Kaliso def. Akira Tozawa
The rivalry between the Lucha House Party and Tozawa and Hideo Itami was furthered with this match, which was great. Tozawa has become much more aggressive since joining forces with Itami and it's been a breath of fresh air for his character. Kalisto is a skilled performer as well, and with the time they were allotted, they opened the show with a bang. The crowd was actually into everything they did, so that was a plus as well.
Drew Gulak def. Mark Andrews
These two have had a nice little feud going recently and they've proved that they work well together, producing another enjoyable encounter here. They lost the crowd a little toward the end (they were distracted with something else apparently), but it was still a solid outing on the whole. Afterward, Tony Nese came to Andrews' aid, as Nese has bad blood with Gulak from their clash in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament.
Buddy Murphy Attacked WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander
It's rare Alexander cuts a promo in front of the live crowd, but he kept what he had to say about his Cruiserweight Championship victory at WrestleMania short and sweet before being interrupted by Mustafa Ali. Ali showed respect toward the new champ, but it's clear they have unfinished business and will clash in a rematch eventually. I was hoping a fresh face would debut/return (though The Brian Kendrick did resurface in a backstage segment), but instead it was Murphy ambushing Alexander to set up their feud. He is owed a title shot after all, but it did come off as a bit underwhelming to be honest.
This was a vast improvement over last year's post-WrestleMania edition of 205 Live. I'm sure there were those from the SmackDown Live taping who left, but more fans stayed for 205 Live than usual and they were a lively bunch, thankfully, We were treated to two entertaining matchups and a solid segment that set up the next title program, so all in all, this was a thumbs-up show. By the way, Percy Watson will be joining Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness as a color commentator moving forward. Why? I have no clue. He'll be as useless as he currently is on NXT.
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