TJP def. Lince Dorado
While this was a fairly random match, it was very well-wrestled and featuring strong showings from both men. Dorado is an underrated competitor and isn't in singles action nearly as much as Kalisto and Gran Metalik, so I was glad he was given a chance to shine here. TJP, on the other hand, continues to have fun matches as a heel and I liked that he had to resort to underhanded tactics in order to beat Dorado.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak
Alexander and Gulak had an enjoyable encounter at SummerSlam, but I knew they were capable of so much more. Thus, it was awesome that they were allowed to go all out here and have an absolute barn-burner of a bout. Gulak is so methodical with everything he does but isn't at all boring, whereas Alexander's babyface comebacks never cease to get fans behind him. With their hard work and stellar performances, they took a rather lifeless crowd and made them come alive for the fantastic final stretch of this. Alexander now moves on to WWE Super Show-Down in early October to defend his title against Buddy Murphy.
205 Live moving to Wednesday nights before NXT really doesn't make much of a difference since the show is still being taped on Tuesdays (I don't see the harm in taping out of Full Sail University on the same schedule NXT does). Nevertheless, this was an excellent episode with a championship main event that you must go out of your way to check out, an entertaining opener, and two notable matches (Lio Rush vs. Noam Dar, Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami) being set up for next week's edition. 205 Live is a quality show almost every single week, and what's a shame is how very few fans are aware of that.
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