The Big Takeaway --
Austin Aries won a fatal five-way elimination match, earning a Cruiserweight title shot against Neville at WrestleMania. Alicia Fox continues to get gifts from a mysterious benefactor, all while Noam Dar attempts to claim the gifts as his own. Mustafa Ali continued to build momentum, scoring a win over an increasingly frustrated Drew Gulak.
Show Recap --
Neville started out the show, talking about how he was robbed of his WrestleMania moment last year, and to top it all off he had been forgotten by each and every member of the WWE Universe. He said people in the five-way tonight vying to win a shot at his title are irrelevant. At WrestleMania, he will make them regret having such foolish ambitions.
Mustafa Ali's music hit, and he glanced at Neville as he headed to the ring to start off tonight’s in-ring action.
Mustafa Ali defeated Drew Gulak
This had quick action and was mostly just a backdrop to showcase Ali. He comes off as someone they can do something with -- he has some charisma, a unique moveset, and has a cool finisher. He picked up the win with the inverted 450 splash.
Gulak wasn’t happy after the match, taking a mic to vent. He said week after week he does his best work in that ring and that he’s tired of being frustrated. He’s not the problem, he is not the one that needs to change. The problem is 205 Live, and this needs to change.
Ariya Daivari was getting ready backstage when Noam Dar walked in, saying he’s tired of Rich Swann getting the one up on him, hence why he requested a rematch tonight. Daivari said he doesn’t need a motivational speech. Dar said they need to win this tonight.
Noam Dar & Ariya Daivari defeated Jack Gallagher & Rich Swann
This had good action, especially when Swann was in, but the crowd was just dead for this match. Swann was distracted by Daivari and walked right into an enzuigiri by Dar for the win.
Dar said each week he spoils Alicia Fox with beautiful gifts. The real gifts, however, cannot be bought -- they come from the heart. And tonight, his gift to Alicia was this win...and a teddy bear that was randomly delivered right in the middle of the sentence. The mystery man mystery continues.
Austin Aries defeated Brian Kendrick, Akira Tozawa, Tony Nese, and TJ Perkins in a fatal five-way elimination match to become the number one contender for the Cruiserweight title
The early part of the match had mostly everyone out of the ring while others traded submissions on the mat. Aries went up on the top rope but Kendrick shoved him down near the barricade. Nese followed that up with a running knee into Aries, his head smashing into the barricade.
In the ring, TJP eliminated Nese with the armbar. Nese didn’t like that and laid out TJP. Tozawa took him out, but Kendrick flew in, grabbed an unsuspecting Tozawa, and planted him with the Sliced Bread to eliminate him.
Kendrick continued his spree by sinking in the Captain's Hook on TJP, but he escaped as they made their way to the top rope. Aries came in and took them both down. Kendrick soon managed to get TJP back in the Captain's Hook and submitted him. Kendrick then put it on Aries but TJP broke it up. Aries tried to go for the roaring elbow but instead struck TJP.
Kendrick followed that by hitting Sliced Bread but Aries kicked out. Once again, the Captain's Hook was applied by Kendrick. Aries made it to the ropes but it couldn't be broken as it's an elimination match.
They both got up on their feet, but Aries was the first to react, hitting the roaring elbow and pinning Kendrick to become the number one contender.
Final Thoughts --
This was a dead show for the most part; this was one of those weeks where the crowd just didn't seem to care, though it picked up in parts for the main event. With the WrestleMania match for this program now set, I'm looking forward to seeing how momentum continues to build toward Aries heading into the grandaddy of them a-er, I mean, the Ultimate Thrill Ride, WrestleMania.