GAUNTLET MATCH, STARTING WITH MUSTAFA ALI VS. TJP
Both of these guys wrestle such a fast-paced style, making for a really fun match. TJP slows things down a bit more often than Ali does with his submission moves. It makes more sense for at least one of the wrestlers to try and ground the other when you have two high flyers than for both guys to be going full speed the whole match. Of course with this being a gauntlet match, they need to save some energy as well. The 054 never fails to impress me. Interesting choice to have TJP, the former cruiserweight champion who felt insulted to have to possibly go through four other men to get a title shot, lose first in the gauntlet match.
GAUNTLET MATCH CONTINUED, MUSTAFA ALI VS. DREW GULAK
These two renew their feud from the “old” 205 Live, the high flyer vs. the leader of the “No Fly Zone” movement. Smart wrestling by Gulak to continue to work on Ali’s knee after it was weakened by TJP. Ali gets tossed off the top rope to the outside and at first it scared the shit out of me when he hit the steps. Obviously he was fine or they wouldn’t have let Gulak pull him back into the ring, but god damn, that was terrifying for a second. Gulak’s submission offense is brutal.
GAUNTLET MATCH CONTINUED, DREW GULAK VS. TONY NESE
Nese comes firing out of the gate after his former friend who embarrassed him in the championship tournament, and does a good job at making this match feel personal. That could be a disadvantage for Nese, as Gulak keeps it all business and won’t be distracted by emotions. No sooner had I typed this than Nese neglects to go for a pin when he has the match won and instead gets caught in the Gu-Lock and losing the match.
GAUNTLET MATCH FINAL: KALISTO VS. DREW GULAK
Gulak side-stepping and tossing Kalisto into the barricade on the suicide dive attempt looked nasty. Kalisto’s lucha style vs. Gulak’s technical and submission offense was actually really good. Gulak is good at using Kalisto’s moment against him. Kalisto escapes the Gu-Lock and celebrates a win with Lucha House Party.