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
Gentleman Jack Gallagher vs. Mustafa Ali
Buddy Murphy vs. Ariya Daivari
Bobby Lashley Discusses Hurt Business Reunion
Bobby Lashley hopes that there will be a day that the popular Hurt Business faction will reunite, and reignited their dominant impact during WWE Monday Night RAW that was front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander, all formed the faction, and at one point they held a lot of gold, when Lashley was WWE Champion and Alexander & Benjamin were Raw Tag Team Champions.
The faction has since split up, with Lashley and MVP branching off as a solo act, but MVP eventually split from Lashley and is now managing Omos.
Lashley is still holding out hope.
“You know what, I was thinking about what could happen to actually bring us together, and I thought about this the other day. I was like, if [MVP] made Omos too dangerous, where he couldn’t contain him anymore, and Omos turned on him, he would need somebody to help him. There’s only one person that can beat Omos. Then, I may need some help, and if I need some help, you have Cedric, you have Shelton, you have, we can take him down, and then we’re babyfaces again. They’ll love us. Anything can happen,” Bobby Lashley said, during an interview with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character Podcast (H/T to Fightful)
WWE Fires John Laurinaitis
WWE has quietly let go of former WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis in the aftermath of public accusations levied at Laurinaitis and former WWE Vince McMahon, according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.
“We are told that the termination happened within the last week or so and it was, for obvious reasons, being kept very quiet beyond a very small circle. We are working to confirm when the departure took place but every source, to a person, made it clear Laurinaitis was let go.”
Allegations came to light earlier this summer when the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging WWE board members are “investigating a secret $3 million settlement that longtime chief executive Vince McMahon agreed to pay to a departing employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, according to documents and people familiar with the board inquiry.”
It was alleged that McMahon “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis.
The WWE Board of Director’s investigation is ongoing.
Live Morgan Injury Update
SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan is set to defend her title at WWE Clash at the Castle that takes places in the United Kingdom during Labor Day Weekend, but could an injury limit her?
Morgan was wearing an arm brace on SmackDown leading fans to think she is legitimately hurt.
According to Fightful, Morgan is not hurt and the injury is a work to advance the storyline of Ronda Rousey “snapping” following the controversial ending to their SummerSlam championship match which saw Morgan clearly tapping out to Rousey prior to Rousey being counted down for the pinfall, giving Morgan the victory.
Morgan wining walking away still champion, given the circumstances, has irked fans.
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