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    Monday, April 1, 2019

    Live From the 205 (3/26/19): Patient Rebuilding

    It's less than two weeks away from WrestleMania and 205 Live's biggest match of the year, and all that Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese get is... a Performance Center video segment?

    I get it. 205 Live is truly not just Buddy Murphy and the Cruiserweight Championship. As with all brands, other stories still have to be told. You have other stars to build, because you've got a whole division to take care of. But surely your marquee match deserves a little more than a taped vignette the week after a huge storyline development (that's Buddy turning on Tony, for those who haven't caught up yet)?

    Yes, this match is likely going to end up on the WrestleMania kickoff show for the third straight year in a row, but that's not an excuse to hold back. Even though it's not on 205 Live's brand to run these kinds of segments anymore, I still want an epic confrontation between Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese. I want Murphy to gloat in real-time and deliver the exact same promo he cut at the Performance Center in front of a live audience who needs to know the story. Save your taped vignettes for others who may not make it to the show.

    Maybe they're lowering the bar so they can top themselves in the go-home episode. That better be the case, because Tony didn't earn a chance by winning this tournament to not get a spot on the show itself.

    In other news, Oney Lorcan is officially a member of the cruiserweight division, taking up the heel spot Tony vacated when he won the tournament last week. I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this as Oney has always served better as a fiery babyface (just think: they're starting off his feud with Cedric Alexander over a jacket), but at least we can rest assured by all the fire matches he and Cedric will have.

    If there's anything the show did accomplish this week despite sidelining their main event, it's locking in to the rebuilding phase the show gets into every now and then. It's starting to be a cycle now thanks to all the movements within the rosters both upward (i.e. Lio Rush, Mustafa Ali, Lucha House Party) and lateral (i.e. Noam Dar). It looks like the division hasn't really had a stable roster ever since Rush and the House Party started appearing on RAW and Ali got promoted to SmackDown, but I have a feeling that all changes after WrestleMania.

    205 Live 3/26/19 Final Grade: There are solid matches, especially this week's main event between Cedric and Ariya Daivari, but it's WrestleMania season and I'm expecting a lot more. This week's episode gets a narrow B+.

    Short stops

    • It's about time the Humberto Carrillo story with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher got somewhere, but I can't see it being more than filler until Bertie finally gets enough of the two grapplers and it turns into a blood feud.
    • Nigel gloating on Aiden after the Lucha House Party faked outside dives is hilarious. Poor Aiden.
    • I really, really like Ariya Daivari's work right now. He's trying to be different in his own way and he's progressing along nicely. I do think he needs an associate if he wants to stand out, though.

    205 Live Rankings As of 4/1/19

    The tournament is over, so that means the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme is back to rank the cruiserweight division!
    1. Tony Nese — Can you believe Tony Nese finally makes it to #1, after all this time languishing in the bottom half of the ladder? What can I say, the man deserves it after an impressive showing in the tournament.
    2. Buddy Murphy — The Cruiserweight Champion has been out of action for a while now thanks to the tournament, and getting punked in his own promo time isn't a good look for him.
    3. Mike Kanellis — Mike has rebounded, so why not get the #3 spot?
    4. Lucha House Party — A win on 205 Live solidifies Lucha House Party's spot in the middle third of the rankings, but we don't exactly know what that gets them. Now, if there were a Cruiserweight Tag Team Championship to play for...
    5. Ariya Daivari — Now, Daivari did beat Cedric Alexander of all people. Yes, it's through the help of one Oney Lorcan, but a win's a win.
    6. Cedric Alexander — Made it as far as the finals of the cruiserweight tournament, but falls to Tony Nese. Falls to Ariya Daivari for a second straight loss.
    7. Humberto Carillo — Bertie almost gets the win if it weren't for his teammates. Speaking of...
    8. Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher — Didn't Gulak just play himself? They could have won if he didn't stop Bertie from going up the top rope.
    9. Oney Lorcan — Welcome to 205 Live, Oney. Watch where you put your jacket.
    10. Akira Tozawa — Tozawa's fallen a long way from championship contender to Guy Who Has To Put Mike Kanellis Over. At least it was a good match.

    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 (3/26/19): Patient Rebuilding Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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