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Live From the 205 (8/13/19): Everyone's Along For the Ride


I'll be honest: 205 Live's current direction isn't the most exciting, if only because it's still coming fresh off the usual cycle of the stories it's telling. Its biggest angles had just finished, and it's currently in the middle of building new ones.

There's a good thing I've noticed, though—between what I'm assuming is a Survivor Series match next week and a handful of developing tag team storylines, they're trying their hardest to get everyone as involved as possible. It might be too soon to tell, but they seem to be maximizing their deep roster more than ever before.

I mean, look at this episode's card, featuring three matches of decent length. Akira Tozawa (with Brian Kendrick) went up against Jack Gallagher. The Lucha House Party minus Gran Metallik, plus Humberto Carrillo faced the Singh Brothers and Ariya Daivari. There was a Cruiserweight Championship rematch between Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan. Last week's main event was a six-pack challenge, then you've got next week's 10-man match (bringing up a couple of NXT guys).

It's a far cry from the 205 Live I'm generally used to, which loved rotating its cast every other week.


I don't know what's gotten into the show's creative, but I'm definitely digging it. Going with three medium-length matches and a handful of segments mixed in might be the best groove the show's ever hit so far; I feel like they've finally figured out how to make the most of a one-hour episode with a division that needs a lot of exposure.

205 Live 8/13/19 Final Grade: It took a while, but 205 Live's finally a show that's got something for everyone. Let's hope they keep this format going. B+

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      • What is up with Jack Gallagher getting into these weird finishes lately? First it was Chad Gable and the strange countout loss, and now it's an ambiguous fall with Akira Tozawa that... saw him put his foot on the rope... then take it back?
      • Calling it: Humberto Carrillo is Gran Metallik's attacker. Either that, or he's a red herring for Lince, who's going to turn on the group and go on his own.
      • While I approve of the 10-man tag (which should ideally take up the whole show next week) I saw nothing after this title rematch that should prompt Drake to give Drew Gulak and Oney Lorcan a team of their own. Did he really just want to pit 10 guys against each other? (Okay, turns out they had a WWE.com exclusive confrontation.)
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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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