After nearly two months as a new addition to WWE’s main roster, the cruiserweight division is getting an exclusive weekly show on the WWE Network as well.
WWE announced Wednesday the new show will be called “205 Live” — a reference to the 205 pound limit set for cruiserweights — and will premiere on Nov. 29. The show will air live every Tuesday evening immediately after SmackDown at 10 p.m. ET exclusively on the WWE Network. Talking Smack will continue to air as well, but will be moved back an hour to take place immediately after 205 Live.
205 Live will be commentated by SmackDown’s lead commentator Mauro Ranallo and Raw’s color commentator Corey Graves. The tapings will take place at the SmackDown show, and not in its own venue like the Cruiserweight Classic that took place this summer, according to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.
The roster will not be exclusive to 205 Live, as it will feature the cruiserweight wrestlers we have seen weekly on Monday Night Raw for the last two months like The Brian Kendrick and T.J. Perkins, as well as the cruiserweights we have yet to see on the main roster who appeared in the CWC, such as Gran Metalik, Akira Tozawa, and Jack Gallagher.
Meltzer also notes that the cruiserweights will continue to be featured on Raw as well, with not just the wrestling talent, but also storylines and angles being connected between Raw and 205 Live.
“205 Live is a natural progression to showcase the depth of our roster,” Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, said. “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,” Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, said. “We take pride in listening to our fans and delivering even more live, premium content that they are asking for.”