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Live From The 205 (9/12/17): A For Effort



Time to hit you with some hard #facts: 205 Live consistently produces some of the best wrestling in the WWE week, period. Even when fans write it off because it's not the same as the Cruiserweight Classic in presentation and writing, the guys were signed for a reason, and it's because they can deliver.

It's just that the WWE stacks so much of the deck against it with horrible planning and programming.

Nothing exemplifies this poor situation more than this week's episode of the show, in which TJP and Rich Swann did their absolute damndest to wake the crowd up. They did what they always do and put on one hell of a match, but because the crowd was on their third show of the night, after a hot SmackDown and Mae Young Classic final, they could barely be bothered.


Truth is, the crowd wants good matches like these. There's no way they'll ever say no to them. There was even a faint "this is awesome" that tried to come alive during the match, but just couldn't get going due to fatigue. There's only so much the human attention span can handle in one evening.

It's like our president declaring evil forces are out to sabotage his war on drugs; 205 Live is being internally criticized for not drawing as well as it should, but any support that's needed isn't happening. While it can definitely bring up much better, tighter writing as one thing to say for itself, not a lot has changed at all when it comes to logistics. After a year, they're still really forcing the issue, but not every episode can have a Fatal Five-Way main event. Help your guys out, and help yourself out.

205 Live 9/15/17 Grade: It seems even 205 Live's creative got tired and ran out of ideas. TJP/Swann went on first when it should've easily been a main event, perhaps to try and capture what remaining interest the crowd still had. Everything else was filler, up until the result of the technical main event. This week's episode gets a B+ because you can skip 45% of it.

Short stops

  • Okay, I'm totally curious about where this Jack Gallagher heel turn is headed. Just as I thought they already moved on and started to plant seeds for Kendrick/Cedric, they bring him back in. This could either mean Gallagher really did embrace the dark side, or he's doing so to lure Kendrick into a false sense of safety, but either way, it's something different for Cedric to do.
  • That said, I like the little nuance they put in of Cedric not beating up Enzo even after the latter cheated to win the #1 contendership. That's a very babyface thing to do, and we hardly ever get justifications for these babyface moves. It also sets up a foundation for whether Kendrick chooses to take his beef with Cedric further, and it's something.
  • The best we could do for Drew Gulak is Breezango? Don't get me wrong, I love the Fashion Police, but where were Tony Nese? Gran Metalik? Lince Dorado? Mustafa Ali was backstage, but he gets a pass because he's done with Gulak. These guys I mentioned had better be on the ANZ tour with the rest of RAW.

The Cruiserweight Division Power Rankings (as of 9/15/17)

The Power Rankings return, but I have to warn you that not a lot has changed because of how scarce the cruiserweights were this week. The Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme (tm) will do its best to pick up any faint traces from the week that was.

  • 1. Neville, no movement — Neville's back to his old waiting ways, where he hangs around in the background while whoever is challenging him next is out there proving himself. This week, he hung around while Enzo got his ass beat by the Miz on RAW.
  • 2. Cedric Alexander, #3 last week — I gotta give Cedric the second place spot here simply because he should've been the guy to win the contendership, and because again, Enzo got his ass beat so bad on Monday night, both verbally and physically.
  • 3. Enzo Amore, #2 last week — Doesn't actually muster up a solid defense against Miz's accusations, and loses pretty clean. There goes any chance of Enzo being that breakthrough cruiserweight star.
  • 4. Gran Metalik, #5 last week — His minor push has cooled off and he's taken time to go back to Main Event and continue his winning ways, but at least he's winning.
  • 5. Rich Swann, #7 last week — Swann has finally beaten ol' buddy TJP clean to seal the deal with this feud, but it couldn't have come at an awkward time. What's next, really, now that Enzo is still the #1 contender to the championship? 
  • 6. Tony Nese, no movement — Yep, Nese's push has been pulled over, all right.
  • 7. The Brian Kendrick, #8 last week — Gets a stroke of luck after Jack Gallagher comes back and joins him in the dark side, but how long is this going to last?
  • 8. Jack Gallagher, #10 last week — This heel turn is something different, at least. I'm interested to see whether this'll translate into a push.
  • 9. TJP, no movement — TJP finally gets what's coming to him as he loses to Rich Swann in their rubber match. But is this really the end?
  • 10. Akira Tozawa, #4 last week — In a sad example of how bad they've botched the magnetic Powah of Tozawa, the Stamina Monster falls down six spots just because he hasn't really been used on TV since his loss. That means no one from Titus Worldwide has been utilized, either. Is it time for a move for all of them to SmackDown Live?
  • 11. Mustafa Ali, no movement — Mustafa Ali still doing that Main Event circuit.
  • 12. Drew Gulak, #13 last week — Gulak found something last week with the advent of his PowerPoint slides, and while this week ran just a little bit too long, it's some great heel stuff. 
  • 13. Lince Dorado, #15 last week — Lince jumps to #13 for winning on Main Event. Hey, that's something.
  • 14. Ariya Daivari, #12 last week — Stalls again, but could see use as a pinch-hitting heel when a babyface needs some to do some proving.
  • 15. Noam Dar, #14 last week — Still getting booked, but is pretty much an afterthought after splitting with Alicia Fox (and even after getting "reintroduced.")


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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. He likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.

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