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    Sunday, September 20, 2020

    Live From the 205 (9/18/20): Daivari Dinero Division

    Ariya Daivari on WWE 205 Live

    This week on 205 Live, the show brings its focus back to a couple of the 205 OGs that don't necessarily get time on NXT. It's interesting that there seems to be a soft and unspoken distinction between NXT cruiserweights and 205 Live cruiserweights, which really isn't helping anyone. Like, why can't I watch Ariya Daivari have bangers on NXT, too? It doesn't send the message that the division is a unified one.

    Anyway, let's get to the two (actually, five) matches this week.

    The most fun you'll ever see in a squash match

    205 Live usually features a squash every episode, but the way they did it for Ariya Daivari this week is objectively one of the best approaches I've ever seen. Bring three local competitors in, beat all of them in a row, and have the last one be really good and believable? It's way more memorable than your run-of-the-mill squash, and I'd actually want them to keep doing this for Ariya, eventually using this format to debut a plucky young Performance Center cruiserweight.

    Nese Neses again

    Listen... I was a Tony Nese guy. I really was. I was a fan from his indy days, and thought he was one of the better signings for the cruiserweight division. I was all in for the Cruiserweight Championship run last year.

    Now, though, I just can't feel the same way. The Tony Nese we got in the Cruiserweight Classic never truly showed up in most of his entire run on 205 Live—and I think I could blame the WWE style watering him down, plus the inconsistent booking that kind of gives away the fact that they're not a hundred percent into him. After all, he only got to be champion after Murphy and Gulak were called up, so you know he was never the top choice.

    That said, whenever Tony Nese shows up to do something on 205 Live, I just can't get myself to care about it anymore. If he's ever reading this, I want him to know that it's not his fault. My best suggestion is to really port him over to NXT and have him compete in other divisions the same way guys like KUSHIDA and Tyler Breeze get to do, because the man's really languishing being stuck in the purple brand.

    As for this match with Danny Burch, I guess it was solid. I would love to comment on it with more excitement, especially because I love Danny Burch, but it's your typical solid 205 Live main event from the old days. It's a decent watch in a vacuum, but as a part of a whole? I wish there was more to it than tying up a loose end from last month.

    205 Live 9/18/20 Final Grade: B+

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    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry, one of the four hosts of the Wrestling-Wrestling 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, and he likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.

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    Item Reviewed: Live From the 205 (9/18/20): Daivari Dinero Division Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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