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Cruiserweight Report for 7/23: Main Event Swerve

Over on the main roster, the opportunities for SummerSlam showcases for 100% 100s are getting slimmer. What could have been an amazing climax to the feud between Cedric Alexander and Drew McIntyre led to the Scottish Psychopath annihilating the former “Pride Of 205 Live” to build toward a likely match with The Undertaker instead. Instead of attempting to reclaim his Intercontinental Title from Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor was fed to Bray Wyatt’s new persona, The Fiend. Great workers like Sami Zayn and Ali will likely be spending their time in Toronto at catering. It’s enough to make cruiserweight fans weep, but at least there will be a defense of Drew Gulak’s CW Title. The question we need to answer is, whom shall step up to the Philadelphia Stretcher?

Our episode of 205 Live begins with a recap of the brewing drama between Mike Kanellis and GM Drake Maverick. I’m glad the Kanellis family resigned with WWE, and the idea of a match between these two is about the only way I ever want to see the former Rockstar Spud return to the ring. Back live, Maverick states that he had lost his cool in challenging Kanellis to a match, but he WILL make this match an Unsanctioned Match next week. Consistently, this show delivers with its advertised main events, and this is going to be a brawl!

We transition to the ultimate comedown, Lucha House Party, who is out to face off against the team of Humberto “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” Carrillo and Raul Mendoza. Mendoza is incredibly talented, and his work as a jobber in NXT definitely earned him a promotion! Kalisto and Mendoza engage in some classic Lucha Libre work, and you can tell how comfortable they are working with each other. Carrillo and Gran Metalik continue the presentation, until Metalik goes heel to take the advantage. This is a welcome change for Metalik, as he worked well as hated Mascarita Dorado in Mexico. After about 10 minutes of fast-paced action, Carrillo puts away Metalik with his corkscrew 450 finisher. If you’re a fan of traditional Lucha Libre, make it a point to watch this match. For once, my descriptions do not do it justice.

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The Bollywood Boyz are backstage, vowing revenge on THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa for stealing their Boscar award. Samir and Sunil challenge them to a tag team match next week, and I’m fairly certain it will not be the main event. I like the Singhs, but this exaggeration of their indie gimmick is just not necessary.

Vic Joseph and Aiden English then present a video on Isaiah Scott (the former Shane “Swerve” Strickland). I became a huge fan of Swerve from his work in MLW, and he can work with many different styles of wrestlers. I’m glad his initial loss to Cameron Grimes a couple of weeks ago in the NXT Breakout Tournament did not derail his momentum, as he will be facing Gulak one-on-one in our main event tonight.

A recap of last week’s superb main event airs, and it managed to elevate both Chad Gable and Gentleman Jack Gallagher. Oney Lorcan then stomps to the ring to face (JOBBER ALERT!!!) Tony “Ice” Isner. A Half/Half Suplex wraps this up in a tidy minute. This match is the kind of squash The Boston Butcher needs, as we already know how great he makes other wrestlers look in the ring.

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Gulak is backstage, claiming that no one from HIS locker room was man enough to accept the challenge laid out last week. He does credit Scott with stepping up, and lets the audience know that he actually trained Swerve. Gulak respects the courage shown, but lets Scott know that much is still to be learned. The two enter, and Scott’s hybrid work is frustrating the technical prowess of Gulak. 205 Live is in Miami tonight, and the crowd is solidly behind the former MLW Champion. Gulak gains the advantage by snapping the fingers on Swerve’s right hand, and the Philadelphia Stretcher obliterates Scott with a Razor’s Edge carry into the outside ringpost!  A second-rope lariat from Gulak only garners a two-count, however. Scott is able to flip out of a second Razor’s Edge, and hits a modified Shining Wizard to nearly pin the champ. Gulak tries to apply the Gu-Lock, but Swerve gets a foot under the ropes to escape. Scott tries to end Gulak’s night with a top-rope stomp, but Gulak kicks out. Strong Styles ensues, and Gulak gets the best of it to hit Cyclone Crash for the win.

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While Raul Mendoza was a welcome addition to the 205 Live roster, I have to give props to Isaiah Scott for an impressive debut here tonight. I’m not a huge fan of the moniker change, but with the “Nobody Else Can Be Named ‘Shane’” edict from Vince McMahon, it’s just a fact of life we have to deal with. It took him a while to appear on TV, but he instantly steals the show whenever he shows up. Swerve put not only 205 Live on notice, but the entire WWE, as he demonstrated the unreal potential he possesses. Isaiah Scott, you are the 100% 100 KgOTW!