The 02/19/19 edition of 205 Live, out of the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE 205 Live results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #117 of 205 Live by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
8-Man Tournament Announced
This is a HUGE opportunity!@WWEMaverick reveals that there will be a single-elimination tournament to determine @WWE #Cruiserweight Champion @WWE_Murphy‘s #WrestleMania challenger! #205Live pic.twitter.com/8aid77tNJi— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) February 20, 2019
General Manager Drake Maverick kicked off the show with a huge announcement concerning the Cruiserweight Championship. Maverick revealed that an 8-man tournament will take place in the coming weeks, with the winner earning the right to face Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy for the title at WrestleMania.
The cruiserweight division is at it’s best when there’s a tournament going on, so it’s safe to say we’re pretty jacked up about it.
The tournament starts next week, with Tony Nese taking on Kalisto and Drew Gulak facing off against Brian Kendrick. Should be a good time.
Humberto Carrillo vs. TJP
Humberto Carrillo took the opportunity to show off his high-flying moveset. Jack Gallagher and Drew Gulak showed up mid-match to cheer on Carrillo, as well as encourage him to stay grounded (literally).
TJP did his best to ground Carrillo for Gallagher and Gulak. At one point he locked a nasty-looking STF on Carrillo, but Carrillo managed to make it to the ropes, breaking the hold.
Carrillo eventually hit the headstand springboard moonsault thing that he’s been using as his finisher as of late, scoring the pinfall victory immediately after.
Post-match, Gallagher and Gulak held Carrillo up on their shoulders, still very much trying to recruit Carrillo to their group, but have yet to convince him thus far.
Winner: Humberto Carrillo
Ariya Daivari vs. Johnny Lyons
Before the match, Ariya Daivari made a comment about the New Orleans Saints that got the crowd LEGIT angry. In fact, the crowd was so angry, they actually chanted for Johnny Lyons, the enhancement talent in the match.
Their chants didn’t really do much good, as Daivari tapped out Lyons with a modified version of the Million Dollar Dream to get the win.
Winner: Ariya Daivari
Buddy Murphy Speaks
Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy didn’t seem too bothered by Drake Maverick’s announcement of a tournament to find his next challenger.
Murphy feels that he is the best cruiserweight of all time, and that it doesn’t matter who steps up next in the tournament, he’s going to knock them right back down.
Cedric Alexander vs. Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis)
Cedric Alexander tweaked his knee early on in the match. That knee injury would end up playing a huge part in the rest of the bout, as Kanellis would go after it often and Alexander struggled to land his offense with only one good leg.
Kanellis hit Alexander with a cool backpack stunner for a two count. Speaking of two counts, there were a ton of near-falls towards the end of this match. Like, a lot of near-falls.
Kanellis hit Alexander with a big spinebuster on the ramp and the noise that Alexander made was a bit disturbing. Kanellis got another near-fall, but this time he actually thought he won. By the time the referee got him (and Maria) to understand that the match wasn’t over, Alexander landed the Lumbar Check for the victory.
Winner: Cedric Alexander