I’m ecstatic to hear that 205 Live will be moved to an earlier time slot. This could serve as a great “kick-off” for NXT going forward, and if more people tune in, this should become a permanent home for the “most exciting hour on television”.
Furthermore, there’s no conflict at 7 p.m. ET. In its previous time slot, 205 clashed with the Miz and Mrs. and the pre-show of the Mixed Match Challenge 2.
WWE periodically releases detailed surveys to its “Network” subscribers, and I’m wondering if strong feedback from its users led them to making this change. I’m sure it will be well-received by most members of the WWE Universe, many of whom would prefer not to stay up until 11 p.m. ET or watch great wrestling that suffers from worse crowds.
In his report, Coulson writes that 205 Live could be broadcasted in smaller arenas. This indicates that the show could still be “Live”, which would differentiate it from NXT as a “touring brand” that runs taped television episodes, and the added intimacy would be huge for 205. They wouldn’t be as pressed when touring, and the connection between the crowd and wrestlers like, say, Noam Dar and TJP could lead to some special character work.