Notes In Observance – WWE 205 Live 2/14/17: Blazing Trails
Posted by Nicholas Jason Lopez
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– The opening video recapped last week’s excellent Fatal Five-Way Elimination where it was Gentleman Jack Gallagher who’d go on to become #1 Contender and take on WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville at Fastlane on Mar. 5. It feels like the right time to go with a tease of Gallagher in a “changing of the guard.”
– Out came Noam Dar with Alicia Fox. “He looks like when you’ve snatched glasses off a blind guy,” said Commentator Austin Aries. That’s about right. His opponent was Rich Swann. They managed to find one enthusiastic black guy dancing to Swann’s entrance. He grabbed the mic and proclaimed his return. He dedicated the upcoming match to Fox even though “she couldn’t handle this.” Good to see a little edge on Swann. Empty action with rest holds until they flipped over each other to a standstill. Dar busted out a couple dance moves of his own. A Swann roundhouse kick grounded Dar. The second rope phoenix splash got Swann the win after a so-so huracanrana took Dar off the top rope. Alright match that didn’t get better as it went on but hey, Swann’s back. We got that. He also seems to be the “creepy lover guy” now. Peep his peeps at Fox and tell us different.
– TJ Perkins and Neville were brought into a split-screen promo “debate” to hype up their already announced main event. Nice idea in theory, though we had fears because Perkins was already booed heavily on SmackDown when he did the lead-in promo. Anyways, the Cruiserweight Classic was the topic of the conversation as Perkins boasted he “blazed the trail” for the others. Perkins’ statements sort of sounded forced until the last one, as he brought up Neville not even being on Raw anymore like before until the Cruiserweights emerged. Neville promised to make him regret those words. Decent hook that thankfully picked up the segment where it needed to.
– A Gran Metalik hype video aired as we saw a glimpse of highlights of the CWC Finals where he came so close to being the first Cruiserweight Champion against Perkins, but ultimately lost. This was another introductory package as he spoke about his disappointment and wanted to use his skills to be the very best. Generic, but effective. He also is pretty well-spoken in Spanish. He’s got a good look to stand out. Hopefully things get better with his involvement.
– Metalik came out for battle against Drew Gulak. He’d make him look good for sure. Metalik succeeded on the first springboard move, but got caught up on the ropes for the second. Tough break early. Before that, we never saw Metalik slip up once. However, he flew around some more and got the crowd into it to actually chant, “Si.” Metalik did his springboard tope con hilo and we marveled along. Still, something feels so off about this show. Not sure if it’s the crowd, the slip-ups, fumbling commentary, just don’t know. Anyways, The Metalik Driver got the win. Him and WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate share the same finisher and namesake. Maybe they’ll battle it out one day. Either way, Mexican luchador Spider-Man raised his arms in victory as the Streetlight Manifesto-esque music played.
– Backstage, Akira Tozawa was approached by Brian Kendrick, who was still convinced he was mentoring him. Kendrick blamed Tozawa’s nerves on intimidation and assumed there was a “language barrier.” Tozawa gave a resounding “no” to the idea of being a protege. “I don’t like you,” was even more direct than we assumed. We liked this because it progressed things, but we were getting a kick out of Kendrick assuming that Tozawa was his protege. Wish they could’ve ran with it for another week.
– The Perkins-Neville main event started as Perkins flinched at Neville’s pyro. There was that. We also can’t get over how awesome Neville’s revamped music/entrance are. How can you not headbang to those opening 30 seconds? Maybe Gallagher makes an appearance at the end? Perkins pulled out some B-Boy maneuvers in his repertoire as he twisted out of Neville’s submissions. Solid chemistry back and forth, though the crowd seemed disconnected. Impressive springboard DDT by Perkins from outside to inside. Neville was caught in a cross arm breaker before he literally powered out into a sit-out powerbomb. Just damn. Dead lift. Neville had him locked in the double armbar as Perkins had nowhere to go. Submission win for the Champ to stay strong. Good match. Here we go – Gallagher came out post-match. He was beaten down when he slid into the ring. William III was chucked onto the ramp by Neville, but the challenger cleared him from the ring with that classic headbutt. Good show close as we saw Gallagher pose with the belt laid out on the canvas. Just a taste of FL was good for us.
- Rich Swann def. Noam Dar (w/Alicia Fox) via pinfall
- Gran Metalik def. Drew Gulak via pinfall
- Neville def. TJ Perkins via submission
About Nicholas Jason LopezJust a 28-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Posted on September 19, 2017, in WWE and tagged Akira Tozawa, Alicia Fox, Austin Aries, Brian Kendrick, Corey Graves, Drew Gulak, Fastlane, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Gran Metalik, Mauro Ranallo, Neville, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, TJ Perkins. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
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