205 Live 5/14/2021


Asher Hale defeated Ariya Daivari

***1/2

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Hale and Daivari had a simple exchange to open the match made up of basic grappling and groundwork. As the match continued, the opening grappling quickly dynamized as more exciting and impactful moves entered the fray. Daivari ended the back and forth by sending Hale to the outside and cutting him off before he could come back.

Daivari, now in control, locked in a sleeper hold; Hale struggled but eventually freed himself. Hale followed his escape with an impressive snapping power slam. A strike exchange followed. Hale emerged from the clash ahead, connecting with a suplex triad (two exploders and a northern lights).

Daivari kicked out of a DDT and interrupted a now frustrated Hale who had scaled to the top rope. Daivari threw Hale to the mat before climbing to the top himself and hitting the Persian splash; Hale kicked out. Daivari then pulled Hale into position for a hammerlock lariat, but Hale ducked the move, allowing him to slip into an O'Connor Roll pin. Daivari was unable to escape, leaving Hale victorious in his debut.


All four members of Bolly-Rise discussed Ever-Rise Live, a Facebook show featuring, you guessed it, Ever-Rise. This was a short but lively segment that didn't hurt the show in any way.


Tony Nese defeated Ari Sterling

***1/4

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This was a fantastic match. The pace was blisteringly quick when it needed to be and calm when necessary. Despite its glitzy outermost layer of paint, the match was filled with genuine dramatics—what a showing from both men. The match started with a ton of athletics; flips from both men filled the opening moments in a contest of pride. Nese ended the borderline ostentatious competition by connecting with some basic strikes.

Sterling regained some control, which he used to connect with a senton. Nese rolled to the outside but stopped Sterling from leaping to the outside by grabbing his feet. The pair brawled outside for a moment before Nese re-entered the ring. Nese captured Sterling with the ring’s apron before connecting with a dropkick. A substantial period of Nese offense followed.

Sterling connected with an enziguri to break up Nese’s control. He then tried for a sunset flip, but Nese met him with a firm boot to the jaw. Nese was allowed to slow the match for the first time in a while, locking in body scissors. Nese followed this by throwing Sterling into the corner and trying for a superplex. Sterling freed himself from the threat and connected with a head-scissor throw.

Nese rolled to the outside, allowing Nese to connect with a springboard Arabin moonsault to the outside. Nese caught Sterling upon re-entry enabling him to try for a 450, but Sterling rolled to safety. Sterling could not follow up, as Nese connected with a running knee and a sit-down back-to-belly driver.

Nese wasted time after the failed pin, which allowed Sterling to connect with a devastating powerbomb. Sterling climbed to the top rope but overshot whatever move he was going for. Nese caught Sterling with a German suplex into the corner, which he followed with a running knee. Nese pinned Sterling to end this great match.


This was the best episode of 205 Live I’ve watched. Both matches delivered and then some. This show also had more character than a typical 205 Live episode. Compared to the rest of pandemic era 205 Live, this felt like a show with a purpose.


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