As CJ mentioned earlier with the official Smackdown preview, it is going to be a huge night. AJ Styles faces Luke Harper for the right to battle Bray Wyatt for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 33, Apollo Crews goes one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler in a chairs match and Becky Lynch faces off against Mickie James in a 2-out-of-3 Falls battle. Join us tonight and comment below to join the discussion as we live-recap the show!
205 LIVE (02.28.17)
ST. PAUL, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
Commentators: Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves, Austin Aries
Written by Brendan Wahl
Gentleman Jack Gallagher cut a promo regarding Neville's upcoming address to the cruiserweights and poked a little fun at the champion.
1) Noam Dar [w /Alicia Fox] def. Lince Dorado via pinfall in 4:00. During the early part of the match, someone delivered flowers to Alicia Fox, thus irritating and temporarily distracting Dar. The match ended when Noam hit a standing enzuiguri for the win.
Akira Tozawa told interviewer Austin Aries that he wants to make it on his own, which is why he didn't accept Brian Kendrick's mentor offer. Tozawa said that he wanted a fight with Kendrick RIGHT NOW and that brought about the entrance of The Brian Kendrick, who of course didn't want to fight and cut a promo on him instead. Kendrick told Tozawa to learn to speak English properly before they would have any kind of fight because he couldn't understand him. Brian then went to the back, leaving a fuming mad Akira Tozawa in the ring.
2) Ariya Daivari/Drew Gulak/Tony Nese def. T.J. Perkins/Cedric Alexander/Mustafa Ali via pinfall in 10:17. There was a crazy near fall at the end of the match when Daivari put Gulak's foot on the ropes at the last second after Ali hit him with the reverse 450 and went for the cover. The finish came though when Tony hit Perkins with the Running Nese in somewhat of an upset.
Cruiserweight Champion Neville closed the show by promising to obliterate Jack Gallagher and said that it would be a "public execution." Gallagher interrupted and offered him some tea and biscuits but Neville then threatened to beat him up if he kept "pushing him." Neville derobed Jack and started beating him down but the future challenger fought back, delivering one of his signature headbutts. Neville bailed so Jack kicked him over the barricade and into the crowd as he posed in the ring.