This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episode of WWE 205 Live! It goes without saying that Akira Tozawa' s path since joining the WWE has been somewhat lackluster; always running through all of the Brian Kendrick' s put in front of him, but never getting the satisfaction of defeating The Brian Kendrick. He looks for that to change tonight when he finally gets his hands on him one on one! Will Tozawa show why he's the next big star in the cruiserweight division or will The Man with the Plan teach him another lesson? Be sure to come back here at 10 PM EST to find out!
Rich Swann vs Ariya Daivari
They start off exchanging hammer locks and headlocks, then flips and they hop over each other until Swann hits a dropkick that sends Daivari out of the ring. Swann gets sent face first into the announce table as he comes out after Ariya who gets back into the ring. Daivari decides he's not done and comes back out and throws Swann into the ring post and hits him with right hands before rolling him back into the ring for a quick two count. Daivari then drops Swann with a variation of a lariat for another quick two count, then hits him with several elbows before locking in a headlock that Swann is quick to power out of. Ariya whips Swann sternum first into the turnbuckle, then throws him across the ring into the other one, causing him to do a flip for a near fall.
Daivari misses a splash off of the top rope, then they exchange strikes before Swann hits a Michinoku driver for a near fall. Swann limps around and Daivari almost sends him into the referee, but he stops himself, then Daivari hits a neckbreaker and a splash off of the top rope for a near fall of his own. Swann catches Ariya on the top rope and sends him off of it before he hits a phoenix splash for the pin and the win.
Winner: Rich Swann via pinfall
-We then have Alicia and Swann backstage when Alicia gets another gift as we go to commercial.
-Next we have Drew Gulak trying to talk to Mustafa Ali.
Mustafa Ali vs Brandon Scott
Ali takes Scott down repeatedly, then hits him with a leg lariat as we see Gulak watching backstage. Scott stomps on Ali after sending him face first into the top turnbuckle, then turns him inside out with a lariat for a near fall. Scott misses a diving fist drop, then Ali fires back with a series of chops and forearms before hitting a springboard cross body. Ali takes Scott down repeatedly, then hits a rolling neckbreaker and an inverted 450 splash for the pin and the win.
Winner: Mustafa Ali via pinfall
Akira Tozawa vs The Brian Kendrick
They square off, then Tozawa immediately hits a Yakuza kick that sends Kendrick out of the ring before diving through the ropes onto him. Tozawa rolls Kendrick back in the ring and hits a high angle senton off of the top rope for a near fall, then chops him in the corner repeatedly. Tozawa misses a PK and hits a right hand that drops Kendrick for a quick two count, then Kendrick locks in the Captain's Hook out of no where, but Tozawa powers out of it and goes for a German suplex, but Kendrick counters it then rolls out of the ring. Tozawa dives through the ropes again and takes Kendrick out with a variation of a flying headbutt, whipping Kendrick into the barricade repeatedly afterwards. Kendrick hits a drop toe hold onto Akira into the railing, then rolls back into the ring, Tozawa getting back in at the count of 9.
Tozawa comes back with a huricanrrana, then a leg lariat for a near fall,before he hits a running boot in the corner like Shibata does. Kendrick then hits Sliced Bread #2 for a near fall before locking in another Captain's Hook, but Tozawa gets to the ropes at the last second. Tozawa then runs at Kendrick and hits the exposed turnbuckle which Kendrick ripped off when Tozawa tried to suplex him off of the top rope for the pin and the win.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick via pinfall
-Neville comes out and talks about winning the cruiserweight title and how he's the best in the division as well as how he's never had a Wrestlemania moment. He talks about how he broke his ankle and how everyone forgot about him before he came to 205 Live and that he changed the landscape of the show. Aries then comes out and says that all Neville does is feed his ego and that's his problem and that he'll never say that Neville isn't worthy of being champion, but he will say that he's just a little better. Aries gets in the ring and says that no matter where they are on the card, they are the main event and going to tear the house down this Sunday. Neville then cheap shots Aries and stomps on his repeatedly before hitting him with a flat liner, then Aries drops him with a right hand before locking in the Last Chancery for a split second before Neville rolls out of the ring and runs away as we go off the air.