Joaquin Wilde def. Raul Mendoza
There isn't much of a story to this rivalry aside from these two splitting victories in recent weeks on 205 Live, but at least the matches have been a blast. The crowds haven't cared because they have no clue who they are, but that hasn't stopped them from giving it their all anyway. It might be better if Wilde turned heel because he's far more natural in that role, as seen in IMPACT. The babyface vs. babyface dynamic doesn't work as well with them because they aren't established.
Lio Rush def. Tony Nese by Disqualification
Rush and Nese have had so many matches against each other since Rush joined the Cruiserweight division late last year that this was nothing new, yet I enjoyed it for what it was. Nese has done it all at this point on 205 Live, but at least he continues to put forth a commendable effort in all of his outings. The interference from Mike Kanellis that led to the disqualification finish was lame, but the post-match brawl with Nese, Kanellis, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch was well done and laid the groundwork for the 10-man elimination tag team match in two weeks. As for Gentleman Jack Gallagher attacking Rush afterward, I honestly don't mind Gallagher's new look. He needed something new upon his return, and if he can adopt an aggressive attitude to go along with his updated appearance, he'll be better off.
I like 205 Live is holding off on delivering that 10-man elimination tag team match for another two weeks since it gives them more time to build it up and make it mean something. We found out who the two teams will consist of on this show, so I assume they will find another way to hype it up next week. On the whole, this was a solid, abridged edition of 205 Live. I don't know why it was taped before SmackDown, but the crowd was hotter as a result, so that was a plus. Why not just air it live on WWE Network in that case? Nonetheless, both these bouts were well wrestled and actually had purpose, which was appreciated.
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