WWE 205 Live results (January 1, 2021) – here’s what happened

January 2, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Weekly TV, WWE
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Summary

Two very solid matches got the Purple Brand off to a rollicking start in 2021, with the singles affair in particular delivering big time.

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Summary

Two very solid matches got the Purple Brand off to a rollicking start in 2021, with the singles affair in particular delivering big time.

Obviously, our WWE 205 Live results for January 1, 2021, contains massive spoilersIt aired right after SmackDown, and you can check out our recap of that show by clicking these words.


The first 205 Live of 2021 proved that the Purple Brand is not to be overlooked with a very solid main event and a great singles outing preceding it. With Curt Stallion, recently returned from injury at the hands of Legado Del Fantasma, being positioned as the next contender for Santos Escobar’s title, it’s only right his six-man tag match, which saw him team up with Ever-Rise to take on Ariya Daivari and the Bollywood Boyz, was the main event. But the mat-wrestling clinic put on by undefeated Mansoor and rising star Jake Atlas is what’ll qualify as the first really excellent wrestling match of the new epoch.

Mansoor vs Jake Atlas                          

This was very, very good – a quintessential example of how to have two extremely talented performers deliver a match good enough to put them both over, even though one inevitably has to lose. There was no funny business, no outside interference, no shenanigans, just a technical, creative wrestling showcase that allowed Mansoor to retain his undefeated streak but Atlas to give a great account of himself.

Both men focused on a body part of the other; Mansoor went after Atlas’s knee, while Atlas went after Mansoor’s neck. Grounding the athletic, high-flying Atlas gives Mansoor a real sense of intelligence and versatility, helping his character to not seem too heavily plot-armored in victory. And it was an earned victory, too, with Mansoor eating a nasty-looking Brainbuster before eventually being able to secure the 1-2-3 with a figure-4 pin, capitalizing on Atlas’s weakened leg. Just good stuff all around.

Ever-Rise and Curt Stallion vs Ariya Daivari and The Bollywood Boyz

The main event wasn’t quite as impressive on a technical level, but it was more story-driven. With both threesomes being ad-hoc, the concern on both sides was whether Curt Stallion and Daivari could work with their teammates, but for different reasons. Ever-Rise seemed too nutty for Stallion to rein in, while Daivari just had no interest in working with the Bollywood Boyz, despite them seemingly being keen to help out. As it turned out, Stallion and Ever-Rise got along swimmingly, while Daivari’s arrogance ultimately cost them the match – though that would have likely happened anyway given it was largely a way to put over Stallion as a legitimate title threat.

The action was very good, even accounting for the lulls caused by the corner bickering, forced tags, and at one point Daivari attempt to straight-up leave. But Stallion looked really good throughout, so the match achieved its purpose. For fans of actual wrestling, the Purple Brand is not to be overlooked.


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