WWE has announced that a new live weekly broadcast will be centered around the Cruiserweights will be coming to WWE Network beginning November 29th at 9pm CT (so Tuesday’s immediately following Smackdown) . The one-hour show is called “205 Live,” and it’ll be called by Smackdown’s Mauro Ranallo and RAW’s Corey Graves.
“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.”
WWE says that 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.
Smith’s Sentiment: So what does this mean for Talking Smack? It’s a popular show, so I’ll assume that it’ll still air just after this 205 Live. Which means Talking Smack would be filmed while this show is taking place, and no doubt edited before airing. If that’s the case, then that’s a shame considering Talking Smack is great in large part because it’s live. I don’t understand why they can’t just film this show after Smackdown and air it on Wednesday night immediately following NXT. Who really wants to watch three hours of RAW on Monday, and then turn around and watch three more hours of wrestling on Tuesday?
While I’m always glad to see more original wrestling programs on the WWE Network, I think it’d be best served if things were a little more spread out. Yes I know I can watch it whenever I please on the Network, but that doesn’t change the fact that 205 Live is taking over the Talking Smack timeslot.