WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from January 16
The crowd in attendance for Tuesday's taping had to sit through two hours of SmackDown and the first 30-minute episode of the Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch before 205 Live even started.
The cruiserweight division has suffered from tired crowds since it began, but the next several weeks are going to be even tougher with an extra half hour between SmackDown and 205 Live. To make matters even worse, 205 Live will only be 30 minutes instead of its usual 45-50.
However, the roster has more than enough talent to wake the audience up with some risk-taking maneuvers and entertaining performances.
The recent addition of Goldust to the feud between Cedric Alexander and The Zo Train has helped shake things up a little, but interacting with one Raw Superstar is not enough to convince the fans WWE sees 205 Live as a priority.
It's going to take some real effort from the creative team and more integration with the rest of the company for the division to be seen as equal to the rest of the Superstars on the main roster.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's shortened episode of 205 Live.
TJP vs. Gran Metalik
The first match of the night continued a feud we saw begin last week between Gran Metalik and TJP.
The luchador defeated the first cruiserweight champion in what many would call an upset, so TJP was out to prove he was the superior competitor.
They used a quicker pace than last week, and it helped make their performance more exciting.
The crowd was into everything happening in the ring. Chants of "Lucha libre" broke out when Metalik hit a series of high-flying moves in a row.
The masked Superstar picked up another clean victory over the cocky TJP. This could be the start of a real push for Metalik.
Notes and Highlights
- Metalik deserves his nickname "The King of the Ropes." He makes everything he does look easy, and that includes things like springboard moonsaults from the top rope to the floor.
- It's about time Metalik scored two wins in a row. This is someone who made it all the way to the finals of the Cruiserweight Classic because he is so good, but it took WWE almost two years to start building him up on 205 Live.
- Dasha Fuentes tried to interview TJP backstage after the match. She caught him shedding a few tears and he stormed off in anger.
Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak vs. Goldust
The second segment of the evening featured Goldust conducting a special in-ring interview with the man he has taken under his wing in recent weeks.
Alexander may not have intended to turn this partnership into an ongoing union when they first teamed up, but he had a big smile on his face when they walked to the ring.
He called Goldust a great mentor and friend. Goldie called Alexander the Leonardo DiCaprio to his Martin Scorsese.
Predictably, The Zo Train came out to taunt them. Goldust challenged them to come to the ring to shut him up. Amore proposed Goldust battle Ariya Daivari, Tony Nese and Drew Gulak in a handicap match and Goldie agreed.
Goldust did well at first, but the numbers game eventually caught up with him. Alexander took out Amore at ringside to give Goldust an opening to hit the Final Cut for the pin and the win.
The interview segment and the match that followed were both decent segments. Goldust defeating three cruiserweights was a little much, but he is a veteran with a size advantage, so it wasn't completely unbelievable.
Notes and Highlights
- Goldust's ring jacket looked like something out of a comic book. He should wear it more often. It's much better than his frilly robe.
- Goldust briefly channeled Joe Pesci while talking to Amore.
- Muscles Marinara was still limping. It will be interesting to see if he is fully recovered by the Royal Rumble on January 28.