Andre Chase def. Malik Blade
Blade has become the resident jobber on 205 Live, but the thing with him is that he's actually quite good, and hopefully there comes a day that he scores a big upset win (a la Leon Ruff last year). It would have been nice for him to get that moment against Chase, but I realize the powers that be are high on Chase right now. To Chase's credit, he too is talented, but the gimmick is the drizzling shits. That said, this was a well-wrestled opener with their two styles meshing nicely. This was one of the more enjoyable matches I've seen Chase have yet.
Indi Hartwell def. Valentina Feroz
It appears to be back to the drawing board for Hartwell after she and Persia Pirotta failed to win the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship at Halloween Havoc. I want to see them back in the tag title picture eventually, but I don't think it will be any time soon. Feroz is still trying to find her footing and gain experience, but I thought she looked fine in this match. It was more about Hartwell and giving her a win. This lasted longer than I thought it would, but they made the most of the time they had.
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong def. Draco Anthony (Non-Title)
The commentators noted that Anthony is one of Booker T's students, which is cool considering there's been a lot of love for the Reality of Wrestling alumni in various promotions lately. This marked his WWE debut and he was put in a prime spot from the get-go with the Cruiserweight champ. It was too short to be anything truly special, but I thought he had a chance to shine in defeat. Hopefully we get to see more from him either on 205 Live or on NXT.
I enjoyed this edition of 205 Live a bit more than most of the other episodes we've seen lately, maybe because it featured a few less inexperienced people than normal. Anthony was a fresh face, but he had a better showing compared to most of the rookies. Additionally, Hartwell and Chase were showcased in back-to-back solid squashes, so this was an efficient half hour of wrestling that accomplished what it needed to. The crowd being as lively as they were helped as well.