205 Live Review, 5/15

FATAL FOUR WAY: TYLER BATE VS. TJP VS. KENNY WILLIAMS VS. KALISTO

At the start it looked like they may have some really good three- or four-man wrestling in the one, but promise soon turned to dismay as Bate and Williams were shoved, and laid on the outside, then bumped back down as they tried to enter the ring again, so down for another few minutes. Kalisto takes himself and Williams down, so now it’s Bate and TJP’s turn. It’s truly become insulting to advertise fatal four way matches that only has more than two guys wrestling for about 60 seconds of the total match. It would be even a tad better if the two guys who were down were down in the ring, but no, they always have to be knocked to the outside by inconsequential strikes or bumps and despite their known resiliency, they can’t recover for two and three minutes at a time. At least this one eventually got all four guys in the ring and recovered a small bit of credibility. But of course, it turned into a one-on-one match between Tyler Bate and TJP with Tyler Bate getting the win. The moves in this match were great and it was certainly entertaining, but I’ve become way too sick of expecting a real multi-man match and getting scammed to fully enjoy this. Still, it’s hard to give it a bad rating considering how great the action was.

Match Rating: Six Gold Medals

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It’s announced that Buddy Murphy gets a title shot in two weeks. I think he and Cedric will put on a great match. Next week we get Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami. Excited for that one.

 

CEDRIC ALEXANDER, MUSTAFA ALI, & FLASH MORGAN WEBSTER VS. JAMES DRAKE, JOSEPH CONNERS, & DREW GULAK

Definitely impressed by Flash. Each of these guys brought a unique style and pace of the match certainly changed depending on which of the six men was in control at the time. It made for a really interesting dynamic, and for the faces, it built from Flash to Ali to Alexander for the crescendo. When all six guys got in the ring and hit their moves on each other it was chaotically awesome. Ali’s 054 never fails to impress me and he nails it for the pin on Gulak.

Match Rating: Six Gold Medals

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Overall Show Rating: Six Gold Medals

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