June 12, 2018
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson
Backstage: Drake Maverick
The show began with Drake Maverick narrating a recap of last week’s Buddy Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali main event, which was interrupted by Hideo Itami.
Maverick stated that a main event ending in a no contest isn’t something he wants and, as a punishment, he will not give Itami the stage of being on 205 Live tonight. He announced that Ali will face Tony Nese tonight and try to get another shot at Murphy, while Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick take on the Lucha House Party.
The Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) defeated Drew Gulak, Jack Gallagher & Brian Kendrick
Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado entered first to face the heels and they brought out a new mascot — Penelope, a remote control pinata with Gulak’s face on it.
Kendrick told Dasha Fuentes that they need to beat the House Party to move on, while Gulak said defeating them is a key to a better 205 Live.
The heels worked Dorado over for a bit to start things off. The faces then recovered with a variety of splashes to Kendrick before Gulak grounded Dorado, but Dorado hit a quick rana. Dorado did a run-up flip dive, using his partners to jump up top.
Kalisto came in and got bullied in the corner. Kendrick blind tagged in and tripped Kalisto up top for two before Gulak entered and stomped away. Dorado tagged in, but the referee didn’t see it. Gallagher worked over Kalisto with a variety of stretches before tagging Kendrick in for a kick that got two. Metalik and Gallagher came in, with Metalik diving on him.
Dorado tagged in, then Drew got two off an O’Connor roll with the tights, but the referee caught him. Kendrick entered and used the Captain’s Hook, but a save was made. Gulak and Gallagher ate a Golden Rewind and a dive on the floor. Dorado went for a dive, but Kendrick intercepted him and locked on the Captain’s Hook in the center of the ring. Dorado was then able to cradle him while holding his tights to get the win.
Backstage: Hideo Itami
The announcers talked about Itami attacking Murphy and Ali last week before we got a selfie promo with Itami saying he deserves to be a champion and they don’t.
Backstage: Drake Maverick, Buddy Murphy, Mustafa Ali
Maverick was backstage in a bright orange suit talking to Murphy, who didn’t want to hear what he had to say since he isn’t getting a match with Itami tonight.
Ali cut a selfie promo about Itami preventing him from beating Murphy, but he said he’ll get up and beat Nese.
Akira Tozawa defeated Steve Irby
Tozawa chopped away, but Irby recovered and stomped away in the corner. Irby landed a series of forearms to the jaw before eating a rana. Tozawa hit a back kick and then a tornado kick. He went up top and landed the diving senton to win the match. Irby got in a lot more offense than expected, and actually has a pretty good look for this show.
Promo: Lio Rush
Lio Rush cut a very convincing heel promo about being passed over in two cruiserweight tournaments, and said he’s the right man in the right place at the right time. He is fantastic at playing this entitled athlete character.
Mustafa Ali defeated Tony Nese
Ali came out and got the best reaction so far, and they talked about him gifting a light-up mask to a fan who needs to use a mask due to a medical condition. Nese came out and pointed to his abs, then brought Murphy out. Cedric Alexander came out to second Ali.
Nese muscled Ali into the corner and landed a gut shot. He tossed Ali’s back into the post and worked him over with a body scissors — but ate a high kick in the corner. The X-Factor then got two for Ali. They each went for a lariat and landed one on each other for a double-down.
Nese hit a lariat and a pumphandle driver for two. He argued with Alexander and ate a flip dive from Ali. Alexander and Murphy brawled in the ring, with Alexander hitting a suicide dive on him on the floor.
Nese got a schoolboy and a Rampage-style lift-up buckle bomb for two. He went for the running knee, but it missed. Ali hit a blind-diving tornado DDT and landed the 054 for the win.
Ali grabbed a mic and said that he, Murphy, and Itami want to destroy each other — so he wants Maverick to make that happen and see who the best man truly is. Maverick was backstage with Fuentes and said that he will make that triple threat match for next week. They left the camera on him for an awkwardly long time to close the show out.
Solid stuff tonight — Ali’s stock definitely felt like it rose, but everyone else just seems like they’re running in place.