WWE 205 Live
Original Air Date: September 4, 2018
Event Date: September 4, 2018
(aired live on the WWE Network)
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
“Hail to the Crown” by CFO$ featuring From Ashes to New
Kayla Braxton wants to ask Tony Nese some questions, but he doesn’t have time. SO Buddy Murphy steps in for Tony. Buddy says it was an easy decision for Drake Maverick to choose him to challenge Cedric Alexander at Super ShowDown. Buddy will have the home town advantage, and he will become champ. But tonight, Tony Nese will take care of business.
Gran Metalik vs Tony Nese
(referee: Jason Ayers)
Result: Gran Metalik wins via pinfall after a rope walk diving elbow drop
Very good match. I think Tony Nese’s association with Buddy Murphy is helping him. I’ve liked Nese more and more during his time on 205 Live, but since he’s been friends with Murphy he seems to be gaining even more momentum. Gran Metalik is always breathtaking on the ropes and in the air, but Nese did a good job of nearly matching Metalik in that respect. I’d love to see Nese and Metalik have a rematch. This was a lot of fun.
Drake Maverick tells Danilo Anfibio to watch out for whatever Hideo Itami has planned for tonight. Danilo leaves as Mustafa Ali walks in. Maverick scolds Ali for returning to confront Hideo Itami before being medically cleared. Maverick appreciates what Ali is trying to do, but he says Ali will not step foot in a 205 Live ring until Maverick personally clears him.
Noam Dar vs Bryan Kelly
(referee: Danilo Anfibio; guest commentary: Lio Rush)
Result: Noam Dar wins via pinfall after the Nova Roller
Pretty good squash. The action in the ring was secondary to hearing Lio Rush talk about Dar and dodge questions from Percy.
Drake Maverick tells Cedric Alexander to keep things professional tonight. If things escalate with Drew Gulak, Maverick has no problems stepping in.
Cedric Alexander heads to the ring. Alexander get right to it and calls Drew Gulak to the ring. Instead of Gulak, TJP comes out and heads to the ring. TJP calls his own shots, and he plans to beat Alexander so he can be next in line for a title shot.
Drake Maverick comes out to the stage. Maverick reminds everyone that only he can make matches. He wouldn’t usually do this, but he knows a good opportunity when he sees one. With that, Maverick calls for a referee to officiate Alexander versus TJP.
Cedric Alexander (Cruiserweight Champ) vs TJP
(referee: Mike Chioda)
Result: Cedric Alexander wins via pinfall after a lumbar check
Very good match. TJP is great. His technical skills and smart submission psychology allowed him to push Alexander to the limit. Alexander was in serious trouble throughout the match, and it took some big, devastating moves from Alexander to fight off TJP. I feel like once some space clears in the title hunt, TJP should step right in.
Immediately after the match, Drew Gulak comes out and walks towards the ring. After some consideration, Gulak has decided to accept Alexander’s challenge from before tonight’s match. As Gulak distracts Alexander, Jack Gallagher attacks Alexander from behind. Alexander manages to get Gallagher out of the ring, but that gives Gulak time to attack. Gulak applies the GuLock for a few seconds before being chased away by Drake Maverick.
This was a very good show. The first and last matches were both very entertaining, and there were multiple story moments that were very interesting.
Match of the Night
Cedric Alexander vs TJP
Again, this and the opener were both very good, but I liked how even though I knew Alexander wouldn’t lose, TJP still got me invested in the match. And really, that’s a testament to the skill of both men.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwe-205-live/2018-09-04