December 19, 2017
From the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ
Your hosts are Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness
We see a video package on last night’s #1 contender match between Drew Gulak and Cedric Alexander, who was victorious.
Tonight, Hideo Itami will make his 205 Live debut. Also, we will get a rematch between Gulak and Alexander.
Kalisto & Gran Metalik vs. The Brian Kendrick & “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher
Kalisto and Kendrick mix it up to start and end in a stalemate. They now trade strikes until Kalisto uses a headscissors takedown. Metalik tags in and hits a tightrope crossbody for two. Kendrick escapes from a fireman’s carry and tags out but Metalik comes back with a ropewalk dropkick. Kalisto & Metalik fly out with stereo tope con hilos as Metalik crashes and burns hard. Back inside, Gallagher cuts Metalik off of the top rope then puts him in the tree-of-woe. Gallagher & Kendrick target the knee then cheap shot Kalisto off of the apron. Metalik finally fights back on the top rope and takes down Kendrick with a bulldog. Gallagher cuts off a tag attempt at first but Metalik fights him off as Kalisto runs wild. He almost puts Gallagher away with the Salida del Sol but Kendrick makes the save then stomps away and refuses to stop so the ref calls for a DQ (8:55) **. Kendrick & Gallagher continue their assault and destroy Metalik’s knee by stomping it between the ring steps and post.
Thoughts: This match was fine technically but this crowd did not care at all. They were silent and nothing got over. Kalisto has been a flop in 205 Live and not every crowd is impressed by Metalik.
Enzo Amore is backstage. He said tonight was supposed to be a celebration but blames Gulak and Ariya Daivari for the fact that Alexander is the #1 contender. Gulak said he will make it up to him by “utterly annihilating” Alexander as Enzo fired him up then tells Daivari to show some passion.
Hideo Itami vs. Colin Delaney
Itami lands a few kicks to start then yells “respect me.” Delaney eats boot on a charge as Itami follows with a tornado neck drape and a flying clothesline before knocking Delaney into the corner. Itami hits a running dropkick in the corner then hits the Go to Sleep for the win as Nigel notes its the move he invented (1:52).
Thoughts: The match layout was what it needed to be and Itami looked fine but this crowd just does not care for anything on the show. Based off of audience response this week, Itami’s future does not look too rosy.
A highlight package from last week’s beatdown on Tony Nese courtesy of the ‘Zo Train is shown. After that, we hear from Enzo as he said the ‘Zo Train is a learning experience then is about to address Nese until Alexander interrupts. Enzo calls Alexander “Mr. Second Chance” and calls himself “Mr. First Place.” Alexander then calls out Enzo for needing the ‘Zo Train to win his battles and said there is only one word to describe him before leaving as Enzo said that word is “champion.”
After the break, Enzo accompanies Gulak to the ring. Gulak yells at the crowd to stop chanting and that he had a Powerpoint presentation but there is a time for “Clip Art” and a time for action. Gulak calls Enzo is best friend and learned its now a time for action and promises to drive home a salient point in that no one messes with the ‘Zo Train.
Drew Gulak w/ Enzo Amore vs. Cedric Alexander
Gulak backs Alexander into the ropes to start as he remains all fired up. Gulak chops Alexander down in the corner and hammers away as Enzo is impressed. Alexander fights back but Gulak hits a suplex for just a one count. Gulak now targets the leg as Alexander tries to escape. Gulak misses a strike as Alexander hits a satellite headscissors and a dropkick before dropping Gulak in the corner. Gulak kicks down Alexander then peppers him with chops against the ropes. Alexander drops outside and Gulak follows with a hard chop then shoves Alexander into the post as Enzo is impressed. Gulak then tosses Alexander inside and grabs a chinlock. He then stretches him out but Alexander fights back and runs wild. Gulak bails then gets drilled in the face by what was probably supposed to be a tope con hilo but ended up as a kick to the face with Alexander landing on his feet. Alexander hits a springboard clothesline and tries for the Lumbar Check but Gulak turns that into a sunset flip as that triggers a pinfall reversal sequence. Gulak pulls up on the ropes to avoid the Spanish Fly and turns Alexander inside-out with a discus lariat for a two count. They fight over a suplex but Alexander lands on the apron and hits a slingshot flatliner for a two count. Enzo yells at Gulak to get up as Gulak turns Alexander over for an ankle lock then turns that into a submission and does everything he can to stop Alexander from reaching the ropes but fails. Alexander kicks Gulak then tries for a superplex but is headbutted down. Gulak is on the top rope and starts shaking so he slowly tries to climb down and ends up getting hit with the Lumbar Check as Alexander gets the win (11:52) ***. After the match, Alexander dares Enzo to get inside. Enzo distracts Alexander as Daivari runs in from behind but Alexander ducked the attack and hit him with the Lumbar Check as Enzo retreats.
Thoughts: A good, hard-hitting match but again the crowd did not react at all. At one point they started chanting for Bobby Roode. Gulak’s new character is that he is ditching the Powerpoint stuff and now focused on being aggressive. It gave Alexander some momentum for his title match at least.
Final Thoughts: This might have been the least responsive 205 Live crowd in the history of the show, which was uninspired. The ‘Zo Train drama is not enough to carry the show and its clear they need more exciting guys on the show or at least newer guys that have not been presented as afterthoughts. I don’t think Itami is going to catch on, he never did in NXT, and beyond that the Enzo experiment is starting to run its course. You cannot lift the division up by having the show revolve around him.