Mansoor and Curt Stallion def. Ever-Rise
It's worth noting that Mansoor appeared on this week's Main Event defeating Drew Gulak, though I don't think that indicates a call-up is imminent considering this 205 Live match was taped after that. I felt like a one-off, and to be honest, he isn't ready for that anyway (despite holding victories over Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler on the Saudi Arabia shows). What he is ready for, however, is a title shot or at least a meaningful program of some sort seeing as how he's been undefeated for two years now. This was a decent tag team affair that didn't really pick up until the end. The Ever-Rise and Bollywood Boyz alliance continues to be a bust.
August Grey def. Tony Nese
Grey has been feuding with the duo of Nese and Ariya Daivari for a few weeks now and it was seeing him finally get one over on them here. He brought out backup (Jake Atlas) from the get-go and that did help him counteract any inference from Daivari at ringside. Nese and Grey are both very talented and this was a fun little match while it lasted, but it could have been even better with more time. That said, I was happy with the result.
As I've said before, I appreciate that we've been seeing more stories on 205 Live lately, which has helped make the matches a little less random and a bit more enjoyable. Both bouts this week were well-wrestled, but this was a middle-of-the-road show. I'm glad they seem to be building up some of the Cruiserweight babyfaces, but none of them are remotely near Santos Escobar's level at the moment. That's the problem. 205 Live should largely be used to determine who's next in line to challenge for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, but we haven't heard anything about that in weeks. That's an issue that needs to be addressed, unless they're just killing time until Jordan Devlin is hopefully able to travel over to the United States soon for a unification match against Escobar.