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    Saturday, June 9, 2018

    Live From the 205 (6/5/18): Show Me Some God Damn Respect

    After a blockbuster Cruiserweight Championship match that saw the dominant Buddy Murphy come all the way up short, what should 205 Live do next? Why, the answer is simple: add another player, of course.

    What seems like another harmless awesome Buddy Murphy/Mustafa Ali match (in which both men shouldn't actually lose, because they're that good) is, in reality, a stage to set up Hideo Itami as a potential title contender. So this is the reason why they quickly 86ed his tag team with Akira Tozawa after only a couple of months—guy probably wanted to be a singles star already. That, or the rumored plans for a Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship have already been nixed. (I wouldn't be surprised.)

    Still, though, this is a good move. On a show where the champion himself is bafflingly not always around (apparently, the Cruiserweight Championship is the light heavyweight version of the Universal Championship, just with slightly more appearances) having more guys fight among themselves for a shot is only maximizing the deep roster you've been given.

    Just one minor nitpick, I guess—why couldn't this have gone to Drew Gulak? Gulak's been on fire as the high-flyer killer as of late, even with the comedic edge, and I feel like they've thrown some water on that by relegating him to a smaller feud with the Lucha House Party. The Crusader's shown some really good edge in his smaller feuds in the past couple of months, and I really thought he was on the verge of breaking into the title picture again.

    I don't know. Maybe Itami threw his weight around. Maybe they backed themselves into a corner with the Team Japan breakup. On a positive note, having this particular problem of not knowing which of your guys to put into the top spots is a good problem, I guess. It shows that you've got a really stacked roster, with a lot more on the way.

    If anyone out there still hasn't yet, it's really time to show 205 Live some damn respect.

    205 Live 6/5/18 Grade: The show's back again to sticking to a formula in this episode, but luckily it's still good stuff from top to bottom. It's held afloat by strong main events week after week, and some welcome story development (beyond just plain great wrestling) elevates this week's show from what would have been a high B+. A-

    Short stops

    • Absolutely digging Lince's Miami Vice colorway this week. It doesn't quite make him golden, but it's lovely.
    • We're getting a six-man tag between Lucha House Party and Drew Gulak and the Pips next week. Let's hope that that's finally the end of that.
    • If next week is the climax of this feud, though, I wish Gallagher were around to have a huge brawl, leading to Maverick making the match for next week. The show needs a lot more of GMDM doing his job. Why is his presence being lessened?
    • I dunno why, but I really enjoy Percy Watson trying to get into it with heel guest commentators. It's not a bad role, but it's just not a role he can always play.
    • I just found out that Mark Andrews is suffering from an elbow injury, which is why he wasn't around for the UK tour. Get well soon, Mandrews. The division still needs ya.
    • Lio Rush is coming to 205 Live! But... why? Is this something we need? Or will this be something we didn't know we needed until we saw it? Couldn't we have gotten Raul Mendoza instead? Guess I know who Akira Tozawa is messing with next.
    • That was an interesting segment involving TJP, and now I'm really invested—if only because I really want to know if people can move up from the cruiserweight division. We've seen guys go down, so I want to see if this is possible.
    • That said, "it's tapout time" has a lot of potential as a catchphrase.
    • How long was Hideo Itami hiding under there? Has he been there since SmackDown? But nice touch on hitting Buddy Murphy too.

    205 Live Rankings as of 6/9/18

    Here comes a new challenger! How does the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme handle Itami's statement?
    1. Cedric Alexander (no movement) — Well, he isn't really around, so...
    2. Drew Gulak (#3 last week) — DG flies under the radar, beating Akira Tozawa on Main Event to steal a spot from Buddy Murphy.
    3. Buddy Murphy (#2 last week) — It was a good main event by all standards, but Hideo Itami spoils it for both he and Mustafa Ali.
    4. Mustafa Ali (#5 last week) — Swaps spots with Kendrick and Gallagher after Kendrick loses to Lince Dorado. A great match doesn't hurt, too.
    5. Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher (#4 last week) — Drops one spot because of the loss.
    6. Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik (#7 last week)  — One spot up thanks to Lince beating Kendrick.
    7. Hideo Itami (#8 last week) — Steals #7 after making his presence felt. How about some respect, everyone?
    8. TJP (#10 last week) — Also makes a statement of his own. Not many people could cut a promo while locking in complicated leglocks.
    9. Kalisto (#6 last week) — Dropping down by a lot, but only because there are people below him making big moves.
    10. Tony Nese (#9 last week) — What is Tony Nese now? This guy shows up topless despite not being booked to wrestle. Is he Buddy Murphy's friend? Trainer? Pre-match fuck buddy? Dubstep cowboy-in-training? Let Nese wrestle!
      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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