A new No. 1 Contender for Neville’s Cruiserweight Championship will emerge on this week’s 205 Live.
205 Live starts with Austin Aries announcing that Tony Nese was injured in the Cruiserweight melee from this Monday’s Raw and is not medically cleared to compete tonight. Corey Graves assures that the Fatal Five Way is still on with the fifth spot up for grabs. The fifth and final spot in the No. 1 Contenders Match will be determined in a match between Mustafa Ali and Ariya Davari.
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Mustafa Ali vs Ariya Davari
Result: Mustafa Ali defeats Ariya Davari via pinfall
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
As stated earlier the winner of this match will be inserted into the #1 Contender’s Match in tonight’s main event. The match starts out with some good back and forth. The announce team does a good job noting a potential chip on these superstar’s shoulders for not being included in the original match. Davari gains some momentum after a reverse DDT. He follows that up with a pump handle slam for a near fall. Shortly thereafter Ali is able to regain momentum and eventually lands the inverted 450 Splash or as Austin Aries calls it the 054. Ali earns the final spot in tonight’s main event and the field for the fatal five way is complete.
Result: The Brian Kendrick defeats Lince Dorado via submission
Rating: 2.0 out of 5 Stars
The Brian Kendrick cuts a promo on his way to the ring continuing his praise of Akira Tozawa. Kendrick says that he hopes Tozawa is watching in the back then offers to mentor him. Kendrick has trouble adjusting to the unorthodox offense of Dorado. With Kendrick outside of the ring Dorado goes for a springboard moonsault to the outside.
Dorado goes to the top rope but this time Kendrick counters. Kendrick proceeds to slow down the pace and grind match out. After some brief momentum Dorado is back on offense. Dorado hits a handspring stunner for a near fall. Dorado goes for the shooting star press but Kendrick is able to get up and rips at the Luchador’s mask. He eventually gets Kendrick in position but is Kendrick gets his knees up and locks in the Captain’s Hook. Aries interviews Kendrick after the match and asks him about his continued praise for Akira Tozawa. Kendrick responds by saying that most of the new up and comers are unworthy whereas Tozawa is different. Kendrick asked Tozawa to come down to the ring but is greeted by a green mist attack by Tajiri instead.
Dorado hits a handspring stunner for a near fall. Dorado goes for the shooting star press but Kendrick is able to get up and rips at the Luchador’s mask. He eventually gets Kendrick in position but is Kendrick gets his knees up and locks in the Captain’s Hook. Aries interviews Kendrick after the match and asks him about his continued praise for Akira Tozawa. Kendrick responds by saying that most of the new up and comers are unworthy whereas Tozawa is different. Kendrick asked Tozawa to come down to the ring but is greeted by a green mist attack by Tajiri instead.
Dasha Fuentes interviews Neville backstage and asks him his thoughts about tonight’s Fatal 5 Way. Neville responds by saying that the only thing the 5 other superstars are competing for is an opportunity to stand in front of the king.
Tony Nese weighs in before tonight’s main event:
I could run through all five of these guys with one leg. #205live#WWE
No. 1 Contender’s Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Jack Gallagher vs Noam Dar vs Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali vs TJ Perkins
Result: Jack Gallagher last eliminates TJ Perkins via pinfall to become the No. 1 Contender to the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
The lights go out for a brief second a la The Undertaker’s entrance. The match starts with a brief staredown between the five superstars in the ring. The actions is pretty hectic as most multiple man matches are. With the four other superstars outside of the ring Gallagher grabs his umbrella and goes to the top rope to dive on the others.
The Extraordinary Gentleman gets Noam Dar back into the ring. Dar is able to gain some momentum but is caught by Cedric Alexander while showboating. Alexander eliminates Dar after a Lumbar Check which is among the top of the list of WWE finishers. Ali rushes into the ring to try to get a quick elimination.
Alexander goes for another Lumbar Check on Ali but it is counter. Alexander proceeds to land a Spanish Standing Fly. Cedric Alexander is on fire until Noam Dar comes back and hangs him up on the top rope. TJ Perkins takes advantage and eliminates Alexander with a Detonation Kick.
Ali gets Gallagher in position for the inverted 450 but Gallagher gets out of the way. Ali lands hard on his elbow and TJP takes advantage with a flying armbar. Mustafa Ali is forced to tap and it is down to Gallagher and Perkins. TJP locks in his Kneebar on Gallagher but Jack is able to get to the rope. Perkins lands another Detonation Kick on Gallagher. Gallagher rebounds off the ropes for his patented headbutt. This match is getting “This is Awesome” chants which
This match is getting “This is awesome” chants, which says a lot about the match these 5 men have put together. Gallagher gets out of another Detonation kick with the headbutt once again, this time sending TJP into the corner. Jack Gallagher hits his running dropkick and picks up the victory.
This is by far the best match in the short history of 205Live. Great showing for all 5 men. Dar continued to build heel heat by costing Alexander. Alexander continues to prove he can be a top guy and it appears the fans are starting to get behind him. Mustafa Ali is continuing his rise and TJ Perkins showed off the tools that made him the inaugural Cruiserweight Champion. Obviously, a huge step for Jack Gallagher and it should be a good match between him and fellow Englishman Neville.