Mansoor def. Jake Atlas
Atlas defeated Isiah "Swerve" Scott on NXT not too long ago, so I found it odd that he was fed to Mansoor in a match that had zero buildup on 205 Live. Don't get me wrong, this was an enjoyable opener and both guys are great, but I have no idea what the hell they're doing with Atlas. On the bright side, Mansoor is delivering against everyone he steps in the ring and remains undefeated in singles competition on the brand. Something is seriously wrong if he isn't contending for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship in the near future.
Curt Stallion and Ever-Rise def. Ariya Daivari and The Bollywood Boyz
I don't think Ever-Rise are full-fledged babyfaces as they probably only teamed with Stallion because of their bad blood with The Bollywood Boyz. They've beaten them at every turn for the last month and this was no exception. The rivalry has run its course at this point and Ever-Rise won't gain a ton from continuously beating the same people, but I won't complain about them scoring some wins. Meanwhile, I'm glad Stallion is maintaining momentum, but it was never explained why Gran Metalik is getting a shot at the Cruiserweight title before him. This was a fun main event, even though I don't care for The Bollywood Boyz and especially Daivari.
The two-match format worked out wonderfully with this edition of 205 Live as both bouts were entertaining. Definitely make time to check out Mansoor vs. Atlas and the six-man tag team match was also well-wrestled. As much as I'm looking forward to Metalik vs. Santos Escobar for the Cruiserweight title at NXT New Year's Evil, it would have been nice for that bout to be built up with a video package of some kind on this show. Otherwise, this was a strong half-hour episode of 205 Live.