WWE 205 Live has been one of the most consistently wrestling shows since Triple H took charge of it earlier this year, and the reported time change to 7 p.m. ET on Wednesdays is a welcome change for loyal followers (and prospective followers) of the Cruiserweight brand.
In champion Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali, Buddy Murphy, Lio Rush, Drew Gulak, and so many other great talents, WWE 205 Live has a roster capable of producing brilliance on a regular basis. It’s what they’ve been doing on a week-by-week basis ever since Triple H took charge of the brand in February.
Unfortunately, it’s always seemed like 205 Live gets slept on by the majority of fans, and part of that has to do with timing. See, 205 has aired at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday nights after SmackDown Live. By that point, most fans are burned out after having watched, perhaps, five hours of wrestling between Raw and SmackDown. The live crowd just doesn’t seem as into 205, unless if the match is a “Match of the Year” candidate like, say, Ali vs. Alexander.
Otherwise, the fans are only mildly into matches that are often the best bouts WWE has to offer in a given week.
According to a report from WWE Network News’s Steve Coulson, WWE appears to have their solution to the 205 Live problem. 205 will now air at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesdays before NXT, which airs at 8 p.m. Right now, the exciting Mae Young Classic 2 tournament is airing at 9 p.m. ET on the WWE Network, meaning that there will be three hours of wrestling on Wednesday nights if this were to take place.
These three hours of wrestling are different from the three straight hours of Raw, in the sense that they will be comprised of three unique types of wrestling divided into one-hour shows. All three shows are WWE Network-exclusive, and with the FOX deal in place for Fall 2019, I’m wondering if FOX has their eyes on 205 Live as a possible FS1 show down-the-road.