205 Live
Date: July 17, 2018
Location: Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness, Vic Joseph, Percy Watson

We’re continuing into the weird place for this show as we don’t have a #1 contender and it could be several weeks before we go anywhere with that search. There are other good things going on, but this place makes some strange decisions at times. If Drew Gulak isn’t winning the title soon though, I don’t know what to tell them. Let’s get to it.

Here are last week’s results if you need a recap.

We open with a recap of Cedric Alexander surviving Hideo Itami to retain the title. As it turns out, Alexander wants to know who his next contender is immediately.

Opening sequence.

TJP vs. Noam Dar

Before the match, TJP complains that he didn’t have time to prepare for his first match to Dar. Oh and he should get the title shot instead of jerking the curtain. TJP tries to charge him in the corner and gets kicked in the knee. The running kick to the face is ducked as TJP heads outside so Dar goes outside to kick him there as well.

Some mat wrestling goes to TJP as Dar has to get to the ropes at the last possible second to avoid a Fujiwara armbar. The slingshot hilo gets two on Dar and it’s off to a double arm crank which looks like the Rings of Saturn. A backslide gives Dar two but TJP reverses into a Fujiwara armbar.

Another armbar is countered into a small package to give Dar two and he smacks TJP in the face a few times. TJP can’t hit a TKO so Dar kicks him out to the floor instead. That’s fine with TJP, who kicks Dar’s knee out to take over again. A chop block sets up the kneebar to make Dar tap at 10:36.

Result: TJP b. Noam Dar – Kneebar (10:36)

Noam Dar vs. TJP: WWE 205 Live, July 17, 2018

Video on Alexander vs. Itami from last week.

Video on Mustafa Ali.

Drew Gulak vs. Danny Garcia

A clothesline and the Gulock are good for the win at 29 seconds.

Result: Drew Gulak b. Danny Garcia – Gulock (0:29)

Drew Gulak vs. Danny Garcia: WWE 205 Live, July 17, 2018

Gulak wants a title shot and says Garcia reminds him of Cedric Alexander because Cedric will tap too.

Video on Kalisto vs. Tony Nese from last week with Buddy Murphy interfering and wrecking the Lucha House Party.

Murphy and Nese want a match with the House Party next week.

Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa

Tozawa has to fight out of an early headlock and things speed up, which is just fine for Rush. A hurricanrana puts Tozawa down and it’s time to lay on the top rope. Back up and Tozawa kicks him in the face, followed by a backsplash. Rush is fine enough to kick Tozawa to the floor but there’s no dive. Some shots to the face set up some elbow drops and we hit the chinlock.

Some chops have Rush begging off but it’s a little goldbricking so he can smack Tozawa in the face. You don’t do that to him though as he pops Rush in the face and hits the big suicide headbutt. A missile dropkick gives Tozawa two so Rush hits him again, meaning it’s time to take out the mouthpiece. Tozawa takes too long going up top though and the backsplash is broken up, allowing Rush to hit the frog splash for the pin at 9:00.

Result: Lio Rush b. Akira Tozawa – Frog splash (9:00)

Akira Tozawa vs. Lio Rush: WWE 205 Live, July 17, 2018

In the back, Alexander asks Drake Maverick who he’ll be facing for the title. Therefore, next week it’s Ali vs. TJP vs. Itami vs. Gulak for the title shot.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 2003 Monday Night Raw Reviews.

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