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    Saturday, August 24, 2019

    Live From the 205 (8/20/19): O Captain, My Captain

    Even though there are rumors swirling around the show's possible demise sooner or later, 205 Live is amazing for managing to flex its creative muscles at least once a year. Last year they had an All Night Long gauntlet match; in 2019, we get an All Night Long survivor series match way before Survivor Series.

    One would think that this Captain's Challenge was a way to further the Oney Lorcan/Drew Gulak feud over the Cruiserweight Championship. It was, don't get it wrong, but it also happened to be so much more than that. Let's go over the beats covered by the match:
    • The result legitimized Humberto Carrillo. Not only did he win the match for Team Oney, but doing so apparently put the Last Real Ninja in contention for the Cruiserweight Championship. That's a much-needed jolt of intrigue to an Oney/Gulak program that didn't have a lot of legs after two straight wins by the champ.
    • It also put Angel Garza on the 205 Live map. Arguably the breakout of this entire match, Angel Garza going on to be the very last guy eliminated from Team Gulak pretty much establishes he's here to stay on the cruiserweight division moving forward.
    • Isaiah "Swerve" Scott also did very well for himself. While not going as deep as Garza did, that performance might have secured him a spot on the cruiserweight roster too. Guess we'll find out in the coming weeks.
    • Mike Kanellis even got some shine. He didn't last long, but managing to put Tozawa away had to count for something.
    • All other bases were covered. The unusual Jack Gallagher/Brian Kendrick/Akira Tozawa storyline continues, and the intrigue surrounding the Lucha House Party is also even advanced with the involvement of Ariya Daivari, even though we all know Lince Dorado did it.

    This elimination match was a nice soft reset for the show's storylines, and they should really do something like this more often. 

    205 Live 8/20/19 Final Grade: The entire 10-man tag match taking up the whole episode is definitely entertaining, even if it isn't groundbreaking. A-

        Short stops

        • I did like the faces all going for the Mary Poppins spot just to get a few laughs.
        • Why would Gallagher bring up last week's weird loss when Kendrick actually had a gripe about this week? It's clunky writing and they could've done better to set up a match.
        • Where is this thing with Tony Nese going? It didn't really feel like his reluctance to be helped by his heel teammates connected to a bigger picture, especially considering everyone else involved in the team has their own stories now.
        • Why would you cut away from Angel Garza tearing his pants off?
        • While we're talking about Garza, he better set everyone straight on how his first name should be pronounced. Gulak actually says it right (anghel) while everyone is all Western.
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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 (8/20/19): O Captain, My Captain Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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