Original Air Date: July 11, 2017
Event Date: July 11, 2017 (aired live)
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Akira Tozawa listens to Titus O’Neil over speakerphone. Titus tells Tozawa he should be proud of what he’s accomplished recently and that Titus is working on getting him a rematch for the Cruiserweight Title. Ariya Daivari walks up and hangs up on Titus. Ariya seems disgusted with Tozawa’s actions and tells him that he’s arranged a match for the two of them tonight.
“Hail to the Crown” by CFO$ featuring From Ashes to New
Akira Tozawa vs Ariya Daivari
(referee: Dan Engler)
Result: the match ends in a No Contest when Neville attacks Tozawa
This was a good match while it lasted, but it was cut short (very short) by an attack from Neville.
Neville continues his attack on Tozawa and puts him in the Rings of Saturn. Neville leaves Tozawa flat on the mat as the segment ends.
Drew Gulak has a message to share. Two weeks ago he had an indiscretion when he dove from the top rope in his match with Mustafa Ali. Gulak apologizes for his mistake and vows to make things right. In order to do so, he challenges Ali to another match next week, this time contested as a two out of three falls match.
Clips of the competitive relationship between Rich Swann and TJP.
Mario Connors vs Rich Swann
(referee: Charles Robinson; at ringside: TJP)
Result: Rich Swann wins via pinfall after a Phoenix Splash
Good match. Connors got a couple of surprisingly good offensive moves and had at least one surprising kick out. This could have been a squash, but it wasn’t which is nice.
After the match, TJP says he expected more out of Swann than what he did in his match with Connors. TJP says he could beat Connors in half the time it took Swann. TJP then challenges Connors to another match, saying that he can beat Swann’s time.
Mario Connors vs TJP
(referee: Charles Robinson; at ringside: Rich Swann)
Result: TJP wins via pinfall after a Detonation Kick
This match only consisted of a few moves, but Connors again had a nice surprise with a near fall on TJP with a small package. This whole story was about Swann and TJP, but I think Connors was the MVP of this segment.
The Brian Kendrick, dressed in a suit with a fake mustache and an umbrella, heads to the ring. He says Jack Gallagher is a clown and a fraud and he’s tired of it. Kendrick has had to work and sacrifice to get back to the WWE, but Gallagher hasn’t ever put in a day of hard work.
Gallagher comes out to the stage and calls Kendrick a “passive aggressive git.” Gallagher likes to fight, and he’ll fight for anyone who likes to be a little bit different. Gallagher says he has earned his spot in WWE because he can back up his words. He punches Kendrick which starts a brawl that ends with Kendrick attacking Gallagher with his umbrella. After a while, some referees manage to get Kendrick to leave the ring.
Clips of the complicated relationship between Noam Dar, Alicia Fox, and Cedric Alexander.
I Quit Match
Noam Dar w/ Alicia Fox vs Cedric Alexander
(referee: Jason Ayers)
Result: Cedric Alexander wins by forcing Dar to quit by repeatedly stomping on a chair wrapped around his arm
Great match! Both guys got dirty right away in this one. It really did feel like a heated grudge match with the way they brawled and went for the most painful ways to hurt each other. Both of these guys are great in the ring, but they dispensed with most of the technical prowess and just fought each other. The action perfectly fit the feud and made for a highly entertaining match.
After the match, Noam Dar says he quits. He quits Alicia Fox. He says that he’s a world-class athlete with a woman in every city. He was just using Alicia Fox. He used her to get attention, but now she’s more trouble than she’s worth. She means nothing to him. Dar drops the mic and walks away, leaving Fox alone in the ring.
** Dar’s words were pretty harsh, but since Alicia Fox herself said that she was just using Dar whenever the feud with Swann was happening, it seems a little odd that she’d be so upset now. The impression that I’ve gotten from their relationship the entire time since they got back together is that Fox was the one that was using Dar, and Dar was blinded by love. But I guess it sucks to be dumped and rejected even if you aren’t that into someone, so I guess this segment still works. **
This was a very good show. Neville attack on Tozawa helps add some personal anger to a feud that really needed it. Drew Gulak’s message was pretty funny. The thing between Swann and TJP is getting interesting (and Mario Connors was a nice surprise). Jack Gallagher’s rebuttal for Kendrick was one of his best. And the I Quit match was great.
Match of the Night
I Quit Match
205 Live is making a habit of having very good feud ending matches. I feel like some of these should be on PPV, but at the same time I worry that moving it away from 205 Live might give it less impact, hurting both the competitors and 205 Live itself. So yeah, maybe it’s better to keep these matches on the weekly show.