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    Friday, August 17, 2018

    Live From the 205 (8/14/18): For A Better 205 Live In Brooklyn

    Sorry for missing last week, everyone; ya boy came down with an illness and I could barely write. I'm all caught up with 205 Live now, a few days before the Cruiserweight Championship is defended at SummerSlam.

    So if we're going to believe traditional wrestling logic, then I'm gonna say that I'm afraid for Drew Gulak's chances on Sunday. I thought we were going to end this week's episode with Cedric Alexander barely fending off Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick, but Gulak manages to sneak in the GuLock and force Cedric to pass out. That he looked strong means Cedric may be getting his heat back at the PPV.

    If anything, I do hope they take the risk and give Cedric the loss at SummerSlam. If the facts are correct, he's been undefeated so far this year, and I think he needs another hero's journey to refocus his character. The only snag I can see with this move is that Mustafa Ali has been written out as well due to injury (kayfabe or otherwise), so if Cedric loses, there's no one else to replace him as the top face.

    Granted, should Cedric lose, he'll be spending the next couple of months or so dealing with an emergent Drew Gulak, who does deserve to be the top heel on the show. That's more than enough time for Ali to return from his small injury arc, and someone like Kalisto or, heaven forbid, Noam Dar could fill in as face challengers.

    It sounds nitpicky on my end, but I really do think it's time for a change in leadership. I just hope they're willing to pull the trigger on this, because the show's got a history of sticking to something for a little too long.

    205 Live 8/14/18 Grade: A more entertaining Lio Rush/Akira Tozawa match opens the show, but I wish there was more focus on those who've been missing for a couple of weeks now. A serviceable main event really sets up the big ending; while the segment by itself was excellent, I'm just wary of its implications. B

    Short stops

    • Rush and Tozawa showed a lot more chemistry in this match than in their first outing. Now that Lio's already beaten Tozawa twice, and cleanly at that, both men better move on already.
    • I find it interesting that Drake Maverick's put Mustafa Ali on medical suspension. Going by that logic however, half of the roster (not just the cruiserweights) should be taking time off to rest up. Nobody in this company, especially Cedric Alexander, is wrestling at 100%.
    • Because I wasn't able to do it last week, I just wanna give a shoutout to GMDM's orange-and-blue suit from last week's episode. His suit game peaked there, and it's all downhill from here.
    • Interesting that Hideo Itami gets another match for the second straight week, this time a squash. They usually rotate other storylines into the second slot of the show, so I'm surprised that it wasn't someone like Noam Dar or TJP being featured. I was even expecting Noam to save the poor jobber from Hideo.
    • I'm glad that they're ending this Lucha House Party/Hardbody Lovers feud quickly. The tornado tag match is a good idea.

    205 Live Rankings as of 8/17/18

    After a week of no rankings, how does the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme stack up the division now?
    1. Drew Gulak (no movement) — Gulak shows that he's still the mastermind of the cruiserweight division. Cedric barely beat Gallagher, but in the end Gulak has the upper hand in the war.
    2. Cedric Alexander (no movement) — SuperCedric is starting to become predictable; if they really mean for him to retain the title at SummerSlam they would've let Gallagher beat him. That said, he only manages to scrape by, pulling out a desperation Spanish Fly from his sleeve to beat Gallagher. Doesn't look too dominant, to be honest.
    3. Lio Rush (no movement) — Rush is now 2-0 against Akira Tozawa. So much for this feud, and I hope it's over now.
    4. Hideo Itami (#8 last week) — Two straight wins in two weeks in a row? Itami's killing it, and his rise is the only thing that throws doubt into Gulak beating Cedric on Sunday.
    5. Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese (#10 last week) — Beat the Lucha House Party last week, and will be getting a tornado tag match against them to prove their worth.
    6. Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher (#7 last week) — Gallagher may have lost, but these two have managed to get Gulak what he needs.
    7. Mustafa Ali (#4 last week) — Ali pulls out a hard-fought match against Itami last week, but he's clearly not 100%.
    8. Akira Tozawa (#5 last week) — Is currently in a slump. You'd think he'd be able to beat Lio Rush after enough time to figure him out.
    9. Lucha House Party (#6 last week) — Was beaten by the Hardbody Lovers last week, but they still have a chance to rebound in the tornado tag match next week.
    10. Noam Dar (new) — Dar is alive! I wonder if this feud with TJP is still going on? Oh wait, yes it is.
      Photo from WWE


      Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry, one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast, and is associated with Philippine Wrestling Revolution. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul. He likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.
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