- Last week on 205 Live, Buddy Murphy survived a Fatal-Four-Way that also featured top contenders such as TJP, Kalisto, and Akira Tozawa. Under no certain terms was it stated he was the new #1 contender, but I wouldn't be surprised if he's featured in a prominent role following WrestleMania... Mark Andrews defeated Tony Nese in a "Winner gets a Match with Drew Gulak" Match... Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander are considered the heart and soul of 205 Live, but who's willing to reach the deepest to walk out of the WrestleMania Kick-Off Show as Cruiserweight Champion?
- Presented on the WWE Network from Nashville, TN. Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness are at ringside to call the action, unless otherwise noted. We're only days away from WrestleMania: Fleur-de-lis (34), and tonight, we're getting three advertised matches! Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik represent the Lucha House Party against Hideo Itami and Akira Tozawa, as well as our rematch between Mark Andrews and Drew Gulak, and finally Buddy Murphy versus Kalisto.
- Mark Andrews vs. Drew Gulak has been postponed until next week. Gulak put the request in and lets us know he's not trying to play mind games, he wants Andrews fully recuperated from his match against Tony Nese last week. He says he would have a PowerPoint Presentation ready to detail how he would punish Andrews in his Dragon Sleeper, otherwise known as the Gu-Lock, but he only needs one slide: "Because I Can." We cut to a selfie-promo from Mark Andrews who promises to get redemption for Gulak taking liberties with him in the ring the last time they fought.
- Kalisto is in the medical room with Dorado and Metalik and promises to check back on them after his match. He walks into Buddy Murphy (why was he standing there in the first place?), who promises to make tonight's beating quick, so he can get back to his friends.
Murphy interrupts a Lucha chant by throwing Kalisto in the corner and nailing him in the midsection with a right hand. Murphy slows things down, hooking an abdominal stretch. Kalisto counters with a sleeper hold, but Murphy forces the break by slamming Kalisto into the corner. Kalisto with a springboard seated senton, followed by a Tornado DDT for a near fall. They fight on the apron until Murphy hits a suplex that barely grazes the side of the ring and has both men crashing hard to the floor. Back inside, Murphy covers for two. Murphy with a hard whip to the corner and Kalisto comes right back with a spinning heel kick. Kalisto's reverse hurricanrana is countered with an electric chair drop. Murphy leaves the ring for reasons unknown (botched the prior spot?) and Kalisto follows with a big dive. Back inside, Kalisto with the short-rana for two. To the floor, Murphy sends Kalisto into the steps and monkey flips him onto the announcer's table. The referee slows his count down a little too much to save Kalisto from being counted-out. Both men with a flurry of strikes. Murphy counters a head scissors with a powerbomb for two. Murphy with a knee to the jaw for another two-count. Murphy positions Kalisto across the top turnbuckle for a super-plex, but Kalisto fights free and sweeps him off the ropes. Kalisto with a rolling roundhouse kick and Code Red for two. Murphy avoids the Salida del Sol and hits Murphy's Law (after a bit of a struggle) for three at 14:50. Really good match that somehow woke up the comatose crowd, but a few sloppy spots, especially at the end, that can't be ignored. ***3/4
- Drake Maverick is backstage in the Big Brother Confession Room to reflect on the past two months of 205 Live. He does the hard sell for WrestleMania and tries to put over that Mustafa Ali and Cedric Alexander will end up stealing the show. Outside of the part where he shilled the Raw/SD stuff, you could sense the passion behind his delivery.
- Hype video for Cedric Alexander vs. Mustafa Ali at WrestleMania 34. It's the Heart vs. Soul of 205 Live. We recap their progress through the 16-Man Elimination Tournament to crown the next Cruiserweight Champion. Cedric Alexander defeated Gran Metalik, TJP, and Roderick Strong, while Mustafa Ali defeated Jack Gallagher, Buddy Murphy, and Drew Gulak to earn their spots in the Finale. Both are fighting for their families and have their own stories to write. Ali says eventually the soul leaves the body, but not your heart, while Alexander says when you fight with your heart, you don't use your brain. Both men will walk into WrestleMania looking to be the next Champion, but only one man can win.
Final Thoughts: With 2+ months of TV dedicated to the tournament and building up Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali, it feels like a sham that the Cruiserweight Title Match is once again sentenced to duty on the Kick-Off Show (along with the two Battle Royals). Buddy Murphy continues to get the big push, but his work was honestly a bit sloppy tonight, especially with how long it took to execute his finishing move. They keep pushing the LHP/Itami & Tozawa rivalry, and unfortunately, they pushed back Gulak/Andrews to next week. Good episode all around, but I'm not a fan of bait-and-switch booking.