Angel Garza def. Raul Mendoza
Not even Garza, who is incredibly entertaining and a breath of fresh air in this dead Cruiserweight division, can bring a crowd to care about a Cruiserweight match. He and Mendoza put forth a commendable effort and had a fun little match, but the fans in attendance sat on their hands for the entire thing. With the win, Garza maintains momentum ahead of his next shot at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship this coming week on NXT.
Tony Nese def. Trent Newman
One of The Singh Brothers was scheduled to compete here, but Tony Nese entered the match instead while they watched from ringside. Is this supposed to be building to something between them? More importantly, why should I care? Nese obviously defeated the local wrestler in decisive fashion, but there was no reason for this to last as long as it did. Nese feels directionless as ever following his loss of the Cruiserweight Championship earlier this year.
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush def. Danny Burch by Disqualification (Non-Title)
Burch is so vastly different than anyone Rush has faced before, so I really liked the clash of styles in this match. It was very hard-hitting but also aesthetically pleasing. They got plenty of time to work with, which is why I was disappointed it ended in a non-finish due to the interference from Garza. It made sense from a storyline standpoint and it furthered the feud between Garza and Rush, but it felt flat. Either way, the crowd was quiet for a majority of the matchup, which was a shame.
To their credit, these guys busted their ass and delivered matches that were better than what we've been seeing on the show in recent months. Unfortunately, the crowds are as quiet as ever for 205 Live. The show literally ended to the sound of silence. That's not good. I realize I'm beating a dead horse by bringing this up all the time, but can WWE please either move 205 Live to Full Sail University full-time or cancel it already? These episodes have sadly become a chore to watch.
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