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    Sunday, June 16, 2019

    Live From the 205 (6/11/19): Construction Complete

    A day after this week's episode of 205 Live aired, Jack Gallagher tweeted that many considered it to be the best. Whether that means the best ever or the best of 2019 is still up for debate, but one thing is correct: it was a pretty damn good show.

    It might have been the breath of fresh air that blows the show in the right direction, even. 205 Live, despite putting on some of the finest spectacles of professional wrestling a fan could ever hope for from WWE's main roster, felt lost in the woods after Cedric Alexander, Buddy Murphy, and Mustafa Ali were taken from them in the past year. They anchored their hopes on Tony Nese right before Murphy and Alexander were taken from them, but his first month wasn't exactly the strongest.

    In the midst of a tentative first championship feud featuring Ariya Daivari, I suggested that the show had to build up a lot of guys all at the same time. It's the only way they were going to find their next big star, or at least, the next guy that could help make Tony Nese as champ. They built slowly to it, and this week's episode, with the fatal four-way main event, is the culmination of all those efforts.

    That the main event ended inconclusively, with Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak inadvertently pinning each other at the same time, is evidence that they're trying to get as many guys as possible that exposure. All signs are pointing to a triple threat match for the title at Stomping Grounds, and between that and Chad Gable's timely arrival, we're finally getting a division that's showing a sense of urgency when it comes to building stars.

    If you're a fellow 205 Live fan waiting for things to pick up again, this is your sign. Everything's picking up steam, from new blood in the roster, to Lorcan vs. Daivari, Singhs vs. Lucha House Party, Kanellis vs. Maverick, and Nese vs. Tozawa vs. Gulak. The cycle has come around yet again, and it couldn't have come any sooner. 

    205 Live 6/4/19 Final Grade: I wanted to like the Lorcan/Daivari main event, but it just wasn't the right kind of match for a tired crowd. Gulak/Tozawa is solid, though. This week's episode gets a B.

        Short stops

        • While I do like the fact that Chad Gable is now in the cruiserweight division, was this such a desperate move (on the backstage side) that he came out to very little fanfare? Just as a "surprise" for a Drake Maverick who's been too busy chasing after the 24/7 Championship? I felt like Gable deserved a lot of hype for someone of his NXT reputation walking down to the purple brand.
        • I haven't decided whether I like the countout finish, even though it was brilliantly executed and protected Jack Gallagher well enough. It kind of felt anticlimactic for a debut that was already from out of left field. I also thought Gable wanted to cut a promo after the match but wasn't given the mic for some reason—had he cut a promo saying he didn't want to win like that and immediately challenging Jack to a rematch, they could've saved some heat.
        • I like the brewing Mike Kanellis/Drake Maverick feud, because it potentially adds another cruiserweight to the roster. It also helps make the 24/7 Championship look like a credible plot device, with Drake's pursuit of it having some actual consequences in his job as the 205 Live General Manager.
        • The show's eventually going to have to find another tag team for the Singh Brothers to feud with after the Lucha House Party, because this non-feud (the Party hasn't even been on the show in weeks, thanks to their RAW feud with Lars Sullivan) is on its last legs.
        • I'm totally digging the new heavy-hitting Drew Gulak. That superplex should definitely be a finisher.
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          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 (6/11/19): Construction Complete Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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