Here's a place to check results and comment along with the latest airing of WWE 205 Live as it airs on WWE Network.
We’re definitely watching to see how last week’s show closing medical drama plays out. General Manager DRAKE MAVERICK brought out the medics to help Mustafa Ali, who prior to losing to Hideo Itami, had assured his boss that the issues which led to his trip to the hospital the week before were in the rear view. We should get some update on the Heart of 205 Live.
Most of the focus will be on Sunday’s now-Kickoff match at SummerSlam, where Cedric Alexander will be defending his Cruiserweight Championship against Drew Gulak. Despite Gulak and his allies The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher running the numbers game on him a few weeks back, Ced has agreed to face Gallagher tonight.
Plus, we’re getting a rematch between Akira Tozawa and Lio Rush, as the former champ tries to get his win back from the brash 23 year old. And we’ll be keeping our eyes on the feuds between TJP and Noam Dar, and Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese’s issues with Lucha House Party.
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!
- They start the show with promotion for tonight and then a reminder that the Cruiserweight championship will be defended at SummerSlam. It’s on the Kickoff show, of course, but it’s happening. Drew Gulak challenges Cedric Alexander there. Is it finally Gulak’s time?
- Lio Rush is out for a promo. He calls the fans lucky, says they’re still stuck living in a garbage city and an embarrassing state but they get the honor and privilege of watching him do what he does best and “better than anybody else on this planet.” He calls Tozawa one of the best cruiserweights in the world but his problem tonight is he’s facing the very best cruiserweight, Mr. Lio-5 Live. “He should have kept my name out of his mouth because now he’s gonna feel the rush.” Good promo.
- Lio Rush def. Akira Tozawa: Early in the match, Rush tried to walk off. Tozawa brought him back and then mostly beat Rush up for about 10 minutes with awesome stuff like this:
.@TozawaAkira blasts Rush! pic.twitter.com/cEIf8xp1tv— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 15, 2018
But, then, this:
.@itsLioRush came to collect! pic.twitter.com/3FCmsKLUMC— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 15, 2018
That’ll do it.
- They showed a replay of Mustafa Ali being tended to after his match last week. Then they cut backstage to DRAKE MAVERICK. He was asked for an update and DM THE GM said Ali “has been suffering from severe exhaustion.” He took some blame for it before saying Ali won’t compete in a 205 Live ring until he’s satisfied that Ali is 100-percent again.
- Hideo Itami def. Trent Newman via TKO when Mike Chioda stops the match
Itami could have beaten Newman a few times but pulled him up before the three count. The referee steps in and calls for the bell before he can hit a third missle drop kick on his non-responsive opponent. After the bell, he heads back to hit his GTS replacement move.
- Cedric Alexander hype video, putting over Drew Gulak as a threat but vowing to hit the Lumbar Check at SummerSlam so the Age of Alexander can continue.
- DRAKE MAVERICK greets Tony Nese and Buddy Murphy, congratulating them on their win last week. DM THE GM also points out Murphy wasn’t the legal man when he got involved to allow Nese to pin Kalisto. So next week, DRAKE is giving Lucha House Party a rematch in a thier style - a Tornado Tag! Murphy says “you’re the boss” and the heel duo exits.
- We learn TJP vs. Noam Dar will also face each other again next week.
- Cedric Alexander def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher via pinfall following a Spanish Fly
Gallagher is out alone, as The Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak watch from a monitor in the back. Jack evades and taunts, but when they engage, Cedric uses his quickness to get the best of a technical exchange. After a bit more showboating, Gallagher heads to the outside and slides under the ring before Alexander can dive. He comes up behind the champ on the other side and blind sides him.
Cedric recovers quickly and regains the advantage, but the action returns to the floor and Gallagher backs Alexander into the ringpost HARD. Back in the ring, the Gentleman sets to punishing the champ as the announcers point out he’s targeting Ced’s neck to soften it up for the Gu-Lock on Sunday.
Several one counts off a neckbreaker, but the champ won’t stay down. Gallagher drags him to the center of the ring and slaps on a straightjacket hold and then a 3⁄4 Nelson. Cedric tries several ways to escape, but Jack never releases the hold.
.@GentlemanJackG refuses to release the hold! pic.twitter.com/qriyGCdqn5— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 15, 2018
The champ fires back, and lands two suplexes but can’t get the third of the amigos. He does hit a neurolyzer for two. Jack battles back and they trade elbows, but a big crossbody from the top rope earns Cedric another nearfall.
Momentum is building for @CedricAlexander! #205Live @GentlemanJackG pic.twitter.com/DRGBymOe8k— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 15, 2018
Gallagher grabs the ropes off a whip and regains the advantage, targeting the neck again with a drop knee to the back from the top rope and a crossface! Alexander gets some separation and tries for a Lumbar Check, but Jack counters into a cravate! Ced forces the break and does the deal - Falcon Arrow! Gallagher follows a whip with a Gentleman Dropkick but Alexander gets a foot on the ropes. The Brit is furious, and ends up charging right into the finish.
Spanish Fly by @CedricAlexander! pic.twitter.com/U5VcW2MWWs— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 15, 2018
- 205 Live borrows NXT’s credits trick, and Kendrick blasts Cedric on the ramp as he poses with his belt when it looks like things are over. He drives the champ into the ring where Gallagher joins in. Alexander returns fire and drops Kendrick when Gulak attacks! The Gu-Lock is slapped on, and when Cedric fades, Drew grabs the belt and drapes it over the champ. Gulak stands tall to end the episode.