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WWE producer defends decision to air 205 Live after SmackDown



WWE producer Adam Pearce has defended the decision made by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for making the call to move 205 Live back to Tuesday nights after SmackDown Live goes off the air on their streaming service, WWE Network. This came after months of the show airing on tape-delay on Wednesday nights due to the Mixed Match Challenge airing on Facebook after SmackDown Live.

This was a change that many fans welcomed as when it was taped, they did so before SmackDown went live while when 205 Live airs live, it’s after fans have already watched two hours of programming with bigger stars.

Pearce took to his official Twitter account where he defended the decision and thinks the move is an incredible opportunity.

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“Guys, you could put this crew on at 2am in a ghost town parking lot every other Thursday and they’d STILL kill it. Point is: The show takes place and airs when it does. I personally would love to see a little support for the crew that brings it to life as opposed to the stream of negativity about when it’s seen. And this notion of “they deserve better.” This crew gets to ply their trade in arenas every week. Hone their craft. Pay their dues.

Are some crowds better/more knowledgeable/more enthusiastic than others? Of course. Are said crowds generally hungrier for action earlier in the night when they haven’t already seen their favorites? Of course. None of that changes that this crew gets to perform LIVE every week on the WWE Network on a show specifically designed to highlight them and that’s an INCREDIBLE opportunity. An opportunity to grow. Make a name. Build a brand. A legacy.”