WWE 205 Live for February 7, 2017
Watch: WWE Network
KeyArena – Seattle, Washington
Welcome back to another WWE 205 Live review. The King of the Cruiserweights; Neville has held the Cruiserweight Championship since the Royal Rumble. And with FastLane quickly approaching, we have to find a new challenger for the king himself. That’s why tonight, five of the best Cruiserweights will compete in a fatal-5-way elimination match to determine who the #1 Contender will be. So, let’s get into it!
Mustafa Ali def. Ariya Daivari
Rich Swann, who was previously announced for the five-man main event, was injured, so now one of these men get to take his opportunity. Whoever wins this match will compete in the main event, so of course they were looking to do their best and make quick work of their opponents. It was a pretty quick match, but very good for the time it got. Ariya was hitting hard in this match and proving he should in a top spot here in the cruiserweight division. After a few failed attempts at putting away Mustafa, Ariya Daivari hit a beautiful hammerlock clothesline that I thought for sure would end Mustafa. Yet, it didn’t. Shortly after, a huge tornado DDT floored Ariya and put him in the perfect position for the reverse 450 splash. Solid opener and now Mustafa Ali advances into the main event!
Brian Kendrick def. Lince Dorado
Kendrick cut a promo on his way out to the ring about how he’s the gatekeeper of the Cruiserweights and how he sees a lot of potential in Akira Tozawa. Kendrick tells Tozawa he better be watching this match and if he plays his cards right, he could be THE Prodigy. The match itself took me by surprise. I figured Kendrick would get a quick win over Lince, who we don’t see much of, but I was wrong. Lince got a lot of offense in and a few times I thought he had this match in the bag. He hit a beautiful handspring stunner for a very close nearfall, which was so good. He continued to show off his high-flying abilities and had a pretty epic comeback and one point. He has Kendrick perfectly centered for a shoot star press, yet Kendrick got his knees up and pinned him, but Dorado kicked out. I for sure thought that was it, but Dorado crucifix pinned Brian, but he kicked out. This had me on the edge of my seat, but it quickly came to an end when Brian Kendrick locked in the captain’s hook, causing Lince to tap nearly right away. Good stuff.
After the match, Austin Aries interviewed Kendrick. He asked him what made Brian flip-flop his opinion on Akira Tozawa, to which he responded that Tozawa is something special and not like the others here on 205 Live. He said him and Tozawa formed a bond, but why speak for him when he could speak for himself. Kendrick called Tozawa out, but instead Tajiri’s music hit. Kendrick awaited Tajiri’s arrival, but he never came down the ramp. That’s because he was already in the ring behind him! Kendrick turned and took some green mist to the face to end the segment.
Neville was backstage getting interviewed. Neville said all this is tonight, is a chance for one of these men to stand across the ring from a king. He ran down his opponents and said that whoever wins will bow before the king of the Cruiserweights.
Five-Way Elimination WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender's Match: Jack Gallagher def. Mustafa Ali, TJ Perkins, Cedric Alexander & Noam Dar
With five Cruiserweights in the ring, of course this was going to be wild. There was no shortage of fast-paced, hard-hitting action in this one. Bodies flying over the ropes, hard-hitting shots leaving sounds that make you cringe and so much more action that I very much enjoyed. Noam Dar was the first eliminated after he was standing tall in the ring, then was blindsided by Cedric Alexander with the lumbar check, followed by a pin. From there on, Cedric Alexander was on absolute fire. Taking out any man that came close and he was looking to go up top, for what could’ve been a spectacular move. But, we will never know because he was shoved down into the turnbuckle by a vengeful Noam Dar. TJP took control and one detonation kick later, Cedric was eliminated. We’re down to three. Right away TJP looked to pick apart Jack Gallagher. Jack took control and picked TJ up for an electric chair, but Mustafa came flying off the top and cross-bodied TJP off of his shoulders. Craziness. Mustafa took his opportunity to take out Jack Gallagher, he beat him down and set him up for the reverse 450. When he went for it, Jack moved and set Mustafa crashing to the mat stomach first. TJP quickly took control and locked in an armbar, causing Mustafa to tap. Suddenly, were down to two! Things got so good here between these two. TJP had the upper hand and was really giving Jack a hard time. He locked in the kneebar, and had it in for a pretty significant amount of time. Surprisingly, Jack got out of it, but his leg was visibly in pain. He reversed a shoulder toss from TJP and landed down on his leg, really selling that knee injury. This led the way for TJP to hit the detonation kick on Jack, but he didn’t fall, rather rebounded from the kick off the ropes, and landed a nasty headbtt on TJ. Gallagher fell right on him for the pin, and TJ kicked out, which had me on my feet. So damn close. Both men struggled to their feet, and TJ Perkins found himself in the corner. For Jack, this was the perfect time to hit his signature corner dropkick and he nailed it spot on. He cover followed the dropkick and Jack Gallagher is the new number one contender.
Neville stood on the ramp after the match and had a mean staredown with Jack.
WWE 205 LIVE - FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Strong Effort - 7/10
I really enjoyed this week's main event. The two matches before were decent, nothing special and I certainly didn't dislike them, but wow the main event blew everything out of the water. One of my favorite things about the Cruiserweights is the multi-man action and there's nothing better than 5 of the top guys in the division all fighting for a shot at the championship. The action never settled down and most of it had me on the edge of my seat, wondering who would be eliminated next, because some of the eliminations; such as Dar's really came out of nowhere. I hope they have more of these multi-man's in the future and I hope 205 keeps up the good work. Can't wait for the next show. Thanks for reading!