By Anish Vishwakoti, ProWrestling.net Staffer, (@AVX_9001)
WWE 205 Live on WWE Network
Streamed live on September 17, 2019 from Atlanta, Georgia at State Farm Arena
The show started with highlights of Drew Gulak beating Lince Dorado and Humberto Carrillo in a Triple Threat to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match at WWE Clash of Champions… The broadcast team was Vic Joseph, Aiden English, and Dio Maddin…
1. Ariya Daivari vs. Linco Dorado. The two men started off by getting in each other’s faces before Dorado whipped Daivari out of the ring and hit him with a Moonsault before beating him around the ring, including a rana from the barricade to the floor.
Dorado continued to lay into Daivari until Daivari was able to toss Dorado over the top rope and onto the floor. Daivari whipped Dorado into the corner and then locked in a chin lock to try and wear him out. Daivari whipped him into the corner once more and hit a DDT, but this only registered a two count.
Daivari went back to the chin lock, but Dorado rallied and forced Daivari to let go. With the crowd getting under Daivari’s skin, Dorado was able to get his breath back and when he as locked in the chin lock again, he managed to fight out and try to roll up Daivari, who kicked out. Dorado followed up with a handspring kick and knocked him to the floor. Dorado followed up with some chops and even a cross body to keep the pressure on.
Dorado couldn’t get the pinfall after the cross body so he went to the top to try for another high risk maneuver, however Daivari was able to catch him off guard with a goriconoclasm. Dorado didn’t stay down either and retaliated with a trio of moonsaults. Daivari managed to avoid the last one and got out of the way enough to hit Dorado with a uranage.
Dorado wouldn’t stay down for the three count and managed to avoid a couple more pinfall attempts from Daivari, including after a powerbomb. Daivari then propped Dorado up on the top rope and tried for a superplex, but Dorado knocked him off and hit the shooting star press to get the pinfall victory…
Lince Dorado defeated Ariya Daivari by pinfall.
Powell’s POV: A solid match to kick off 205. Nothing amazing or really telling storyline wise, but with the crowd into it, Dorado and Daivari delivered a fun match to kick off the show. Just good wrestling, no complaints here.
A recap of Tony Nese’s beatdown of Oney Lorcan from a couple of weeks ago was shown. Lorcan said that after Nese later tonight, he would come for Gulak…
2. Jack Gallagher vs. Brian Kendrick. Gallagher and Kendrick locked up with Kendrick tripping up the Englishman to kick things off. Kendrick didn’t keep control long however, as Gallagher was able to reverse position into an arm lock. Kendrick was forced to interlock with Gallagher on the feet after this and Gallagher used his quickness and technique to force Kendrick to run around the ring.
Gallagher and Kendrick spilled to the outside and Gallagher got in the face of Tozawa, at this point, Kendrick abandoned the match and used a kendo stick to beat Gallagher senseless. Tozawa called Kendrick off however and tried to attend to Gallagher. With Tozawa trying to help Gallagher, Kendrick got back into the ring and used the stick to whack Tozawa as well…
Jack Gallagher beat Brian Kendrick by disqualification.
Powell’s POV: Obviously, this match was just there to move Kendrick’s character forward and disassociate him from Tozawa. This is a good thing overall as he has been able to help Tozawa for the better part of a year, but him being with Tozawa does the pair no good going forward. Kendrick can do much more than simply being a manager so I look forward to it.
3. Oney Lorcan vs. Tony Nese. Lorcan started the match aggressively, tackling Nese and pounding him into the ground to start. Nese tried to duck out of the ring to get some space, but Lorcan stayed on him and got him back inside to hit him with some strikes and a scoop slam. Lorcan then tossed Nese to the outside and tried to ram him into the announce table, Nese however was able to counter and rammed him into the corner.
Nese had Lorcan caught out and used this to throw him around the ring and through the announce table. With Lorcan on the outside, Nese taunted him and waited for him to crawl back in. Nese then slammed Lorcan and grabbed a chin lock, Lorcan tried to rally with a sunset flip, but Nese just rolled out and kicked him in the head.
With Lorcan hurt, Nese wrenched a body scissors and tried to squeeze Lorcan dry. Lorcan almost fought out, but Nese just grabbed a waist lock, forcing Lorcan to try strike with him. Nese was able to out-strike the weakened Lorcan and throat thrusted him and followed up with a hotshot to damage Lorcan’s neck.
Nese tried for a moonsault although Lorcan reversed and was able to use this time to brawl with Nese. Lorcan and Nese fought to the outside, where Lorcan got his revenge for earlier and threw Nese into every barricade in sight. When Lorcan finally tossed Nese back into the ring, he caught him with a clothesline to turn Nese inside out. Nese was able to stay alive however, and was forced to endure some chops from Lorcan.
Lorcan took a little too much time however and after a couple of reversals, including a reversed half-and-half, Tony Nese stomped on Lorcan. Nese was able to push Lorcan into the corner and looked to go for the running knee wash, but Lorcan propped up and uppercutted Nese onto the top rope, before hitting another to knock Nese to the outside. Lorcan rallied and readied for a tope, but Drew Gulak pulled Lorcan’s leg from the outside, distracting him enough for Tony Nese to roll up Lorcan with a handful of tights for the win…
Tony Nese defeated Oney Lorcan by pinfall.
Powell’s POV: Another solid match. Lorcan and Nese brought the intensity and while they didn’t go all out, they kept it entertaining enough and kept the crowd invested enough that they booed Gulak’s interference right at the end. A very standard episode of 205 Live. I don’t say that in a bad way, everyone pulled their weight and while there weren’t any blockbuster matches or announcements, it was a good show overall.