WWE 205 Live got thrown for a loop a couple of weeks ago when the reigning Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore, was suddenly let go from the company. Since then, 205 Live and the cruiserweight division have done their best to regroup, and fans are already reacting very positively to the changes that have been made.
There’s a new general manager of 205 Live, and we’re now in the middle of a 16-man championship tournament that will culminate at WrestleMania 34. The matches have been blowing people away, and the feel of the show and the in-ring product has felt much closer to the beloved Cruiserweight Classic than to the WWE Raw cruiserweight product we’d been seeing over the past year.
As it turns out, there may be more to the change in feel than just the curveball WWE had been thrown in releasing Amore.
According to PWInsider, Vince McMahon is no longer in charge of producing 205 Live or overseeing its production or content, as of last week (when the tournament began). Triple H is now in charge of the show, and has final say in what goes on the air and what the brand looks like.
This is likely extremely welcome news to fans of the CWC and NXT, as Triple H was responsible for the look and content of both of those entities. McMahon had reportedly been of the belief that 205 Live should be a character-driven show, which is in part why Amore was made the focus not too long ago. McMahon made the call to turn showrunner duties over to Triple H, who is now overseeing the whole enterprise along with writer Jonathan Baeckstrom.
There is the belief that WWE will work on building 205 Live back up as a brand by continuing to focus on CWC-style in-ring action, and make it a destination for WWE fans who crave top flight pro wrestling. It’s not a terrible strategy!