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Live From the 205 (10/24/18): Keeping It 100


It took a while, but 205 Live finally hit 100 episodes.

I'm pretty happy to have chosen to review this every week, despite being late with it. As it stands, even when majority still don't give it a chance, 205 Live is still arguably the strongest hour of main roster television the WWE's got. I can say this because I've personally watched the show scratch and claw its way to remain where it is and fight for the identity it should've had all along this year.

Not every episode is going to be an A+ or even an A, but what 205 Live accomplishes in under an hour is still a lot more than even most episodes of SmackDown. Whoever's running it since early this year, at the exodus of Enzo Amore and heading into WrestleMania, understands how to run a show like this: remove it from RAW but keep it above NXT, and give everyone the spotlight by sharing.

By doing this, the cruiserweight division created its own consistency in its forced inconsistency. Anyone who wants to know what's going on has to keep up every week, and they get rewarded for that loyalty by having as much balls-to-the-wall action as you're going to get on a main roster show.

And if you're not on it? Then you're not really missing out. We understand that you may not have the hour to spare for another wrestling show given how many others there are from just one company. But I'm telling you, your WWE experience could be so much better if you were tuned in.

 

So here's to the next hundred episodes, 205 Live. I and a lot of other hardcore cruiserweight fans will be here for those, barring some epic downslide that I can't really see happening. (The show did get rid of Enzo.) Keep on doing you.


205 Live 10/24/18 Final Grade: A surprisingly good Lince Dorado/Mike Kanellis match opens the show, but the Falls Count Anywhere main event between Mustafa Ali and Hideo Itami is typical plodding WWE-style hardcore fare. Still worth a watch. B+

Short stops

  • Who would've thought that we could get a solid Mike Kanellis match just by pairing him up against someone like Lince Dorado and giving them around 12 minutes to go crazy? At this point the rest of RAW's midcard is probably going to want to start cutting weight just to be on this show.
  • While I'm glad that they're agile enough to have the Lucha House Party feud with two people at the same time, I kinda wish TJP was more of a factor in this match. Could've hit two birds with one TJP stone if he helped Kanellis win, although I'm not complaining about making Mike look credible.
  • Where's Mike's weigh-in? Surely Drake Maverick isn't too busy for this, especially now that the show's down to two matches an episode?
  • Okay, so... apparently last week's fatal five-way was not a contendership match. It was just a multi-man match for nothing, and they could've infused more meaning into it if the show had some sort of ladder ranking. At least it looks like Tony Nese will be going up against prooobably Cedric Alexander for the #1 contendership, and this may finally be the match Cedric wins after his little slump because I still can't see how a Nese/Buddy Murphy match goes down.
  • But it looks like Lio Rush is going after Cedric, so I hope he costs Cedric that match.
  • If there's anyone who should be competing for a contendership, however, it should be Mustafa Ali. He pretty much deserves it after beating Hideo tonight.
  • I felt like the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation could've been utilized better, especially at the beginning and the middle of the match. It's still pretty weird to keep going back inside the ring, especially for restholds.

205 Live Rankings as of 10/29/18

It's a relatively quiet week for the cruiserweight division, but that doesn't mean there aren't any changes in how the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme measures the roster:
  1. Buddy Murphy (no movement) — Murphy's looking for a new challenger, but I wish they gave him tune-up matches while waiting. The two-match format does hurt him a little.
  2. Tony Nese (no movement) — It looks like Nese is challenging for a contendership, so he gets to stick around with his buddy Buddy at the top.
  3. Mustafa Ali (#8 last week) — Mustafa earns five spots for finally and decisively beating his archnemesis Hideo Itami in this week's main event. I hope that means better things for him moving forward.
  4. Cedric Alexander (no movement) — Cedric may be getting another opportunity for a contendership, and it may be his last chance to stay on top for a while.
  5. Mike Kanellis (#9 last week) — Mike's 205 Live debut is successful not only in the W-L column, but also in establishing him as a solid wrestler. Can't wait to see how he fares moving forward.
  6. Lio Rush (#5 last week) — Lio Rush is on a break this week but he's already setting his sights on a top star. That should be fun.
  7. Drew Gulak (#3 last week) — Gulak will be coaching Jack Gallagher as the latter will be taking on Brian Kendrick next week, so it means his role on the show has been reduced for the time being.
  8. Lucha House Party (#5 last week) — It hasn't been a good couple of weeks for the Party after Gran Metalik failed to win last week's five-way and Lince Dorado lost to Mike Kanellis. They're probably looking to bounce back against TJP soon.
  9. TJP (#7 last week) — TJP takes a break this week, simply scouting Lince Dorado as he fought against Mike Kanellis. Wonder what's next for him?
  10. Brian Kendrick (no movement) — Brian Kendrick continues to remain relevant as he promises no mercy against Jack Gallagher next week.
    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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