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    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Live From the 205 (4/17/18): The Limit Does Exist

    In a hilarious twist to the heinous attack that ended last week's episode... Buddy Murphy is over the 205-lb. weight limit this week, derailing a potential shot at the Cruiserweight Championship.

    I'm not quite sure how to process this development, as in a vacuum, it might just be the first misstep of the Drake Maverick era. First, DMGM goes ahead with giving Murphy an automatic title shot just because he's been impressive lately, instead of making him jump one last hoop by earning a title shot in a match. Fine, worse crimes have been committed by lesser authority figures.

    But then you abruptly take his momentum away by inexplicably having Murphy be overweight. It would be one thing if dude actually was shoot two pounds over 205, but this is wrestling and the stories are written, so we all know this is a creative division. Murphy doesn't even get the benefit of a televised reaction or interview time to talk about why he was over the limit.

    Actually, that whole segment with Murphy's reaction on YouTube up there didn't even make the broadcast. He brings up a good point—why doesn't DMGM weigh everyone else—and what makes it advance his heel persona is that it was made clear in the Cruiserweight Championship tournament last month that Murphy himself agreed to getting weighed every time he competes, as a condition of being on the show and in the tournament. That, and he's the only dude since Neville that doesn't look like they're under 205.

    The only good thing that comes out of all this is that DMGM books a gauntlet match to determine a new #1 contender for the title... two days later at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. (You can tell they realized they needed Mustafa Ali, a Muslim, to challenge for the title in Saudi Arabia when they gave Murphy a huge push, thus the quick backpedal.) And where does Murphy figure in all of this? Well, the endgame better be Waltzing Murphtilda fucking some shit up in either the gauntlet match or in Jeddah. Otherwise, they just screwed him big-time.

    205 Live 4/17/18 Grade: An insane tornado tag match between Lucha House Party and Team Japan elevates an otherwise middling episode of 205 Live. It's more of a bridge toward what's going to happen next with Murphy not making weight and a gauntlet match being set for next week. B+

    Short stops

    • I didn't realize Mustafa was still doing the whole Iron Man thing. It's cool, but it's kind of awkward that he always has to keep the lightbearing hand open even when he's not flashing the strobe lights.
    • A decisive win for Mustafa Ali in the opener, but even better is a solid use of Ariya Daivari. I've missed the Persian Lion and he pretty much stepped up to prove why we should see more of him in the Drake Maverick era.
    • Good reintroduction to the Cruel Gentlemen, although I really wanted the dude to say Brian Kendrick's name.
    • But where's TJ? 
    • I wish the Lucha House Party/Team Japan feud didn't end so soon as it still had legs especially with the reemergence of Gallagher and Kendrick. Excellent throwback by Vic Joseph, referencing the Cruel Gentlemen's feud with Hideo Itami earlier this year and prefacing that the Gentlemen won't be interfering in this match. Perhaps this is to finally set up a new feud with them (and maybe turn Team Japan back into babyfaces or something, because Tozawa's really struggling to keep up with Itami character-wise).
    • No Cedric appearance at all? Not even a televised interview to talk about the attack? Or to react on Murphy missing weight? 

    205 Live Rankings as of 4/20/18

    The Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme™ reorganizes things at the top due to sudden, unforeseen changes!
    1. Cedric Alexander (no movement) — Mustafa Ali would dethrone Cedric if he beat someone more significant than Ariya Daivari.
    2. Mustafa Ali (no movement) — Keeps his place in the rankings after a good (but not needle-moving) win.
    3. Drew Gulak (#5 last week) — Gulak rises up a couple of spots due to Murphy going down with his embarrassing weight miss.
    4. Kalisto (no movement) — Stays in place largely thanks to Murphy.
    5. Buddy Murphy (#3 last week) — Goes down a couple of spots because he did not make weight. How could you, man?
    6. Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik (#10 last week) — Beats Team Japan and Ariya Daivari and TJP on Main Event? Moving up in the world.
    7. Tony Nese (#6 last week) — Nese drops down a spot for not showing up this week.
    8. Akira Tozawa (#7 last week) — Takes a big loss to the Lucha House Party.
    9. Hideo Itami (no movement) — See Akira Tozawa.
    10. Mark Andrews (#8 last week) — Hasn't showed up since losing to Drew Gulak last week.
      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 (4/17/18): The Limit Does Exist Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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