WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 1

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2018

WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 1

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    Cedric Alexander celebrating a successful title defense in Saudi Arabia.
    Cedric Alexander celebrating a successful title defense in Saudi Arabia.Credit: WWE.com

    WWE is about to have its third pay-per-view in the span of a month with Backlash on Sunday, but the cruiserweight division has yet to be booked on the show.

    Turning every PPV into a co-branded event between Raw and SmackDown was bound to lead to a lot of people being left out in the cold, and we may already be seeing the 205 Live roster suffer as a result.

    Considering the division has already been ignored on Raw for most of 2018, things aren't looking good for the cruiserweights.

    Hopefully, WWE finds a way to turn things around and make them a bigger part of the product, or the division will devolve back into what it was when Hornswoggle was champion.

    Let's take a look at everything that happened on Tuesday's episode of 205 Live.

The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher vs. Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa

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    The first match of the night saw the potential cruiserweight tag team division begin its next feud when Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami took on The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher.

    WWE made sure to remind everyone how Itami injured Kendrick last December with a GTS that broke his eye socket. It immediately made this match feel more important than any of Itami and Tozawa's encounters with Lucha House Party.

    The pace was a little on the slow side for the first half of the match, but they picked it up toward the end to create a few exciting moments.

    Tozawa and Itami continued to have communication issues this week, and it led to Gallagher picking up the win for his team with a stiff headbutt to Tozawa's skull.

    Itami showed his frustration after the match by shoving his partner to the mat and walking out on him. This might not be the end of their team, but at least WWE is starting to build a storyline around their difference in philosophies.

                 

    Grade: C+

                 

    Notes and Highlights

    • It's nice to see WWE use Kendrick's injury at the hands of Itami as the basis for this feud. The company often ignores its own history for no reason sometimes.
    • Kendrick looks like he put on a little muscle during his time on the shelf.
    • Who would have ever thought a cruiserweight would use a headbutt as a finisher?

Buddy Murphy vs. Local Talent

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    WWE threw Buddy Murphy a bone with an easy win over a local talent named Liam Louis in the second contest of the night.

    General manager Drake Maverick joined the announce team to watch WWE's Best Kept Secret tear the poor kid apart. He powerbombed him so many times, the ref was forced to call for the bell and declare Murphy the winner.

    While establishing him as a dominant performer is important, Murphy would have benefitted more from producing another show-stealing performance as he did against Kalisto a few weeks ago. 

                  

    Grade: D

                    

    Notes and Highlights

    • Murphy was shown demanding a title match from Maverick when he made weight for the show in a backstage segment.
    • Cedric Alexander came out after the match and attacked Murphy, which is a good sign Murphy will get the title shot he asked for.
    • The only reason this match didn't get an F is that Murphy made everything he did look convincing.

Kalisto vs. Drew Gulak

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    Kalisto taking out Drew Gulak with a dropkick through the ropes.
    Kalisto taking out Drew Gulak with a dropkick through the ropes.Credit: WWE.com

    Drew Gulak challenged Kalisto to a rematch from the final round of the No. 1 contender's Gauntlet match a few weeks ago, and the Lucha Dragon was more than happy to accept.

    The submission specialist took control right away and used his power and size advantage to keep Kalisto grounded with a variety of holds.

    Gulak showed the ultimate sign of disrespect to a luchador by trying to rip his mask off. An enraged Kalisto responded by using every high-flying move in his arsenal against the man who has been campaigning against taking to the air for the past year.

    The quicker pace led to some fun exchanges and produced a "This is awesome" chant from the crowd. Despite his best efforts, Kalisto was forced to tap out to the Gulock to end a fun match.

                       

    Grade: B-

                  

    Notes and Highlights

    • It looks like WWE gave Lucha House Party its own shirt, so this stable is likely sticking around for a while.
    • Percy Watson has come into his own as an announcer alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph.
    • Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali was announced for next week during this match.
    • Gulak was supposed to catch Kalisto during a crossbody, but he couldn't hold him up and ended up falling on his back for a near-fall.
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