There’s more live content coming to WWE Network. Here are the details released by WWE on WWE.com today.
STAMFORD, Conn. — 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.
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 Metallik, Tozawa, Jack Gallagher, Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra.
“205 Live is a natural progression to showcase the depth of our roster,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative. “With world-class talent such as Brian Kendrick, TJ Perkins, and Rich Swann, 205 Live will be a must-see program on WWE Network.”
“With the addition of 205 Live to an already robust programming schedule, WWE continues to enhance the value of WWE Network for our subscribers,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “We take pride in listening to our fans and delivering even more live, premium content that they are asking for.”
The news also means that Talking Smack is moving to 11pmET on WWE Network because this show begins right after Smackdown ends. Thanks to PWInsider for that. The show will take place after Smackdown, so it will be live.
Here’s a tweet from Triple H about it.
— Triple H (@TripleH) November 2, 2016
TJR Thoughts: I love the idea of it, but I’m not a fan of the 205 Live name. I just think it’s silly to have the weight limit amount in the title of the show. They could have thought of something else.
It also kills the idea that Raw is the only place to watch the cruiserweight division. I would imagine that Raw will still have cruiserweight matches on those shows, but they might happen less often and be given even less time than they currently are.
The good thing is that there will likely be longer matches on this new show as well as more time given for feuds.
This will probably hurt Talking Smack as well because it won’t be on right after Smackdown now. I don’t watch it every week, but I check it out most weeks.
What do you think? Let us know.