WWE 205 Live – 14th August 2018

WWE 205 Live

14th August 2018

Greenville, South Carolina

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

We’re only 4 days out from SummerSlam, grapple fans, as things are heating up in the WWE Universe!  While this weekend will see Cedric Alexander defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Drew Gulak on the pre-show in Brooklyn, there’s no shortage of action on this week’s 205 broadcast.  Akira Tozawa and Lio Rush will collide again following the latter’s win last month, whilst Cedric clashes with ‘Gentleman’ Jack Gallagher, with Gulak and The Brian Kendrick barred from ringside.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 7th August 2018

WWE 205 Live

7th August 2018

Orlando, Florida

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Should be some hot action tonight, grapple fans, as Kalisto and Lince Dorado take on The Juice Brothers (Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese) in tag team action, whilst Mustafa Ali goes one-on-one with Hideo Itami.  Also, look for possible developments in the rivalry between Cedric Alexander and Drew Gulak, as they’re set to fight for the Cruiserweight Championship in 12 days at SummerSlam.   Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 31st July 2018

WWE 205 Live

31st July 2018

Tampa, Florida

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

It’s a good time to follow cruiserweights, grapple fans, as Drew Gulak is now the number one contender to Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali and Hideo Itami have unfinished business and Lio Rush and Akira Tozawa are set to clash again.  Strong characters, highly-proficient workers and well-told stories; 205 Live is a brand worth watching these days.  Tonight we’ll see Cedric Alexander tussle with The Brian Kendrick and Kalisto battles Tony Nese.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 24th July 2018

WWE 205 Live

24th July 2018

Evansville, Indiana

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

 

The weeks simply fly by during a hot summer, grapple fans, as here we are again with another episode of 205 Live.  Should be a buzz-worthy episode this time round, as we’ve got a fatal four-way to determine a new number one contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship (TJP vs Ali vs Itami vs Gulak) as well as Tony Nese having another tussle with Kalisto, this time with Buddy Murphy, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado barred from ringside.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 17th July 2018

WWE 205 Live

17th July 2018

Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Tonight sees Lio Rush’s first main event on 205 Live, grapple fans, as he tussles with Akira Tozawa. Also in action are TJ Perkins and Noam Dar in a rematch of their clash two weeks ago. Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 10th July 2018

WWE 205 Live

10th July 2018

Manchester, New Hampshire

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

We’re one week removed from the greatest match in 205 Live history, grapple fans.  In last week’s broadcast, Mustafa Ali bested Buddy Murphy in an incredible no-disqualification match; a contest so intense, in fact, that one wonders why it wasn’t saved for the upcoming Extreme Rules pay-per-view.  This week sees Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander defend the strap against Hideo Itami.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 3rd July 2018

WWE 205 Live

3rd July 2018

Omaha, Nebraska

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Another night of cruiserweight action is upon us, grapple fans.  Big main event this week as Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy tussle in a no-disqualification match.  TJ Perkins will also be in action, taking on “an opponent of Drake Maverick’s choosing”.  Well, you can certainly cut the anticipation in my lounge with a knife.  Let’s get to it!  Oh, and before I forget, I hope all my American readers have a happy Independence Day!

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WWE 205 Live – 19th June 2018

WWE 205 Live

19th June 2018

Toledo, Ohio

Commentators: Tom Phillips & Percy Watson

We open with highlights of the excellent main event from two weeks ago, where Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali’s tussle was interrupted by Hideo Itami.  It’ll hit the fan this week, grapple fans, as tonight all three combatants will tussle in a triple threat match.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 12th June 2018

WWE 205 Live

12th June 2018

Memphis, Tennessee

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

 

Good day, grapple fans!  We start with highlights of last week’s main event where Hideo Itami ran in to cause a DQ finish, before accosting Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy.  Drake Maverick tells us that, as a result of his reprehensible actions, Itami is banned from appearing on this week’s show.  Tonight, we’ve got six-man tag action as the Lucha House Party clash with Drew Gulak, ‘Gentleman’ Jack Gallagher and The Brian Kendrick, while Mustafa Ali is back in action against Tony Nese.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 5th June 2018

WWE 205 Live

5th June 2018

Corpus Christi, Texas

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Last week saw one of the greatest matches in 205 Live history as Cedric Alexander bested Buddy Murphy in a Tuesday night classic.  Tonight, we’ve got Lince Dorado tangling with The Brian Kendrick and Mustafa Ali going one-on-one with Buddy Murphy.  Should be another good week of cruiserweight action.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 29th May 2018

WWE 205 Live

29nd May 2018

Raleigh, North Carolina

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

The quality of 205 picked up somewhat last week, with Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami ripping it up in their grudge match.  Can defending champion, Cedric Alexander, and heel contender, Buddy Murphy, keep the momentum rolling this week?  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 22nd May 2018

WWE 205 Live

22nd May 2018

Worcester, Massachusetts

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

We’re back on U.S. soil, grapple fans, as 205 Live gets back to its regular routine.  Can any of the usual suspects build some momentum?  Will any of the exhausted, post-SmackDown viewers care?  Let’s find out!

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WWE 205 Live – 15th May 2018

WWE 205 Live

15th May 2018

London, England

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Here we are, grapple fans, in my neck of the woods; the U.K.!  A nice change of pace is in store this week as the stars of 205 Live clash with combatants from the U.K. Division.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 8th May 2018

WWE 205 Live

8th May 2018

Baltimore, Maryland

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

Has it already been a week since we last touched base on 205 Live, grapple fans?  I’d say “time flies when you’re having fun”, but 3 ½ hours of Backlash and two nights of Money in the Bank qualifying matches certainly wasn’t that.  Let’s hope that some cruiserweight action can be an otherwise bright spot amongst the consistently questionable content WWE has been churning out lately.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 1st May 2018

WWE 205 Live

1st May 2018

Montreal, Quebec

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

We are 5 days removed from Oil Rumble, grapple fans, and Cedric Alexander is still the Cruiserweight Champion, having bested the winner of last week’s gauntlet match, Kalisto in Saudi Arabia.  What does 205 Live have in store for us this week?  Let’s find out!

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WWE 205 Live – 24th April 2018

WWE 205 Live

24th April 2018

Louisville, Kentucky

Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson

We are only 4 days out from Oil Rumble, grapple fans, and tonight sees a 5-man gauntlet match to determine a number one contender for Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander in Saudi Arabia this Friday.  If there’s a pre-show for this stadium spectacular, you can bank on this match being on it.  Drake Maverick confirms the competitors: Drew Gulak, Tony Nese, Kalisto, TJ Perkins and Mustafa Ali.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 17th April 2018

WWE 205 Live

17th April 2018

Providence, Rhode Island

Commentators: Vic Joseph and Percy Watson

Time for another week of cruiserweight action, grapple fans, as 205 Live is seemingly entirely unaffected by the ‘Superstar Shakeup’.  The hype video focuses on tonight’s tornado tag match between Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik and Hideo Itami & Akira Towawa.  Let’s get to it!

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WWE 205 Live – 3rd April 2018

WWE 205 Live

3rd April 2018

Nashville, Tennessee

Commentators: Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness

It’s the go-home show for the WrestleMania pre-show, grapple fans!  We’ve got Mark Andrews taking on Drew Gulak, more hype for Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali’s championship opportunity (#WWEcorporatespeak) this Sunday and lots more.  Let’s get to it!

Hype video for tonight’s show and we should be in for a treat; we’ve also got Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa taking on Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik as well as Buddy Murphy tangling with Kalisto.  Should be a hot night of cruiserweight action.

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Lenny Lane: The Forgotten Cruiserweight Champion

Often times when people think about the WCW/WWE Cruiserweight Championship wrestlers such as Rey Mysterio Jr., Eddie Guerrero, Billy Kidman, Chris Jericho, Dean Malenko Juventud Guerrera and Chavo Guerrero Jr. are likely to come to mind. Rightfully so as those guys continually put on incredible matches in the mid to late 1990s for World Championship Wrestling. The WCW Cruiserweight Championship became a championship match that fans were almost guaranteed a fantastic match.

Eventually, the repetitive championship switches started to annoy fans. How many times could we deal with seeing Rey Mysterio Jr. beating Juventud or Psychosis to win the championship before it was no longer interesting? WCW took notice and in the summer of 1999 they made a controversial decision.

By the summer of 1999, Rey Mysterio Jr. was once again the WCW Cruiserweight Champion and wasn’t regularly defending the title due to a feud with the West Texas Rednecks.

During the same period, WCW had debuted two new characters named Lenny and Lodi. A little backstory would be helpful, I’d imagine. Lodi had gotten some fame thanks to his run with Raven and the Flock but hardly ever won any matches. He was essentially the manager for Lenny, who was positioned as the star of the group.

Lenny Lane had been with the company since 1995 and for the first few years he mainly competed on WCW Saturday Night and WCW Worldwide where he was mostly used as enhancement talent. While Lane would win a few matches here and there, he wasn’t given a lot of momentum. However, many WCW fans saw him as a future star for the company.

There were moments where he shined but it wasn’t followed up on. For instance, in 1998 Chris Jericho used Lenny Lane as his lackey to help retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship, but Lane wouldn’t be used in a prominent role afterward.

With no sense of direction and creative not looking to provide anything for Lenny, he formed a team with Lodi known as the West Hollywood Blondes. Apparently, the tag team was inspired by the Saturday Night Live cartoon The Ambiguously Gay Duo. As you might have guessed, their characters were that of two homosexuals, but WCW played it off as if they were “brothers.”

Anyway, the gimmick started to get traction as they often had backstage segments of giving each other a massage or the humorous segment of talking in a closet. Considering the time period, these two were becoming an entertaining heel duo that fans would often chant “faggot” at. Yes, it was insensitive, but at a time when WCW wasn’t providing much of anything, the controversial angle was at least interesting.

The act got so over with fans that on the August 19th edition of Thunder Lenny won his first and only championship by pinning WCW Cruiserweight Champion Rey Mysterio Jr. It was a shocking win and an even more shocking booking decision. It’s exactly what WCW needed to do.

Following the win, Lenny would work with Juventud, Kidman, and a young Evan Karagias. His only pay per view defense was against Kaz Hayashi, who was probably the least likely contender for the belt at the time, but more accurately the only cruiserweight that would be fine with losing to Lenny, I’d imagine. That match took place at WCW Fall Brawl 1999.

So, with a champion that fans loved to boo and was getting crowd reactions that wrestlers would only hope to receive, WCW ended the gimmick and awarded the championship to Psychosis in October. When I say awarded, I mean they literally gave him the title after claiming that Lenny had lost the belt at a house show when they had not actually happened.

The main issue that the company faces was the complaint from the GLADD organization claiming that the company was endorsing people to think it is acceptable to beat up homosexuals. I understand that professional wrestling fans aren’t the brightest, but come on. With that logic, literally everyone would be going out and slamming each other just because they can. But, it was GLADD’s responsibility I guess to make a scene about it.

That was another difference between the WWF and WCW. The WWF would stand by their controversial content that fans enjoyed while WCW would fold quickly.

Personally, the duo was really enjoyable and talented. They found a gimmick that worked for them and they were heavily featured on television. WCW just didn’t stand by their own product and a long lasting act was cut way too short.

What are your memories of Lenny Lane? Do you remember this gimmick and what was your opinion of it?

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