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205 Live Recap & Results: Swann Returns From Injury

After being sidelined for a few weeks, Rich Swann returned and faced Tony Nese, but it was the challenge after the match that has everyone talking.


Hell Hath No Fury Like Alicia Fox

As weird as this storyline has been, this week might have been the best installment. It might just be the shock value, but it’s certainly earning some interest. Last Night on Monday Night Raw, Alicia Fox seemed to take an odd tactic when she retaliated against Noam Dar’s recent advances by…kissing him? Pretty forcefully, I might add.

Alicia followed it up by saying Noam clearly wasn’t “man enough” for her. Well, Dar and Alexander finally squared off one on one to open 205 Live and settle some of their issues, but all it did was create more of them. Cedric was firmly in control when Alicia suddenly pulled Dar out of the way to help him avoid a moonsault.

After that, Dar was able to capitalize and pick up the win. Backstage, Alicia tried to apologize, but Cedric laid down the law and dumped her. Alicia’s response was…explosive. She screamed like there was no tomorrow, and it looks like she’s got plenty of emotion built up. The only question is, what will she do with it?

Parsley, Parsnip, Parlay!

The classiest part of 205 Live continues to be one Jack Gallagher. After picking up a win on Monday Night Raw, Gallagher offered to engage in parlay with the scoundrel Ariya Daivari. It sounded like a way to spark the beginning of the end to this increasingly heated rivalry. For those unfamiliar with parlay, go back and watch Pirates of the Caribbean.

The segment, not unlike every single thing Jack Gallagher does, was comedic gold. Ariya played his part well, and they ended up signing a contract to settle things in an “I Forfeit” Match. Which is essentially a classier version of an “I Quit” Match. What this really exhibited was the show coming into its stride.

Overall, this was one of the best episodes of 205 Live yet, and part of that was because the stories were all coming together. Everything was furthering along the narrative, and we also got quite a bit of quality wrestling. With that in mind, I’m especially excited to see the “I Forfeit” Match whenever we are treated to it.

The Coronation is Scheduled

The night’s main event featured WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann returning to action after being out for a few weeks thanks to a previous assault by Neville. The match between Swann and Nese was fast and furious, and it topped off what was an extremely well-rounded episode. Three quality matches and several quality segments? Raw usually can’t muster that in three hours, much less in one. This is again a lesson that “less is more,” but I’ll hop off my Raw-hating soapbox now.

As good as Swann’s match was, the treat came after it. Swann talked briefly after the match, and inevitably we were graced by the presence of Neville. The Self-Proclaimed King of the Cruiserweights immediately took to berating Swann for his American flaws, garnering a predictable reaction in a place like Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After a little back and forth, we finally got confirmation of what we’ve all been waiting for.

WWE Cruiserweight Champion Rich Swann will finally defend his title against Neville, but it will be at the Royal Rumble. Hopefully, it won’t be relegated to the pre-show or undercut to save time, because these two can put on one hell of a show if they have the opportunity. Overall, this was a pleasantly good episode of 205 Live. Here’s hoping that’s the start of a new trend rather than a one-off.

Instant Recap

  • Noam Dar def. Cedric Alexander
  • The Brian Kendrick def. Sean Maluta
  • Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari parlay
  • Rich Swann def. Tony Nese

What did you think of this week’s episode of 205 Live? Let us know in the comments below! 

 

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Patches Chance

Yo, Patches Chance here. I'm the Content Editor for the WWE section here at RealSport. In my past, I majored in English Literature at the University of Houston. I'm a former referee with the Doomsday Wrestling promotion. I've been an avid fan for over fifteen years and have written about wrestling for over a decade. I'm also a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and have been a featured columnist for WhatTheBuc. Edge will always be my favorite, but Shinsuke Nakamura is the best thing in wrestling today.

205 Live Recap & Results: Swann Returns From Injury

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