April 18, 2017
City: Louisville, KY
Venue: KFC Yum! Center
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Last week, TJ Perkins got tired of being overlooked and attacked Austin Aries.
“Hail to the Crown” by CFO$ featuring From Ashes to New
Akira Tozawa vs Tony Nese
(referee: Charles Robinson)
Result: Akira Tozawa wins via pinfall with a sunset flip (and an inadvertent distraction from The Brian Kendrick)
A pretty good match. Nese showed some impressive strength with moves like a one-armed stalling suplex. The appearance of Brian Kendrick became a little bit of a distraction, but I suppose that was the point.
After the match, Tony Nese clotheslines Brian Kendrick from behind. While Kendrick lies on the mat, Tozawa says that this is lesson three: “You need eyes in the back of your head.”
Rich Swann heads to the ring. He starts to call Alicia Fox to the ring, but Noam Dar interrupts and comes out instead. He gets in Swann’s face and calls him a “stinking little rat.” Alicia Fox then heads to the ring. Fox says that when she first saw Noam Dar she thought he was the future face of 205 Live, and she’s been using him this whole time. With that, she dumps Dar.
Fox turns to Swann and thanks him for his gifts. She wants to give Swann what he deserves. Swann also wants to give Fox what she deserves. Swann asks Fox if she remembers Cedric Alexander. Alexander is one of Swann’s best friends, and Swann just wanted to wreck her relationship and show everyone the kind of person she is.
Fox says single is better anyway. She can do what she wants. She gets mad at the crowd from repeatedly chanting “what” at her and starts freaking out as the camera fades to commercial.
** This was kind of an anti-climactic end to the storyline. I wanted more of a freakout. **
Mustafa Ali vs Ariya Daivari
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: Ariya Daivari wins via pinfall after a hammerlock lariat
A good match. Both guy’s personalities and movesets worked well together. Drew Gulak came out to provide a distraction near the end, but it didn’t really detract from the match.
Dasha Fuentes asks Drew Gulak if he’d like to explain his actions. Gulak says he holds no ill will toward Mustafa Ali, but the future of 205 Live does not include high flying.
TJ Perkins vs Austin Aries
(referee: Jason Ayers)
Result: Austin Aries wins via pinfall after a Discus Five-arm
Very good match. There was a lot of back and forth and some good injury psychology. The match could have believably ended multiple times, but it kept going with both guys coming away looking good. There were lots of good exchanges and combinations from both guys. It was a very even match.
After the match, Neville runs to the ring and attacks Aries. Aries manages to put Neville in the Last Chancery, but Perkins helps Neville escape. Perkins hits Aries with a Detonation Kick, then Neville locks Aries in the Rings of Saturn.
I liked the show. It was about on par with other recent episodes of 205 Live. The apparent payoff for the Swann/Fox/Dar feud was kind of a letdown, but the matches on the show were good.
Match of the Night
TJ Perkins vs Austin Aries
I like Perkins’ new attitude, and I liked how that played into both guys fighting angry in this match. It gave the beginning of the match a lot of energy and kept the tension high throughout.