This week on 205 Live primarily focuses on the ‘Zo Train and the stories surrounding Enzo Amore’s Cruiserweight Championship. The show kicks off with Rich Swann taking on Noam Dar, who he pinned in a Fatal Four-Way Match last night on Raw. Then, Kalisto returns to action for the first time since Survivor Series to face Gentleman Jack Gallagher. Lastly, the main event features Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander squaring off against Drew Gulak and Tony Nese, a pair aptly named Team Powerpoint.
Rich Swann vs. Noam Dar (w/Enzo Amore)
This week on Monday Night Raw, Kurt Angle made a big announcement regarding the Cruiserweight Championship. It started with a Fatal Four-Way match pitting Rich Swann against Noam Dar, Ariya Daivari, and Akira Tozawa. Swann won the match to qualify for a #1 Contender’s match that will take place in two weeks. Since Dar lost that match, this is his time to “redeem himself” as part of the ‘Zo Train.
Unfortunately for Dar, he cannot get the better of Swann. The former Cruiserweight Champion takes care of the Scottish Supernova with an always impressive Phoenix Splash, building momentum to what could be the resurgence of his career. Winner: Rich Swann
Gentleman Jack Gallagher (w/The Brian Kendrick) vs. Kalisto
This is the first time since Survivor Series that Kalisto has competed on WWE television. His last match was far from his best, considering he lost his Cruiserweight Championship rematch to Enzo Amore, of all people. The former United States and NXT Tag Team Champion looks to get back on track yet again against Gentleman Jack Gallagher.
Kalisto hits the Salida Del Sol and looks to finish the match. Before he can cover Gallagher, however, he is attacked from behind by The Brian Kendrick. Kendrick holds Kalisto in place so Gallagher can lay him out with his signature headbutt. Since the “diminutive dynamo” (as referred to by NXT commentator Mauro Ranallo) is done losing to Enzo Amore, a feud with two of the most talented Cruiserweights WWE has to offer should help keep his career going in the right direction. Winner (via disqualification): Kalisto
For a large portion of this year, it was rumored that Hideo Itami would be leaving WWE following a rough run in NXT. However, he is instead coming to 205 Live to join the Cruiserweight Division. Itami was last seen on NXT feuding with his former friend Kassius Ohno after turning heel and showing how hard he can really strike. He should help put more eyes on 205 Live and add more great matches to the show’s impressive catalog.
Mustafa Ali & Cedric Alexander vs. Team Powerpoint (Drew Gulak & Tony Nese)
As part of the ‘Zo Train, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese are working together to try and keep Enzo Amore as Cruiserweight Champion for as long as possible. After being allies for months, the pair finally has a team name in Team Powerpoint, cleverly combining characteristics of both Superstars. Tony Nese is known for being extremely powerful for his size, while Drew Gulak makes “salient points,” primarily through his Powerpoint presentations regarding his ideal future for 205 Live.
This match serves as a preview of Raw next Monday. There will be a Fatal Four-Way match between Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese to determine who faces Rich Swann in two weeks in a #1 Contender’s match. Whoever wins will be the next challenger for Enzo Amore’s Cruiserweight Championship and if it is a member of the ‘Zo Train, Amore will have an easy time staying champion.
Throughout the whole match, Team Powerpoint makes it difficult for Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander to tag each other. This leads to one last communication between the two, with Nese shoving Ali into Alexander, who is on the ring apron. Nese then takes advantage to roll up Ali, giving the ‘Zo Train a much-needed victory. While they celebrate, Alexander and Ali argue in the ring, hindering their chances of working together next week. Winners: Team Powerpoint
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