Chase Parker & Matt Martel of Ever-Rise were riding high after picking up a big tag team win last week on 205 Live, but Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza of Legado del Fantasma brough them crashing back to Earth in a tandem bout this week.
Legado del Fantasma landed the first big blow when Wilde made a blind tag to Mendoza and caught Parker off guard by driving him into the canvas with a ring-rattling DDT. With Martel attempting to incite a “de-fense” chant, Mendoza & Wilde continued to inflict punishment on Parker with a nasty double-team maneuver.
Ever-Rise appeared to have a glimmer of hope when Parker made a diving tag to Martel, who hit the ring like he was shot out of a cannon, leveling each of his foes with a series of dropkicks, a back body drop and a clothesline out of the ring.
When Mendoza took Parker out of the equation with a low bridge, however, it opened the door for Mendoza to make a blind tag to Parker. With Wilde holding Martel in place, Mendoza clobbered his opponent with a savage kick to the head for the 1-2-3, much to the delight of the smirking NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar.
Friday night marked Ariya Daivari’s first match since March, but for better or worse, Daivari Dinero hasn’t changed a bit.
After engaging in a heated war of words with Jake Atlas on Twitter, the 205 Live original went back to his old habit of blatantly breaking the rules in search of a victory, tugging at Atlas’ hair in the early goings and hurling him into the ringside plexiglass when the fight spilled to ringside.
Atlas, a relative newcomer to 205 Live, certainly didn’t make it easy for Daivari, frustrating his foe with a series of early-match takedowns, but the 205 Live original regained the advantage with a nasty neckbreaker in the ropes.
Some mid-match trash talk from Daivari seemed to light a fire under Atlas, who blasted his new-found rival with a series of blistering strikes, a wicked enzuigiri, a face breaker and a springboard blockbuster, though Daivari rolled out of the ring to avoid a potential pinfall.
But Daivari had one last trick up his sleeve: removing the turnbuckle. When the official intervened, Atlas nearly put away Daivari with a surprise rollup, but Daivari responded with a thumb to the eye and a brutal Hammerlock Lariat to claim the victory.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Legado Del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza & Joaquin Wilde) (w/ Santos Escobar) defeated Ever-Rise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel) (5:53)
- Ariya Daivari defeated Jake Atlas (9:24)
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