Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest 205 Live as it airs on WWE Network.
For the first time since WrestleMania 34 in April, the purple belt is on someone other than Cedric Alexander’s shoulder. Buddy Murphy took down the Soul of 205 Live in his hometown of Melbourne at Super Show-Down. Now we see how both men, and the entire cruiserweight division, reacts to the change.
Meanwhile, Lio Rush is following up his wins over Akira Tozawa and Noam Dar by issuing an open challenge, TJP lost a match to Kalisto but claimed another of Lucha House Party’s masks in the aftermath, The Brian Kendrick took the fall for the latest setbacks in Drew Gulak’s campaign for a better 205 Live and the build to a final showdown between Hideo Itami & Mustafa Ali is on.
We'll post match results, highlights and plot developments here. And this gives you Cagesiders a dedicated place to rave and/or bitch about whatever goes down on the WWE’s cruiserweight showcase - while it’s being broadcast at 7PM Eastern!
NOTE: Spoilers are out there for these pre-taped broadcasts, but many Cagesiders don’t partake. If you are going to post or discuss spoilers for this show in the short-time between when this article is published and the show’s start, please use the spoiler bar in your comment.
Enjoy the show!
- A video package on the title fight down under opens the show. It’s very good.
- Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson bring us in to Indianapolis. They inform us some Twitter trash talk from the new champ’s training partner Tony Nese has set up our main event, as Cedric Alexander will face Nese.
- Lio Rush is here for his open challenge. He’s rocking a Bobby Lashley shirt and not shaking hands with fans, but he is calling for a mic amidst a sea of boos.
Annnnd, NOPE! @itsLioRush #205Live pic.twitter.com/XgeoNRrTWx— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) October 10, 2018
He’s here to make somebody famous tonight. He knows the fans in Indy are used to fast cars, but there’s nothing faster or better than the 23 year piece of gold. Whoever steps up to his challenge better come correct, because the Man of the Hour came to collect. Lince Dorado answers the call.
The #ManOfTheHour @itsLioRush opens up #205Live with an open challenge! pic.twitter.com/5Ic2TBVULB— WWE (@WWE) October 10, 2018
- Lince Dorado def. Lio Rush via disqualification
They trade arm drags en route to a stalemate, but Rush pretends to being giving Dorado props and throws a punch to get an advantage. Lince comes back with an enziguri and a drop kick, then attempts a cover by corpsing onto Lio. Dorado climbs, but Rush hits him from the top with a handspring kick, then dives onto the Lucha House Party member on the floor.
.@itsLioRush wipes out the Golden Lynx!— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) October 10, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/xRXWatpaB7
Back in for a cover, but Lince kicks out. Rush stays in control, pulling at Dorado’s beard and raking his back amidst going for covers and targeting the mid-section with rest holds. Lots of trash talk from Lio who eventually unbuckles Dorado’s chin strap and threatens to take the mask. That fires Lince up, who takes Rush down with chops and kicks before putting Lio down with a slam. High cross body from the top gets two.
Dorado won’t let go when Rush reaches the bottom rope, and Lio uses the ref break to regain the advantage. Nearfall off a swinging unprettier type maneuver, but Dorado avoids a frog splash. He baits Lio into a roll-up, then blasts him into the corner with a super kick. A bronco buster and a cutter put Rush on the floor. He corkscrews onto Lio and rolls him back in for the SSP, but “Power of Love” hits first. Lince cleans himself up for Maria Kanellis as she enters, then Mike appears behind him and shoves him to mat.
Lio disappears as Kanellis hits Dorado with a twisting DDT.
.@RealMikeBennett is making his own opportunity here on #205Live! pic.twitter.com/NaeXE5WPll— WWE (@WWE) October 10, 2018
- New champ Buddy Murphy delivers a self-shot promo from a balcony in Australia. He proved you can’t stop the unstoppable. He won’t be at 205 Live, because the champ does what he wants. He’ll be back when he’s ready.
- Cedric Alexander is listening to something in the locker room when Mustafa Ali comes to check on him. Ced says he’s fine, and Ali tells him DRAKE MAVERICK just told him he has a falls count anywhere match with Hideo Itami in two weeks. Mustafa goes to leave, but doubles back to check on his friend, wondering if it’s not too soon to be taking this match with Nese. Alexander says he just needs to get back in the ring so he can do what he does best.
- A recap of Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher taking out The Brian Kendrick is show. Gulak and Gallagher get a promo where they explain it’s difficult to dissolve a partnership, but it’s better to do it quickly than let something linger. Gallagher says it was painful, but necessary. He looked up to Kendrick, but their partnership was based on respect and being scoundrels, and Kendrick had gotten sentimental. Next week, they’ll deal with another thorn in the sides when they’ll face Akira Tozawa. Drew declares “their message is clear and their constitution is unclouded” in their quest for a better 205 Live.
- Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander via pinfall with a 450 splash
Lock-up as Ced appears a little distracted but maintains an early advantage. When Nese gets in some offense, he poses and preens and Alexander is clearly frustrated with it.
Nope. Not today, @CedricAlexander. #205Live pic.twitter.com/Zol3NUTUFt— WWE (@WWE) October 10, 2018
He stomps Tony down, forcing Charles Robinson to call for the break, then tries to pull Nese back into the ring by his hair. On another break, Tony pulls Ced to the ground and puts the boots to him.
No mercy @TonyNese— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) October 10, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/66ZiIUkT99
He rolls him back and continues to inflict punishment. Alexander’s comebacks are short-lived as the announcers put over the travel to and from and the loss in Australia as taking a big toll on the former champ.
Cedric finally gets back on offense when he gets his knees up on a ring-assisted moonsault. The follow-up flurry leads to a flatliner, but Tony rolls out before Alexander can cover. Back in, Ced clotheslines him back out to the floor and follows with a dive. A springboard clothesline gets two for Alexander. Tony fires back but gets caught with a Michinoku driver for another two count. They roll through pinning predicaments, then Nese gets two after a kick and gutbuster. Back and forth after some trash talk from Tony, then Ced hits the neuralyzer, but he’s too exhausted to cover. They run the ropes and Alexander hits a Spanish fly, but Nese gets a foot on the ropes.
Spanish Fly by @CedricAlexander!— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) October 10, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/5KOhoQM5OR
Cedric is frustrated and argues with the ref after Tony trips him and avoids a Lumbar Check. That creates the opening for Nese to suplex him into the turnbuckle, hit the running Nese, and climb to put the former champ away for the biggest win of his career.
.@TonyNese going 4️⃣5️⃣0️⃣! Huge statement win!— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) October 10, 2018
➡️ https://t.co/ePt5TzD6sU pic.twitter.com/2aIGYe5iq5