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Live From the 205 (9/3/19): Cat's Out of the Bag


In last episode's review, I strongly advocated for the Cruiserweight Championship match at Clash of Champions to be a triple-threat between Drew Gulak, Humberto Carrillo, and Oney Lorcan. I figured this is what they should've done, and maybe they still had time to change things.

This week, I'm glad to say I was vindicated, even if I didn't hit it all on the mark. Lince Dorado has surprisingly been added to the title match, nicely tying together the loose thread they laid out a few weeks back between himself and Carrillo.

Now, this either means someone high up is really reading this column—or, the more likely scenario of I'm starting to share a hive mind with 205 Live creative. (That's probably the better implication.) It goes without saying that I'm totally down for this, because even if it's only a kickoff match, they're willing to try out different permutations of cruiserweights. I don't care if they're just doing it to see who sticks; all of these guys have been working hard, especially Lince, and it's nice to make them all look like contenders on any given Sunday.


Now if there's something I don't like in this whole scene, it's the repositioning of Tony Nese as not only a heel, but back being someone else's stooge again. 

For those who still remember, the Premier Athlete started this year as Buddy Murphy's "training partner," opening up a Murphy turn when he ended up becoming #1 contender. I thought Tony strongly deserved to be his own man, even if he had a little trouble finding his true footing as a singles star. Yes, the Cruiserweight Championship experiment didn't really light up the scene, but did he truly deserve to be abandoned altogether?

The way the rewrote him back under Gulak's wing also doesn't make sense, as he already set himself up with a feud against Oney Lorcan earlier in the episode. Now he suddenly thinks the best way to repair himself is by helping Drew... and essentially playing second fiddle to him?

Tony Nese needed to be more badass, sure, and if they were going to have him do crazy things then the least they could've done was to have him be a heel independent of Gulak. It could've worked better to see him destroy Drew after he helped him destroy Lince and Carrillo, just to show faith in Nese still being a top 205 star. 

This could either be exactly what it is—a demotion—or a long con that sees Nese eventually upstage Gulak somewhere down the line. Maybe that's it, and I'm projecting too much. I don't know, I just feel bad for the guy after having what should've been a breakout year. He didn't do terribly, and he should've gotten more support.

205 Live 9/3/19 Final Grade: Extra supportive crowd tonight, which is always a plus; of course, it helped that all the matches—even the middle squash—were solid. A

Short stops

  • One winner of Nese's descent into madness is Mike Kanellis, who more than did his part enough to bring out a great matchup. That just proves Nese is also money and doesn't need to be anyone's Number Two. I hope they don't bring Mike down again in his next outing, because guy deserves a break.
  • I never thought I wanted to see synchronized choreography from Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa, but here we are, and boy, is it great. I'm just not sure how they're being positioned right now—I smell a heel turn, but in theory even Jack can turn heel. Heel Kendrick and Tozawa would be refreshing, though. Tozawa could be the CHAOS Nakamura of the cruiserweight division.
  • When did Lucha House Party stop talking to Lince, though? When exactly did Daivari get in between the three of them, outside of that one post-match segment they had? If this was fleshed out in dot-com exclusives, the show did a rare ball drop and failed to stitch together this thread in their storytelling. If I, a regular viewer, could barely piece together this development, what more someone less enfranchised?
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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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