WWE have just recently announced a new weekly show airing on the WWE Network, called 205 Live, here’s what WWE.com had to say explaining the program:
A one-hour, in-ring program called 205 Live, showcasing WWE’s new Cruiserweight division, will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on WWE Network. The live weekly show will be called by Mauro Ranallo, the voice of SmackDown LIVE, and Corey Graves, color commentator for Monday Night Raw.
— WWE (@WWE) November 2, 2016
Coming off the success of WWE Network’s recent Cruiserweight Classic tournament and the formation of the new Cruiserweight division, which airs exclusively on Monday Night Raw, 205 Live will feature Superstars that are 205 pounds and under, including: new WWE Cruiserweight Champion The Brian Kendrick, as well as TJ Perkins, Rich Swann, Noam Dar, HoHo Lun, Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, Tozawa, Jack Gallagher, Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra.
Now my explanation for why I see this as a big failure.
Let’s start with the CWC, which ultimately was a huge success, a tournament involving 32 of the best Cruiserweights in the world, amongst some that we would have never thought we would see compete in a WWE ring, who have since been signed to a WWE contract to the cruiserweight division.
Now this tournament was a game changer for WWE as well as professional wrestling as a whole. WWE had the opportunity to showcase talent who aren’t in WWE and who people may have never heard of before and what they are capable of. It was inspiring to see all these talents perform to their best. The CWC matches also seemed as if the guys had more control over the flow of the matches and what they could and couldn’t do, as compared to Raw & SmackDown.
One of the defining moments of the Cruiserweight Classic was without a doubt was the final, pitting TJ Perkins Vs. Gran Metalik in an awesome match. Unknown to them, it wouldn’t just be a match where a winner is crowned and a trophy presented to them as the Cruiserweight Classic winner, but Triple H came into the ring with a new belt. A new Cruiserweight Championship belt. Who ever succeeded would become the winner of the CWC but would also become the first WWE cruiserweight champion in 9 years. (Although the new belt does not continue the previous belts lineage).
This was a pretty exciting time for fans and the announcement of the Cruiserweights coming to RAW was an exciting one. That is, until they did show up. This is where it all went wrong. Whoever booked the guys in the CWC did a great job, however whoever.booked them on RAW (Vince?) Has done a terrible job. After the Cruiserweight Classic had finished the excitement and intrigue of all the new talent having the huge opportunity of being signed to Raw participating in the cruiserweight division in some great classics as seen in the CWC was at an all time high, however, since debuting all I’ve pretty much wanted them to do is to go away (the sad truth, unfortunately).
For me, personally the Cruiserweight division matches are just filler for me now. The excitement from the CWC has completely disappeared and I get a bit annoyed when Cruiserweights are on RAW now because I know it’s just going to be time wasted just for the sake of a match. No real back story or storyline progression. Yes, they might have a great match but the WWE audience especially needs more than a great match: a great story too. The audience (particular the live audience) pretty much don’t give a damn about these Cruiserweight matches, especially when its guys no-ones ever heard of. Remember, not everyone watched the CWC or watches the indies. Some people are just die-gard WWE fans, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
So this new show, 205 live is great for the variety on the Network, but if its going to be booked the way the Cruiserweights have in Raw, im afraid that its going to fail, badly. I dont want that, the wrestlers dont want that and the audience certainly dont want that. I want this to succeed and everyone involved in this should also want this to succeed. To showcase how talented these guys are. Hopefully this can be as good as the CWC was because it needs to be.
The Cruiserweight Classic was absolutely insane, it brought the Indy scene, the WWE and fans of both together for a tournament that made new stars and cemented the legacy of current ones.
So with this new show airing on the network does this mean the Cruiserweights will be disappearing from Raw? In my personal opinion I hope so. As I’ve said before, I just haven’t been able to get into the cruiserweight division on Raw, and neither has the live audience, even going so far as chanting CM Punk during a few TJ Perkins matches. That explains it all. Get rid of all the cruiserweight on Raw and enhance the women’s and tag team division. The Revival could certainly make an impact on Raw if they were called up and are one of the best tag teams in WWE or any brand under the WWE name right now.
So there you have it. WWE, the Cruiserweight division and my 2 cents. I just hope you move forward in the right direction with this. It either succeeds or fails. There’s no middle option with this.
One last thing to end on. As previously mentioned I do not want this new show, or the cruiserweight division to become a failure, although the way its going Infeel that is what is certain to happen. Unless something drastic changes. Hopefully 205 Live is what’s needed. However, on the off chance that viewing figures aren’t even worth producing the show what happens then. Do they stop? Do they get rid of cruiserweight and embark on some of their other ideas? I don’t know but don’t get rid of the CWC. The CWC should ideally be a yearly tournament. Kind of like the wrestling world cup if that’s how you want to portray it. After all, the CWC was some of the best wrestling the WWE has produced in a damn long time!