Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest airing of WWE 205 Live as it airs on WWE Network.
New General Manager DRAKE MAVERICK’s Cruiserweight championship tournament has a bracket (see it here), and Mar. 6’s show from Green Bay brings us more second round action on our way to a title match at WrestleMania 34 on April 8!
Tonight’s matches look to continue the purple brand’s run of great in-ring action since MAVERICK took the reins on-screen (and Triple H reportedly got them backstage). Mustafa Ali survived a brutal assault from Gentleman Jack Gallagher to earn the right to face former NXT tag champ Buddy Murphy - and cut a fire promo to sell their match. In tonight’s other second rounder, Drew Gulak will bring the vicious streak he showed his old tag partner Tony Nese in round one to his showdown with Mark Andrews. The UK high flier high flier shocked former Cruiserweight champ Akira Tozawa to make it this far.
We'll post match results 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!
Enjoy the show!
- Video package recaps last week’s wins by Cedric Alexander and Roderick Strong and previews both of tonight’s second round matches, then it’s time to “Hail the Crown”
- Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness catch us up on the bracket, and it’s time for our first match. After Andrews enters, Dasha Fuentes asks Drew Gulak how he’s gonna deal with Andrews “aerial game”. Drew says if he had something to say, he’d say it. Maybe he’d even make a Powerpoint presentation. But he hasn’t opened his copy of Microsoft Office in weeks, because he’s focused on getting to WrestleMania. Andrews is in his way, so if we want to see how Gulak will deal with the Welshman, we should just watch.
- Drew Gulak def. Mark Andrews via submission with a Dragon Sleeper to advance to the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament
Gulak controls things with power in the early going, but Andrews proves to have some technical chops of his own, and even gets cute with a slap. That earns him a stiff forearm to the chin and a slam into the ropes. Power only nets nearfalls, so Drew goes to submissions and works a hammerlock.
After some brawling, Andrews hurricanranas Drew to floor, but before he can follow up Gulak pulls him out. An attempt to smash him head-first into the announce desk fails, and a moonsault off the table gives him the advantage.
The @WWE #Cruiserweight Championship tournament rolls on, and @MandrewsJunior is definitely breaking some of @DrewGulak's rules for a better #205Live in this quarterfinal match-up! pic.twitter.com/ClPvDFQYzX— WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2018
A corkscrewing moonsault gets two, and Andrews goes strong style with some kicks, but Drew gets him up on his shoulders for a big drop. Both men get frustrated in striking exchanges and the ref separates them, and after a break, Andrews comes off the top rope to rana Gulak off the apron to the floor. A follow up senton and a crucifix bomb gets a nearfall, but Drew cuts off another aerial attack by grabbing Mark’s beard. The delay allows him to answer the jump with a lariat.
Andrews connects with Stundog Millionaire, but doesn’t cover. A follow-up shooting star press gets knees, and Gulak transitions to his submission finisher. The Welshman taps quickly, but Drew refuses to release the hold well after the bell.
- DRAKE MAVERICK is watching (or something) on his phone. He likes whatever he’s watching, but he’s interrupted by Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami. DRAKE asked them to join him, because he was disappointed they lost in the first round. But they’re respected around the world and he’s seen them backstage together, and he believes they can inspire each other as a tag team. They shake on it, and Tozawa warns MAVERICK that if he’s wrong, he’s FIRED.
- An edited version of Mustafa Ali’s killer Twitter promo is shown
- Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa def. Nemeth Alexander and Scott James via pinfall (Tozawa on James with a top-rope senton)
Tozawa starts hot, but gets caught by Alexander. Akira slides under a strike and gets the tag. Nifty tandem corner strike where Itami charges with a high knee while Tozawa kicks him in the back of the head.
How are @HideoItami and @TozawaAkira faring in their first match as a team?— WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2018
Pretty solid start... #205Live pic.twitter.com/u7XNGkJedU
James comes in, but ends up taking a corner dropkick from Hideo to set him up for Tozawa’s finisher.
- Next week’s semi-final match between Roddy and Cedric is hyped by Nigel and Vic, then a video of Strong training at the PC is cut off by Alexander with a backstage confessional promo. He talks about how every time he comes close to the title, something “horrible” happens. But not this time. He’s going to WrestleMania to become Cruiserweight champion.
- Another Buddy Murphy weigh-in video (197 lbs!) plays before the Aussie’s entrance
- Mustafa Ali def. Buddy Murphy via pinfall following a crucifix roll-up to advance to the semi-finals of the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament where he’ll face Gulak
Show of sportsmanship at the start, but Murphy’s power gives him the early advantage during the back-and-forth feeling out process as Gulak watches from backstage. Ali sends him to the outside with a rana, but Buddy slides back into the ring before Mustafa can follow-up and take flight. Murphy taunts with his “best kept secret” shush one too many times, however, so Ali hits him in the mouth with a dropkick and returns the gesture. Mustafa offers his hand and asks for Buddy’s best shot, and gets turned inside out with a lariat for it.
As Murphy lays in the punishment, the announcers play up Ali’s never say die attitude. He gets some separation and hits a 450 onto Buddy’s left arm as he’s using it to grab a rope!
A #450Splash to the ARM?!— WWE (@WWE) March 7, 2018
Innovation abounds as @MustafaAliWWE squares off against @WWE_Murphy in the @WWE #Cruiserweight Championship tournament on #205Live! pic.twitter.com/noiUwe0dPW
Mustafa goes to work on the damaged wing, sending Murphy into the ring post shoulder first. A facebuster gets two, but a follow-up attempt at a DDT from the top gets caught and Buddy throws Ali all the way to the floor! A huge dive flattens Mustafa, and Murphy throws him back in for double knees off the top and another nearfall.
The inability to hook the leg with both arms is an issue for the Aussie, and Ali slips free for a reverse rana, then hits the tornado DDT but can only get two. Mustafa begins kicking the injured arm and nails Buddy with a forearm to jaw, but Murphy won’t stay down. He returns fire, and it’s a regular slobberknocker. Buddy goes for Murphy’s law, but can’t lift Ali on his bad arm. His shoulder gives out on him during an inside cradle, and creates the opening for Mustafa to create a pinning predicament of his own.