As noted earlier, this week’s episode of WWE 205 Live has been canceled. WWE opted to air a rerun of this week’s NXT TV.
Around the time of WWE’s announcement, Lio Rush tweeted, “The Cruiserweight division deserves better.”
He also tweeted:
Rush did a Twitter Q&A and was asked about WWE’s decision to cancel this week’s 205 Live. He wrote, “Its unfortunate. One of the biggest weekends in wrestling and a light deserves to be shined bright on a division that thrives on hard work, physically entertaining the fans and proving that they belong.”
I know that several wrestlers on that brand are unhappy about how that show has been treated. When the brand was launched, the impression that many of them had was that it would take some time to build the show but eventually, they would go on the road like Raw and Smackdown.
It’s been three years since the 205 Live brand launched and, aside from a few test shows in the northeast, WWE has been unable to get enough fan support to run standalone 205 Live house shows.
The cancellation of this week’s show is the second time in as many months that the show has been pulled at the last minute. The show that was supposed to air after the Friday Night SmackDown debut on FOX was also pulled.
Some wrestlers have privately expressed unhappiness with their spot on the brand. Oney Lorcan and Mike Kanellis are two wrestlers who have asked for their release while some are not willing to rock the boat but are waiting for their contracts to expire. This week, Brian Kendrick announced that he would be taking an indefinite hiatus from WWE. Click here to read what Lorcan said about Triple H earlier today.
It is clear that WWE will have a tough time building brands that are not airing on national cable television in the United States. NXT UK does not get nearly the same amount of promotion as the United States version of NXT and, as a result, they are having trouble selling tickets.