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Live From the 205 (5/1/18): GuLockdown


The new 205 Live is all about building contenders across the division. It doesn't matter that there isn't enough space in their given hour every week to accommodate all of them; it wants to show you that Triple H hired some really solid wrestlers from the Cruiserweight Classic. One such hire is Drew Gulak.

Gone is the man who first got over by including Microsoft Office in his training regimen. If you haven't heard from the past few months yet, this Drew Gulak is the brutal bully they got to be a savage submission master. Where TJP deals British- and lucha-style finesse in his technical wrestling, Drew just wants to beat you down... and make you tap out, silly finisher name be damned.


He's not in line for the Cruiserweight Championship just yet, but with this ongoing crusade against the show's high-flyers (and actually beating them) he's already being positioned to be the next heel threat after Buddy Murphy. It's the renaissance he's been promised ever since he almost became the biggest foil to Enzo Amore (right before they defaulted back to Cedric) and it's coming sooner or later.

I've probably said this in this column before, but he and Murphy are the bullies the show's needed since Neville left, and the good thing is that unlike Neville, they can both anchor the show without it having to rely on only one of them. If something happens to one of them, the other guy can be relied on.

If they're throwing Murphy at Cedric right away, it must mean that they're building up Gulak to be the guy who's eventually dethroning him, and I can't wait. This episode was supposed to be Murphy's big return after getting inexplicably sidelined (to make way for Kalisto at the Greatest Royal Rumble) but ya No Fly Boy stole the show once again. Make this man champion.

205 Live 5/1/18 Grade: The show reverts back to its formulaic format after last week's intense Infinity Gauntlet, but it makes important strides in advancing important stories. Wish we saw some of the benched players in backstage segments though, like Mustafa Ali and Tony Nese. B+

Short stops

  • Interesting that they've pivoted Team Japan into tweeners in facing Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick, but I hope that this tension between Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami is nothing more than tension. We need a cruiserweight tag team scene right now just for the sheer depth of the division. I don't want to have to go back to weekly fights between Gallagher/Kendrick and Lucha House Party.
  • Also, great job maintaining continuity in referencing the Itami/Kendrick/Gallagher feud from December and January.
  • Why don't they just announce the inevitable Cedric/Murphy match at Backlash?
  • Gulak's probably the first guy in a long time to make a single-leg Boston crab look more devastating than modern wrestlers make it look.
  • Why does everyone love trying to rip off the luchadors' masks?
  • What a wonderful Salida del Sol counter into the GuLock. These two need a rematch.

205 Live Rankings as of 5/5/18

How does the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme™ track changes when only five guys competed on 205 Live this week?
  1. Cedric Alexander (no movement) — Your boy successfully retains at Greatest Royal Rumble, and takes it to Murphy this week, reestablishing why he's on top.
  2. Drew Gulak (#3 last week) — Top Heel proves why he's low-key the best baddie on the roster with a decisive win against Kalisto. Did I also mention that he got to be in the 50-man rumble?
  3. Buddy Murphy (#8 last week) — Murphy shoots back up to #3 after a dominant performance... against some jobber, but at least he's back
  4. Kalisto (#2 last week) — Drops down a couple of spots after an unlucky week.
  5. Mustafa Ali (#4 last week) — Nowhere to be found this week, and didn't even get to go to the Greatest Royal Rumble.
  6. Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik (#7 last week)  — Keeps their spot as the top team in the division by beating Kendrick and Gallagher on this week's Main Event.
  7. Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher (new) — Manages to break through by scoring an important win over Tozawa and Itami.
  8. TJP (#5 last week) — Not on the show this week.
  9. Hideo Itami (#10 last week) — Trades spots with Akira Tozawa for doing something about his frustrations with his partner. Plus, he didn't eat the pin.
  10. Akira Tozawa (#9 last week) — See Hideo Itami.
    Photo from WWE

    *****

    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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