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    Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Live From the 205 (11/14/18): Rush Hour

    The trend with Cedric Alexander on 205 Live lately is to book him in surprising ways, so I guess I should've known that he would successfully be rebounding against Lio Rush this week.

    For those who don't recall, Cedric's title rematch has been put on hold until he gets back to top form, so it only makes sense that he immediately dispatches his little side boss in Lio. 205's top-notch storytelling is only marred by the fact that their one-hour format tends to stretch angles out a lot (you'll notice most recaps are never shorter than "two weeks ago"). Had they made Cedric/Lio go longer with a full arc, people would forget Cedric's owed a rematch.

    On the other hand, though, how amazing did Lio look here in this week's main event?

    I was also expecting him to win simply because his talent needs to be showcased and Cedric needs to go through a tougher journey, but you also gotta remember that the heel totem pole is pretty packed as it is now. Beyond Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy, you've got Tony Nese, Hideo Itami (who is MIA since his loss to Mustafa Ali), TJP, and Drew Gulak. Lio's already on RAW, so there really is little space for the Man of the Hour.

    This now makes the Cruiserweight Championship picture look very interesting. So many factors can go so many different ways; while the most boring outcome would be Murphy retaining and Cedric going for a one-on-one rematch, I would love to see Mustafa win it so that he can defend against both Murphy and a face or heel Cedric.

    The show's successfully made their little piece of earth compelling, and this has been a pretty good go-home show from their end with all these loose ends being tied up just in time for Survivor Series. Where the show would go home to big title bouts ambivalently, they've decided to pick it up now. The kickoff's gonna be one to watch for all us 205 Live fans.

    205 Live 11/14/18 Final Grade: They're starting to refill the show again with progression for almost every story, even though there are some still left out in the rain. This week's episode gets a solid A.

    Short stops

    • Props must be given to the show's creative team for taking some time to remind everyone that Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa used to be bitter rivals. Extra points for having the two just wing their friendship instead of figuring it out, leading to Gulak and Gallagher capitalizing on their little miscommunication for the win. It does turn Kendrick's story into not just getting revenge on his former friends, but also trying to figure out how to make a new one and work well alongside him. 
    • (That also explains why Kendrick hasn't been busy beating up the two every week, which would've made for some great 205 Live content.)
    • THE RETURN OF THE BUDDY MURPHY WEIGH-IN! I was half-expecting him to be overweight there.
    • If Mustafa has to be weighed in, where's Mike Kanellis's weigh-in?
    • Good on the local jobber to get in a single taunt against the Lucha House Party. You get noticed, my brother.
    • More Lucha House Party squashes, please. I felt like it should've been a TJP squash instead, but the Maria Kanellis promo explains why they had to do the squashing. Anyway, we get a Cruiserweight Classic finals rematch next week!
    • Love the white kickpad/boots combo on Cedric. So fresh and so clean, clean.
    • We still need a well-produced Mustafa Ali video promo. Come on, nothing for Survivor Series?

    205 Live Rankings as of 11/15/18

    205 Live goes into Survivor Series with a clear-cut Cruiserweight Championship scene after this week's episode. How does it all look now in the eyes of the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme?
    1. Buddy Murphy (no movement) — Honestly, managing to stay within the weight limit is a win for the Juggernaut.
    2. Cedric Alexander (#3 last week) — Cedric wins a hard-fought match against Lio Rush, and with his soon-to-come rematch, he shoots back up to the second spot.
    3. Mustafa Ali (#2 last week) — And Cedric taking over Mustafa's spot kind of puts him in an awkward position, but sometimes you need to take a step back to go further.
    4. Lucha House Party (no movement) — Lucha House Party stay in their spots with a win over a couple of local competitors.
    5. Lio Rush (#6 last week) — Despite losing, Lio Rush gets up one spot thanks to his amazing performance against Cedric Alexander. Still wish it was a W.
    6. Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher (#10 last week) — Gulak and Gallagher (now banded together) jump four spots up after a much-needed win against Brian Kendrick.
    7. Tony Nese (#5 last week) — Nese hasn't been around since last week, but I bet we'll see him around for Murphy's match this Sunday.
    8. Mike Kanellis (#7 last week) — Not around this week, but his wife did the heavy lifting for them.
    9. Brian Kendrick (#8 last week) — Kendrick drops down one spot after an unfortunate loss against his former friends.
    10. TJP (#9 last week) — Not on the show this week, but will be looking to rebound from their poor fortunes next week against fellow Cruiserweight Classic finalist Gran Metalik.
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      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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      Item Reviewed: Live From the 205 (11/14/18): Rush Hour Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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