Original Air Date: June 20, 2017
Event Date: June 20, 2017 (aired live)
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Akira Tozawa talks with Rich Swann when Titus O’Neil walks up. Swann excuses himself and walks away. Titus has a contract for Tozawa to sign so he can join the Titus Brand, but Tozawa seems reluctant. Titus assumes Tozawa wants to negotiate, so he says next week on RAW he’ll have a deal that Tozawa can’t refuse. Tozawa doesn’t seem impressed.
“Hail to the Crown” by CFO$
Gentleman Jack Gallagher vs Tony Nese
(referee: Dan Engler; watching in the back: Austin Aries)
Result: Tony Nese wins via pinfall after running knee to the head in the corner
This was pretty good. Both guys seemed to be pretty casual about this match, trying out new, silly forms of offense. It showed some fun personality, but it wasn’t the most action-packed of matches.
Noam Dar talks to Alicia Fox on the phone. Dar wants to forget about Cedric Alexander. Alexander walks up and again says everything is over, but Fox says it’ll be over when she’s ready for it to be over. Fox thinks Alexander should quit 205 Live. Otherwise, she and Dar will make Alexander’s life a living hell. Like tonight when Alexander will have to fish his bag out of a river. Unfortunately for Dar, Alexander’s bag is in his hand.
Ariya Daivari walks up looking for his bag, a bag that his father gave to him and costs $15,000. Dar quietly walks away.
Clips summarizing the feud between Gulak and Ali.
Mustafa Ali vs Drew Gulak
(referee: Ryan Tran)
Result: Mustafa Ali wins via pinfall with a roll-up
A pretty good match. Ali attacked Gulak prior to the opening bell, leaping over the ropes while Gulak was still at ringside. Once the bell rang Gulak quickly took control by shoving Ali from the ropes to the floor, hurting Ali’s arm on the way down. From there it was a dominating match from Gulak as Ali slowly mounted a comeback. This feud seems to keep moving along at a deliberate pace, but the matches are good so I don’t really mind.
Austin Aries proposes a loose affiliation with Jack Gallagher as a way to combat the likes of Nese, Neville, and the rest of guys who “cut corners” on 205 Live. Gallagher doesn’t seem too keen on doing anything ungentlemanly, but he agrees to (sort of) team up with Aries.
TJP tells Rich Swann that he doesn’t appreciate Swann questioning his tactics last week before his big match. Swann says he wasn’t trying to get into his head, and TJP responds by giving Swann the same advice Swann gave him last week: “go take care of business.”
A trailer for WWE 2K18.
Neville (Cruiserweight Champ) vs Rich Swann
(referee: Danilo Anfibio; at ringside: Akira Tozawa)
Result: Neville wins via submission with the Rings of Saturn
Good match. Swann seemed to surprise Neville at times and hit a number of big moves, but Neville remained clam and worked his way into getting the advantage when it counted. This was a very nice non-title bout and a good main event.
This was a good show. It kind of retread a bunch of stories (Dar/Fox/Alexander still isn’t over for some reason, Gulak and Ali faced each other again almost as if their last match didn’t happen, and Aries formed an alliance with Gallagher that I thought they kind of formed weeks ago), but I think this was still an entertaining episode.
Match of the Night
Neville vs Rich Swann
Easily the best match of the night. This was the only one that felt like it focused on the action first and the story lines second whereas the other matches were the other way around.