One of the best situations to have in wrestling is to make every member of the roster matter. To give them all personality, a backstory and a reason for the audience to care about what happens to them, negatively or positively, is considered a great success.
At times, such as Tuesday's effort, 205 Live has done an exemplary job of that.
First, you had the title feud between Neville and Akira Tozawa, where Neville attacked Tozawa as he was on the verge of putting away Ariya Daivari. Although Daivari isn't fully in a feud, the audience has gotten to know his "Persian Privilege" character through a number of backstage segments.
Drew Gulak had a video message apologizing for his use of a top-rope maneuver, which previewed next week's two out of three falls match against Mustafa Ali. That could be the blow-off to their "Ground Manuevers versus Aerial Attacks" feud.
TJP and Rich Swann used poor Mario Connors as a mere pawn in their blossoming feud. Perkins' wanting to prove himself after getting beaten by Swann last week is cementing TJP's smarmy character, while Swann is an unquestionable pure face.
The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher provided strong mic work on Tuesday as well. Kendrick's prior performances against Perkins and Tozawa showed that he can carry a feud and bring out the best in his opponents, both in the ring and from a character perspective. Based on his and Gentleman Jack Gallagher's promos this week, this is a feud that has legs and ability to generate interest.
Finally, and thankfully, we got the blow-off between Cedric Alexander and Noam Dar. This feud has dragged, blowing through the barriers of a couple reasonable end points, but it has given both of them a storyline and something quasi-meaningful to fight over instead of being placed in random matches.
The two had what will (hopefully) be the final match of their feud with a rarely-seen "I Quit" match. It was an interesting choice. Dar's submission style seemed to be tailor-made for such a match, while Alexander's strikes and aerial maneuvers (although not Gulak-approved) don't lend themselves towards causing an opponent to quit.
That being said, the match stipulation forced Alexander to dig deep into an aggressive, vicious side that we didn't know he had and made him a more-formidable opponent going forward. Winning an undercard feud with a gimmick match to end it worked wonders for Tozawa, who beat Kendrick in a Street Fight to finish off their feud on his way to a title opportunity.
Going forward for Alexander, it sets him up as a challenger for the cruiserweight title if Neville retains the belt after his feud with Tozawa. Alexander has been built strongly going back to his division debut, but he also remains the only feasible option after Tozawa unless a new name debuts in the division, or Neville makes an unforeseen face turn.
With the exception of the division's lone luchadors, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik, and perhaps Tony Nese, whose possible feud was thwarted with Austin Aries leaving, everybody has a story to tell in the cruiserweight division.
However, the roster's relative shallowness, it has only 14 full-time competitors, means that most of those feuds are featured every week. A deeper roster would allow 205 Live to adopt the NXT model, letting storylines breathe and stretch over several weeks.
Where could those wrestlers come from?
Borrowing from the U.K. roster, who wouldn't want to see Pete Dunne, the Bruiserweight, in action? Skimming off NXT, Oney Lorcan has impressed in his limited action. And of course, Kalisto and Sin Cara are rarely seen on their shows. A revival of the Lucha Dragons tag team could give a much-needed opportunity for cruiserweights to dabble on the main roster.
But cramming five feuds into a one-hour show this week proved that the cruiserweight booking has attempted to make every wrestler matter.
Hits and misses
Gulak and Ali's feud has centered around their styles clashing, one that has parallel to debates beyond just the WWE. I've enjoyed it, and am really interested to see what happens with their match. Spoiler alert: I bet they split the first two falls Also, Gulak featuring a fun new font on his sign this week. Way to switch things up.
Tozawa telling Daivari "Don't question my honor" proves that when a man of few words speaks it can have great impact.
Dar dumping Alicia Fox in brutal fashion made him come out of that feud as a bigger heel than he entered in. The feud was clunky and moved at a glacial pace, but both wrestlers came out of it looking better somehow.