The 03/19/19 edition of WWE 205 Live, out of the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #121 of 205 Live by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis) vs. Akira Tozawa
How did @TozawaAkira kick out after this?!? #205Live @RealMikeBennett pic.twitter.com/HalrM8vRAU— WWE (@WWE) March 20, 2019
Quick reminder: last week General Manager Drake Maverick informed Mike (and Maria) Kanellis that if Mike didn’t start winning soon, his job could be in jeopardy. Luckily for the Kanellises, Mike pulled off the upset victory this week and defeated Akira Tozawa after a hard-fought battle.
Good for Mike, bad for Akira.
Winner: Mike Kanellis
Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese
Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finale
.@CedricAlexander is starting to fight back! #205Live @TonyNese pic.twitter.com/lxN9K7D5xv— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 20, 2019
Cedric Alexander and Tony Nese took their time early on in this match. Neither wanted to make the first mistake, which really added to the “this match is important” story that was being told throughout. Good stuff.
Nese hit Alexander with a beautiful Northern Lights, which earned him a two count. Alexander followed that up with a picture-perfect dropkick to Nese’s face. Nese was on his knees at the time of the dropkick, which was a nice little tweak to a spot we see all the time nowadays.
Alexander landed his Neuralyzer, but it didn’t put Nese away. Nese hit a top rope moonsault to Alexander who was hanging up in the ropes, but again, it wasn’t enough to win him the match.
At this point, these guys were really cooking, and a faint “205” chant broke out. They’d get more from this crowd later on in the match…
After a HUGE palm strike from Nese, both guys bumped from the top rope to the ring apron, landing on the floor after. They both managed to beat the ten count and immediately engaged in a striking
Nese landed a big dive to Alexander on the floor, then back in the ring, a 450 Splash, but only got a two count out of it.
Tony’s running knee in the corner was cut off by Alexander and a Spanish Fly. Alexander finally hit the Lumbar Check, but NESE KICKED OUT! If you’ve been paying attention, this is the first time the Lumbar Check hasn’t resulted in the end of the match. Good, good stuff here.
After a bit more back-and-forth, Nese hit his running knee in the corner to score the pinfall victory. Both men embraced while a loud “that was awesome” chant from the crowd rang through the arena.
Buddy Murphy came out to congratulate his friend, and now WrestleMania opponent, to close out the show. Of course, he laid Nese out from behind right before we went off the air – because that’s what bad guys do.
It goes without saying, but this was an excellent match that’s worth checking out.
Winner: Tony Nese