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WWE 205 Live results: Final qualifier for Royal Rumble title match

Drake Maverick hyped up last week's episode. Kalisto was showcased before a video was shown for Cedric Alexander and Hideo Itami's qualifying match.

Alexander and Itami's last match was in July -- and since then, Alexander has won and lost the title, while Itami showed he has no remorse for anyone.

The announcers discussed tonight's card, with Noam Dar coming out to face Tony Nese. Nese cut a promo on Dar being even more annoying as an opponent than he was as a partner.

Noam Dar defeated Tony Nese

Nese got a waistlock and worked Dar over on the mat for a bit until Dar got a flash pin for one. Nese posed and Dar grabbed the arm for an armlock -- finally, someone made Nese pay for that!

Dar avoided a headscissors and got a side headlock. Dar grapevined the legs and posed to mock Nese. Nese landed a big knee to the gut and clubbed away before hitting a sick flying cross chop for two. Nese got a long bodyscissors and got two before applying a bear hug. He went from this to a long neck wrench. Boy, is this long hold-filled match an interesting choice for an opener.

Nese sent Dar in hard to the buckle, but he missed a corner charge and Dar had a bit of hope now. Dar hit a Northern Lights suplex for two. Nese sent him down and hit a double-jump moonsault for two. Dar got a kick combo before Nese avoided another kick, but Dar put on the front choke.

Nese escaped with a Northern Lights of his own for two. He hit a giant Michinoku driver, but instead of going for a pin, he set up Dar for the corner knee strike. Dar grabbed him and got a victory roll for the win. 

Backstage, Brian Kendrick read a letter from Akira Tozawa. Tozawa wrote that he couldn't be here tonight because he's in Japan honing his skills. Tozawa said he will defeat Buddy Murphy at the Royal Rumble, with Kendrick reading Tozawa's non-stop "HAs" at the end. Kendrick talked about owing Tozawa and wanting to make sure he becomes champion.

Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher talked to Maverick about him needing new hires. They've compiled a list -- and for Maverick's benefit, they've made sure that there are people that won't even go up top if the floor was lava.

Mike and Maria Kanellis talked to Maverick about how they haven't been on the show for five weeks. Maria complained about being away from their baby girl and wasting time on planes to do nothing. Maria told him that the newcomers will have to go through Mike.

Lio Rush cut a selfie promo about how he should be in the fatal four-way, but he'll get even with the Lucha House Party and make them feel the rush.

Alexander entered for the main event, and Itami came out with Ariya Daivari.

Hideo Itami defeated Cedric Alexander to qualify for the Cruiserweight Championship fatal four-way match at the Royal Rumble

Alexander and Itami started off with fast mat work before Alexander got an edge and worked on Itami's bad arm. Alexander landed a nice chop, but Itami responded with big, stiff kicks. Alexander landed a handspring headscissors and a dropkick for one.

Itami faked out Alexander on a baseball slide and went for a palm strike, but Alexander landed an elbow. Itami distracted the referee in the ring while Daivari hit a big running lariat on Alexander. Itami landed a series of hard kicks to the spine. He draped Alexander over the second rope and hit a series of step kicks before connecting with a flying draping leg drop for two.

Itami applied a chinlock, but Alexander fought back and landed a nice dropkick to the jaw. The slingshot flatliner hit, but Alexander's Neuralyzer was met with a hesitation dropkick. Alexander landed a kick and elbow combo before hitting the Neuralyzer for two.

Daivari pulled Itami out -- and both heels ate a flip dive. Itami recovered and hit a Falcon Arrow off the apron to the floor. That seemed like an injury waiting to happen for Itami, and his mouth was busted up here and his chest was marked up.

Itami threw Alexander in and went for the GTS '18, but Alexander countered with a backfist. Itami sent him into the corner and landed a hesitation dropkick and the GTS '18 for the win. Vic Joseph hyped this as Itami's biggest win in his career. Murphy will defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto, Tozawa, and Itami in a fatal four-way match at the Royal Rumble.

Murphy talked about being the wolf of the division. He said he's battling a bunch of sheep -- and he'll prove how great he is with a non-title open challenge next week to someone who can make the 205-pound weight limit.