205 Live Review, 5/22


Gulak, who was trained as a luchador, continues to have great matches with the members of Lucha House Party. Gulak’s slow-down, submission-based style makes Metalik’s comebacks even more exciting for the crowd. They get put into a lull by Gulak and want some action and then Metalik indulges them with his exciting fast-paced offense. The lucha style is so much fun to watch. Gulak almost rips Metalik’s mask off with the Gu-Lock. That hold looks ridiculously painful. Another solid match for Gulak and a luchador.

Match Rating: Five Gold Medals

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TJP is one cocky SOB. Even though he was this iteration of the cruiserweight division’s first champion, he definitely got more recognition and more over once he turned heel. He was never threatened in this one as he defeats the jobber with ease. No matter what kind of attitude he has, he’s damn good in the ring. In his post-match interview he wasn’t even breathing heavily. He demands opportunities or he’ll go to SmackDown. I think we’ll see him back in the title picture soon.

Match Rating: Five Gold Medals

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I’ve really been looking forward to this match. Itami should be a Cruiserweight Championship contender, but there’s only so much room at the top, and on the heel side, Murphy is already getting his shot, and you have TJP and Drew Gulak who can also lay claim to deserving a shot. I wouldn’t mind see him continue this feud with Tozawa, but I’d prefer to see him feud with Mustafa Ali. I think they’d have awesome matches. He taunts the crowd and taunts Tozawa throughout this match, playing a terrific cocky heel and garnering a ton of heat from the crowd. Tozawa gets the upper hand and also perfectly plays to the crowd. It can be tough for the 205 Live main event to keep the crowd in it because it’s such a long night, but these guys are both excellent at getting the reactions they want. A lot of back and forth action as the match goes on, and Itami hits an incredible looking super falcon arrow from the top rope for a two count. Tozawa misses his top rope senton which leads to a few basement dropkicks from Itami and an knee to the face move for a three count. What a hell of a match, that was incredibly entertaining. I suspect this is the end of their feud, but I really hope they meet again.

Match Rating: Ten Gold Medals

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Overall Show Rating: Eight Gold Medals

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