was the big deal he brags about being. 2. Drew Gulak- An easy number two. If they keep letting him do his thing, he is going to be a rock star. 3. Matt Hardy - everyone loves chanting DELETE! I can't lie, I enjoy it too.
I decided to post anyway. I really hope this doesn't mean the end of the Cruiserweight division. 205 is my favorite wrestling show, and I hate to lose seeing all of them reliably every week. If this was their only tour, I am really glad I went.
It's the most important meal of the day.
I met Drew Gulak multiple times when he was a Chikara mainstay and he's a super nice dude. He can flip between serious grappler and comedy wrestler at the drop of a hat so nothing he's done on 205 Live has surprised me and I wish him the best. Go find his King of Trios 2016 tag appearance where he spent a chunk of the match "trapped" inside a fishing net...then at intermission, he kept the net on while taking pix with fans.