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WWE 205 Live results (Oct. 17, 2018): Drew Gulak vs. Akira Tozawa

Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest 205 Live as it airs on WWE Network.

Buddy Murphy is the champ, but he’s not coming back from Melbourne until he’s good and ready. Even without a return date, General Manager DRAKE MAVERICK is getting ready for the Juggernaught’s arrival by booking a Fatal 5Way between the previous Cruiserweight champ Cedric Alexander, the man who pinned him last week Tony Nese, TJP, Gran Metalik and Lio Rush.

Elsewhere, after kicking The Brian Kendrick to the curb, Drew Gulak looks to make a statement in his match against Akira Tozawa, and we’ll be looking for build toward next week’s Hideo Itami/Mustafa Ali Falls Count Anywhere showdown.

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!

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Enjoy the show!

- DRAKE MAVERICK welcomes us to the show with a chat about the changing landscape of the show: new champ Buddy Murphy, the shocking arrival of Mike & Maria Kanellis and Tony Nese’s upset win over Cedric Alexander. This wide-open landscape is the reason he’s booked tonight’s Fatal 5Way.

- Vic Joseph welcomes us to D.C., and informs us Murphy is in the house. He also gets thoughts on the main event from Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson. We get a flashback to Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher dumping and brawling with The Brian Kendrick. The crusading duo make their entrance for our first match.

- Akira Tozawa def. Drew Gulak via disqualification

Gulak tries for an early cheap shot, then gets angry that Tozawa leads a “AH!” chant. They eventually lock-up and establish the quick striker vs. technician dynamic. The former champ in charge early and even gets an octopus submission in, but when Gulak catches him on a crossbody attempt, the submission specialist goes to work himself. A comeback ends when Drew powerbombs his opponent and arches into a cover for two, then bites Tozawa’s ear while working a neck crank!

A flurry of kicks in response creates enough separation for Akira to climb for a missle dropkick, then dive to take out Gulak and Gallagher. He sets Drew up for the senton, but Jack recovers to push him off the tope and trigger the DQ.

- Jack removes his cufflinks and gets ready to really inflict some punishment, and here comes Kendrick! He quickly gets the better of things and locks in Captain’s Hook. Gulak saves Gallagher and they exit.

When Brian tries to help Tozawa up, he’s wary, but eventually (kind of) accepts.

- DM the GM welcomes the champ and Tony Nese. He congratulates Murphy, who says he would have been champ six months ago if not for DRAKE’s stupid weigh-ins. That’s in the past, but now he’s looking forward to seeing what MAVERICK does with the new 205 Live. Nese proved last week’s he’s the only guy who can hang with Buddy when he became the only other man to pin Alexander in 2018 last week. He’s going to prove the whole division runs through them when he wins the main event.

- Mike & Maria Kanellis get a video promo. They took an opportunity last week, and that will take them to the title. 205 Live has a new power couple. They’ll start proving it by finishing what they started with Lince Dorado next week.

- Hideo Itami is backstage. He says something in Japanese, then tells Mustafa Ali he should have walked away. In next week’s Last Man Standing, he’ll end Ali’s career.

- Ali’s response is from a remote location. He’s walking in the road, saying they’ve been down this road before, so it’s time to take a new road. And this new road runs right into him and falls count anywhere. The usual strong stuff from the Heart of 205 Live.

- Main event time, and TJP enters wearing Kalisto’s mask around his neck. Lucha House Party comes on stage with Metalik, but then leaves him to his business. The champ is watching on a monitor in the back.

- Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander, TJP, Gran Metalik & Lio Rush via pinfall (roll-up on Alexander)

Crazy, lengthy showcase for all five men. Watch it if you’re into that sort of thing, and dig the following collection of pics & GIFs as a teaser, along with a story summary...

Cedric was frustrated from the jump, especially after being taunted by Rush (who was very over with the hometown crowd) in the early going:

TJP frequently tried to unmask Metalik:

The heels teamed with each on occassion, as did babyfaces Alexander & Metalik. That led to some crazy sequences like the one that ended like this:

Those alliances didn’t hold, as a sequence which included this and Nese lifting Lio with one arm and throwing him on all four men on the floor (almost landing him on his head):

This happened:

Then Cedric hit Rush with a Lumbar Check, but his nemesis Nese slipped in and took advantage.

- Alexander looked distraught, Nese smiled while backing up the ramp and Murphy nodded while watching it all in the back as the announcers reminded us the who show runs through them now.

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