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Live From The 205 (9/5/17): Lei, Paki-Reangle Yung Mananalo Sa Fatal Five-Way



So I'm not quite sure what WWE is doing with Enzo Amore.

I do have an idea, though. For those who don't keep up with 205 Live and the cruiserweight division, Enzo's been marking his new run in the purple scene by teaming with babyfaces generally much better than he is and scoring the win by cheating. Straight up cheating. It isn't even some Eddie Guerrero shit in which he wrestles a good match and then he pulls out a clever finish; Enzo is just sitting out the whole time and coming in for the fluke wins.


Despite the crowd reacting rather well to these Enzo finishes, they're surefire recipes to get people to hate you. The novelty of seeing such a magnetic talent in Enzo Amore will wear out sooner than later when he's literally stealing wins from wrestlers much more talented than he is, wrestlers fans are getting behind. Wrestlers who have actually made the crowd start an honest-to-goodness "205 Live" chant. I've never heard that chant before in the show's entire 10-or-so-month run.

So what's really going on here? My conspiracy theory is that Vince and Co. are trying to turn the crowds against Enzo by booking him like a real heel, despite still being presented as a babyface. (Or as much of a babyface as his natural persona allows him to be.) This may be a reflection of his apparently real backstage heat, an attempt to sabotage whatever momentum he's still got—and he still has some, if you notice the way crowds pop for him when he shows up. There doesn't seem to be any other way to turn things on Enzo unless the crowd's manipulated into feeling betrayed, because favorites like Cedric Alexander don't win title shots.

While this theory might make some sense, what isn't making sense now is the storyline with Neville heading into No Mercy. How is anyone sensibly going to root for Enzo now when it's made absolutely clear that he's useless one-on-one? What kind of match are people going to expect on the PPV? Does this mean we have no choice but to cheer Neville, who's doing his damndest to be a perfect villain, as he completely dismantles Enzo? Are we supposed to sympathize with him if they ever pull the trigger on a completely undeserved Enzo title win?

This is why I've never liked booking based on spite and punishment—you think parties behind the scenes get vindicated, but nobody really ever wins.

205 Live 9/5/17 Grade: It was actually a great episode, with the undercard matches not being filler at all. Enzo stealing the win from Cedric just leaves you with a bitter taste in your mouth. A-

Short stops

  • In all honesty, the people competing in the Fatal Five-Way don't really make sense. Why does Nese get in but Gulak doesn't, when they've both been on the same losing team for three weks now? Instead of rehashing the same tag team match between Cedric, Gran Metalik, Tony Nese, and Drew Gulak for three weeks, they could've easily held qualifiers for the match. You have so much talent waiting in the wings of the cruiserweight division, and none of them were maximized.
  • TJP/Rich Swann, and the addition of Ariya Daivari, is one hell of a piece of complex, longform storytelling. TJP/Swann 2 (or is it 3?) is happening next week, and I can't tell if it's the finale of their feud because there's no stipulation. I wish the final match in their feud was like two out of three falls.
  • Welcome back, Akira Tozawa. It was a great match against Drew Gulak, but it just shows nobody writing this show is really thinking long-term.

The Cruiserweight Division Power Rankings (as of 9/8/17)

Hey guys, no Power Rankings this week because I'm pretty pressed for time. My apologies to anyone who looks forward to the list, we'll have it back next week—if we do have an episode of 205 Live next week, since the Mae Young Classic finals are happening after SmackDown.

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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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