Date: March 5, 2019
Location: Mohegan-Sun Arena At Casey Place, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Aiden English, Nigel McGuinness
It’s time for the second week of the tournament and that’s not a bad thing. This is the kind of show that is far better when they go with straight wrestling and minimal storytelling, which is what you get in a tournament setting. Tonight we get the second half of the first round, meaning we’ll be down to four by the end of the night. Let’s get to it.
Drake Maverick does his usual recap/preview.
Video on Oney Lorcan, a surprise entrant in the tournament. He’s been on 205 Live before, albeit in a one off appearance the night after Wrestlemania 33. Lorcan says he can adapt his style to any opponent. He could see himself defeating Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship.
#1 Contender Tournament First Round: Oney Lorcan vs. Humberto Carrillo
Before the match, Carrillo says that Lorcan is a strong opponent but he’s here to face the best, which he’ll do tonight. The camera goes in close to start but there’s no hiding the incredible amount of empty seats in the lower half of the arena. English’s advice to Lorcan: “Do not hit this man in his beautifully dimpled face.” Instead Lorcan grabs a headlock for some blatantly obvious spot calling but can’t get a half and half suplex.
The second headlock keeps Carrillo from getting away again until a shove lets him backflip away twice in a row. Carrillo gets chopped to the apron though and a baseball slide sends him to the floor. As Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak, in Carrillo shirts, watch in the back, Carrillo manages to beat the count back in. The running uppercut sets up a chinlock but Carrillo gets up and hits a heck of a springboard armdrag to send Lorcan outside for a suicide dive.
They strike it out on the apron until Lorcan grabs a fisherman’s suplex to drop Carrillo again. Back in and Lorcan still can’t get the half and half, instead settling for some hard shots to the face. Carrillo rocks him with a superkick and a Batista Bomb gets two. With nothing else working it’s time to go up top but a moonsault hits raised boots. The half and half finally hits to give Lorcan the pin at 11:57.
Result: Oney Lorcan b. Humberto Carrillo – Half and half suplex (11:57)
He’s a new arrival:
Mike Kanellis vs. Colby Corino
Mike throws his jacket at Corino (Steve’s son) to start and hammers away as Aiden begs Mike to just take the win. A running clothesline turns Colby inside out and the Roll of the Dice plants him again as there’s no match.
He’s Not Quite His Dad:
Cedric Alexander knows people are asking how many chances he can get. No one cares about 205 Live more than him and the Cruiserweight Title has been synonymous with his name for two years. Tonight, he wants Akira Tozawa to bring his best.
#1 Contenders Tournament First Round: Akira Tozawa vs. Cedric Alexander
Neither can get an advantage on the mat to start but Cedric can’t get out of a headlock. Alexander finally slips away but his dropkick is blocked. An armdrag into an armbar has Cedric in trouble and that works so well that Tozawa does it two more times. The fourth armdrag sends Cedric outside but he’s ready for the suicide dive. Cedric dives back in for a suplex gutbuster for two as it’s time to start on the ribs.
The waistlock keeps Tozawa in trouble and a chinlock with a knee in the back makes it even worse. As Tozawa starts making a comeback, Cedric knees him in the back to cut him off again. Another waistlock goes on as Alexander continues to play a subtle heel. Tozawa finally elbows his way to freedom and the hard right hand knocks Alexander silly.
A hurricanrana puts Alexander on the floor for a suicide dive, followed by a missile dropkick for two back inside. The Octopus Stretch is quickly reversed into a spinning side slam and Alexander’s springboard spinning Downward Spiral gets two. Tozawa slips out of the Lumbar Check twice in a row and it’s time to kick Alexander in the head. A very hard DDT plants Alexander and a reverse hurricanrana gets two as the announcers are losing their minds.
Now the Octopus Stretch goes on and Alexander is taken all the way to the mat. Since he has to keep going though, the hold is broken, only to have Tozawa nail a hard German suplex. Alexander catches him on top to break up the top rope backsplash though and the Lumbar Check finishes Tozawa at 18:05.
Result: Cedric Alexander b. Akira Tozawa – Lumbar Check (18:05)
Here He Is Again:
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 2000 Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Part 1.
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