WWE.com announced today the debut of a new, weekly, in-ring program on the WWE Network called “205 Live,” set to debut on Tuesday, November 29th 2016 at 10:00pm Eastern.
The show is described as a live weekly show, and is essentially, an hour long show for the Cruiserweight Division, with the title being a play on the weight limit of 205lbs for the division.. The currently announced commentators are Smackdown’s Mauro Ranallo and Raw’s Corey Graves.
Currently announced talents include current WWE Cruiserweight Champion The Brian Kendrick, TJ Perkins, Rich Swann, Noam Dar, HoHo Lun, Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, Gran Metallik, Tozawa, Jack Gallagher, Gurv Sihra and Harv Sihra.
The full press release is below:
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.”
Drew’s Take: This is a much better direction to take the Cruiserweights in, and I think considering they’ve focused so heavily on the purple theme, it seemed like it would become natural to give the division it’s own show at some point. The only question is will the Cruiserweights be pulled from Raw?
As an aside, what will happen to “Talking Smack,” which is currently in this time slot?