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WWE 205 LIVE
JANUARY 9, 2019 ON WWE NETWORK
JACKSONVILLE, FL
REPORT BY ZACK HEYDORN, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR

Announcers: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson

-The present started with the commonplace opening video that featured Drake Maverick. Maverick recapped the title qualifier matches from lasts week’s present and then hyped the qualifier match primary occasion on this week’s present between Hideo Itami and Cedric Alexander.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: A pleasant video as all the time, however Maverick did a pleasant job of detailing how 2018 went for each Alexander and Itami. That description painted each males in alternative ways and constructed a pleasant basis for their story in tonight’s match.

-After the video, the present open ran and the announce group welcomed the viewers to the present. Once they wrapped on their intros they mentioned the WWE Cruiserweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble and then cued up the first match of the night when Noam Dar’s music hit. Dar received a quiet response from the crowd as he posed at the prime of and then walked down the ramp.

(1) NOAM DAR vs. TONY NESE

As quickly as Dar received to the ring, Tony Nese walked out to a small response as properly. He counted his abs like regular and stated these abs have been the cause he was the premiere athlete. Whereas he walked to the ring, a recorded promo aired in which Nese ran down Dar and referred to as him annoying. He stated he was the higher athlete, the higher man, and that he would win. When the video ended, the bell rang in the ring, and the match started.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Nese wants to seek out one other voice for himself as a personality. The man is about thrilling as paint drying and comes off as a complete clown when he talks. He has an unimaginable athletic look and capacity, however wants a rebuild from the character aspect so the viewers can see him as one thing more essential.

Out of the gate, Tony Nese pushed Dar into the nook. From there, Nese posed, however Dar grabbed his arm to cease the pose and dropped him to the mat. Nese tried to squirm out of the maintain, however Dar stored management with headlock. Ultimately, Nese was capable of escape maintain and made Dar pay for it after delivering a stiff shoulder deal with. Dar labored to battle again a bit, however Nese finally maintained management as a consequence of vicious again elbows. Lastly, Dar did get momentum again after he tripped up Nese in the center of the ring. From there, Dar whipped Nese into the nook and took him right down to the mat as soon as once more. In doing so, he rolled Nese up for a pin after spinning him round in circles, however Nese kicked out at two. Out of the pin, Nese rolled out of the ring to get his composure. Dar adopted and rolled him again inside, which gave Nese the opening to assault. He stomped Dar and related with a standing splash earlier than making a canopy that Dar kicked out of. Out of the pin, Nese locked in a submission maintain on Dar to floor him. The viewers clapped loudly for Dar to flee and he did, however Nese shortly took him again right down to the mat.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Neither of those guys are extremely over with the viewers proper now, so I query the reasoning behind beginning the match so sluggish. A quick paced begin would have grabbed the crowd’s consideration. Proper now, they’re sitting on their palms. 

Nese owned the match from this level ahead and hit Dar with quite a lot of totally different offensive strikes together with strikes and submissions. With that momentum, he whipped Dar into the ropes and charged after him, however Dar ducked which despatched Nese crashing right down to the mat. This gave Dar some room to breathe and he capitalized by connecting with strikes of his personal in addition to a standing northern lights suplex. After the suplex, Dar made the cowl, however Nese kicked out. From there, Dar labored to take care of the upperhand in the match and locked in the Guillotine submission on Nese. He utilized the maintain in the middle of the ring, however Nese used his power to energy out and seize the ropes. After, Nese decimated Dar with a stiff chop and adopted that with a springboard moonsault. After, Nese coated, however Dar kicked out at two. Out of the pin, Dar climbed to the prime rope, however Nese hit him with an open palmed strike. Nese pulled Dar right down to hit him with a German suplex, however Dar countered with a flurry of kicks to Nese’s face. Nese countered these with a forearm shot to Dar’s face and adopted that with a suplex, however Dar countered into the Guillotine Choke submission once more. The viewers popped for the transfer and once more Nese powered out by countering the maintain into an overhead suplex of his personal. From there, he made the cowl, however Dar kicked out.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: There’s that freak athletic expertise that I talked about earlier. A very enjoyable spot proper there that’s good for Nese and his gimmick. More of that and much less of the dopey speaking would set Nese on the right course.

Out of the pin, Nese related with a launch Michinoku Driver and then dragged Dar to the nook for an enormous transfer. As he did, Dar rolled Nese up for the 1,2,three win.

WINNER: Dar by way of pinfall

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Yikes. After being complimentary of Nese there, he will get rolled up and loses like a complete dope as soon as once more. No one can or ought to get behind this character at this level. Interval. General, a sluggish match to start out out, however I appreciated the again half of it. Each males included distinctive strikes and by the finish, the crowd was biting for the most half.

-After the match, The Brian Kendrick minimize a backstage promo in which he spoke on behalf of Akira Tozawa. From there, he learn somewhat for Tozawa. The letter stated that wasn’t on the present as a result of he took a chance to compete in Japan. He stated he needed to take that chance to hone his expertise forward of the largest match of his profession at the Royal Rumble. From there, he stated he would battle for the individuals who consider in him and would defeat Buddy Murphy for the championship. Kendrick then addressed the viewers himself. He referred to as his friendship with Tozawa “strange” and that he owed Tozawa. To repay him, Kendrick stated that he’d ensure that Tozawa would stroll out of the Royal Rumble as cruiserweight champion.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Nothing a lot to dissect there, however I assumed the Japan alternative was a pleasant contact. It presents Tozawa as a competitor and conveys that the Cruiserweight Championship is essential. Great things there.

-After Kendrick, Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher confronted Drake Maverick in his workplace. They sucked as much as Maverick just a little bit and introduced their lists of potential cruiserweight expertise for Maverick to convey on board to the present in 2019. They then left his workplace and Maverick threw the lists instantly in the trash. From there, Mike and Maria Kanellis walked in. Maverick apologized that their assembly began late and requested them what they wanted. In response, Mike and Maria stated that they haven’t been on the present in 5 weeks. Maverick apologized and stated that he’d wish to have everybody on the present each week, however the time simply isn’t there. That angered Mike, however Maria calmed the state of affairs down and stated that they might simply have to battle in a unique method for alternative. She then addressed the potential newcomers and informed Maverick that they higher be able to struggle like she is. After these phrases, Mike and Maria left the workplace and the present went to a business break. (c)

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Good promo. It stored competitors at the forefront of the model which maintains its sports activities-like really feel. As for Mike and Maria, they have been good right here too. Each appeared plausible and had a way of credibility behind what they have been saying. 

-A business aired for NXT UK Takeover on the WWE Community and WWE Store.

-Out of the business break, Lio Rush reduce a selfie promo on Kalisto. He stated that Kalisto didn’t win final week, the LHP did. Rush stated that Kalisto cheated and that he ought to be in the title match at the Royal Rumble. From there, he stated that he wouldn’t let that stand and that the LHP would quickly really feel the rush.

-Proper when the promo ended, Cedric Alexander hit the ring to a pleasant 205 Stay degree response from the viewers. After Cedric, Itami hit the ring with Ariya Daivari at his aspect. As they walked down, the announce group hyped the massive deadly 4-approach title match at the Royal Rumble.

(2) HIDEO ITAMI w/ Ariya Daivari vs. CEDRIC ALEXANDER

As soon as Itami received right down to the ring, the ref rang the bell, and the match started. To start out, each males circled one another in the ring as the viewers chanted “let’s go Cedric.” As they did, Itami advised them to close up which brought on the viewers to chant even louder. Lastly, each males locked him in the center of the ring and Alexander took Itami right down to the mat. Shortly, Itami escaped Alexander and the two males circled one another once more.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Spectacular crowd response to start out. You simply don’t hear that type of chanting or engagement on this model fairly often. Nice to see. 

Once more, each males locked up and wrestled again and forth till Alexander chopped Itami in the chest. The transfer obtained an excellent response and Alexander made a canopy, however Itami kicked out at two. Out of the pin, Alexander approached Itami in the nook, however Itami caught him with a shot to the midsection. That strike dropped Alexander for a bit and Itami capitalized by related with further strikes and stomps. From there, Itami started connecting with kicks, however Alexander countered these by connecting with a standing hurricanrana takedown. As he hit that, he bought the ache in his chest from the kicks and the announce workforce bought the proven fact that he was critically harm.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: The impacts of these kicks and Itami’s kicks in basic are positive to be a focus of this match now. Nice work right here by the announce staff to set the hook for that story as the match goes on. 

Alexander took management of the match at that time and the motion ultimately spilled to the outdoors of the ring. Whereas each males have been on the market, Ariya Daivari distracted Alexander  which allowed Itami to get the upperhand. From there and with the referee’s again turned, Daivari crushed Alexander from behind with a operating forearm. This received super warmth from the viewers and immediatley induced the viewers to chant “let’s go Cedric.” With Alexander down on the outdoors, Itami took over and slammed Alexander into the guardrail and ring apron. He then rolled Alexander again into the ring and continued to beat on him whereas yelling “respect me.” From there, Itami stored up his vicious assault as the crowd booed. Inside that offense, Itami made covers, however every time, Alexander kicked out at two.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Itami’s offense is an ideal praise to his character proper now. He can aggressively dismantle opponents in the ring and his fashion of delivering that offense forces a unfavorable response as a result of its so relentless and heelish. Great things.

Ultimately, Alexander halted Itami’s offense with a stiff dropkick to Itami’s face. He then related with the Flatliner and made the cowl, however Itami kicked out at two. Out of the pin, Alexander went for the Neuralizer, however Itami countered it with a stiff dropkick. Itami adopted with a knee to the face and a fisherman suplex earlier than masking, however Alexander kicked out at two. Out of the pin try, Itami related with a prime rope dropkick and coated, however once more, Alexander kicked out. After that pin try, Itami lifted Alexander to his ft for a transfer, however Cedric battled out of it with a again elbow. Each males then exchanged strikes in the center of the ring till Alexander lastly related with the Neuralizer. Proper after, Cedric made the cowl, however Itami kicked out at two. Out of the pin, Ariya Daivari pulled Itami out of the ring to recuperate. In response, Alexander hit a flipping suicide dive over the referee and over the prime rope onto Itami and Daivari. Cedric then rolled Itami again into the ring and tried a springboard clothesline, however Itami countered. From there, with each males on the apron, Itami lifted Alexander into the air for a Falcon Arrow and hit the transfer all the approach right down to the outdoors flooring.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Ouch. That one harm. An enormous transfer and main spot in a match that was scorching from the starting. I like that each males turned up the warmth and offered a singular second like this one. The bump was intense although and Alexander can’t be doing it night time in and night time out. 

Proper after the transfer, the referee began his rely. Itami rolled again in at three and Alexander lastly did at 9. As quickly as he did, Itami related with a basement dropkick and tried a canopy, however Alexander countered it right into a two rely cowl of his personal. Out of that, Itami related with a second basement dropkick and then hit his spinning Code Breaker end earlier than making the cowl for the 1,2,three win.

WINNER: Itami by way of pinfall

Heydorn’s Evaluation: Actually good match. A very good story and even higher execution. Each males introduced it and had the crowd from the second the bell rang. Two notes to make. First, Ariya Daivari on the outdoors of the ring was extremely efficient in serving to Itami get warmth. Every time he obtained concerned, the viewers immediatley reacted and Daivari took the response in stride and in character. Shocking, however perhaps WWE has one thing with this iteration of his character. Second, Itami going over comparatively cleanly leads me to consider one thing is up with Alexander. A name-as much as the fundamental roster maybe? For the most half, Cedric has been protected throughout his time on the model. This sort of loss is a notable deviation from the established order in that regard. One thing to take a look at shifting ahead. 

-After the match, Buddy Murphy was interviewed backstage. He congratulated Hideo Itami and stated that each one of his opponents have been gifted, however that they have been gifted sheep and he was the wolf. From there, Murphy stated he was hungry for competitors, however that his competitors wasn’t 205 Stay, however historical past itself. Murphy then introduced that subsequent week he was issuing a non-title open problem so that somebody might step-up and attempt to cease the unstoppable.

Heydorn’s Evaluation: A strong heel promo and good setup for subsequent week. Properly completed. 


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