Mustafa Ali def. Tony Nese
Following last week’s attack by Hideo Itami during Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy’s rubber match, WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick revealed that Itami would not be allowed to compete or appear on the show. However, The Heart of WWE 205 Live was ready for action and was set to battle Murphy’s friend Tony Nese. The Australian Superstar accompanied The Premier Athlete to the ring, ensuring his presence would be felt during the match. After Murphy and Nese surrounded The Heart of WWE 205 Live before the match began, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander made his way to the ring to even the odds.
As the battle got underway, Nese used his raw power to try and gain an early advantage and target Ali’s lower back. However, Ali’s speed and agility took control and proved to be too much for The Premier Athlete. As Nese retreated outside the ring, Ali was confronted by Murphy, who drew the attention of Cedric Alexander. This allowed Nese to attack, launching Ali back-first into the ring post.
As the Superstars battled back and forth, they took each other down in the center of the ring with a breathtaking double clothesline. As both Ali and Nese were left reeling, they struggled to regain their composure and battled on the top rope. Pushing Ali off the top, The Heart of WWE 205 Live recovered on his feet but was immediately met with a powerful clothesline. Following a near-fall, Nese prepared to execute his running knee strike, but Ali countered.
With Ali ascending the ropes to execute the 054, Murphy pulled Nese to the outside. This led to a confrontation with Alexander that saw Ali leapfrog the official and take down Nese. Alexander and Murphy then brawled with one another with the Cruiserweight Champion forcing Murphy to the locker room.
Back inside the ring, the intense battle between Ali and Nese continued as they slugged it out with Nese nearly securing a victory. With Nese once again attempting his running knee strike, Ali moved, sending Nese crashing into the turnbuckle. Ali capitalized with an incredible tornado DDT followed by the 054 for the victory.
After the match, Ali addressed WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick and requested a Triple Threat Match between himself, Buddy Murphy and Hideo Itami. Wasting no time responding, Maverick told Dasha Fuentes he would indeed give everyone what they want and announced the Triple Threat Match for next week!