By Anish Vishwakoti, ProWrestling.net Staffer, (@AVX_9001)
WWE 205 Live on WWE Network
Streamed live on August 13, 2019 from Toronto, Ontario at Scotiabank Arena
The broadcast team was Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, and Aiden English… The show started off with a recap of the WWE Cruiserweight Title match that took place at SummerSlam. The show opening aired and then ring entrances for the opening match took place…
1. Akira Tozawa (w/Brian Kendrick) vs. Jack Gallagher. The two men shook hands before locking up, Tozawa getting the early control with a grounded head scissors lock, although Gallagher jiggled out and went hold for hold with Tozawa. While rebounding off the ropes, Tozawa caught Gallagher with the Octopus stretch and wrenched that for a second before jumping off and chopping Gallagher to the corner. Tozawa stomped on him in the corner. Gallagher monkey flipped him into the turnbuckle and to the outside. Tozawa was just able to make it back into the ring, but took his time getting back to his feet.
A dazed Tozawa tried to run at Gallagher, meeting some resistance but hitting a huracanrana to ground Gallagher. Tozawa tried for the senton bomb, but Gallagher got out of the way and tried for a Gory Special. Tozawa reversed with an arm drag and then a suicide dive to the outside to turn the tables. Gallagher was then caught in a fireman’s carry lock and while he elbowed Tozawa, he was eventually hit with a face-plant slam.
Some of those elbows really caught Tozawa, as he visibly bleeding from his forehead. Gallagher rolled to the apron, prompting Tozawa to try for a suplex, however Gallagher reversed it into a dropkick. Gallagher then used a Vertebreaker clutch to ram Tozawa into the turnbuckle. Gallagher tried to follow him up there, but Tozawa front suplexed him off and hit the Senton Bomb to get the pinfall victory.
Jack Gallagher defeated Akira Tozawa.
After the match we saw Oney Lorcan cut a promo from backstage, saying that he would not stop until he dethroned Drew Gulak…
Anish’s Thoughts: A fun and quick match, which seems to have started something between Tozawa and Gallagher. In a replay we saw that Gallagher’s foot was on the rope, and that Kendrick did not think to report that to either Tozawa or the referee. Tozawa and Gallagher could do some good work in the future so I’m looking forward to this as a mid-card feud.
The Lucha House Party was set for a six man tag where Kalisto and Lince Dorado teamed with Humberto Carrillo to take on Ariya Daivari and the Singh Brothers. We saw that backstage, Carrillo had found Gran Metalik beaten up earlier in the night, prompting Maverick to pair him with LHP…
2. Humberto Carrillo, Lince Dorado, and Kalisto vs. Ariya Daivari, Sunil Singh, and Samir Singh. Carrillo and Daivari started in the ring, with Carrillo diving to catch Daivari with a springboard armdrag to start off the match. Sunil Singh tagged in and tried to rush Carrilo, but got caught and the Luchadors tagged in and out to pile on the pressure.
The LHP worked together to hit a cool dive from each other’s shoulders onto Sunil Singh to keep him down. Carrillo tagged in as well and hit a corkscrew Moonsault to help out. Kalisto tried to hit a rope run maneuver on Sunil, however Samir distracted him and allowed the heels to take control. With Kalisto down, the three heels tagged in and out to keep him grounded and wear him down.
Samir and Sunil mainly worked on Kalisto with double team maneuvers, until Carrillo managed to tag himself in and save Kalisto. Carrillo rushed the Singh Bros and bought the luchadors some time. Kalisto even managed to hit Daivari with a Salida Del Sol in the chaos. The heels were all then hit by simultaneous topes to knock them all done. Daivari got up and left his partners high and dry, allowing Carrillo to hit a corkscrew splash from the top rope, before Dorado hit a shooting star press to get the pinfall victory.
Humberto Carrillo, Lince Dorado, and Kalisto beat Ariya Daivari, Sunil Singh, and Samir Singh.
Anish’s Thoughts: Another very quick and fun match that was very clearly there to set up storylines for the future. There’s obviously something brewing here with LHP and Carrillo, and while another whodunnit on 205 Live in addition to the main roster seems excessive, I don’t think that will be the main focus of the story so I’m fine with it for now.
Drew Gulak cut a promo saying that he was here to slay the ghosts of his past like Lorcan who have been haunting him, all so he can progress to a better 205 Live…
3. Drew Gulak vs. Oney Lorcan for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. A raging Lorcan rushed Gulak to start the match and although he got some hits in, Gulak took a powder and got out of the ring. Gulak then made his way slowly back into the ring, but Lorcan hit him with a disorientating half-and-half suplex to start the match and knock the champion back out of the ring. Lorcan followed up with a dive to the outside and then threw Gulak back into the ring. Lorcan tried to prop Gulak up on the top rope for a super half-and-half, but Gulak dumped him onto the apron and to the outside. Gulak then took his time to come down, and ram Lorcan’s throat into the announce table.
Lorcan almost got counted out, but he made it back to the ring at the count of nine. Gulak whipped Lorcan about the ring and rammed him with quick clotheslines. Lorcan was then forced to struggle out of a chin lock that Gulak applied. The champion focused on Lorcan’s neck, stomping on it and using all parts of the ring to bounce Lorcan’s neck off. Gulak used an arm and neck lock to continue the assault, followed by a jumping clothesline. Gulak then used a sleeper to force even more pressure Lorcan’s throat. Lorcan tried to get the crowd on his side to force Gulak off, eventually getting to his feet and exchanging strikes with the champion.
Lorcan rammed Gulak with two quick clotheslines, although neither gave him a successful pinfall. Lorcan tried to pump up and went for multiple running uppercuts into the corner. Gulak reversed a final one and slammed Lorcan into the mat. Gulak then picked up Lorcan for a torture rack, but Lorcan struggled, forcing Gulak to settle for a lariat. Lorcan kicked out of the subsequent pinfall attempt. Gulak in frustration propped Lorcan up on the top rope. Lorcan managed to turn the tables and got Gulak in position for a super half-and-half. Lorcan hit it, but Gulak fell by the ropes and when Lorcan went for the pinfall, Gulak got his foot on the bottom rope.
Gulak rolled out of the ring, but the crowd willed on a frustrated Lorcan onwards. Lorcan almost got caught rushing with a roll up, but Gulak managed to fend him off. Lorcan kept the pressure on with some ground and pound, but Gulak covered up and when Lorcan tried for another half-and-half suplex, Gulak turned him around and bounced off the corner to lock in the Gu-lock and force Lorcan to go to sleep…
Drew Gulak defeated Oney Lorcan to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Anish’s Thoughts: This match was really good. I suspect that because Gulak and Lorcan’s SummerSlam match was on the Kickoff Show and wasn’t as well received, they were given some time on here to put on a show. I really liked the storyline of Gulak working Lorcan’s neck and it fit in perfectly with Gulak’s submission finisher. I didn’t understand the crowd here, as at points they were really into the match, but at others they were chanting for the Raptors. Maybe I just don’t understand Canada. Either way, the show overall was a fun one. Storylines were progressed and we had a pretty fun main event to extend Gulak’s title run.