By John Moore, ProWrestling.net Staffer (@liljohnm)
WWE 205 Live Hits
Oney Lorcan vs. Ariya Daivari: This was a really good match. Again, I prefer the stiff brawls over flip floppy spotfests which is why this match appealed to me. I’m really liking what they’re doing with Daivari, who was near the bottom of the 205 depth chart, partially because he didn’t stand out in the ring, and also because he wasn’t great on the mic. But the biggest cause was Vince McMahon’s bad booking. Daivari got a reboot recently and he’s improved immensely on the microphone (so much, that they made him Hideo Itami’s manager). On top of that, he totally changed his in-ring style from WWE-style to stiff brawler. Speaking of stiff brawlers, Oney Lorcan is always a treat to watch especially when he lays in those short-arm b—h slaps. Daivari’s number one contender now, and I would honestly have him take the title off of Tony Nese. Nese’s two-week feud against Buddy Murphy was great with cool segments, but Nese hasn’t endeared himself to the audience yet. He’s just suddenly a babyface because he hated Murphy, who was not the most dastardly of heels.
WWE 205 Live Misses
Drew Gulak vs. Humberto Carrillo: This is not a Miss in terms of in-ring performance because this was a pretty fun match. Carillo can fly and Gulak is a great chain wrestler. The disappointment comes in the fatigue of the whole Gulak vs. Lucha Libre thing. This also is a continuation of Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher vs. Lucha Libre from before which is why every 205 Live started off with a Lucha House Party match. This is more so storyline fatigue for me if anything else, and I’m sure most 205 Live viewers are tired of the Anti-lucha feuds. Jack Gallagher being there in person to explain his actions would have made this better, but instead that got delayed by at least a week via selfie video. I also prefer Gulak as more of the Minoru Suzuki type of character instead of this serious iteration of his political gimmick.
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