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Recap of WWE Stomping Grounds when Drew Gulak defeated Tony Nese and Akira Tozawa to become the new cruiserweight champion. The footage highlights the fact that Gulak never pinned Nese, and a title rematch may be in the future.
Cut to a live promo from the new champion Gulak. He says that he's given up on building a better 205 Live, and is now focused on building a better Drew Gulak. "This place deserves my wrath," growls Gulak. He reveals that Nese and Tozawa will be facing off in singles-action, and the winner gets a shot at Extreme Rules.
205 Live song intro.
Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, and Aiden English welcome us to another edition of 205 Live, this week from Portland. They hype the evening's main event, which is the previously announced Tony Nese versus Akira Tozawa.
Gentlemen Jack Gallagher makes his way out for our opening contest. He'll be facing...Mike Kanellis, who is accompanied to the ring by wife Maria.
Jack Gallagher versus Mike Kanellis
Knuckle-lock to start. Gallagher gets leverage on Kanellis, then locks him in a back-stretch. Kanellis is able to reverse the pressure, bringing Gallagher down to the mat. Gallagher fires off a series of head kicks to break the hold. Roll-up...Kanellis kicks out. Gallagher catches Kanellis in a headlock takeover. Kanellis sends Gallagher into the turnbuckles...Gallagher lands in his signature headstand spot. He tosses Kanellis to the outside. Gallagher off the ropes...baseball slide misses...he goes to whip Kanellis into the barricade but Maria Kanellis gets in the way, Kanellis takes advantage and smashes Gallagher into the ring-post. Suplex onto the arena floor from Kanellis. Gallagher just beats the count.
Back in the ring, Kanellis wears Gallagher down with a chinlock. Gallagher elbows his way out...Kanellis responds with a running lariat that nearly decapitates Gallagher. Huge Irish-whip sends Gallagher into the turnbuckles hard. Kanellis places Gallagher on the top...big chop...he goes for a superplex...Gallagher punches him off. Gallagher goes for a diving splash...Kanellis gets the feet up rocking Gallagher in the face. Samoan driver by Kanellis with pin...two count. Back and forth striking...Gallagher runs off the ropes and walks right into a superkick! Kanellis rolls Gallagher up grabbing the tights...ref spots it and stops counting. Kanellis and the ref argue back and forth...Gallagher with a headbutt out of nowhere. Cover...got em!
Jack Gallagher wins by pinfall
Post-match Mike Kanellis is visibly furious. Maria tries to console him. Mike screams that he's done and that "this" was a mistake. Mike is seen walking through the crowd out of the arena. Maria is left on her own. She exits from the top of the entrance path.
Backstage Tony Nese cuts a promo. "I could sit here and make a bunch of excuses, but that's not me. At the end of the day, I lost my cruiserweight championship," declares Nese. He says that tonight is an opportunity to face a man that he actually respects, Akira Tozawa. He then calls out Gulak for not pinning him during the triple-threat, and promises to take his title back.
Elsewhere, Akira Tozawa says he let the title slip through his hands, but that tonight is a different story. He says he will give it his all towards becoming a two-time cruiserweight champion.
Commercial for NXT.
General Manager Drake Maverick is screaming on the phone with Mike Kanellis. He says his actions tonight are completely unacceptable and unprofessional.
Humberto Carrillo is out for our next bout. His opponent...Rob Rollenbeck...is already in the ring.
Humberto Carrillo versus Rob Rollenbeck
Tie-up. Carrillo with a wristlock. Rollenbeck grabs one of his own. Nice sequence of chain wrestling. Carrillo with a highly athletic lucha escape. He catches Rollenbeck with a roundhouse. Springboard arm-drag by Carrillo, followed by a PK to Rollenbeck's chest. Rollenbeck is able to connect with a few forearms but Carrillo retakes control with a handspring back elbow. Carrillo climbs...missile dropkick. He sets Rollenbeck up...twisting moonsault. Rollenbeck can't kick out.
Humberto Carrillo wins by pinfall
Commentary shows a replay of last week's main event, when Ariya Daivari got himself disqualified against Oney Lorcan by attacking Lorcan with a chair. Daivari would continue his assault well after the bell.
Daivari is asked in an interview what drove him to "destroy Oney." Daivari says that Lorcan gave him six-stitches and cost him a shot at the cruiserweight title. Lorcan comes out of nowhere and attacks Daivari with a steel chair. He screams "HOW DOES IT FEEL" before being restrained by several referees ending the segment.
Preview for the Alexa Bliss 365 special on the WWE Network.
Lucha House Party announces that they'll have a rematch against the Singh Brothers, and this time they'll do it the Lucha House Party way: a tornado tag! Match is made official for next week's 205.
Main event time. The former champion Tony Nese is out first. Akira Tozawa is out second. Here we go.
Akira Tozawa versus Tony Nese number one contender's match
Tie-up. Waistlock by Tozawa. Nese reverses and slams Tozawa to the mat. Tozawa manages to grab Nese's arm, but the former champ tosses him into the turnbuckles. Nese with his signature dodge/kip-up/superkick combo. He spears Tozawa to the ground and unloads some fists. Superlex attempt...Tozawa catches Nese in a frankensteiner that sends Nese to the outside. Tozawa fakes his suicide dive attempt, jumps on the apron, then nails Nese with a running cannonball where they both collide with the barricade. Back in the ring...Tozawa climbs to the top...Nese with a Pele kick. Big slam. Nese is now in control.
Nese with a clubbing blow over Tozawa's head/neck. He hits a running elbow, then locks in a body-scissor to slow Tozawa down. Tozawa escapes...he picks Tozawa up in a firemans carry...Nese drops him with repeated elbow strikes. Tozawa responds with a stiff boot to the face...he picks Nese up again...gorilla press. Tozawa off the ropes...sic kick. Nese rolls to the outside. Tozawa right off the ropes...suicide dive connects! Nese gets sent over the announce table. Back in the ring...Tozawa nails Nese with a missile dropkick. Cover...Nese gets a shoulder up. Tozawa with another waistlock...Nese with stiff shots to break his grip...Tozawa locks in the octopus stretch! Nese in trouble...he swings Tozawa out, then slams him right on his head. Both men are down.
Big strikes from Nese. He goes for a springboard moonsault but Tozawa rolls to the outside. Nese follows up with a twisting tope con hilo. He throws Tozawa right back in...springboard moonsault lands. Cover...only two. Nese and Tozawa lay into each other with stiff chops. Tozawa wins the exchange with his fake-out jab. Series of counters...trouble in paradise by Tozawa. He climbs for the senton...Nese with an open-palm stuns Tozawa on the top. He climbs for a superplex...Tozawa battles his way and goes for a sunset bomb...Nese blocks it...he changes the move into a neckbreaker attempt...Tozawa turns it into a Canadian destroyer. Two count. Tozawa up again...senton misses! Back to their feet...crucifix pin by Tozawa...two count. Roll-up...Nese turns it into a powerbomb. Pinfall...Tozawa gets a foot on the ropes. Nese goes for the running Nese...snap-German from Tozawa nearly wins it! Another sequence of counters...Nese spikes Tozawa with a reverse piledriver...that'll do it.
Tony Nese wins by pinfall to earn a title shot at Extreme Rules
Following the match, Nese and Tozawa embrace in a nice showing of sportsmanship. Nese then celebrates on his own.
That's the show friends.