By Anish Vishwakoti, ProWrestling.net Staffer, (@AVX_9001)
WWE 205 Live on WWE Network
Streamed live on April 30, 2019 from Columbus, Ohio at Schottenstein Center
The show started with a promo by Tony Nese saying that he would take on any contender at anytime. He said he would face Drew Gulak tonight. Gulak responded and said that while his plans haven’t gone completely according to plan, tonight he would take advantage of the opportunity and make Nese tap out…
For some ungodly reason there was a four man announce booth with Vic Joseph doing play-by-play alongside color commentators Aiden English, David Otunga, and Nigel McGuinness (I don’t even know what to think)…
1. “Lucha House Party” Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik vs. Samir Singh and Sunil Singh. The Singh Brothers returned and announced that after years of taking on the top stars in WWE, they were back to takeover 205 Live. Dorado started the match locking up with Samir Singh and gaining initial control. Dorado tagged in Metalik and the two hit a double team maneuver on Samir. Sunil tagged in and met the same fate, with the Luchadors tagging in and out to keep control.
At one point, Samir snuck up on Dorado from behind and caught him with a lariat to underhandedly take control. The Singh’s now cut Dorado off from Metalik for a bit, taking the time at points to dance Bollywood style to taunt LHP. Samir caught Dorado in a headlock and kept him there for while, tagging in Sunil at a point to take over. Metalik got the crowd hyped from the apron, and counteracted the Singh’s dancing, allowing Dorado to build some space by hitting Sunil with an uppercut. He almost managed to tag in Metalik but Sunil managed to drag Metalik off the apron.
Samir tried to stop the Luchadors getting a tag again, but Dorado kicked him off and brought in Metalik. The Singhs got hit with some whips and cross bodies by Metalik, before catching him outnumbered and tossing him to the outside and double teaming Dorado. This didn’t last long however as LHP managed to get their bearings and overpower both the Singh Brothers. Dorado and Metalik hit Sunil with consecutive top rope elbows and shooting star presses to get the pinfall victory.
Lucha House Party defeated The Singh Brothers by pinfall.
Anish’s Thoughts: This was a rather underwhelming match. It never really kicked into a higher gear and the Singh Brothers’ return to 205 Live fell a little flat. The crowd never really reacted to any of the competitors and this wasn’t really the best way to reintroduce them, especially by having them lose in such an uneventful manner. I don’t really know what else to say other than I hope they have something better planned for the Singhs.
There was a backstage segment between Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo. Gallagher stated that he bore no ill will towards Carrillo, however they have something to settle as competitors, possibly setting up a match for the near future…
The Brian Kendrick came out, seemingly for a match, but Mike Kanellis attacked him on the ramp. Akira Tozawa made the save and they brawled for a little bit before they were pulled apart. The match didn’t take place and instead it was announced that Tozawa will take on Kanellis next week…
2. Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese. The match started with Gulak grabbing a wristlock on Nese. Nese rolled out and hit Gulak with an arm drag. Gulak grabbed Nese’s beard to build space and rolled up Nese. The Champion kicked out and the two restarted, Gulak powered Nese to the corner and hit him with a chop, he tried to chase him to the opposite corner, but Nese dodged and ducked, goading Gulak to the outside where he hit a cartwheel kick, followed by a quick tope over the top rope.
With Gulak on the outside, Nese chased him and rammed him into the barricade and then tossed him into the ring. The two went back and forth here, with Gulak managing to hip toss Nese and catch him in a neat armbar straight from the toss. Nese muscled out and after some positioning, managed to hit Gulak with a big knee.
He tried to hit Gulak with the corner knee, but Gulak ducked and forced Nese to the apron where he hit Nese with a slam on the hardest part of the ring. Nese rolled back into the ring and Gulak applied a few different submissions before hitting a gutbuster. Nese writhed in pain so Gulak locked in a half-chicken wing for a bit before Nese used his strength to pick Gulak up, prop him on the top rope and wreck him with a Frankensteiner.
Gulak and Nese got to their feet and slugged back and forth, with Nese getting the better of Gulak and managing to catch him with a kick and then a springboard moonsault. Gulak was able to stay alive and tried to grab the Gu-lock, but Nese flipped out and both men tumbled to the outside. We saw clips of Ariya Daivari watching this match sideways from time to time.
Nese got up first and tossed Gulak into the barricade before hitting a standing suplex on the floor. He rolled Gulak in and covered him, but only got a two count. Nese tried for a top rope maneuver, but Gulak was able to attempt a Gu-lock to reverse. Nese wriggled out and hit Gulak with a pump-handle slam. Gulak kicked out again and he and Nese battled to the top rope.
Gulak tried for a super gutbuster and got it but couldn’t get the pinfall as Nese just kicked out. Gulak chopped and punched Nese relentlessly, but Nese retaliated and hit Gulak with a headbutt and tried for a 450 splash. Gulak rolled out and locked in the Gu-lock on Nese. Nese managed to get to the ropes and kick out, before knocking Gulak into the corner.
Nese went for the running knee wash, but Gulak got up and rocked Nese with a lariat. Nese kicked out of the cover and when Gulak tried to hit a powerbomb he reversed into a German suplex to the corner. Nese then hit the running knee and covered Gulak to get the pinfall victory…
Tony Nese defeated Drew Gulak by pinfall.
Anish’s Thoughts: This was a pretty good match. Nothing fantastic and I think if anything it made Gulak look a little weak, especially considering he hasn’t had many big wins lately. I liked the coming back to Nese’s mid-section throughout the match, and he certainly looks strong after avoiding Gulak’s submissions and getting a strong clean win, but overall the match didn’t achieve anything revolutionary.
Not a bad show overall. Although I can’t claim it was great either, it seemed a little disjointed and the Singh Brothers return didn’t help it. Hopefully creative has something better planned for the Singhs, and they can make Nese’s feud with Ariya Daivari more compelling on the Daivari end, as Nese is doing a good job so far.
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