We’re on the road to WWE Payback, which is only two weeks away. At Payback we will see the championship rematch between Neville and Austin Aries, but in order to get us there, we’ve got a couple of weeks of 205 Live left. Here is our recap for what went down on this week’s show.
What Was Best
As I’ve come to expect with 205 Live, this week’s main event was a pretty good match. The main event featured Austin Aries taking on TJ Perkins. The crowd didn’t seem to enjoy the bout very much as they were chanting random things throughout, but unfortunately an uninterested crowd is also a standard for this show.
There was one spot that I particularly enjoyed where Aries went for a 450 splash off the top rope, Perkins moved, and Aries landed on his feet. Upon landing, Aries sold his knee, which prompted Perkins to waste no time in locking in his kneebar. Other than that, Perkins controlled a lot of the match, working over Aries knee. Aries made a comeback and hit his 450 splash for a near fall.
The finish came when Perkins went for the Detonation Kick but Aries escaped and hit a Discus Elbow for the win. Neville came out after the match and got into a brawl with Aries. Aries got the upper hand and locked in the Last Chancery, but Perkins came into the ring to break it up and the two beat up Aries to end the show.
Overall, this was a pretty forgettable episode of 205 Live. Not a whole lot happened and most of the matches had fluke finishes, which is always a bit frustrating.
The show began with a match between Akira Tozawa and Tony Nese. Pretty early into the match, The Brian Kendrick came down to ringside to try to throw Tozawa off. The finish of the match came when Kendrick tried to interfere and hit Tozawa near the apron but was stopped by the ref. This distracted Nese, who was rolled up by Tozawa for the pin. After the match, Nese attacked Kendrick from behind, which led to Tozawa grabbing a mic and telling Kendrick that he needed eyes in the back of his head.
Rich Swann came out and shortly after so did Noam Dar and Alicia Fox. Alicia Fox was prompted to make a decision between the two. She broke up with Dar and attempted to talk to Swann, who basically just blew her off and left. I’m not entirely sure what the point of this whole angle was, but Alicia Fox’s reaction to the whole thing was actually pretty entertaining.
Mustafa Ali came out for a match against Ariya Daivari. Daivari is portraying a new character where I guess he is just rich now. A video aired which showed him pulling up to the arena in a very nice car and telling the valet not to scratch it. He came to the ring wearing gold chains as well. That was pretty much the most notable thing about this match.
There finish happened when Ali went up top for his Imploding 450 and Drew Gulak came out with a megaphone and a picket sign which said “No Fly Zone.” Gulak chanted “I’m not lying, no high flying,” which distracted Ali, leading to him getting pulled down from the top rope and getting hit with a Wristlock Lariat by Daivari for the win.
WWE 205 Live Results
Akira Tozawa def. Tony Nese.
Ariya Daivari def. Mustafa Ali.
Austin Aries def. TJ Perkins.