205 Live – August 29, 2017: Proof That It’s Working

205 Live
Date: August 29, 2017
Location: Verizon Arena, Little Rock, Arkansas
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Corey Graves

We’re officially in the Enzo Amore Era on 205 Live and that makes me think doing my own dental surgery sounds like a good idea. It’s pretty clear that Enzo is going to be the next big challenger to Neville and the title, which actually gives me a mixed reaction. He’s already the biggest star on the show but that means he’s around more often and egads that sounds like torture. Let’s get to it.

The opening recap looks at Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Gallagher and the buildup to their No DQ match tonight.

Opening sequence.

The announcers chat for a bit.

Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Gallagher

No DQ and Gallagher is in street clothes. Kendrick says he’s a fighter as Gallagher stands perfectly still. They stare each other down for the better part of a minute before Jack uppercuts him into the corner and scores with a headbutt. Gallagher even breaks an umbrella over Kendrick’s back to put him outside as the violence starts cranking up. Some hard shots to Brian’s face sets up a whip through some equipment cases.

The beating knocks Kendrick down the aisle as Gallagher looks completely calm the entire time. It’s almost eerie really. Kendrick gets thrown onto the announcers’ table for some hard right hands to the head. The announcers’ table is loaded up but Kendrick comes up with a kendo stick to the ribs.

Brian sends him into the steps before tying Jack’s foot in the wires underneath the ring skirt. Now it’s time for the beating with the stick and Jack is busted open pretty badly. We stop for the medic to tend to Gallagher’s head and Kendrick has to stand around for a bit. Kendrick drops him with a DDT onto the bell and puts on the Captain’s Hook with the stick for the submission (though Gallagher is out) at 7:30.

Rating: C+. This needed more time but there’s a good chance that it was cut off due to the cut. It was nice while it lasted though and showed a different side of Gallagher, which he really needs to show. At the same time you need to have Kendrick get a bigger win once in awhile as him putting everyone over isn’t going to work forever. Good brawl, cut short by time.

Noam Dar, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese are ready for the six man tag tonight. Dar insists that he beat himself for having a bit too much fun the night before. Gulak thinks Enzo is going to tarnish the 205 Live. He believe in a better 205 Live and you can bet your bojangles that Enzo isn’t going to be a part of that. Nese says Enzo isn’t on his level.

Rich Swann vs. Ariya Daivari

TJP, still on crutches, is out for commentary. Daivari dedicates this to another Iranian wrestler. They fight over a wristlock to start with Swann dancing/nipping up to escape. Swann’s front flip into a dropkick gets two but Daivari starts in on the back. TJP talks about how he and Swann are both former champions.

The fact that he had to beat five people to become champion while Swann only beat one is just a detail. Swann’s running flip Fameasser gets two and something like Rolling Thunder gets the same. They head outside with Daivari getting the better of it and stealing TJP’s crutch, only to get small packaged for the pin at 4:08.

Rating: D+. Angle advancement instead of much of a match here as TJP vs. Swann continues. You know they’re heading to a big match down the line, even if it isn’t likely to mean anything. Well, at least until Enzo becomes the Cruiserweight Champion to turn the whole thing into a big comedy act.

Post match Daivari goes after TJP, who fights back with a variety of kicks and his knee appearing just fine. Swann watches all this in disbelief before handing TJP his crutch and leaving. TJP hits Daivari with the Detonation Kick.

Enzo comes in to see Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik, offering some coaching tips on a dry erase board. Alexander says this isn’t the same as Raw and the two of them have more experience. This turns into a discussion of Enzo’s mother’s cooking and Gran Metalik being named Pepper Jack. He’s really not going to be able to stay a face long, or at least he shouldn’t.

Drew Gulak/Noam Dar/Tony Nese vs. Enzo Amore/Cedric Alexander/Gran Metalik

Before the match, Enzo calls this the realest in-ring debut in the history of 205 Live. Drew looks like Captain Underpants and Nese works at Chippendale’s. Enzo and Gulak start things off with Drew imitating the dance. It’s not like it’s hard to make fun of. Gulak starts talking trash as he cranks on an armbar, sending Enzo bailing to the corner. There’s no tag though so a front facelock takes Enzo down again.

Now it’s off to Alexander as Neville is shown watching from the back. Tony comes in to pose a bit but Cedric speeds things back up into a headscissors and dropkick to take over. It’s back to Enzo to eat a dropkick as the heels take over for the first time. A Downward Spiral gets Enzo out of trouble but everything breaks down with Metalik and Alexander hitting (well maybe as the camera went down too) stereo dives.

That leaves Nese to run Enzo over before he can dive (Corey: “I think, in a roundabout way, Tony Nese just saved Enzo’s life.”) and mocks the dance as well. Just in case you needed any more proof that Enzo is the star of this show and everyone else is chasing him. Cedric springboards in with a clothesline but gets sent outside so Gulak and Nese can hammer away while Enzo has the referee for reasons of general stupidity.

Cedric fights out of a chinlock and hits the handspring enziguri for a breather. The hot tag brings in Metalik for a superkick to Nese and the rope walk dropkick. Gulak saves Nese from a Swanton so Alexander takes Drew down, allowing for the hot tag off to Enzo. Eat Defeat (now the Jordunzo because of course it is) drops Dar (I had forgotten he was in this match) and a rollup with feet on the ropes pins Nese at 9:48.

Rating: C-. I’m not sure how to take this. For one thing I’ve talked for the better part of a year now about how I thought Enzo as a cheating cruiserweight would be great but sweet goodness now it’s actually happening. The character in this form has a short shelf life but if they put the title on him and make him the Honky Tonk Man of the division, he’ll be fine.

Here’s the way you can tell it’s working at the moment though: when else have I ever talked about someone on 205 Live this much? As you knew he would be, Enzo is instantly the biggest personality on the show and draws the most attention. If they could find some more people like him, this show could take off a bit more. As it is, it’s Enzo, Neville and everyone else a few miles beneath them.

The winners dance to end the show.

Overall Rating: C. This show flew by and that’s one of the better things you can say about 205 Live. They don’t have the most interesting stories in the world but if they get in, do their stuff and get out, it’s quite the entertaining way to kill most of an hour. The No DQ match was good and TJP vs. Swann is kind of interesting, though it would be nice if any of this stuff was going to mean anything. If Enzo gets the title though, those people will be getting a lot more attention in a hurry. Fine show this week though nothing worth going out of your way to see.

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