WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 13

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2017

WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 13

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    Akira Tozawa trying to fight out of a kneebar from TJP.
    Akira Tozawa trying to fight out of a kneebar from TJP.Credit: WWE.com

    Following Austin Aries' third unsuccessful attempt to win the Cruiserweight Championship from Neville, Akira Tozawa became the front-runner to earn the next title shot.

    TJP is still in the hunt for gold, but he also lost a recent match for the title. Neville has torn through just about everyone in the division, except Tozawa.

    There is a strange storyline going on involving Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews trying to recruit the Japanese for a stable, but Tozawa doesn't seem too excited about the idea.

    We have also been seeing Noam Dar and Alicia Fox's relationship start to crumble, Cedric Alexander beginning to build momentum again and the cruiserweights starting to mix with the main roster a bit more outside of 205 Live.

    Let's take a look at everything that happened on Tuesday's show.

Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari

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    The first match of the night featured Cedric Alexander continuing his attempt to move on from Dar and Fox by taking on Ariya Daivari. 

    Daivari tries his best to look like a vicious heel, but he is too underdeveloped as a character for anyone to take him seriously as a threat. We don't know what his motivations are, just that he is a rich aristocrat.

    He is a solid wrestler, but he feels a bit out of place with so many high-flyers and submissions specialists in the cruiserweight division.

    This was a decent match, but nothing to write home about. Dar came down with Foxy on a video chat so she could talk trash to Alexander while she is home recovering from a neck injury.

    The distraction didn't do anything to stop him from winning, and when he was done with Daivari, Alexander made sure to tell Foxy he was done with her, too.


    Grade: C-


    Notes and Highlights

    • New 205 Live commentator Vic Joseph looks like he could be Corey Graves' little brother.
    • Daivari could be better served in the tag team division where he can mesh with a partner who complements his skills.
    • Was it just me or could you see some of Dar's contact information on the TitanTron after Alexander hung up the phone?

Austin Aries Addresses His Future

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    Austin Aries came out to address the WWE Universe for the first time since his loss to Neville at Extreme Rules. He got a good reaction, but the look on his face made it seem like he had bad news.

    He talked about rumors and said he wanted to tell everyone from his own mouth what the truth is. Aries claimed he wasn't cleared to compete and would be taking some time off to heal some nagging injuries.

    The crowd was understandably upset by the news, but if this is what it takes for him to stay healthy, he should do it.

    Tony Nese came out and confronted A-Double, but Jack Gallagher did the gentlemanly thing and helped drive The Premier Athlete from the ring.


    Grade: B


    Notes and Highlights

    • I can't wait until WWE lets Aries run wild as a heel. He is so much better as a villain. 
    • Nese is going to need more than a pointy new ring jacket to develop his character beyond a guy with big biceps.
    • Gallagher could be a great underdog outside the cruiserweight division. The crowd loves his gimmick, and he can adjust his style to suit any opponent.

TJP vs. Akira Tozawa

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    Titus O'Neil was shown continuing his efforts to recruit Akira Tozawa to The Titus Brand, and he tried to claim he was responsible for getting the Japanese booked in the main event.

    This week's show featured a lot more non-wrestling segments than usual, so we only got two matches. Fortunately for everyone, Tozawa and TJP are talented enough to carry most of the hour by themselves.

    Both men work a fast pace and their styles meshed to produce a fun bout to close the show. O'Neil was shown watching from backstage, so he wasn't a distraction at ringside.

    After a competitive match, Tozawa picked up the victory with a senton from the top rope.


    Grade: B+


    Notes and Highlights

    • O'Neil singing "It's raining yen"  was funnier than it had any right to be.
    • Tozawa got some serious height on the senton he used to win the match.
    • TJP's entrance music should be changed to sound a little more like the tune you would hear when fighting Bowser in Mario Bros. His current song is too poppy for a heel.