Now we know what will happen to WWE’s cruiserweights for now, as 205 Live is moving to Friday nights at 10 PM ET on the WWE Network.
As we’ve noted before, there are always rumors swirling about 205 Live. They’ve surfaced again over the last few weeks with NXT’s move to USA. Last Monday night, a tweet from the Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez fueled more speculation.
Would the brand be folding into NXT (even though Triple H hasn’t been exactly clear)? Are they moving to Full Sail University to have their show filmed like NXT? Will the cruiserweights be drafted, effectively ending 205 Live altogether?
We finally have an answer. WWE.com announced that 205 Live is moving to Friday nights beginning this Friday, Oct. 4. The show will air after Friday Night SmackDown on FOX, at 10 PM ET/9 PM CT on the WWE Network.
Triple H has hinted that Superstars from “The Most Exciting Hour on Television” will appear on NXT. On NXT’s first episode on USA Network, Lio Rush surprised fans with a return after a five-month absence, facing Oney Lorcan for the the No. 1 contender for the Cruiserweight Championship. It seems like more 205 Live matches will take place on NXT. Will the cruiserweights take on NXT Superstars like Jordan Myles and Isiah “Swerve” Scott?
Rush won his match against Lorcan to become the No. 1 contender. He will face Drew Gulak for the Cruiserweight Championship, presumably this Sunday at Hell in a Cell.
At this time, it appears the broadcast team will stay intact with a three-man booth. Dio Maddin, Vic Joseph and Aiden English will be calling the action on Friday nights.
205 Live began after 2016’s Cruiserweight Classic. Initially, the cruiserweights were drafted as part of the Monday Night Raw roster, where they were mostly an afterthought. They finally got their own brand with an hour long show airing Tuesday nights immediately after SmackDown Live, on the WWE Network. In that time, they’ve developed a small, but dedicated fanbase. The brand is still overlooked, however. When they do have title match on pay-per-views, it’s usually on the Kickoff Show.
Will the move to Friday nights help viewership or are they destined to the same fate of being overlooked yet again? Do you think filming at Full Sail University would give the show a better chance to succeed?