Drake Maverick def. Tehuti Miles
Miles has been a staple of 205 Live during the pandemic era of the show. It's nice that 205 Live is finally mixing in some fresh faces to work with the established talent, but I wish we got to know a bit more about him because as it currently stands, it comes across like Velveteen Dream-lite from a character standpoint. The match was decent, but it felt like it lasted longer than it should have as Maverick shouldn't have struggled to beat someone the caliber of Miles.
Jake Atlas def. Tony Nese
I'm all for Atlas making more appearances on 205 Live going forward. He's a terrific talent and is a great fit for this show if NXT doesn't have any immediate plans for him. As for Nese, he's been a part of the Cruiserweight division since Day 1 and there isn't anything left for him to do, but he's perfect in the "gatekeeper" role in the moment working with guys like Atlas and Isiah "Swerve" Scott. This was an entertaining affair and I'm glad Atlas picked up the win. Nese laying him out afterward obviously means the feud will continue and I have no issue with that after the chemistry they showed here.
I'm genuinely curious how many of the people who were a part of the ThunderDome for SmackDown were willing to tune out once 205 Live came on the air. Can they show only half of the screens on like when half of the crowd leaves during a normal 205 Live taping when fans are actually in the building? I kid, I kid. This was a solid show with both bouts featuring fun in-ring action and the right people going over. 205 Live remains a quick and easy watch every Friday night, despite not being the most "must-see."