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Live From The 205 (5/16/17): (Don't) Fight Forever

Here's a funny thing to hear, in an interesting way: 205 Live is becoming solid, but in a boring, repetitive way.

We've seen different permutations of Neville, TJP, Austin Aries, and Jack Gallagher, and I'll admit that the run is starting to wear thin faster than it should, but in a vacuum you really can't have it better than an Austin Aries main event. That, and him going up against methodical heel TJP. It feels like we've seen this match a thousand times, but both men are good enough to always make it worth a watch.



Perhaps the only thing wrong in a show where nothing seems to be going wrong is that eventually, they're going to have to switch up the title scene. The addition of TJP and Gallagher as secondary players is nice, but at the end of the day they're still just attached to the main Neville/Austin Aries feud. 

It's something I've been parroting over and over, but other people need to get involved every now and then, too. They don't have to be joining the title scene, but it would be great to see Neville destroy someone else the same way TJP beat Lince Dorado a couple of weeks ago. Everyone on the show is locked too much on the people they're feuding with (with some exceptions), leading to some copy-paste booking week in and week out on 205 Live and RAW. Give the extras a little story to run with while you're building up to Extreme Rules in three weeks.

I'd love to see Neville grant someone else a title shot just to mess with Austin Aries, the number one contender, a lot more. Rich Swann isn't doing anything new after (hopefully) wrapping up the feud with Noam Dar, why not him? Or Gran Metalik, the other Cruiserweight Classic finalist? There are so many other hardworking things they can be doing with Neville; I don't want new things to happen once or twice a month.

Short stops


  • Jack Gallagher's character work tonight should be commended, yo. You think he was being goofy with Ariya Daivari backstage, but he comes out (a little too late, might I add) to help save Austin Aries from Neville, and he just takes everything to Neville, slowly distinguishing himself as a legitimate brawler and striker, from his original post-Cruiserweight Classic persona of being "quirky British catch wrestler with umbrella." Keep your eye on Jacky Boy, because he may come out of this whole angle redeeming himself. (And I'm expecting a match with Neville next week, hopefully on 205 Live.)

  • It's a little ambiguous, but I do hope Rich Swann and Noam Dar are done with each other. The powder bomb prank doesn't seem to suggest so, but I do hope that was a segue to something else (although I really wish it wasn't Ariya Daivari).

  • Drew Gulak laying out Mustafa Ali with the help of Tony Nese was absolutely the right call for the story. I love watching Ali wrestle, don't get me wrong, but it seems like someone reads this column and adjusts accordingly, preventing yet another meaningless Ali showcase where Gulak doesn't do much. For a moment, though, I thought Nese was going to turn on Gulak for costing him yet another match (this time, not letting it happen)—and that would've been a wrinkle I could get behind, because it gives Nese a story to run with. Sharp observers of the show would remember that they were trying to get a Tony Nese push together right before WrestleMania, except he apparently got injured. Give him that story. He deserves it.

  • It's a damn shame that they had to use Gran Metalik to get Noam Dar over, but I can't lie; I'm totally behind this minor Dar reinvention. It's clear that they see something in him, which is going to take a little more grooming to get out, but I certainly don't mind. That new running enzuigiri finisher definitely helps, too.

  • Almost glossed over this, but Akira Tozawa and Brian Kendrick will be (hopefully, finally) settling their feud next week in a street fight. This is honestly one of the better uses of the show, as it would take too long for them to make it to the Extreme Rules kickoff. It should be a much better secondary main event than Swann/Dar or Ali/Gulak.

The Cruiserweight Division Power Rankings (as of 5/19/17)


The division has been used a bit sparingly this week, focusing a lot on the Cruiserweight Championship scene on RAW and 205 Live, while building and rebuilding the midcarders. Let's see how much the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme (tm) has picked up this week.

  • 1. Austin Aries, no movement — Loses in a tag team match on RAW, but puts his money where his mouth is and beats TJP one-on-one in an impressive win, despite TJ targeting his leg.

  • 2. Neville, no movement — Neville's standing has curiously diminished a bit ever since beating Aries dirty at Payback, so even if he and TJ beat A-Double and Gallagher, it doesn't seem like much. The King's head is starting to feel heavy, it seems, and he needs a huge singles win—ideally next week, against Jack Gallagher—to get some major heat back going into Extreme Rules.

  • 3. TJP, no movement — TJP stays in his spot after earning a win and a loss this week. He's doing great work as Neville's second fiddle, proving that he isn't just a sidekick, but a guy really in a shaky alliance, waiting for his turn.

  • 4. Jack Gallagher, #5 last week — As mentioned earlier, Jack Gallagher comes out of this week looking incredibly strong. This may be why he wasn't able to beat Tyler Bate for the UK Championship on NXT.

  • 5. The Brian Kendrick, #7 last week — TBK shows up this week to challenge Tozawa to a street fight, which is a lot better than we can say for Tozawa, who's still sidelined.

  • 6. Drew Gulak, #8 last week — Gulak jumps up two spots for the successful ambush of his nemesis Mustafa Ali (and recruiting Randy Orton to the No Fly Zone movement).

  • 7. Mustafa Ali, #6 last week Ate an unfortunate double team this week.

  • 8. Noam Dar, #9 last week — Moves up one spot for defeating Gran Metalik (again) and showing up outside of the usual cruiserweight segment on RAW, accompanying Alicia Fox in her match against Sasha Banks.

  • 9. Akira Tozawa, #4 last week — Falls down a whopping five spots after being sidelined this show—but to be fair, everyone beneath him had been making some moves. That's what happens in a stacked show like 205 Live.

  • 10. Rich Swann, no movement — Beats Ariya Daivari on Main Event this week, perhaps to set up a new feud, especially following their backstage segment.

  • 11. Tony Nese, no movement — If I were Tony Nese, I'd be mad at my "buddy" Drew Gulak. That guy already cost him a win via DQ before, and now he costs him an entire official match and a chance to move up the Live From the 205 and proverbial rankings. I wouldn't be satisfied with just one chance to hit my finisher.

    • 12. Gran Metalik, no movement — Is "metalik" Spanish for "jobber" now?

    • 13. Ariya Daivari, no movement — Gets powdered in the face and takes a loss against the guy who sent him the box. He's lucky the people beneath him didn't get any real airtime this week, especially Lince Dorado.

    • 14. Cedric Alexander, no movement — I hope Cedric finally comes back soon—don't want to have to wait until after Extreme Rules.

    • 15. Lince Dorado, no movement — Nowhere to be found, again. Poor kitty.

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    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul.

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