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Whatever sent Mustafa Ali to the hospital isn’t keeping him out of action for two straight weeks. He’s back tonight to battle another man who came up short in the battle to challenge Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander at SummerSlam, Hideo Itami. The Japanese legend took the heart of 205 Live out of the running for a WrestleMania rematch, so DM THE GM is letting them settle things in the ring.
Ced would have liked to have Ali watching his back last Tuesday. Despite picking up a win over The Brian Kendrick, he fell to the numbers game when #1 contender Drew Gulak and Gentleman Jack Gallagher jumped him after getting the referee raised his arm raised. DRAKE MAVERICK wasn’t having it, but Gulak’s message had been sent.
Heading into Orlando, We’re also still following the issues between Akira Tozawa and Lio Rush, a feud pitting TJP against Noam Dar, and Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese trying to end the 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!
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- DRAKE MAVERICK brings us in, recapping Kalisto’s win over Tony Nese from last week and revealing our opener is Kalisto and Lince Dorado vs. Nese and Buddy Murphy. He also recaps Itami’s repeated attacks on Ali in multi-man encounters, saying Mustafa has returned from a “medical scare” to face Hideo in the main event.
- Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson welcome us to Orlando, prepping us for our pair of first time encounters tonight and informing us we’ll also check in with Cedric after he was jumped by Gulak and crew last Tuesday.
- Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese def. Lucha House Party (Kalisto and Lince Dorado with Gran Metalik) via pinfall with a roll-up and a handful of tights
Joseph reminds us about Lince’s sprained thumb ligament when he starts with Murphy. The Aussie overpowers him and the heels isolate him in the corner early, but Dorado fights back. Both teams get tags and Kalisto gets a nearfall on Buddy after a fast-paced sequence.
Strength vs. speed... @KalistoWWE wins this round! pic.twitter.com/o7Slv8YtZg— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 8, 2018
Before he can try for anything else though, blind tag and Nese pulls the former champ off the apron to put Kalisto in peril. He eventually jaw-jacks Murphy, but even after a springboard roll-up, Buddy is in between him and his corner. When he finally gets there after fighting off both his opponents, Tony pulls Lince off the apron. He finally kicks Nese off him into Murphy - they crack heads and Lince comes in hot.
.@LuchadorLD's on fire! pic.twitter.com/fqepR3MCO8— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 8, 2018
He cleans house and gets a close two count on a sitout facebuster/inverted suplex, but Buddy breaks it up. Lince catches them both with a double Lethal Injection, then tags Kalisto and they connect with tandem dives. When they get back in the ring, though, Murphy throws roughly throws Dorado out to the floor. Kalisto goes for his finisher on Nese but Tony ducks under. Murphy trips him up from the floor, and when Kalisto goes to yell at him, we get the finish.
- The announce team shows Ali’s tweet from the hospital, and then Mustafa is taping himself up in the locker room. DM THE GM comes in to check on him. DRAKE is worried, but Ali assures him the doc told him to slow down, so he did, and everything is fine. MURPHY is still worried, but ends up hearing what he needs to hear from Ali.
- Itami is working out backstage, and cuts a promo in Japanese before saying, “Mustafa Ali, you should have shown me respect”.
- Noam Dar gets the typically great WWE video package. He got overconfident and full of himself, but the injury brought him back down to Earth. The Scottish Supernova refocused on what got him to the show in the first place. He let TJP get in his head when he targeted his knee last time, but it won’t happen again.
- Noam Dar def. Sean Maluta via pinfall following a Super Nova kick
Maluta got about a minute to work the knee, but otherwise this was a quick win for Noam. TJP was watching from the monitor, but was mostly disinterested and even was on his phone for a while.
August 8, 2018
- After a highlight of the end of last week’s show featuring DRAKE MAVERICK’s run-in save for Cedric, we check with the champ. Alexander says he understands why Gulak attacking with his guys, because he knows he can’t win one-on-one. He wants a shot at Jack Gallagher next week.
- Drew is at his podium with Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick flanking him. If the champ is foolish enough to want to face someone else days before their title match in Brooklyn, he accepts on Jack’s behalf. Gulak will be focused on the same thing the WWE Universe is, his winning the title at SummerSlam so he can bring about a better 205 Live.
.@DrewGulak has a contract with the WWE Universe. He's surrounded himself with the best and brightest to build a better #205Live. pic.twitter.com/AujIbTyk3A— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 8, 2018
- We also learn that despite Lio Rush’s disinterest in a rematch, DM THE GM has booked Rush vs. Akira Tozawa for next week.
- Hideo Itami def. Mustafa Ali via pinfall after three shotgun dropkicks (and Ali getting light-headed when setting up for the 0-5-4 and getting racked when Itami knocked him off)
After a typical technical stalemate to open, Ali speeds things up and gets an early cover after a crossbody. He then looks a little winded however, and begins showing signs of fatigue/light-headedness/holding his back from the hospital visit throughout the match.
Action spills to the floor, where Hideo gets the better of things with some kicks. Ali tries to stop him when he returns to the ring to break the count, and ends up taking a dropkick on the apron that BLASTS him into the post...
OW. pic.twitter.com/AMLYnxlhnT— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 8, 2018
Hideo sets about punishing his opponent, demanding respect while flattening him with kicks and knees. There are several comeback attempts, including a crucifix roll-through which gets a two count, and a nearfall on a x-factor follow-up to an enziguri. Both men fall after Ali lands a kick to the back of Itami’s head, and Hideo answers with a spinning backfist.
.@MustafaAliWWE and @HideoItami trading some huge strikes in this match! pic.twitter.com/898yzJPeh6— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 8, 2018
The pair go at it in a sequence which includes trading a couple great nearfalls, Itami off a falcon arrow and Ali following a sitout powerbomb. Hideo slams Mustafa into the corner, kicks him in the face and then suplexes him into the turnbuckles for two. He pulls Ali out fo the ring and tries for a shotgun dropkick against the steps, but Mustafa sits up and Itami crashes and burns. That lets him hit a tornado DDT to the floor.
Never doubt the heart of @MustafaAliWWE! pic.twitter.com/IssfHYFxG7— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 8, 2018
Back inside, he climbs for his finisher but stalls out, leading to the finishing series described above.
- Afterwards, as the heel taunts his way up the ramp, Ali rises but collapses. The referee checks on him, and Mustafa has trouble correctly telling him what year it is. DRAKE MAVERICK runs in, yelling for officials to get medics as the show ends.
We're with you all the way, @MustafaAliWWE. #205Live @WWEMaverick pic.twitter.com/WrrgeOY5tQ— 205Live (@WWE205Live) August 8, 2018