Kickoff Match: Liv Morgan def. Natalya
I had no desire to see a Riott Squad Triple Threat a month ago, but it would have made perfect sense under the current circumstances. If they weren't going to put The Viking Raiders, Ricochet, Humberto Carrillo, Sheamus or Jeff Hardy in this spot, at least that would have been acceptable because there's history there and WWE had been building toward it prior to the coronavirus outbreak. Natalya facing Morgan was completely random. They did their best, but it felt like something you'd see on Main Event. I'm floored they got more time than Drew Gulak vs. Cesaro from Night 1's Kickoff show, but at least the right woman won.
Charlotte Flair def. Rhea Ripley to Win the NXT Women's Championship
I had high hopes for this one and they did not disappoint. As a pure wrestling match, it was arguably the best of the weekend. Flair gets a lot of flack from fans (likely because of how she's booked), but she never ceases to amaze and her high-profile matches always have a big-fight feel to them. Ripley performed her ass off as well and proved she is at Flair's level. I loved the story they told with Flair targeting Ripely's knee and that being the reason why Ripley ultimately tapped out. Don't get me wrong, I hated the outcome and believe Flair does not at all need the NXT Women's Championship, but it's hard to be mad after such a spectacular matchup. I need a rematch, stat!
Kickoff Show: Cesaro def. Drew Gulak
I'm glad these guys got a WrestleMania match (if you can even call it that), but they went on to appear again later in the night during the Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn. Thus, I would've given this spot to some other Superstars who weren't a part of the pay-per-view at all (Sheamus, Jeff Hardy, The Viking Raiders, Humberto Carrillo, etc). Nitpicking aside, this was a solid, hard-hitting affair for the four minutes it lasted. Needless to say, it would have been better with more time, but they maximized their minutes and gave fans a small taste of what they're truly capable of.
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. The Kabuki Warriors to Win the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship
The WWE Women's Tag Team Championship have meant next to nothing over the last year. Although it was hard to care about the idea of the titles changing hands here, it was a perfectly fine match and the ladies worked hard. Kabuki Warriors could have had a much more memorable reign if there wasn't just three or four teams in the division. Bliss and Cross have been champions before, but I have no idea where you go with them or the titles from here.
Kushida def. Danny Burch
Kushida is a fresh face to have on 205 Live, but I feel it hurts him more than it helps the Cruiserweight division. Sure, it gives him additional exposure (as he isn't on NXT nearly enough), but I'm not a big fan of him being relegated to 205 Live because of the stigma that comes along with it. Lio Rush has made the most of it, so maybe it isn't entirely terrible, but I still believe he could be doing way more right now. On the bright side, this was a well-wrestled match with the right result.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher def. Tyler Breeze
Now that Gallagher has completely reinvented himself, can WWE please drop the dumb "Gentleman" part from the beginning of his name? It's so unnecessary. At any rate, this was an enjoyable affair with both guys having good performances. I don't mind Breeze being on 205 Live as much as I do Kushida simply because it's clear Breeze will never get beyond a certain level in this company, whereas there's still hope for Kushida. I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't mind Gallagher's new look and I liked that he was more aggressive than usual here.
Miz TV with SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison, The Usos, and The New Day Descended Into Chaos
It was almost depressing watching this because of how most of us now know that Miz wasn't able to compete at the WrestleMania 36 tapings last week and thus it turned into a standard Triple Threat with Morrison, Kofi Kingston and Jimmy Uso instead. WWE later confirmed the change on their social media, but there was no mention of it here. It was a solid segment otherwise with Miz and Morrison standing tall in the end over their WrestleMania opponents.
Tamina def. Naomi and Lacey Evans in a Triple Threat Match
It was painfully obvious that the sole purpose of this match and the entire segment was to get viewers to buy into the possibility of Tamina becoming SmackDown Women's Champion at WrestleMania because of how she hasn't been on TV in forever until recently. Well, it was unsuccessful, especially since the matchup itself sucked. Props to Naomi and Evans for trying their best, but this was a flop, not to mention how Tamina's post-match attack on Sasha Banks and Bayley looked terrible. Here's hoping she disappears from TV again after WrestleMania comes and goes.
Kay Lee Ray and Jinny def. Dani Luna and Piper Niven
Ray and Jinny made for a nice team while Luna and Niven also worked well together. The match wasn't anything too special and definitely deserved more time, but it was solid for what it was. It's great Ray is being booked strong as champion, but I do question Niven suffering another significant loss. I have no clue how you get her back to title contention if she keeps losing.
Xia Brookside def. Amale
I couldn't believe that this marked Brookside's first televised NXT UK match since October. Apparently her loss to Ray was the last time she was on the show, so it's good to see her back. As I've said before, she has a ton of raw potential and can be a real breakout babyface with more seasoning. The keyword there is "seasoning" because this was somewhat rough at certain points. Thankfully, it was on the shorter side and Brookside won as she should have.
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