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    Monday, May 13, 2019

    Live From the 205 (5/7/19): Just Chugging Along

    Now that the Superstar Shakeup has been given time to settle, I really have to ask the question: was it worth stripping 205 Live of its two biggest stars and leaving the show to rebuild with its former second-string talent?

    Cedric Alexander, the cruiserweight division's golden boy, debuted on RAW two weeks ago and is already relegated to Main Event duty. Buddy Murphy has yet to make it to a televised segment on SmackDown Live. They've been added to fill out each roster, and even if you could argue that there wasn't much left for them to do on 205 Live right now, I don't think they're faring much better after the call-ups.

    So now the show is stuck in a situation where it's got to do the best it can with the few stars it's got. Both Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari have to step up in a major way at Money in the Bank, and at the rate they're going, I really don't think we're about to see a new breakout talent anytime soon.

    The good thing is that I can still see an upside to the show, as it's got some solid pieces waiting for bigger opportunities. Akira Tozawa and the Lucha House Party are top faces ready to be made with the right feuds, and Tozawa's big win over Mike Kanellis this week has to put him higher somewhere. Mike Kanellis and Drew Gulak are still the show's top heels in the making, with their slower, more methodical ground-based style being a nice complement to the athletic speedsters. 

    Other talent, such as Oney Lorcan, Humberto Carrillo, Jack Gallagher, the Singh Brothers, and maybe Noam Dar (once we clarify what his status really is) are there to help round the show out, but I'd really focus on the names I mentioned above to keep the show steady. In fact, if I were in charge, I might just start a string of relatively quick Cruiserweight Championship reigns to make a lot of different guys in short order.

    205 Live's still safe, but I'd be lying if I said the pace we're seeing now is the right pace. I need it to up the ante and skip the slow burn. Going back to the three-segment format this week is the right step, and I'd love to see the show push its momentum even more.

    205 Live 5/7/19 Final Grade: Keeping guys like Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese, and the Singh Brothers in front of the crowd is the best way for the show to go right now. B

    Short stops

    • So... why is Noam Dar? What's he doing back? Is he back on the show to reinforce the roster? I'd take it if he is, but you gotta clarify these things, guys.
    • Tony Nese is back again for a birds'-eye view from... ringside.
    • I really want to, but I just can't get behind Nese/Daivari right now. They're doing their best to build up heat, but Nese is a guy who needs a real mouthpiece. He seems a little too chill, lacking the intensity Buddy Murphy was oozing.
    • Good to see the Singh Brothers back on the show to help the roster out, but at this point there's very little reason for these teams to be here. I'd love to see a Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship be a thing defended not only on 205 Live, but also on shows like NXT, NXT UK, and Main Event.
    • The fatal four-way match next week in London should be good, and would be a great boost to the show.

      205 Live Rankings As of 5/13/19

      The Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme processes a few returnees to its ladder. How do they stack up less than a week before Money in the Bank?
      1. Ariya Daivari (no movement) — Daivari would have been #2 last week after Nese beat Drew Gulak, but he stays on top after beating Noam Dar.
      2. Tony Nese (no movement) — The champ shows he's got some mind games of his own, too.
      3. Akira Tozawa (#5 last week) — Tozawa scores a huge win over Mike Kanellis to end their brief feud, and I hope it's time for him to move on to the title picture after Money in the Bank.
      4. Lucha House Party (#9 last week) — The Lucha House Party continue their winning ways on RAW this week, even if it's just against two jobbers.
      5. The Singh Brothers (new) — After a loss in their first match back on 205 Live, the Singh Brothers rebound with a win over two local competitors.
      6. Oney Lorcan (#3 last week) — Oney's got the last couple of weeks off, but he vows to rebound stronger. Can't wait for that.
      7. Mike Kanellis (no movement) — Kanellis got pretty close, but couldn't knock off Akira Tozawa in their main event match this week.
      8. Drew Gulak (#6 last week) — Can't get the job done against Tony Nese. What are they doing to you, Drew?
      9. Jack Gallagher (#10 last week) — Slowly building himself up again. Eyes peeled for what the future has in store for Jack after he deals with Humberto Carrillo.
      10. Noam Dar (new) — Returns just to get beaten by Ariya Daivari. Don't know if he's back in the division just yet.
      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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      Item Reviewed: Live From the 205 (5/7/19): Just Chugging Along Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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