LINCE DORADO W/ LUCHA HOUSE PARTY VS. THE BRIAN KENDRICK W/DREW GULAK ON COMMENTARY
This is a really good back-and-forth match with the pace changing depending which wrestler is in control. I’ve really enjoyed how each week Gulak, Kendrick, and Gallagher have wrestled with the members of Lucha House Party because of the way the styles mesh, the submission and striking specialist heels vs. the quick high-flying faces. It’s a lot of the same type of match each week, but it’s really enjoyable and I’m glad they keep doing it for now. I’m sure it’ll run its course eventually but at the moment it’s a formula that works. I though Lince Dorado jumped too far on his suicide dive and was gonna break his neck on the announce table. Gulak and the other members of Lucha House Party start to jaw at each other before Dorado hits a kind of springboard stunner for the win. Gulak attacks all the luchadors, and stomps “Lindsey Dorito” following his win.
Match Rating: Six Gold Medals
TJP VS. BRIAN KEITH
They keep matching TJP up with jobbers to get him more frustrated with his lack of opportunities. It’s a smart tactic to get him angrier and get him more and more heat for humiliating local wrestlers. This time he impressively does it while cutting a promo, and continues to threaten to go to NXT, Raw, or SmackDown if he doesn’t get better opportunities. TJP got his message across effectively and the squash match and promo succeeded in progressing his story.
Match/Promo Rating: Seven Gold Medals
Holy shit, Lio Rush is coming to 205 Live! I hadn’t seen him wrestle before NXT, and when I did see him wrestle I was blown away. I love this.
It’s announced that Lucha House Party will take on Gulak, Gallagher, and Kendrick next week. Bring it on.
MUSTAFA ALI VS. BUDDY MURPHY
The early part of the match stresses Murphy’s strength, the announcers play it up and Murphy no-sells Ali’s chops. Ali recovers from Murphy’s attacks and his a really cool-looking corkscrew suicide dive. He’s ridiculously athletic and exciting. Murphy innovates some kind of rib-breaker from the top rope where he falls to the mat and and Ali bounces off the top rope. I’m certain I’ve never seen it before. As he did in their last match, Murphy smartly continues to attack the ribs and slow Ali down. I thought Murphy broke his damn neck when Ali hit that revere hurracanrana. God damn. That couldn’t have been the right way to land. Ali hits a few kicks. You guys know I love my kicks. Ali hits a springboard crossbody splash with Murphy elevated off the mat, that looked fucking awesome. Ali then gets in a striking contest with Murphy, of which he surprisingly comes out on the better end. These guys are so damn quick. Murphy hit a pop-up knee to the jaw as these guys continue to kick, knee, punch, and elbow each other in the face. Ali then hits an X-Factor on the ring apron. I’m seeing lots of stuff tonight that I haven’t seen before. Murphy is hitting moves that… I don’t even know what they are, but they look awesome. Then HOLY SHIT, with Murphy on the floor, Ali jumped from the top rope and hit a DDT. Then HIDEO ITAMI interferes, likely thrusting himself into the main event picture, and taking out both guys. I love this. This match was incredible, and now Itami is finally going to be high up on the card. I expect him to be the next Cruiserweight Champion.
Match Rating: Ten Gold Medals
Overall Show Rating: Nine Gold Medals