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The purple brand’s move to Wednesday got rave reviews, and they’re gonna keep building momentum by finally delivering a Noam Dar vs. Lio Rush match (we think) and serving up another helping of Hideo Itami vs. Mustafa Ali.
Rush used his duties as Bobby Lashley’s manager on Raw and Mixed Match Challenge as an excuse to miss a scheduled match with Dar last week, but General Manager (and fellow double-duty puller) DRAKE MAVERICK isn’t having it. The Scottish Supernova’s also vowing to go find Lio if he ducks their fight again.
Nobody is dodging anyone in the Itami/Ali feud, but Mustafa’s been trying to get the go ahead from DM THE GM to get in the ring with the Japanese legend after he collapsed following their last bout. Can the Heart of 205 Live stay healthy and get revenge?
Plus, Buddy Murphy is gunning for Cruiserweight champ Cedric Alexander ahead of their match in the challenger’s hometown of Melbourne at Super Show-Down, and Drew Gulak can’t be in a good mood after coming up short against Cedric again last week. We’re also keeping an eye on Lucha House Party, who will be gunning for TJP after he unmasked Lince Dorado last week.
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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-DRAKE MAVERICK narrates a recap of last week’s main event and news he’ll be moderating a sit-down conversaton between Cedric Alexander and the man he’ll face for the Cruiserweight title at Super Show-Down. He also hypes the two announced matches and gives some of the history behind them.
- Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson welcome us to Denver, and our first competitor is already making his way to the ring...
- Lio Rush def. Noam Dar via pinfall following a Frog Splash
Action starts with a cheap shot from Rush before the bell. He evades an angry Scot during a race around the ring, but a shin kick from Dar puts Lio down. He controls things for a while, but a battle on the apron ends with Rush moonsaulting onto Noam to get back on offense.
The Man of the Hour attempts covers after some power moves, but Dar won’t stay down. Frustrated, Lio delivers a kick to Dar’s surgically repaired knee. After a few follow-up strikes to the mid-section, Noam fights back in after catching a kick, hitting a forearm and evading a leap which sends Rush mouth-first into the top rope.
Nearfall off a suplex, but Dar can’t bridge on the pin due to his knee. Another pin attempt out an exchange when the Scottish Supernova sends Lio headfirst into the turnbuckles.
Rush rolls away from a Nova Roller attempt, but gets the worst of a follow-up striking exhange. Lio plays possum, though, and nails Dar with kicks right to the jaw to set-up his finisher.
- DM’s sitdown starts with the GM touting Cedric and Buddy’s credentials. Alexander says he won their last match because of his pride in representing the brand. Murphy says the champ keeps talking about pride without mentioning all Ced’s advantages, including having their match happen in North Carolina in front of Alexander’s mom. Next weekend, the action will be in Buddy’s hometown. The champ starts to call the challenger on his excuses, something a so-called Juggernaught shouldn’t need. Murphy declares he’ll win at Super Show-Down on Oct. 6, and storms off.
- The Brian Kendrick def. This Guy via submission with Captain’s Hook
The match lasts less than 30 seconds, and it doesn’t take much longer for Drew Gulak (who accompanied Kendrick to the ring with Jack Gallagher) to attack, taking out his frustration on This Guy. Brian eventually tells Drew This Guy’s had enough. He throws him out of the ring as the trio celebrate.
- Mustafa Ali gets a locker room promo. People say insanity is trying the same thing over and over expecting a different result. But people are looking to him to end Hideo Itami’s reign of terror, so the Heart of 205 Live will face him again to do just that.
- TJP selfie promo, delivered wearing a mask. People took him to task for disrespecting lucha libre by unmasking Lince Dorado last week. People may not know, but he wrestled in Mexico for years under a mask of his own. Something else we may not know, Perkins didn’t care about lucha then, and he doesn’t know. All he cares about is tapping people out, something he’ll keep doing when he makes Kalisto submit next week.
- We also learn Jack Gallagher will face Akira Tozawa next week to try and get revenge against the man who injured his partner Kendrick. Then it’s main event time!
- Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami ends in a double countout
Hideo begs off from an early lock-up, but Ali stalks him down and gets the better of early exchanges. Mustafa evades a few kicks from Itami and gets an early cover off a spinning heel kick. Problems start for Ali when he tries to pursue his opponent to the floor after a rana and gets swung head first into the ring post.
Mustafa counters into a couple hope spots, but takes the worst of it for the middle stretch of the match. Good nearfall off a spike DDT, but after the kickout we’re back to rest holds, punishment and “RESPECT ME”.
Ali powers to the ropes to break a single-leg crab - one that for a while included Itami standing on the back of his head.
After a dive by the Heart of 205 Live, Itami delivers a bunch of offense on the floor. Ali barely manages to make it back in before 10, and finds his second wind with covers after a facebuster and a powerbomb. Both men are down, and when they manage to get up, Mustafa evades to dump his opponent to the floor, then flattens him with a somersaulting dive. Back in, Ali heads up top, but Itami rolls out. Exchange of blows on the floor, then Mustafa tries for a crossbody off the stairs and jumps right into a high knee.
Rolled in, Ali kicks out at two, then dodges the shotgun dropkick. Things speed up... Itami kicks out after a tornado DDT! Ali won’t stand down after taking a super falcon arrow! An exchange from the top ends weird when Mustafa hits a frog splash (sort of) despite Hideo getting his knees up. Two count, and a frustrated Ali starts to expose the top turnbuckle. Rather than use that, he hits an 0-5-4 from the top onto Itami draped on the apron.
The Japanese Supertar is out on the floor, but Mustafa can’t get back in the ring, either. DRAKE runs in to check on them, especially the previously injured Ali, as the show ends.