WWE 205 Live
Original Air Date: February 19, 2019
Event Date: February 19, 2019
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Aiden English
Ring Announcer: Greg Hamilton
Drake Maverick narrates a brief recap of Buddy Murphy defeating Akira Tozawa at the ELimination CHamber Kickoff show. Maverick also announces that an eight-man tournament will determine a new number one contender for the Cruiserweight Title. That tournament starts next week, so tonight will be about making a case for being one of the eight men selected for that opportunity.
“Hail to the Crown” by CFO$ featuring From Ashes to New
TJP vs Humberto Carrillo
(referee: John Cone)
Result: Humberto Carrillo wins via pinfall with a headstand into an Arabian press
Good match. TJP is a good opponent for Carrillo. TJP shut down a lot of Carrillo’s moves with some nice technical counters, and that forced Carrillo to come up with other types of offense than we’re used to seeing him do. Carrillo still went to the air a lot, but he was also grounded quite a bit by TJP. I really do think TJP should have won though. TJP seemed to be in control the entire match, even when Carrillo was getting some offense. Plus, Carrillo’s Arabian press finisher looks neat, but it doesn’t look very impactful. I think he should have done something else to finish off someone like TJP.
TJP seemed unusually happy in this match. He didn’t seem to have any cares or worries, and that’s probably because it was announced a couple days after this match that WWE had come to terms with TJP over his release. Maybe TJP knew he was being set free, so he was just trying to make the best of his last match.
Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher enter the ring after the match. They congratulate Carrillo on his win and put Carrillo up on their shoulders. Carrillo seems confused at first, but he does smile.
Tony Nese says that whatever mental block has been holding him back on 205 Live was smashed when he beat up Noam Dar. Nese says he will become Cruiserweight Champ at Wrestlemania.
Kayla Braxton asks Mike Kanellis if it was wise to ask for a match with Cedric Alexander considering his trouble getting wins lately. Maria answers for Mike. Maria asks Kayla if she thinks Mike has been successful by avoiding tough battles. Tonight, Maria says Mike will prove why he is the most dangerous man on 205 Live.
Johnny Lyons vs Ariya Daivari
(referee: Danilo Anfibio)
Result: Ariya Daivari wins via submission with the Camel Clutch
Squash. Daivari made short work of Lyons.
Buddy Murphy says it must be hard to run a brand with such a dominant champ. Drake Maverick is trying to give Murphy a challenge, but Murphy has beaten every challenge thrown at him. Now Murphy is wondering who his next challenger will be.
Mike Kanellis w/ Maria Kanellis vs Cedric Alexander
(referee: John Cone)
Result: Cedric Alexander wins via pinfall after the Lumbar Check
Very good match. This was more of a war than I expected it to be. Kanellis clearly wants to get a win, and Alexander clearly wants to get back to the top of the division. Both men needed this win, and they fought hard. Kanellis had some good counters to keep Alexander off balance warly in the match, and a slip off the top rope for Alexander gave Kanellis an opening to dominate a good part of the match. Alexander’s fighting spirit can never be discounted though, and that pushed ALexander to keep going even when it looked like Kanellis was closing in on a win. I really enjoyed this fight.
Drake Maverick announces that, next week, Kalisto with face Tony Nese and The Brian Kendrick will face Drew Gulak in two fist-round tournament matches.
Good show. Next week is when 205 Live’s road to Wrestlemania really starts, but this show was a good way to get people excited for the upcoming tournament.
Match of the Night
Mike Kanellis vs Cedric Alexander
Both men have a certain trajectory in their 205 Live career right now, and it was very interesting seeing those trajectories clash tonight.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwe-205-live/2019-02-19