WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from May 29
After several weeks of buildup and controversy, Buddy Murphy finally received his Cruiserweight Championship match against Cedric Alexander on this week's 205 Live.
Murphy has been one of the standout competitors in the division since he was first brought to the brand from NXT back in February.
The storyline about him constantly having to make weight for the division never took off, but his incredible in-ring performances against the likes of Kalisto and Mustafa Ali made everyone take notice.
This should have been on a pay-per-view, but WWE management seems to have forgotten the cruiserweight division still exists.
Let's take a look at everything that happened on Tuesday's episode of 205 Live.
The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher vs. Kalisto and Lince Dorado
The first match of the night featured more action from 205 Live's budding tag team division with Kalisto and Lince Dorado taking on The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher.
Drew Gulak has been feuding with Lucha House Party recently, so he was scouting the team with the commentators at ringside.
The pace of the match was quick while the luchadors were in control and slowed down when Kendrick and Gallagher took over.
Their contrasting styles led to this match having a little bit of everything, but something kept it from reaching its full potential. Everyone did a good job. It just felt like something was missing.
Gulak helped Kendrick and Gallagher get the victory by pulling Dorado off the top rope while the ref had his back turned, allowing Kendrick to put him in the Captain's Hook.
Notes and Highlights
- It's nice to see Lucha House Party mix up its tag team combos. It was looking like it would always be Kalisto as a solo act and Dorado with Metalik as a tag team. Maybe they will use the Freebird rule if the company ever puts them in the hunt for the tag titles.
- Gulak might have a future doing commentary when he retires from the ring. He is well-spoken, quick-witted and loves the business.
- Gulak and Gallagher would have made a great team. Maybe they can join forces someday if Kendrick ever moves on.
Cedric Alexander vs. Buddy Murphy (Cruiserweight Championship)
Alexander came into this match as the home-state hero in Raleigh, North Carolina, so he had the odds stacked against him from the opening bell. For some reason, WWE loves to have people lose in the city they are from.
They started with some standard chain wrestling to show off their technical ability and quickness. They came to a few stalemates because they were so evenly matched.
Alexander took control early, but Murphy tripped him on top of the announce table and threw him into the barricade to reverse the momentum in his favor. They paced the match perfectly with bursts of high-octane offense between the moments when Murphy was focusing on punishing Alexander's back.
The crowd came alive at the halfway point and began to get more invested in what was happening in the ring. They were telling a story, and everyone wanted to see how it ended.
Each competitor used everything he had in his bag of tricks to put on an amazing final few minutes to cap off what was already an incredible performance. Murphy is going to be champion someday, but Alexander made sure it wasn't going to be at his expense by winning with his signature Lumbar Check.
Notes and Highlights
- Murphy didn't get as much heat as he should have during the official intros.
- The promo videos before the match for both Superstars were fantastic. They did more to make this match important than the last few weeks of storytelling.
- Both Superstars will have bruises in the morning. Their strikes were stiff in this one.
- Alexander's spinning back elbow is a thing of beauty.