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Live From the 205 (12/12/17): Murder On The Amorient Express



It seems that with everything going on with the babyfaces of the WWE cruiserweight division, they're looking to turn a heel or two against Enzo Amore.

Yep, if it wasn't already clear before, it is now: the Zo Train is already getting derailed, especially with Drew Gulak earning a possible shot against Enzo Amore by next week. I just didn't expect the fracturing to happen so soon, what with a lot of potential babyface contenders against Enzo who still haven't gotten their shots or chances.


Case in point: Cedric Alexander, the new replacement for Rich Swann (who's apparently a bigger heel than TJP, and the latter's already against net neutrality) is electric and as a good a choice as any to get a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship, but he's already being pushed aside in favor of the drama going on within the Zo Train.

It's compelling, but I'm not so sure we were so ready for the dominant force already breaking up. The main event segment with Tony Nese and Gulak teasing a turn against Enzo didn't exactly fire up the crowd, simply because Gulak hasn't quite earned as much heat as Enzo yet. The PowerPoint presentations are good, but they haven't positioned Gulak enough with consistent great matches and stories to garner the crowd's support.

The sad part is that given the way things are going down over on 205, Gulak's looking like he's going up against his boss in a couple of weeks. They've still got time to turn this around, though, and that's by having Cedric Alexander win on Monday.

205 Live 12/12/17 Grade: The show's still two parts Zo Train vs. the rebels and one part Kendrick and Gallagher vs. the luchadors, and while it's solid, it's still nothing home to write about. The main event would've saved it had it not gone over flat with the crowd. B+

Short stops

  • That was good foreshadowing they pulled with Ariya Daivari refusing to follow Gulak's orders, and him being the guy to attack Tony Nese on behalf of Enzo Amore. It's a nice callback to when Daivari was really the first guy to get behind Enzo after he won the title and before the whole Zo Train began.
  • And on that note, if this all leads to a Nese turn along with Gulak, I'd be all for it. It seems like Nese is severely miscast as a heel when he could just be lighting the ring up as an athletic and powerful babyface (especially now that Fabian Aichner has moved up weight classes).
  • Gallagher/Kalisto was a solid match, and I'm glad Metalik is in the mix, but I really don't know why these guys are feuding. What's the deal, anyway?
  • In a spot of good news, Hideo Itami's finally coming through next week, and I hope his debut finally breaks the monotony the show's found itself in since Enzo won the title.
  • #BringTJPBack

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*****

Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry, one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast, and is associated with Philippine Wrestling Revolution. 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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