Isiah "Swerve" Scott def. Ariya Daivari
Scott said beforehand in a backstage interview recorded earlier in the day that Lio Rush won't be medically cleared to compete in next week's big Team NXT vs. Team 205 Live 10-man elimination tag team match (which I'm sure is a storyline) and a mystery fifth man will replace him. He and Daivari will be on opposing squads, so this served as hype for that. It was a boring bout whenever Daivari was on offense, but at least Scott managed to make it passable and went over as he should have.
Tony Nese and Mike Kanellis def. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch
These two teams will also be on opposite sides of the ring in next week's main event. I liked that it was a fresh match, but that was about it. Lorcan and Burch are always a blast to watch, but this wasn't terribly exciting in the slightest. It was just sort of there. The eight minutes didn't drag, but it was a fairly formulaic main event that featured nothing out of the ordinary. Between this and what we've seen from them on NXT and NXT UK lately, it certainly seems like Lorcan and Burch have lost more than they've won since reuniting earlier this year.
All sights are set on next week's grand Team NXT vs. Team 205 Live main event and thus this edition of 205 Live was designed to hype it up with two matches featuring members of each team going at it. Neither of the matchups were bad, but they aren't worth going out of your way to see, either. It's worth noting that the show has been significantly shorter the past two weeks, likely due to it being taped prior to SmackDown now as opposed to afterward. I can't complain about getting a shorter show since 205 Live hasn't been must-see in at least a year or two.
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