Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest airing of WWE 205 Live as it airs on WWE Network.
After a trip to Europe which gave us an episode featuing Drew Gulak and his fellow stars of the United Kingdom Championship division, DRAKE MAVERICK brings his show to Worcester, Mass and returns the focus to the Cruiserweights.
Their tag team didn’t work out, and Hideo Itami’s ego is too big/fragile to handle their losses gracefully and move ahead, so tonight, Akira Tozawa tries to teach the elder statesman about respect when they go one-on-one.
And, we’ll continue the build to next week’s Title bout between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy.
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 at 10PM Eastern!
Enjoy the show!
- The opening video package focuses on Hideo Itami’s WWE career and what led to his break-up with former tag partner Akira Tozawa
- Vic Joseph introduces Percy Watson and Nigel McGuinness. They hype next week’s title match, and say we’ll hear from champ and challenger tonight.
- Gulak gets an on location promo from earlier after his entrance. He says the journey of a million miles starts with a single step, and tonight we take a step toward a better 205 Live when he faces a member of Lucha House Party. He’ll prove that you can flip or dive, but when you step to him, you will tap out.
- The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher join the announce team for our opening match.
- Drew Gulak def. Gran Metalik (with Kalisto and Lince Dorado) via submission with the Gu-Lock
Metalik got some spots to shine, including a cool one walking the top rope before launching a drop kick. But Gulak kicked him out of the air on a moonsault attempt to create an opening for his finisher.
- Buddy Murphy promo video. He says no one trains and works harder than him. That’s why he’s beaten everyone he’s faced on 205 Live, and why he’ll beat Cedric Alexander. Because you can’t stop the unstoppable.
"Next week, I'm going to come in the bigger, the faster, the STRONGER athlete!" - @WWE_Murphy cannot WAIT for his @WWE #Cruiserweight Championship match against @CedricAlexander next week on #205Live! pic.twitter.com/dgnjcCXFcf— WWE (@WWE) May 23, 2018
- TJP def. Christopher Guy via pinfall following a Detonation Kick
After the squash, Dasha Fuentes interviews TJP about his recent social media whining. He says he’s the best technical wrestler in the world and he single-handedly put the cruiserweights on the map. He wants better competition from DRAKE MAVERICK and respect from management.
- The announcers talk up how European fans loved Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander during the WWE tour.
- That segues into Joseph’s sitdown interview with Cedric Alexander. The champ denies he’s feeling any pressure, saying he’s dealt with WrestleMania, so Buddy Murphy will be just another day at the office. There’s no way he’ll lose in his home state, in front of his friends and family. Alexander isn’t worried about Murphy having a size advantage, because people forget he had to cut weight to join the division - plus he’s had time to adjust to the loss of stamina you experience from cuts. Cedric also isn’t concerned with all the guys Buddy’s beaten, because the roster is full of talented, hungry competitors. He’ll show the Aussie and all of them that it’s the Age of Alexander.
- Dasha catches up with Tozawa backstage, and he says he respected Hideo, but Hideo didn’t respect him. If Itami didn’t like him as a partner, he really won’t like him as an opponent.
- Hideo Itami def. Akira Tozawa via pinfall following his front facelock-stunner knee strike finisher
Really good match which saw Itami dominate early, but then let Tozawa back in when he taunted too much instead of finishing. Akira refused to stay down even after punishing moves like a super-Falcon Arrow, but when he missed a senton off the top after connecting with a tope suicida, his former tag partner set him up for missle drop kicks and then the end.