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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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Seth Rollins Talks Kenny Omega, Roman Reigns

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WWE superstar Seth Rollins, who just lost his Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose at the WWE TLC PPV, was recently interviewed by Iridian Fierro of La Ley 107.9 and discussed a number of topics.

Rollins talked about his desire to eventually have a match with Kenny Omega, who is set to become a free agent in January and will likely be heavily pursued by WWE when he does so.

“I think I’m the absolute best and make no doubt about it, Kenny Omega is also one of the best in the world” Rollins said.

Rollins also said that he speaks to Roman Reigns once a week to see how he is doing as he battles leukemia.

You can hear the entire interview below:

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WWE Network Adds Becky Lynch Documentary

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The hot streak that SmackDown superstar Becky Lynch has been on over the past several weeks continues on WWE Network.

A brand new documentary honoring Lynch, easily the WWE’s hottest superstar at this time, has been added to the WWE Network and is now available for subscribers.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 10, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, their main event was between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin in a TLC match for the Intercontinental championship and it was a great match to end the show. It had some crazy spots and was intriguing from start to finish. To make things even more interesting, Heath Slater’s story of him being a referee played into this as well and questions what lies ahead with him too. Rollins ended up winning so the championship match with Dean Ambrose at TLC is still on.

For Smackdown, the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali was as good as it sounds. Along with that, they had a promo before their match started in where Daniel Bryan picked on Ali and ended up slapping him right in the face. Bryan ended up winning after applying the heel hook,which may be his new finishing submission since he has been doing that the past few weeks. After the match, Bryan proceeded to attack Ali even more on the entrance ramp, giving him all the momentum in his title match against AJ Styles.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems a little crazy that they are trying to embrace that their ratings are at an all time low. To open the show, Seth Rollins had some things to get off his chest towards Baron Corbin. In his rant,he stated that the ratings were at an all time low and that the recent shows have been bad because of Corbin. While it is a good way for management to look bad, it still looks bad to address the bad numbers and try to think of a bailout reason to address why that is.

For Smackdown, the rap battle between the Bar and the Usos was bad and good at the same time. While it was pretty humorous to see the Bar try their best Vanilla Ice impersonation, the whole concept of having a rap battle is what made it bad. While it did help build up the tag team championship match at TLC, their could’ve been another route WWE could’ve gone.

The Final Verdict

With TLC being this Sunday, both brands needed to put on good shows to get fans prepared for the PPV. Both shows did give a lot of time building it up, but things feel a lot smoother on Smackdown compared to Raw. Smackdown has done a really good job of putting time into their championship matches along with things just meant for their show. A prime example of this is giving proper build up for the WWE Championship match while at the same time wanting fans to turn in every week to see where things go for the Miz and Shane McMahon as the Miz keeps trying to get Shane on his side. Due to this,Smackdown had the better show this week and overall had a really good build for all of their matches at TLC. In conclusion, the matches for Smackdown have all the momentum going into TLC.

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