WWE Week in Review: Inaugural UK Champion crowned, Mickie James returns

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WWE 205 Live

I’m not going to get too much into 205 Live this week as there’s really not that much to get into. When the highlights of the show are video packages, one for Akira Tozawa and one for the Neville/Rich Swann feud, that’s not a good sign. And Corey Graves? That guy is absolute money.

The Alicia Fox/Cedric Alexander/Noam Dar love triangle continued this week and while I do still think it’s somewhat entertaining, it didn’t really advance much here. The “Bye, Felicia” line from Alexander was awesome but his match with Drew Gulak really wasn’t. It did show that Alexander knows how to sell an injury but that’s about it. I’m inclined to trust the process here as they bring Cedric along. He’s one of the best workers in the division but is currently paying his dues and I’m okay with that. His time will come.

The Mustafa Ali vs. Tony Nese match was decent but could have been a lot better in my opinion. They didn’t give these guys a lot of time, and while the finish of the match was entertaining, they may have killed the little momentum that Ali had with him taking the loss here. I’m finding it very difficult to get invested in Tony Nese matches. The inconsistent booking with him is a bit confusing and you’re never sure which direction creative is going to go with him.

I know they spent a lot of time building this “I Forfeit” match between Jack Gallagher and Ariya Daivari but the end result was somewhat disappointing to me. Daivari has been a little boring to me anyway and I thought this was his chance to really step up and deliver in a main event but I just didn’t see it. It’s not as if this match was horrible but when you have to rely on umbrellas and cheeky shenanigans from Gallagher to get a reaction, that’s a bit of a problem. Gallagher is entertaining and a good wrestler. I’m happy to see him move on from this program and into hopefully something a bit more substantial.

I still want this division to succeed. As I mentioned earlier, a couple of the segments on RAW were pretty solid but this edition of 205 Live really didn’t have a lot to it. I still think that doing the show after SmackDown Live is a mistake and that they’d be better off at Full Sail with NXT. The live crowd just isn’t into it but this week’s episode really didn’t give them much to get into anyway.