- Last week on 205 Live, Jack Gallagher defeated Ariya Daivari in an I Forfeit Match, hopefully putting an end to their rivalry. Throughout the match, Gallagher's Umbrella was broken, but fear not, as he debuted both William the 2nd AND William the 3rd... and you thought Vince Russo jumped the shark all the time? ... Cedric Alexander, Noam Dar, and Alicia Fox continue to make everything worse with one of the worst storylines WWE has presented for longer than two weeks... Rich Swann and Neville are headed for a collision course at the Royal Rumble, with the Cruiserweight Championship as the ultimate prize.
- Presented on the WWE Network from Toledo, OH. Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves, and Austin Aries are calling the action from ringside, unless otherwise noted. We're only days away from the Royal Rumble, and in tonight's Main Event, #1 Contender Neville takes on Cedric Alexander.
- Tom Phillips is backstage with Neville for comments on his upcoming matches with Swann and Alexander. Basic comments for the most part.
- Akira Tozawa makes his debut on 205 Live NEXT WEEK (ignoring he was present for the opening of the premiere episode of the show, but we're not supposed to remember that). Sami Zayn is this week's talking head, complete with a gnarly blackeye. Had he said Tozawa gave it to him, that would've been the greatest adlib of all time.
- Rich Swann wishes Cedric Alexander luck backstage. He tells Cedric to believe in himself, because Neville is going to try and get inside his head. He may think he's a King, but he's not unbeatable, and you've got to take a chance when he makes a mistake. Swann wants Alexander to save some for him, because he has unfinished business with Neville at the Royal Rumble.
Back inside, Neville comes off the top rope with a missile dropkick for a two-count. Neville with a straight boot to the head, followed by some choking. He takes Alexander over with a snap suplex and hits a running forearm in the corner for two. Neville with elbows across the top of the head and a kick to the back for two. Alexander fights out of a chin-lock and clocks Neville with a rolling elbow strike. He comes off the ropes with a handspring roundhouse kick, sending Neville out of the floor. Alexander hits the ropes and follows with a tope con hilo. Alexander throws Neville back in the ring and hits the springboard clothesline for a near fall. Neville blocks the Lumbar Check (how long has it been since that move was executed?). He drives a shoulder into the midsection of Alexander but runs into a standing Spanish Fly for another near fall. They trade forearms. Neville turns to his signature leg strikes to take control. He flips out of another Lumbar Check attempt and takes Alexander over with a release German Suplex. Neville dead-lifts Alexander off the canvas and hits a bridging German Suplex for two. Alexander fights Neville down from the top rope, but Neville lands on his feet to avoid the sunset-flip Powerbomb. Alexander rocks him with a roundhouse kick from the apron, but the springboard clothesline is interrupted by Noam Dar. Alexander slips off the top rope going for it again, and Neville locks him in a scissored arm-bar for the submission at 14:25. Alexander continues jobbing to all the heels (minus Daivari), but here Neville absolutely had to go over. Pretty good match that was given plenty of time to get going. ***1/2
- Post-match, Neville dumps Noam Dar out of the ring because he doesn't need friends and continues to put the boots to Alexander, bringing Rich Swann (with his entrance music playing, of course) out to make the save. They brawl despite the best (?) efforts of two referees trying to break them apart.
Final Thoughts: Wrestling heavy show this week. There was so much emphasis on it, that we didn't get a single second of Alicia Fox, making this the best episode yet… OK, maybe not, since it was mostly filler with the Royal Rumble taking place the following Sunday. There wasn't anything wrong with this week's episode, but very little happened, if that makes any sense. We had a couple of good matches, but without more angles pushed, it just seemed like stuff happening for 47-minutes.