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    Sunday, December 6, 2020

    Live From the 205 (12/4/20): We Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts

    Curt Stallion on WWE 205 Live

    On this week's episode of 205 Live, at least one story that started on NXT gets continued, while the other more important one... doesn't?

    Where did Legado del Fantasma go?

    On NXT this week, #1 contender to the Cruiserweight Championship Curt Stallion was supposed to be in a tag team match with Leon Ruff versus Legado del Fantasma. When that show began, we saw Damian Priest suddenly asking for a spot in that match—we find out why two days later here on 205 Live, as apparently Legado attacked Stallion before NXT.

    So the appropriate response on 205 Live is... to book Stallion in a match against Ariya Daivari?


    The clear move here should've been to book Stallion against Joaquin Wilde, as he already faced off against Raul Mendoza last week. But Wilde apparently took some time off this week (he and his girlfriend announced they were pregnant) so I guess this is what we got. Sure, it was a good match and Ariya Daivari put his working boots on as usual, but way to stop the momentum of a story that was picking up.

    If Wilde wasn't available, I would've just run the Mendoza match again and have Santos Escobar fuck Stallion up for winning last week. It's actually a good thing that they're threading this feud through 205 Live and NXT, so it's a little jarring to have Stallion be "205"-ed again by putting him in a generic showcase bout.

    Also, I finally realized who Stallion reminds me of, and I'm ashamed it took me this long to get it. He's cruiserweight Edge. He's long and lanky with blonde hair, doesn't fly around like a cruiserweight, actually wrestles (and wrestles well in the WWE style), and does the hair thing when he's setting up for his spear-like running headbutt finisher.

    Ever-Rise 2.0

    The other match this week was a tag team rematch between Ever-Rise and the Bollywood Boyz. Both teams are technically heels on paper, but for purposes of the angle they've started on NXT, Ever-Rise was working face. I guess that's a sign of things to come? I'm just glad they're on both shows. As I said two weeks ago, put featured cruiserweight tag teams on NXT on 205 Live. I want Oney and Danny demolishing a young team on 205 Live for the hell of it. We need fresher matchups.

    205 Live 12/4/20 Final Grade: B

    Photo from WWE

    *****

    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor-in-Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three hosts of the Wrestling-Wrestling Podcast. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in advertising. 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 (12/4/20): We Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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