WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 8

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2018

WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 8

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    Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy did battle on this week's 205 Live.
    Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy did battle on this week's 205 Live.Credit: WWE.com

    WWE's cruiserweight division is packed to the brim with talented Superstars, but it will clearly never be a priority for management.

    There was no cruiserweight match at Backlash, and you can count the number of times the division has been referenced on Raw this year on one hand.

    Despite the lack of any promotion or attention, 205 Live has improved over the past few months thanks to some new talent shaking things up and a greater focus on in-ring performance.

    One of the more promising newcomers has been Buddy Murphy. The former NXT tag team champion has improved every aspect of his game and quickly rose through the ranks to become a contender for the Cruiserweight Championship.

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

The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher vs. Lucha House Party

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    WWE has not officially announced any plans for a set of tag titles for the cruiserweight division, but management keeps booking weekly matches featuring a handful of established teams.

    The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher are getting used to being a team again after Kendrick was out with an injury for several months, but they showed no signs of losing their chemistry.

    The match started at a slow pace because Kendrick and Gallagher were in control, but once Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik got the upper hand, everything started to speed up.

    After a short but competitive contest, Dorado scored the win for his team with a beautiful Shooting Star Press from the top rope.


    Grade: B-


    Notes and Highlights

    • Drew Gulak calling Dorado "Lince Dorito" was so much funnier than it was supposed to be.
    • It seems like half the WWE roster uses some form of the superkick nowadays.
    • Gulak was at ringside because he is feuding with Kalisto, but the announcers barely acknowledged the storyline.

Tony Nese vs. Keith Clayball

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    It seemed like WWE was going to test the waters with a Tony Nese babyface run, but he went right back to his villainous ways this week.

    He was paired with an enhancement talent named Keith Clayball, so there was no reason to expect more than a squash match.

    The Premier Athlete dominated the jobber for a couple of minutes before finishing him off with a running knee to the face.


    Grade: D


    Notes and Highlights

    • Nigel McGuinness trying to put over the jobber at the start of the match was hilarious.
    • WWE should have given Nese more time to get over as a babyface.
    • Nese is back to counting his abs during his entrance. He needs a new angle because it gets him zero heat from the crowd.

Buddy Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali

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    The main event of the evening saw Murphy take on a man who has been just as impressive in recent months, Mustafa Ali.

    They started strong with a quick pace and stiff strikes. Most Superstars would take their time building momentum, but these two thrive on excitement.

    Murphy is great at using his size advantage to throw around the smaller Superstars on 205 Live, but he is just as fast as he is powerful.

    He and Ali put everything on the line to steal the show. It makes you wonder why WWE keeps ignoring the division on Raw when it could be putting on matches like this. Not only did they outshine everything we saw on SmackDown, but they managed to make most of the bouts from Backlash look bad by comparison.

    After a hard-fought war, Murphy was finally able to put Ali away with his finisher. After a win like this, Murphy has every right to demand a title shot.


    Grade: A+


    Notes and Highlights

    • It might be fun to see Murphy and his real fiancee, Alexa Bliss, form an alliance for a little while.
    • The running suplex Murphy hit on the floor looked and sounded brutal.
    • The way Murphy broke a sleeper hold looked dangerous. Both Superstars almost landed right on their heads.
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