Ariya Daivari def. Anthony Greene
Ariya Daivari kicked off 205 Live with an arrogant strut to the ring, a briefcase in hand and the boisterous proclamation that he had chosen Performance Center recruits Anthony Greene and Curt Stallion to participate in his $10,000 Daivari Dinero Division.
Up first, Greene, who commentator Nigel McGuinness described as “a retro rising star straight out of the ’80s,” caught Daivari by surprise by blocking a cheap shot and firing back with a series of stinging strikes to the face.
Daivari quickly responded with a back elbow to the jaw and a flurry of right hands and stomps. Save for a beautiful headscissors takedown by Greene, Daivari remained in control of the bout, and he scored the win with a savage Hammerlock Lariat.
Curt Stallion def. Ariya Daivari via disqualification
Up next, Stallion committed the mistake of entering the ring under the bottom rope, and Daivari made him pay with a series of brutal stomps before flinging him over the top rope to the ringside floor.
An incensed Daivari repeatedly asked Stallion, “Do you wanna take my money?!” while slamming his head off the announce desk.
A Persian Splash seemed to spell the end for Stallion, but the newcomer kicked out at the last possible second. Stallion came within an eyelash of winning the $10,000 with a crafty roll-up and a backslide, but right after Stallion wiped out Daivari with a dive through the ropes and reentered the squared circle, Tony Nese bolted into the ring and tattooed Stallion with Running Nese.
Daivari, who announced before his two matches that he would only lose his $10,000 if he was pinned or submitted, quickly grabbed his briefcase and exited.