As noted, WWE returns to the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas for a television taping this evening. In addition to SmackDown Live, the company will also present the latest episode of 205 Live.
WWE.com released the following preview for tonight's show:
WWE 205 Live preview, June 5, 2018: Murphy and Ali to battle in blockbuster main event
WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick has announced a major main event contest for tonight – Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy. Plus, Lince Dorado gets an opportunity for redemption against The Brian Kendrick.
Can The Lucha House Party rebound from defeat?
Last week on WWE 205 Live, Lince Dorado and Kalisto squared off against The Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a grueling tag team match that highlighted the contrasting styles of the high-flying luchadores and the more aggressive technical abilities of Kendrick and Gallagher. Displaying their resilience and teamwork, Kalisto and The Golden Lynx built up a great deal of momentum late in the contest with victory in their sights until Drew Gulak – watching from the announce table – intervened. Knocking Dorado off the top rope, Gulak allowed The Brian Kendrick to apply his patented Captain’s Hook to secure the win.
With The Lucha House Party seeking retribution for their underhanded defeat, WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick has announced that Dorado and Kendrick will battle in singles competition. While The Golden Lynx will certainly have the support of his lucha brothers in his corner, after Drew Gulak’s actions last week and his apparent alliance with Kendrick and Gallagher, will The Philadelphia Stretcher make his presence felt once again in his quest for a better WWE 205 Live?
Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy vie to return to title contention
WWE 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick is determined to ensure that WWE Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander has a challenger and has announced that Mustafa Ali and Buddy Murphy will square off in a blockbuster main event. While the match does not guarantee a title opportunity, it allows Murphy and Ali to make their case about why they should earn another chance to challenge for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
Not only are there huge implications for this contest, but the battle also serves as a rubber match between the Superstars. During the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Ali vanquished Murphy in the quarterfinals before going on to face Alexander for the vacant title at WrestleMania. Last month, however, the Australian Superstar returned the favor and defeated The Heart of WWE 205 Live, convincing Maverick that he deserved a title opportunity.
Although Murphy couldn’t secure the championship and end The Age of Alexander last week, he certainly proved himself to be a formidable challenger and earned the respect of the titleholder after a hard-fought throwdown.
Which Superstar will show Drake Maverick and the WWE Universe that they deserve another chance to claim the coveted WWE Cruiserweight Championship? Don’t miss WWE 205 Live, tonight at 10/9 C on the award-winning WWE Network!