WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from April 10
With the Mixed Match Challenge finally over, 205 Live has returned to its normal time slot immediately following SmackDown on WWE Network.
The Cruiserweight Championship tournament came to a close at WrestleMania 34 on Sunday when Cedric Alexander defeated Mustafa Ali in a fun and energetic match.
This has been a long time coming for Alexander. He was one of the standout performers during the Cruiserweight Classic, but he was stuck in a storyline with Alicia Fox and Noam Dar while several others were fighting over the title.
We have entered into a new era for the cruiserweight brand. The matches have been better, the storylines have been more interesting and some new additions to the roster such as Buddy Murphy and Hideo Itami are making a name for themselves.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on this Tuesday's episode of 205 Live.
Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa
The first match of the night continued the tag team feud WWE has been developing between The Lucha House Party and the team of Akira Tozawa and Itami by having Kalisto battle Tozawa.
With Itami showing more heel characteristics recently, Tozawa has served as the voice of reason on the team. Their conflicting philosophies haven't led to any clashes yet, but it's going to happen eventually if WWE doesn't turn Tozawa heel, too.
The two former cruiserweight champions worked well together to put on a fast-paced match with a lot of entertaining moments.
They are evenly matched in a lot of ways, but their styles are completely different. Kalisto focused on high-flying offense, while Tozawa tried to keep him grounded with strikes.
After an outstanding final exchange of counters and near-falls, Kalisto hit his patented Salida del Sol for the pin and the win. They picked up the pace toward the end to make this a great performance.
Notes and Highlights
- Percy Watson took Nigel McGuinness' place alongside Vic Joseph at the commentary table.
- Both teams gave backstage promos before the match. Kalisto and Tozawa were the only ones who spoke.
- Tozawa's fake-out punch is one of the best moves in his arsenal. It always sounds painful.
- The rope-assisted Spanish Fly Kalisto used was awesome. A lot of people seem to be using that move lately: Alexander and Charlotte Flair both used it at WrestleMania.
Drew Gulak vs. Mark Andrews
Drew Gulak came out before the match and teased giving one of his PowerPoint presentations before saying this is not the right time. He vowed to defeat Mark Andrews and declared himself the greatest submission specialist in WWE today.
He seemed more focused than ever while applying various holds throughout the match, but Andrews did his best to keep him off his game using high-flying maneuvers against the man who has lobbied to ban them.
This wasn't as exciting as Tozawa vs. Kalisto, but that's because Gulak works at a slower pace than most cruiserweights. The good thing about that is his matches are more technically sound.
Gulak scored the win with the Gulock. His increased aggression is going to be the key to him finally being taken seriously in this division.
After he had already been declared the winner, Gulak put Andrews back in the hold until Tony Nese came to the rescue and took him out.
Notes and Highlights
- Andrews' entrance music reminds me of the early 2000s when everyone wanted to sound like Blink-182.
- Nese may be turning babyface. He wished Andrews luck before the match and said his former friend had become unstable. It's about time.
- Gulak's new ring jacket is unique.
- Andrews used the 619 in this match. Rey Mysterio's still looks better.
- The crowd was paying attention to something happening off-camera toward the end of the match. It was probably a beach ball or something.
A New Contender Is Already Staking His Claim
General manager Drake Maverick came out to introduce new cruiserweight champion Alexander to 205 Live. He put over the match at WrestleMania before handing the mic to the champ.
After Alexander expressed his gratitude for everyone believing in him ever since the Cruiserweight Classic, Mustafa Ali came down to the ring.
He called Alexander a friend and said he deserves to be champion before giving him a hug. The crowd chanted "One more match" as Ali said he wanted a shot at the belt.
Buddy Murphy's music hit, and he appeared behind Alexander to deliver his finisher before running away from Ali. Maverick berated him at ringside while he smirked and walked up the ramp.
The show ended with the new champion trying to recover as Ali gave him a hand. Murphy is already being positioned as a threat to the title, and after his recent performances, that comes as no surprise.
Notes and Highlights
- The Brian Kendrick returned in a backstage segment with Jack Gallagher and Maverick. Kendrick promised he would not go after Itami for injuring him, but he didn't say it convincingly.
- Alexander's shirt matches the title so well, you almost couldn't see it on his shoulder.
- Murphy had a little trouble getting Alexander up for his finisher.
- Maverick is slowly becoming my favorite authority figure in WWE. His enthusiasm is undeniable.