WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 4

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2018

WWE 205 Live Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from September 4

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    Cedric Alexander being held back by Drake Maverick.
    Cedric Alexander being held back by Drake Maverick.Credit: WWE.com

    Drake Maverick might be moonlighting as the manager for The Authors of Pain, but he is still the general manager of 205 Live.

    He took to Twitter to announce Tony Nese vs. Gran Metalik for Tuesday's show. This continues the storyline with Nese and Buddy Murphy battling The Lucha House Party.

    Maverick also confirmed Murphy would face Cedric Alexander for the Cruiserweight Championship in his home country of Australia at Super Show-Down.

    The last order of business for the GM was hyping a potential confrontation between Alexander and Drew Gulak. Let's take a look at everything that happened on this week's 205 Live.

Tony Nese vs. Gran Metalik

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    Gran Metalik and Tony Nese.
    Gran Metalik and Tony Nese.Credit: WWE.com

    Nese and Metalik started their match with a spirited exchange of quick counters and takedowns. For every flip the luchador did, The Premier Athlete was there to copy him.

    Whenever Nese faces someone who likes to use a lot of high-flying moves, he rises to their level and shows off more agility than he usually puts on display.

    These two have fought each other before, but their encounters are always far enough apart so they never feel repetitive. WWE knows they work well together and can use them to elevate any episode of 205 Live.

    The quick pace may have taken the breath out of Metalik later in the match, as he made a few minor mistakes, but they didn't interrupt the flow.

    Nese outshined the luchador at his own game with a corkscrew dive over the top rope and a beautiful 450 splash later in the contest. The King of the Ropes failed to get the win with the Metalik Driver, but a super hurricanrana and a flying elbow drop secured him the victory in the end.

    Despite a few close calls, this match kept the crowd's energy up after the exciting conclusion to SmackDown.


    Grade: A-


    Notes and Highlights

    • Buddy Murphy gave a decent promo before the match hyping his cruiserweight title shot at Super Show-Down.
    • Nese showed some impressive strength catching Metalik as he flew off the apron.
    • Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Murphy were banned from ringside after what happened between the two groups last week.
    • The northern lights suplex is an underrated maneuver. It looks awesome when someone does it properly.
    • Nigel McGuinness did a good job making one of Metalik's botches sound like he did it on purpose.

Noam Dar vs. Brian Kelly

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    Lio Rush on 205 Live.
    Lio Rush on 205 Live.Credit: WWE.com

    Noam Dar appears to have moved on from his feud with TJP, but a new rival immediately emerged when Lio Rush came out to join the commentary team for this bout.

    Dar easily controlled a jobber by the name of Brian Kelly while Rush talked about how poorly Maverick has been using him in recent weeks.

    The Scottish Supernova kept his eyes on Rush while he hit his finisher to score an easy win. The match itself was exactly what you would expect, but the prospect of seeing Dar vs. Rush is interesting.


    Grade: C


    Notes and Highlights

    • Rush only shook McGuinness' hand when he joined the announcers.
    • Get The Man of the Hour a smoothie right now!
    • Kelly looked like he could be Gulak's little brother.

Cedric Alexander vs. TJP

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    Cedric Alexander and TJP.
    Cedric Alexander and TJP.Credit: WWE.com

    Cedric Alexander came to the ring to call out Gulak, but instead of getting the Savior of 205 Live, TJP came out to confront the champ.

    Maverick came out and booked them to face each other immediately. They kept things technical early on, but TJP's frustration led to him turning up the intensity.

    It seemed like this was going to lead to TJP earning a future title shot, but Alexander was able to defeat him in a fun main event.

    Gulak finally came out after the bell to congratulate the champion and run him down at the same time. He said he was willing to continue the fight they started in Brooklyn, New York, but Jack Gallagher attacked Alexander from behind to give Gulak the upper hand.

    He applied the Gulock until Alexander passed out to end the show.


    Grade: B


    Notes and Highlights

    • Is Maverick a heel or a babyface? It's hard to tell between his appearance on Raw and how he acted on 205 Live.
    • Can we get Bryan vs. TJP? Just once? Their styles would mix so well.
    • Maverick makes Gallagher look tall.

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