Tuesday, October 8, 2019

WWE 205 Live Status Update, FOX Pushing for Specific Commentators

WWE 205 Live Status Update, FOX Pushing for Specific Commentators
- WWE 205 Live is scheduled to air live on the WWE Network this Friday at 10pm ET, according to F4Wonline.com. This will be right after SmackDown goes off the air on FOX.

As we've noted, the future of 205 Live remains up in the air following the SmackDown move from Tuesdays to Fridays. WWE ended up nixing last Tuesday's new episode of 205 Live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, shortly after they had announced Tony Nese vs. Humberto Carrillo and Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick for the show. It was reported that a "late call" made at the arena led to the show being nixed. The show was to air as a new, live episode after the SmackDown FOX premiere ended. WWE aired a replay of the September 24 205 Live episode instead, at 9pm ET, and then a replay of the weekly WWE NXT episode at 10pm ET.

WWE has not aired a new 205 Live episode since September 24. It's been reported that WWE officials have discussed several options for the show, including doing away with it altogether. Triple H recently made comments about 205 Live being ran under the NXT umbrella, and that was made clear last week when they re-branded the WWE Cruiserweight Title as the NXT Cruiserweight Title. Drew Gulak will defend that title against #1 contender Lio Rush on this Wednesday's NXT USA Network episode. It was also recently revealed that the NXT creative team is now booking the cruiserweights and handling 205 Live.

- According to the Wresting Observer Newsletter, FOX was primarily responsible for selecting the announcing team for Smackdown on Fridays. They selected Michael Cole - who was perceived as the company’s top announcer and Corey Graves, who was perceived as the top analyst. FOX also wanted Renee Young in some capacity and that’s why she was picked to host WWE Backstage.

As noted before, FOX also pushed for two-man commentary booths, which is why many on-air personalities were either re-assigned or currently without a role. Young and Tom Phillips were put on different shows - WWE Backstage and NXT UK, respectively, while Byron Saxton is still with the company but not being used at the moment.