WWE 205 Live
Original Air Date: May 8, 2018
Event Date: May 8, 2018
(aired live on the WWE Network)
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Percy Watson, Nigel McGuinness
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Tonight, two powerhouse teams will collide when Lucha House Party faces Kendrick and Gallagher. Plus, Tony Nese wants to prove he’s still the premiere athlete. And Buddy Murphy wants to prove himself by taking on Mustafa Ali.
“Hail to the Crown” by CFO$ featuring From Ashes to New
Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik w/ Kalisto vs Gentleman Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick
(referee: Ryan Tran; guest commentary: Drew Gulak)
Result: Lince Dorado pins Jack Gallagher after a shooting star press
Good match. This one had a lot of energy and was quite fun. It was fought fairly evenly with Dorado and Metalik taking to the air when they weren’t getting struck by Gallagher and Kendrick. I liked the mix of styles.
Musatafa Ali breaks down barriers. Buddy Murphy is in his way right now, so Ali lets Murphy know that if he won’t get out of the way, Ali is going to make him move.
Buddy Murphy tells Tony Nese to forget about the past and worry about the future. Dasha Fuentes walks up and asks Murphy what he hopes to accomplish tonight. Murphy lost to Ali early in his 205 Live run, so tonight he will get a win back.
Tony Nese vs Keith Clayball
(referee: Jason Ayers)
Result: Tony Nese wins via pinfall with The Running Nese
Nese took his time, but this was still a squash. It might mean good things for Nese though. He’s overdue for a good run/feud.
A package video with match clips and interview segments illustrates that Hideo Itami wants to prove he is a star. For that reason, he never liked teaming with Akira Tozawa. Tozawa made a big mistake last week, so that was enough for Itami.
Drake Maverick asks Cedric Alexander if the animosity he has for Buddy Murphy is going to affect tonight’s main event. Alexander assures him it isn’t. Maverick then informs Alexander that the 205 Live roster will be competing against the WWE UK roster.
Buddy Murphy vs Mustafa Ali
(referee: Danilo Anfibio; watching in the back: Cedric Alexander)
Result: Buddy Murphy wins via pinfall after Murphy’s Law
Great match! This was great as a follow-up to their match during the Cruiserweight Title Tournament, and it was a great statement about how both men’s trajectories have changed since that match. This got fairly brutal at times, with Murphy in particular hitting some extremely strong moves. Ali wouldn’t be outdone though, and he hit some spectacular moves that spiked Murphy into the mat throughout the match. This built well and had a very good finish.
At the beginning of the show Vic Joseph mentioned that this show had a big fight feel. I thought he was overselling at the time, and he probably was, but the main event delivered on a level that made it feel very important. The other matches were good in their own ways, but Murphy and Ali maybe stole the month with this match.
Match of the Night
Buddy Murphy vs Mustafa Ali
Great match. I’ll be watching this again.
Official Results: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwe-205-live/2018-05-08