7/25/17 WWE 205 Live Recap: Daivari vs. Neville; TJP/Nese vs. Alexander/Swann
205 Live opens up with the WWE Cruiserweight Champion, Neville, backstage. We see footage from Raw last night, where Neville got into it with Akira Tozawa, only for both to be laid out by Ariya Daivari. Neville says Daivari made a critical error in thinking that his kingdom was vulnerable for a hostile takeover. Neville says 205 Live is his world and will forever be his world. He says Daivari faired well last week, because he allowed him to. But tonight, Daivari learns the consequences and the difference between picking apart an injured animal like Tozawa and standing toe-to-toe with the King of the Cruiserweights.
Corey Graves and Vic Joseph remind us of tonight’s main event: Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann vs. TJP and Tony Nese. Akira Tozawa’s music hits and he makes his way to ringside for commentary.
Match #1: Ariya Daivari vs. Neville
Each man spends some time outside of the ring to start the match and then Daivari connects with a kick and sends Neville into the barricade. Daivari tosses Neville into the barricade again and rolls back into the ring to break the count. Daivari slams Neville into the ring post and then tosses him back into the ring. Daivari goes up top and connects with a frog splash. Daivari goes for the cover, but Neville kicks out at two. Daivari grabs Neville and goes for the hammer-lock lariat, but Neville counters and delivers a superkick to Daivari. Neville kicks Daivari in the back of the head again and then goes up top. Neville connects with a missile dropkick and Daivari rolls out of the ring. Neville goes out after Daivari and drags him over to Tozawa at the announce table. Neville slams Daivari into the announce table and then stares at Tozawa. Tozawa gets to his feet and Daivari shoves Neville into Tozawa and rolls back into the ring. Neville cannot make it back into the ring and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner via count-out: Ariya Daivari.
After the match, Tozawa and Neville stare each other down and Tozawa tries to get into the ring. Referees pull Tozawa back and he grabs his injured shoulder as he and Neville continue to stare each other down.
We take a look back at last week’s 205 Live and see footage of the Two-Out-of-Three Falls Match between Drew Gulak and Mustafa Ali, which was won by Ali by a count of two falls to one.
The Brian Kendrick’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Kendrick says he tried to teach the people, but all he got was attacked and snarky Tweets on social media. He says he tried over and over again to explain the different between fighters like himself and clowns like Jack Gallagher. He says he doesn’t know if the people are ignoring him or just too stupid to understand him. He says the people are simple and need pictures. He shows Gallagher on the screen and asks if he looks like a fighter to the people. Kendrick asks the people if they have ever noticed how pasty-white Gallagher’s face is. We then see the same picture, only Gallagher’s face is painted like a clown, he is in a clown wig, has a bow-tie on, and has a clown nose. Kendrick says Gallagher looks like a clown. Gallagher’s music hits and he makes his way to the stage.
Gallagher says he chose to turn the other cheek last week with the hope that Kendrick would tire out of his insecurities. Gallagher says he can’t take the high road and is going to knock Kendrick’s bloody head off. Gallagher charges the ring, but Kendrick bails and hops the barricade.
We head backstage and see Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann. Swann says Alexander ripped Noam Dar to shreds two weeks ago and why wouldn’t he want him as his tag team partner tonight. Alexander says he came to 205 Live for the competition and it was a no brainer to be Swann’s partner. TJP and Nese interrupt. TJP says Alexander is a good consolation prize and Nese calls Alexander a participation trophy. Alexander calls Nese a dumb jock and says they can go right now instead.
Match #2: TJP and Tony Nese vs. Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander
Swann and Nese start the match for their teams. Swann applies a headlock, but Nese shoves him away and poses in the middle of the ring. They lock up and Swann applies another headlock. Nese sends Swann off the ropes and drops him with a shoulder tackle. Swann gets back on his feet and takes Nese down with a dropkick. Swann goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out at one. Swann tags in Alexander, who comes in and slams Nese down to the mat. Nese asks for a break in the corner, but Alexander slams him down again and tags Swann back in. Swann and Alexander double-team Nese and take him down to the mat. Swann goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out at two. Swann kicks Nese in the back of the head and tags in Alexander. Nese takes advantage and tags in TJP. Alexander takes TJP down and applies an arm-bar, but TJP turns it into a leg vice around Alexander’s neck.
Alexander gets free and takes TJP down with a hurricanrana and a dropkick. Nese gets into the ring but Alexander tosses him to the outside with TJP. Alexander and Swann dive to the outside to take out Nese and TJP. Alexander tosses TJP back into the ring, but TJP takes advantage. TJP drops Alexander to the floor and Nese distracts Alexander. TJP drops Alexander from behind and then tags in Nese. Nese tosses Alexander back into the ring and connects with a leg drop. Nese goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. Nese hangs Alexander in the tree of woe and puts his boot in Alexander’s face. Nese grabs Alexander, but Alexander counters with a roll-up for two. Nese comes back and takes Alexander down and delivers a series of left hands. Nese tags in TJP, who applies a submission to Alexander down on the mat.
TJP turns it into a headlock down on the mat, but Alexander gets to his feet. Alexander sends TJP off the ropes, but TJP counters with a springboard forearm. TJP goes for the cover, but Alexander kicks out at two. TJP applies another submission down on the mat, but Alexander counters with a back elbow. Swann and Nese tag in and Swann connects with a clothesline and a splash. Swann goes for the cover, but Nese kicks out at two. Nese comes back with an uppercut and an elbow against the ropes. Swann returns with a shot of his own and he and Nese exchange kicks. Swann kicks Nese in the back of the head and Nese tags in TJP. Alexander tags in as well and decks TJP with a back elbow. Alexander slams TJP to the mat and goes for the cover, but Nese breaks up the cover. Swann and Nese battle in the ring and Nese pulls Swann to the floor and slams him onto the announce table.
Alexander drops Nese with an elbow shot and TJP drops Alexander with a face-buster, but Alexander kicks out at one. TJP goes for Detonation Kick, but Alexander counters with a handspring kick to the back of TJP’s head. Alexander goes for the cover, but TJP kicks out at two. Alexander goes to the apron, but Nese shoves him down. TJP grabs Alexander and rolls him up for the three count.
Winners: TJP and Tony Nese.