By Anish Vishwakoti, ProWrestling.net Staffer, (@AVX_9001)
WWE 205 Live on WWE Network
Streamed live on September 3, 2019 from Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Scope
During the allotted time for 205 Live, we saw the fallout from Smackdown Live as Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan recovered from Rowan’s beatdown and made it out of the arena…
When 205 Live started, a pre-tape aired with Drake Maverick, Humberto Carrillo, and Lince Dorado. Maverick made the decision that Lince Dorado would take on Humberto Carrillo tonight and if he won, he would be added to the Cruiserweight title match at Clash of Champions… The broadcast team was Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, and Aiden English…
1. Tony Nese vs. Mike Kanellis. Nese and Kanellis locked up and exchanged some strikes to start off the match. Kanellis headbutted Nese to the ground before whipping him to the corner, although Nese countered and hit Kanellis with a flurry of kicks. Nese threw Kanellis to the outside and hit him with the apron cartwheel clothesline. He couldn’t take advantage however as Kanellis recovered and rammed him into the barricade.
Kanellis then used a chin lock back in the ring to try and wear Nese down. Nese struggled out of this, but Kanellis took control once more, tossing Nese over the top rope and to the outside before using the barricade as a weapon again, dropkicking Nese while hung on it.
Kanellis whipped Nese back in the ring and tried to pick him up for a fireman’s carry slam, however Nese found some energy and German suplexed Kanellis into the corner. Nese kept the pressure on, hitting Kanellis with a kick and then a springboard moonsault.
Nese then tried to follow up with another German, but Kanellis struggled and forced Nese to try for a roll up. Kanellis kicked out and caught Nese with a spinebuster, although he only got a two count from the cover.
Kanellis then propped Nese up on the top rope. The two battled on the top rope, with Nese eventually winning out and hitting a super Frankensteiner. Nese tried to follow up with a pumphandle slam, but Kanellis reversed into a Lariat. The two lumbered to their feet, exchanging strong strikes before escalating to running strikes. Nese won out and took Kanellis to the outside, hitting him with a Fosbury flop.
Nese rolled Kanellis back into the ring and hit a 450 splash and got the cover, but Kanellis kicked out with Maria watching on from the back. Kanellis powered through and hit Nese with a superkick as Nese tried to rush him and then followed up with a reverse Neckbreaker to get the pinfall victory.
Mike Kanellis defeated Tony Nese.
Anish’s Thoughts: This match was really fun. Nese and Kanellis escalated the match quickly by going to the outside, and while this can often be ineffective, I think it showed how Kanellis got Nese to fight his fight as opposed to the other way around. Kanellis gets a clean win for the first time in what seems like forever and it was a good one, I hope that this isn’t just another flutter in the rollercoaster of momentum that is Mike Kanellis’s push.
Ariya Daivari was shown talking to Lince Dorado backstage as Dorado warmed up. Daivari said that Dorado should thank him for getting him this opportunity by getting rid of Metalik and Kalisto. Dorado said that Daivari was a leech who was trying to divide the Lucha House Party and that he didn’t want anything to do with him and that he would win the championship and make up with LHP in the coming weeks…
We also saw a generic Singh Brothers promo backstage with them dressed like directors talking about generic tag team fluff in a tag division that has no championship, intertwined with some Bollywood jargon…
2. The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa vs. Two Local Wrestlers. Kendrick and Tozawa fought two unnamed local talent and used quick tags to beat them up with rapid tag team maneuvers. At one point the local talents tried to hit Kendrick with a cheap shot, but Kendrick got the tag to Tozawa and they rushed the two local talents, hitting them with a missile dropkick and a running lariat, faceplant combo to get the pinfall victory.
The Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa defeated two local wrestlers.
Anish’s Thoughts: A quick squash that did it’s job and introduced their tag finisher. After the match, Kendrick called out Jack Gallagher and said that next week at MSG, Kendrick wanted Gallagher to pick a partner and fight him and Tozawa.
After the match, we saw Oney Lorcan being interviewed backstage and trying to console a frustrated Tony Nese. Lorcan got a beating for his efforts and Nese said that Lorcan doesn’t know what he’s going through. So much for Nese’s face turn.
3. Lince Dorado vs. Humberto Carrillo. The two luchadors started the match with a firm handshake before locking up. Dorado reversed a wristlock attempt with a stern snapmare to show a stalemate between the two. Carrillo tried to use his strength to toss Dorado around, but Dorado got the better of the early exchanges, using his agility to execute a couple of arm drags to keep Carrillo guessing.
They circled each other and butted heads for a second before they unloaded on each other with rapid chops that got the crowd going. They battled to the outside where Carrillo got caught with a sliding DDT to the floor from Dorado. The Golden Lynx tried for a moonsault and a cover in the ring, but Carrillo kicked out.
Dorado tried a sleeper to keep Carrillo gasping for air. Carrillo struggled for a bit, but Dorado hit a wheel kick and got right back on the sleeper. Carrillo wouldn’t stay down for the sleeper, so Dorado propped him up on the top rope to try for a high risk maneuver. Carrillo reversed however and hit a top rope dropkick followed by a rush and a tope to the outside to keep the pressure on Dorado.
Carrillo then rolled Dorado back into the ring and hit a top rope Moonsault, but could only get a two count. Carrillo took too much time trying to follow up, allowing Dorado to use his speed to get his momentum back and catch Carrillo with an athletic arm drag to ground Carrillo. Dorado then chopped Carrillo’s chest red, but Carrillo being the bigger man was able to withstand it, and hit Dorado with a pumphandle powerbomb, although only for a two count.
Carrillo and Dorado then slugged it out on their feet, with Carrillo eventually getting hit with a gutbuster, allowing Dorado to hit him with a shooting star press from the top rope. Dorado couldn’t cover him as Carrillo rolled out of the ring. As Dorado rolled him back, Carrillo tried for a roll up, but Dorado reversed and caught Carrillo in a rana pin maneuver to get the pinfall victory.
Lince Dorado defeated Humberto Carrillo.
After the match, Drew Gulak came out and beat down both men, with the assistance of Nese, who has apparently pinned himself to Drew Gulak once more. So although Nese got his shot as a champion, he’s right back to where he was a couple of months ago as Gulak’sSo although Nese got his shot as a champion, he’s right back to where he was a couple of months ago as Gulak’s lackey…
Anish’s Thoughts: A really fun match between these two guys. I liked the converging of storylines as Daivari’s interference with the LHP led to Dorado getting a championship shot through this match. Carrillo doesn’t look weak at all in the loss, and the crowd relished both men giving it their all, chanting 205 and ‘this is awesome’ all through the match.
Overall, this was a fun show to watch, and there was a lot they managed to pack into this show storyline wise, without having to sacrifice the quality of the matches, which were great. A couple of good 205’s in a row is a good sign and I hope they keep it going.
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