Tonight’s episode of 205 Live opens up with a video package recapping last week’s #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way Match with a focus on Hideo Itami punishing Mustafa Ali and Drew Gulak’s big win to set up his SummerSlam showdown with Cedric Alexander for The WWE Cruiserweight Title.
Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson welcomes us to tonight’s show and comments on Cedric Alexander defending his WWE Cruiserweight Title against Drew Gulak at SummerSlam. Commentary also informs us that 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick had Gulak and Alexander sign their SummerSlam Contracts earlier today. Things got heated and we will see footage of that later on tonight. Also tonight, Cedric Alexander will take on The Brian Kendrick in a non-title main event matchup. But first, we will begin this week’s episode of 205 Live with Kalisto vs. Tony Nese.
Kalisto vs. Tony Nese: Nese is getting most of the offense early on. Kalisto tries to use some speed to get control of the match, but is quickly dropped and sent out of the ring. Buddy Murphy watches on from the back as Nese beats Kalisto up outside the ring. Both in the ring now as Nese launches Kalisto into the corner and does some taunting. Kalisto is sent into the corner again, but catches Nese with a back elbow then a kick. Kalisto tries to fly, but Nese catches him and drops him over his knee. Nese continues to focus on Kalisto’s back. Kalisto looks for a hurricanrana and Nese holds on. Nese plants him into the mat, then goes for the cover, but only gets a two count. Kalisto counters a suplex, then goes for a cover of his own, but only gets a two count. Nese slides and trips Kalisto up. Nese goes for a second rope moonsault, but it seems that he tweaked his knee and Kalisto plants him right on his head with a hurricanrana. Nese fights back, but Kalisto is able to hit a Salida del Sol out of nowhere for the 1-2-3. Winner: Kalisto
After the match, Murphy comes out at ringside and blocks Kalisto from leaving. Kalisto tries to run past him, but Murphy catches him and lifts him high in the air. Lince Dorado makes the save and kicks Murphy’s leg out from under him. The Lucha House Party hits double superkicks on Murphy that drops him. The Lucha House Party celebrates.
We head backstage where we see that 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick is with WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander and Drew Gulak for the contract signing. Gulak goes to sign first, but stops to talk. Alexander stops him, takes the contract, and signs it. Alexander says that there is no need for PowerPoint presentations, just sign it. Gulak continues talking and wonders what Alexander has really done. Gulak then says that whenever the title isn’t on the line, Alexander is just chilling in the back, letting everyone else beat up on each other. Gulak calls himself a workhorse and says that Alexander “will forever be known as the Brock Lesnar of 205 Live.”
Lio Rush heads out to the ring with mic in hand. He says that some people are bothered that he didn’t give Tozawa another rematch, but he’s a hot commodity and everybody wants a piece of him. Rush’s opponent is already in the ring. Rush then says that he bets this guy could put up a better fight than Tozawa.
Lio Rush vs. Ricky Martinez: Rush charges in, misses, gets kicked in the head and lands a punch. Rush with a couple of quick kicks that sends Martinez out to the floor. Rush with a hard suicide dive and sends his opponent back in the ring. Another spinning kick lands. Rush heads up top, hits a split-legged frog splash and gets the win. Winner: Lio Rush
After the match, Tozawa’s music hits and he heads out to the ring. Rush bails out of the ring and jaws at Tozawa and heads towards the back.
We head backstage where we see that Kendrick is getting ready for his match against Alexander. The champ is also shown getting prepared.
Cedric Alexander vs. The Brian Kendrick (Non-Title Match): Some chain wrestling to get us started. A bit of a stalemate as both guys escape each other’s holds. Alexander lands a number of strikes on Kendrick. Alexander gets Kendrick in the corner and hits a few big shops. Alexander takes Kendrick down and lands a dropkick. Drew Gulak heads out to ringside. Alexander is a bit distracted by this move. Kendrick is out on the floor. Alexander slides under the ring. Alexander goes down to get him and gets yanked into the edge of the ring and then sent into the steps. Gulak joins commentary as Kendrick continues to work over Alexander in the ring. Kendrick covers Alexander, but only gets a two count. Gulak talks about what it means to him to work on SummerSlam as it’s something he watched ever since he was a kid. Kendrick ends up out on the floor. Alexander with a big flip over the top rope. Gulak doesn’t approve. Alexander springboards in and lands on his feet. Alexander hits a clothesline to Kendrick, followed by a kick to the back of the head from the apron. Alexander with a springboard clothesline, then goes for a cover, but only gets a two count. Handstand spinning kick by the champ. Kendrick gets to the ropes and is able to dump Alexander out to the floor. Alexander looks for the flatliner, but Kendrick counters it into the captain’s hook. Gulak yells “Tap, you punk!” at Alexander. Alexander finally gets to the bottom rope for the rope break. Alexander is able to fight back. Kendrick tries for the sliced bread #2, but Alexander catches him with the lumbar check and gets the 1-2-3 for the win. Winner: Cedric Alexander
After the match, Alexander stares right at Gulak and laughs. Gulak doesn’t seem phased at all. Gulak steps up to the apron and gets Alexander’s attention. From behind, Jack Gallagher shows up and drops the champion. Gulak takes his jacket off and they look to beat him up some more. Maverick runs down with a bunch of referees and gets them to back up. Maverick tells them he’s out of the match if they touch Alexander and the group backs off. Drew Gulak Smiles as 205 Live goes off the air.