WWE Weekly Wednesday Wrestling Wrap-Up Reviews: 9.19.2018

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205 Live Results + Star Ratings: 

  • TJP defeats Lince Dorado **3/4
  • Cedric Alexander defeats Drew Gulak to retain the Cruiserweight Title ****1/2

 

TJP vs Lince Dorado:

  • Good opening pacing lead by Dorado. 
  • Guillotine Choke over the middle rope by TJP followed up by a high crossbody by TJP diving back in-ring. 
  • Springboard by Dorado caught by TJP into an arm break weakening the arm for submissions later in the match. 
  • Series of suplexes by TJP for the first near fall. 
  • TJP torques Dorado’s arm in a hammerlock. Dorado tries to fight out but TJP takes him back down into a Butterfly Lock, TJP is showing solid technical ability. Dorado finally fights out but TJP takes him down with a springboard forearm. 
  • Spinning Heel Kick by Dorado comes out of nowhere taking both down. Stiff chop by Dorado into a high crossbody. Dorado hits a huricanrana sending TJP ringside, suicide dive by Dorado.
  • Moonsault by Dorado, near fall. 
  • Superkick by Dorado knocks TJP into the corner, Bronco Buster by Dorado into an Inverted DDT attempt by Dorado, TJP fights off and removes the mask of Dorado and delivers a roll-up win. Solid heel way to finish a match. 

Winner: TJP

Rating: **3/4, A pretty fun opening match and TJP looked great in this match showing a technical side and a dastardly heel side too. The match never really got anywhere though but was fun while it lasted. 

  • Lio Rush and Drake Maverick segment, Drake says regardless of Lio Rush’s appearances on RAW he still has to commit to his bookings on 205 Live and books the MOTH for a match next week against Noam Dar.
  • Drake Maverick and Mustafa Ali segment, Maverick books Ali vs. Itami.

Drew Gulak vs. Cedric Alexander(c) for the Cruiserweight Title:

  • Gulak is accompanied by Jack Gallagher and Brian Kendrick. 
  • An early attempt at the Gu-Lock by Gulak off a distraction by Kendrick fails as Cedric gets to the ropes.
  • Kendrick pulls Cedric down and the referee throws Gallagher and Kendrick out. 
  • Stiff chops by Alexander after he unsuccessfully tries to capitalize on a distracted Gulak with a pinfall attempt. 
  • Gulak catches Alexander in a flat liner attempt and drops him on his neck with a half and half suplex. 
  • Gulak keeps working the arm of Cedric. Gulak has spent a lot of this match on top. 
  • A hard elbow by Gulak hits Cedric for the first near fall.
  • Amazing Suplex over the ropes rolling on to the floor by Cedric Alexander. Really innovative and well-executed spot, both back in at a 9-count. 
  • Cedric fires up and hits a series of running strikes, Drive-By kick by Cedric to Gulak on the turnbuckle. Springboard Forearm by Cedric for a good near fall. 
  • Lumbar Check attempt by Cedric rolled up, near fall by Gulak. Neutralizer kick by Cedric knocks Gulak ringside and Alexander hits a Tope Con Hiro to ringside. 
  • Gu-Lock locked in by Gulak, Alexander grabs the ropes. 
  • Stiff lariat by Gulak, near fall. 
  • Bodyslams by Gulak as he talks about a “better 205 Live”
  • Roll up by Cedric, near fall. Great lariat by Gulak flips Alexander, near fall. 
  • Buddy Murphy shown looking on, he faces the winner at Super ShowDown.
  • Step-up enzugiri knocks Gulak back, sunset flip into a Michinoku Driver by Alexander, near fall on Gulak. 
  • Chops by Alexander but Gulak flips over the turnbuckle and delivers a smashing forearm. Flying Lariat by Gulak, who had to actually go to the top rope against his own beliefs, near fall. 
  • Gu-Lock locked in for the 3rd time by Gulak, Alexander powers him up and hits a Death Valley Driver into the corner. Great counter by Alexander after a good submission sequence. 
  • Both run at each other and hit stereo big boots into a strikefest, a lumbar check by Alexander closes. 

Winner: Cedric Alexander Retains! Day Count: 143+

Rating: ****1/2, this is my favorite cruiserweight match of the year just topping Buddy Murphy vs. Alexander but this one had a great story along with well-executed spots. These two worked very cleanly without a botch and the pacing was fantastic with the opening being a feeling out period and it really escalating. The main story was Gulak went to insane lengths for him to grab the title and make a better 205 Live showing resiliency and even breaking his “No Fly Zone” rule. These two put on a very good match and Alexander looks great going into his match against Buddy Murphy at Super ShowDown. 

ricochet-pete-dunne-nxt-tv-logoNXT TV Results + Star Ratings:

  • Aliyah and Lacey Evans defeat Deonna Purazzo and Dakota Kai **
  • Jaxson Ryker defeats Humberto Cardillo N/A

Deonna Purazzo and Dakota Kai vs. Lacey Evans and Aliyah:

  • Deonna and Evans start the match. 
  • Tilt-A-Whirl by Evans caught into a Fujiwara arm lock by Deonna, Evans fights out.
  • Evans attacks Deonna in the corner with elbow shots. 
  • Bronco Buster by Evans onto Deonna, near fall. 
  • Aliyah kicks the hand of Kai ringside turning the refs’ attention so the heels can team up against Deonna momentarily. 
  • Aliyah and Evans are isolating Deonna, hot tag to Kai. Broski Boot by Kai, near fall save by Evans. 
  • O’Connor roll by Kai, Evans hits a KO Punch stopping the pin on Aliyah and pins Kai for the win. 

Winner: Aliyah and Evans

Rating: **, a very mediocre showcase match for 3 talented women and Aliyah. 

  • Velveteen Dream interview, Dream walks away from a question about the mysterious assault on Aleister Black. 
  • Street Profits interview. These guys are pretty fun.
  • Replay from the Nikki Cross and Bianca Belair brawl from last week

Humberto Carrillo vs. Jaxson Ryker:

  • Ryker is an NXT debut but he’s also Gunner from TNA. 
  • Springboard by Carillo caught with an ax handle strike by Ryker.
  • Slingshot Powerbomb by Ryker ends the squash match. 

Winner: Jaxson Ryker

Rating: N/A, squash

  • William Regal and Candice LeRae segment about the Black attack. LeRaw says Ciampa might’ve done it. Regal asks her about Johnny Gargano maybe doing it.

Ricochet(North American Title) vs. Pete Dunne(UK Title) Winner Takes All Match:

  • An obvious Undisputed ERA match to interfere in, this won’t end clean. 
  • Keith Lee video package, I’m VERY hyped for Lee’s future in NXT.
  • Otis Dozovic vs. Tomasso Ciampa announced for next week. 
  • Big fight feels.
  • Dunne absolutely wrenches the arm of Ricochet giving him the early advantage, Dunne spends a while, in the beginning, working the arm of Rico. 
  • Solid technical start to the match.
  • Surfboard Lock by Pete Dunne but Ricochet falls out of it onto a pin on Dunne only getting one count.
  • Stiff elbow by Dunne absolutely decks Ricochet. Ricochet starts to speed up though and hits a huricanrana sending Dunne to ringside. Suicide Dive hits for Rico. 
  • Dunne wrenches back the fingers of Ricochet and continues to work the arm of Rico.
  • Rolling Thunder Lariat by Ricochet flips Dunne and gives Ricochet much-needed space. 
  • Springboard uppercut by Ricochet gives the first near fall. 
  • Fire up sequence by Dunne, Ricochet lands off Dunne’s explex and hits a Standing Shooting Star on Dunne, near fall. 
  • Ricochet caught into an armbar by Dunne, Ricochet tries to pin his way out, near fall. Dunne dodges a standing moonsault by Ricochet.
  • Jumping knee by Ricochet drops Dunne in the drop zone, Springboard uppercut by Ricochet gets caught with an elbow by Dunne. Explex by Dunne, near fall. 
  • Bitter End attempt but Ricochet lands on his feet. Snap kick by Dunne, Rico side steps Dunne sending him to the outside. 
  • Amazing moonsault off the post to ringside by Rico misses, Hard elbow by Dunne connects. Explex on the apron by Dunne, awesome sequence. Bitter End reversed into a reverserana by Ricochet, great near fall. 
  • This match is great and all but I’m just anxiously awaiting the non-finish.
  • Hand stomp/snap kick combo by Dunne starts a strikefest. Dunne catches a rolling Rico for a lariat. Handspring Tornado DDT by Ricochet, near fall. 
  • Awesome supercanrana by Rico followed by an ax kick/flatliner combo by Rico, great near fall. That awesome sequence of moves by Rico gets a standing ovation from the crowd. 
  • 450 by Ricochet caught into a triangle hold by Dunne, Ricochet powers into a powerbomb.
  • Finger break by Dunne gets Rico in a Kimura Lock, Ricochet deadlifts Dunne into a brainbuster, awesome show of strength. 
  • Undisputed ERA jumps the match ending it in a Double DQ closing it predictably. War Raiders chase UE out of the ring.

Winner: Double DQ

Rating: ****1/2, what could’ve been a MOTY contender because of amazing spots and a great chemistry between Dunne and Ricochet got cut short because of an attack by Undisputed ERA. However, this match delivered on so many levels. I normally give non-finish matches under a 4-star rating regardless, however, this match was heading into the 5-star regions and I had to acknowledge the match these two put on. The crowd was into it 100% and both got to look really strong. 

 

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