The first episode of 205 Live after WrestleMania 35 kicked off with the announcement that newly crowned WWE Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese would be defending his title against the man he defeated at WrestleMania, Buddy Murphy. Before that, however, Humberto Carrillo and Gentleman Jack Gallagher took the ring for a match.
In a match that was surprisingly back-and-forth early on in the contest, Gallagher and Carrillo looked very evenly matched for most of the contest. With Drew Gulak ringside acting as a coach, it looked for most of the match that he would gain the upper hand and take down Carrillo. However, with Carrillo slowly starting to gain the upper hand, Drew Gulak interfered with the match, assaulting Carrillo for not listening to his advice. After taking down Carrillo with a vicious clothesline, Gallagher got into the mix, taking down Gulak with a headbutt to end the chaos.
After the chaos of the first match, it was time for Buddy Murphy to try and reclaim his Cruiserweight title from Tony Nese. While the match started off with some stellar moves from both, things nearly went south for a moment when it appeared that Murphy seriously injured his knee. After attempting to jump over Nese and landing awkwardly, Murphy crumpled to the ground and was unable to get up.
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However, it was all a game from Murphy, as he was simply waiting for Nese to turn his back before getting up and assaulting him. Murphy threw Nese out of the ring and began his attack, tossing him over the announcer’s table before throwing him into the ring and delivering a devastating knee to the head. Unfortunately for Murphy, Nese was able to kick out of the knee and then went on a tear, with both superstars brawling after Murphy’s brief upper hand.
After two scares that involved both superstars nearly being counted out, the pair took things back into the ring and continued brawling. From there, it was all Tony Nese, who delivered a reverse hurricanrana to Murphy followed by two running knees. From there, Nese was able to pin Murphy and retain his Cruiserweight Championship, taking down Murphy in an incredibly well-fought main event.