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Live From the 205 (6/18/19): Still For A Better 205 Live


I'll be that dick and claim it: you know 205 Live is in its groove when I can call at least half of what's going on with the Cruiserweight Championship picture. Like I wished for last week, Tony Nese is defending at Stomping Grounds against both Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak.

Not that it's predictable; it's really just more of what has to be done. Predictability isn't exactly a bad thing, anyway, as long as the trajectory is a good one. Now that we're here in this spot, however, allow me to make one more bold prediction, and it's an obvious one: Drew Gulak gotta win tomorrow morning.

If we're following Wrestling Logic, the fact that his promo went on last doesn't bode well for his championship chances. (For those who can't follow, he looked best out of the three.) But the way they've been prepping him over the past few weeks, with a small story arc where he goes away and comes back as a badass motherfucker, has to all go somewhere, and that somewhere is finally holding the show's top title.

No offense against Tony Nese, but 205 Live's been on autopilot since he won the title. It's not really a knock on him, but it instead proves true some old-school thinking about how babyfaces are much better on the chase. Nese has had his moment, he's legitimized as a cruiserweight main eventer now, and it's okay for him to pass the title on to help build the show.

Slot them all into the roles that fit 'em, and let the new Gulak be the guy both Nese and Tozawa chase now. The pound-for-pound best main roster show deserves as much.

205 Live 6/18/19 Final Grade: The show continues to chug along nicely, finding its groove again with a solid Lucha House Party vs. Singh Brothers match and a better Lorcan/Daivari main event than last time. B+

      Short stops

      • I like that they tied in Lars Sullivan's business with the Lucha House Party as the reason why the latter hadn't been booked on the show lately. It's the little things.
      • Drake Maverick winning the 24/7 Championship this week finally moves his story with the Kanellises forward, and I'm excited for where it goes. I got a feeling Maria's going to end up replacing Drake as the General Manager, allowing DM to step into the ring for real on 205 Live.
      • Is Chad Gable not really on this show? Because he should be. Especially after that indecisive finish last week.
      • So I guess this means Noam Dar's officially in limbo? Because he could still move wherever he wants?
      • I dig Brian Kendrick's good-guy-veteran-with-an-edge gimmick, and the story they told elevated it to more than just a routine squash to reintroduce him.
      • Love seeing Lorcan bring in more of his NXT style into 205 Live. Can't wait for the eventual hard-hitting Lorcan/Gulak feud.
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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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