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Live From the 205 (10/17/18): Tough Titty


I can't believe it! 205 Live did it again!

So you got a fatal five-way match to crown a new #1 contender, right? Because for some reason the former champ Cedric Alexander doesn't get an automatic rematch clause (apparently Drake Maverick too cold to give him one), right? Cedric's in that five-way so you know he's gotta be winning this shot so he can continue his feud, right? No way someone else beats him for it, right? RIGHT?

WRONG! We were all wrong, for the second straight week!


Yeah, this is happening: for the second week in a row, Tony Nese--a total non-entity in the cruiserweight division on the weeks leading up to Super Show-Down--manages to clown Cedric again, winning the right to face his fuck buddy training partner Buddy Murphy in... an unspecified future episode of the show. 

Of course, it's more a story of Cedric entering what seems to be an epic slump after one hell of a rest of the year as champ than it is Nese suddenly becoming better than everyone else in this match, but I'm totally buying this. It's the second straight week Cedric loses because it's the second straight week he's pushed himself to compete after losing the title in Australia. While that's what champs do, If there's any lesson coming out of this whole story, it better be that people, even former champs, need to step back and get themselves right.

Once again I'm glad that 205 Live is ready to prove all of us wrong, even if it's at least for this particular storyline. At least they're doing it for the title, which is always the biggest story on the show. If they can swerve everyone and forego the usual Cedric rematch until the time comes when he's become compelling again, then just imagine what they can do for everyone else.

205 Live 10/17/18 Final Grade: The remarkable fatal five-way saves this episode from the forgettable Drew Gulak/Akira Tozawa match. One of these days, though, the show needs to do another show-long gauntlet. B

Short stops

  • I was really, really hoping that Brian Kendrick wouldn't help Akira Tozawa up. I mean he could come down to the ring and fight Gulak and Gallagher for the sake of fighting him, but I really wished it wasn't because he was coming to the aid of Tozawa. When they both turned on him I was hoping they would add the wrinkle of Kendrick still being the ornery old vet fighting against two guys who decided to bully him. Don't make him corny as hell, 205. The Brian Kendrick deserves better.
  • So... I'm confused. Is Lucha House Party splitting feud time between TJP and the Kanellises? (Kanelles?) Does Lince Dorado get Mike, while Kalisto and Gran Metalik get TJ? 
  • And will Mike get weekly weigh-ins?
  • Speaking of, what happened to Buddy Murphy's weekly weigh-in? Is Drake Maverick sufficiently convinced that he's officially 205 and under forever? Can Cedric use that to void Murphy's title win?
  • Hideo Itami is low-key the most improved promo cutter, considering where he was before with his English. Reiterating that he's better to listen to at this point than Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • The return of the high-production value Mustafa Ali video promo! How come he gets to have a real video team shooting his stuff?
  • Not sure why Gran Metalik is in the five-way instead of Kalisto, when Kalisto was the guy able to beat TJP, but okay. It's all good. Wonder where Kalisto is though.
  • The face-off between Rush and Cedric was pretty cool. There's a feud I want to see down the line.
  • That spot where Tony Nese dumped Lio Rush over the top rope was hilarious, but also pretty dangerous. Watch how Rush almost lands on his neck there.

205 Live Rankings as of 10/22/18

This week's episode brought us a couple of big movers and shakers. The Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme can handle all this new information.
  1. Buddy Murphy (no movement) — Murphy stays on top, but he better not be Brock Lesnaring the Cruiserweight Championship.
  2. Tony Nese (#5 last week) — If you told me a couple of weeks ago that Nese would be challenging his buddy Murphy for the title, I would've laughed in your face. But look where we are now.
  3. Drew Gulak (no movement) — Yeah, if you told me before that Nese would get a shot over his former friend Drew Gulak, I really wouldn't have believed you. The only reason Gulak isn't #2 is because he doesn't have the title shot right now.
  4. Cedric Alexander (no movement) — Cedric's still not lucky. I wonder what L he's going to take again next week?
  5. Lio Rush (#2 last week) — At least Lio's been recognized for his winning ways. What's next for him, though? It's not like there's a lot of faces in the cruiserweight division for him to feud with next.
  6. Lucha House Party (#7 last week) — Gran Metalik gets a title shot, so that's something. Lince Dorado faces Mike Kanellis next week.
  7. TJP (#10 last week) — TJP also gets his own title shot, but doesn't get to steal Gran Metalik's mask.
  8. Mustafa Ali (no movement) — Ali stays in his spot because of his awesomely-produced promo.
  9. Mike Kanellis (#6 last week) — We still don't really know why Mike chose to sweep into the cruiserweight division for an opportunity, but at least we heard from him.
  10. Brian Kendrick (new) — The Brian Kendrick makes his presence known again after a week away from the limelight.
    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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