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Buddy Murphy to Make 205 Live Debut

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The 205 Live WWE Cruiserweight title tournament has introduced NXT and UK talent to the main roster, specifically Roderick Strong, Tyler Bate and Mark Andrews. One of the final names announced for the tournament is a face known to longtime NXT fans, Buddy Murphy.

It was announced on the Feb. 13 episode of 205 Live that Murphy will make his 205 Live debut against Ariya Daivari in the final first-round tournament bout. On the same night, Gentleman Jack Gallagher will face Mustafa Ali.  

There was a video package for Murphy, who brought up his history in NXT and talked about training to get to 205 pounds. It ends with him weighing on the scale at 204.4 pounds. Yes it is professional wrestling, but the video package was something similar to what fans saw in the Cruiserweight Classic.

This is a big opportunity for Murphy, who is a former NXT Tag Team Champion, but some fans may wonder “really, this guy?” when it comes to NXT talent coming to 205 Live for their main roster debut. Many folks would have probably prefered Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa or even Lio Rush. Still, fans should give Murphy a shot to prove himself before they make judgements.

Murphy, real name Matthew Adams, signed with WWE in 2013 and reported to NXT. He spent months teaming with various superstars until he was put together with Wesley Blake.

The duo spent the latter part of 2014 losing to teams until they defeated the Vaudevillians and then challenged then-NXT Tag Team Champions, the Lucha Dragons, to a title bout.

They would capture the tag team titles from the Lucha Dragons and in the process, Murphy would become the first Australian wrestler to win a championship in WWE.  

During their reign, they would feud with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady and along the way join forces with Alexa Bliss. Their reign came to an end at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn when they dropped the titles to the Vaudevillians.

This would signal the beginning of the end for the team. After a loss to TM61, Murphy declared he was a singles competitor and would appear sporadically in NXT, losing to Shinsuke Nakamura and Kota Ibushi in 2016 and facing Blake in a match that went to no contest due to interference from Samoa Joe.

Murphy’s last televised NXT match was on Jan. 4, 2017 in a tag team match with Tye Dillinger against Bobby Roode and Elias Sampson. He has appeared at NXT live events in the last year.

Murphy is a solid worker in the ring who can fly but also dish out punishment to his opponents. By competing on 205 Live, Murphy has a new platform to showcase his skills and a new chapter to his WWE career.

If Murphy wins his first tournament match, he will face the winner of the Gallagher and Ali bout. Two more victories would put him in the Cruiserweight tournament finals at Wrestlemania. 

WWE Cruiserweight title tournament so far

Cedric Alexander

TJP

Kalisto

Roderick Strong

Mark Andrews

Drew Gulak

Gentleman Jack Gallagher vs. Mustafa Ali

Buddy Murphy vs. Ariya Daivari

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade

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WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .

“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.

“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”

Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.

“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”

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Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT

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WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.

Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.

Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.

Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.

 

 

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