The 02/05/19 edition of WWE 205
Mike Kanellis vs. The Brian Kendrick
With Mike Kanellis’ wife, Maria, at the announce table, Kanellis went after Brian Kendrick with an air of arrogance, clearly unable to even consider the fact that Kendrick might be tough competition for him. As expected, Kanellis got a little too confident, letting his guard down long enough for Kendrick to take advantage.
Luckily for Kanellis, the action spilled out to ringside, giving Maria the opportunity to interfere. From there, Kanellis held authority over Kendrick completely, until Kendrick was able to shift the momentum by throwing Kanellis into one of the ring posts.
Mike Kanellis came close to victory more than once, but a few missteps, on top of being blinded by self-assurance, led to Brian Kendrick taking the win with his Sliced Bread #2.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick
Noam Dar Wants Revenge
Backstage, Noam Dar demanded a match with Tony Nese. Drake Maverick said no, as Nese was suspended, so Dar implied that he would just have to beat Nese up somewhere other than the ring.
Maverick couldn’t allow that
Lio Rush vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Cedric Alexander
Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match
Lio Rush was at a disadvantage from the start, as all three of his opponents ganged up on him the moment the bell rang. But with a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship on the line, Rush was not going to be intimidated.
Rush came close to getting the first elimination by hitting a Tornado DDT on Carrillo. When he was unable to eliminate Carrillo, he turned his attention toward Akira Tozawa. Rush went for a Final Hour, but Tozawa was able to roll out of the way. Soon after, Rush was eliminated via a Lumbar Check from Cedric Alexander.
Humberto Carrillo had an excellent match, nearly eliminating Alexander, and doing a great job of showing off his talents to the WWE Universe, but he was ultimately taken out by Akira Tozawa after a Diving Senton.
Down to Tozawa and Alexander, the two men struggled for dominance. Highly familiar with one another, they both knew what to expect, leading to numerous counters and evasions.
After a hard fought match, Akira Tozawa outlasted all three opponents, taking the victory with an inverted hurricanrana followed by a Senton Bomb. Tozawa then tearfully accepted his championship opportunity at the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Post-match, Buddy Murphy appeared on the big screen, reminding Tozawa exactly what he was up against in the near future.
Winner: Akira Tozawa