WWE 205 Live 02/07/17 promises us a new number one contender to Neville’s title now that Rich Swann is out of action. On Raw this week a Fatal Five Way match between Cedric Alexander, Noam Dar, Jack Gallagher, Tony Nese, and T.J. Perkins was booked. The winner of that match will face Neville for the title at Fastlane next month. Besides that, maybe we’ll find out why Brian Kendrick shook Tozawa’s hand and didn’t cheap shot him like I would have expected. Other than that, Austin Aries will have a banana somewhere nearby! Let’s get to the recap.
WWE 205 Live 02/07/17 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a video package hyping each guy in tonight’s Fatal Five Way Elimination match. Standard 205 Live video credits, pyro, and we’re live from where SmackDown was at tonight.
We’re sent to the announce booth where Aries has the “scoop” that Tony Nese was injured on Raw so he’s been scratched from tonight’s Fatal Five Way. Graves adds that we’re still getting a Fatal Five Way and the winner of an upcoming Ariya Daivari / Mustafa Ali match gets the final spot. I hope they still send Nese out to pose every once in a while he heals.
Ariya Daivari is out first for said match. Mustafa Ali enters last.
Match #1: Ariya Daivari vs. Mustafa Ali (Winner Advances to the Fatal Five Way match)
Daivari gets the upper hand early on by taking Ali out on the outside. The crowd chants “ten” during the count, as they do now. Ali barely beats the count, to which Mauro says he needs to beat the ten count, and Aries says he’s had about seven of them already. Aries is actually really good at this commentary thing. Daivari starts working the lower back but the big break for Ali comes when Daivari misses a frog splash. Ali hits his rolling neckbreaker spot for two, but Daivari fights back with a massive clothesline. That can’t put Ali away as he hits a tornado DDT and follows that up with an Inverted 450 to get the victory.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – It makes absolute sense that the other guy they’ve been building up like Nese would get the nod now that Nese is out.
Next, we get a Gran Metalik video package. He’s set to debut on 205 Live next week.
Back from break, Lince Dorado is out for a match. Brian Kendrick comes out next and cuts a promo calling himself the “gatekeeper” of 205 Live. Kendrick claims that whenever they send in the clowns, he’s there to snuff out their dreams. And that’s the same for a rookie or a veteran like Tajiri. Kendrick puts over Tozawa and hopes that he’s watching in the back. Perhaps, Kendrick will “take Tozawa under his wing” and “make him his protegé” if Tozawa is lucky.
Match #2: Lince Dorado vs. Brian Kendrick
Dorado gets in a bit more offense than they usually allow him to get in, but he’s quickly becoming the guy they send out to lose a match. I like Dorado’s offense, so it’s a bummer he’s used like this, but someone has to fill this role on 205 Live and I guess for now it’s him. After a few minutes, Kendrick counters a top rope maneuver into the Captain’s Hook and Dorado taps immediately.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – Not a whole lot to this match. They let Dorado look a little more convincing here, but I wish they’d let him really bust out what he’s capable of at some point down the road. This really just existed to get to the post-match segment though.
Post-match, Aries interviews Kendrick and specifically wants to know what Kendrick sees in Tozawa. Kendrick puts Tozawa over as someone special and asks for him to come out to the ring. Instead, Tajiri’s music hits. He sneaks up behind Kendrick and blasts him in the face with the green mist again. Kendrick flails around on the ground while Tajiri waves “bye” at him and slides out of the ring.
Back from break, Neville is backstage with Dasha. Neville cuts a promo on each potential opponent he could face after tonight’s big match. Neville has “crushed” T.J. Perkins’ dreams before and he’d be fine doing that again. Gallagher? He’s an embarrassment to England in Neville’s eyes so he’d gladly take him out. As for Ali, Neville sees himself “from ten years ago” in him and says he still has a long way to go. Neville moves on to Cedric and says he won’t be a threaten until he can actually get focused. And Dar? Neville says Dar was barely able to steal Cedric’s girlfriend, so there is no way he’ll steal the title. But, ultimately, it won’t matter because whoever it is will “bend the knee” to Neville at Fastlane. Wow, Neville’s promos have been incredible since this heel turn!
Gallagher is out first for the match, followed by Dar, Alexander, Ali, and Perkins. Right as the match is about to start, the arena goes dark for a second, and then lights come back up.
Match #3: T.J. Perkins vs. Jack Gallagher vs. Mustafa Ali vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar (Fatal Five Way Elimination match. The Winner Faces Neville for the Title at Fastlane)
It’s an elimination match so the falls break down as such:
Fall one: Cedric Alexander pins Noam Dar after a Lumbar Check
Fall two: T.J. Perkins pins Cedric Alexander after a Detonation Kick
Fall three: T.J. Perkins submits Mustafa Ali with a Cross Armbreaker
Fall four: Jack Gallagher pins T.J. Perkins after a running drop kick in the corner
Wow! This match was outstanding. So many insane spots here including an umbrella assisted jump by Gallagher from the top rope. I figured that either Gallagher or Nese would get the nod here based on the build for both guys. I assumed we wouldn’t get heel vs. heel and with Gallagher getting the Royal Rumble rub I figured he’d be next in line. For once I was right. But, wow, this was an incredibly fun match and I think this may have been the first time a 205 Live crowd chanted “this is awesome” during a match on the show. I could be wrong on that, but either way the Seattle crowd was really into the main event which was nice for a change. Ali continues to impress and he looked great in this match after working the opener. Dar kind of seemed like the odd man out, but he factored in by crotching Alexander on the ropes after being eliminated which gave Perkins the opening for the Detonation Kick. So, I highly doubt the Dar / Alexander program ends any time soon. All told, this was an incredibly strong match for an elimination match. Also, Gallagher’s head butts are unreal.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A great match and Gallagher has a ton of steam right now so he feels like the right opponent to face heel Neville.
Post-match, Gallagher celebrates until Neville’s pyro and music hit. Neville comes out and holds the title aloft and stares at Gallagher. We go off the air alternating between shots of Gallagher and Neville locked in a stare down from across the building.
Another good episode of 205 Live and the main event may have been one of the best matches yet on this fledgling show. More importantly, it was great to see a live crowd actually excited by 2o5 Live for once!