WWE 205 Live

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WWE 205 Live
Created byVince McMahon
Paul "Triple H" Levesque
Written byJonathan Baeckstrom
See list of 205 Live creative writers
Presented by
Starring205 Live roster
Opening theme"Hail the Crown" by CFO$ featuring From Ashes to New[1]
"Legend" by CFO$ featuring Moosh and Twist (Bumper)[2]
"Take a Stand" by CFO$ (Bumper)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes112 (as of January 15, 2019 (2019-01-15))
Producer(s)Paul "Triple H" Levesque
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes
30 minutes (January 16, 2018)
Original networkWWE Network
Picture format
Original releaseNovember 29, 2016 (2016-11-29) – present
Related shows
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WWE 205 Live,[3] or simply 205 Live, is a professional wrestling web television program produced by WWE, which features the promotion's cruiserweight division, wherein all participants are billed at a maximum weight of 205 lbs. This show is part of the 205 Live brand and formerly part of the Raw brand, storyline divisions to which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform.

The show premiered on the WWE Network on November 29, 2016, and airs weekly on the service. It originally aired following SmackDown Live on Tuesday nights.[4] Talking Smack, which previously held the 10:00pm eastern time slot, moved to 11:00pm eastern following the debut of 205 Live until Talking Smack's cancellation in July 2017.[5][6] In September 2018, the show moved to Wednesday nights at 7:00pm eastern time, just prior to NXT, and is no longer "live", with tapings occurring on Tuesday nights prior to SmackDown's live broadcast.[7] On January 13, 2019 it was announced that the show moved back to Tuesday nights at 10pm and air live. [8]


205 Live set in the Amway Center

205 Live was established following the success of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, to feature those who competed in the tournament and others who have become full-time members of WWE's cruiserweight division. Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE executive producer and wrestler, stated the program is designed to serve as a showcase for the division, with its own distinctive feel and style compared to other WWE programming.[9]

The Raw brand was originally established as the exclusive home of the division during the 2016 brand extension, with all cruiserweights being drafted to Raw during the 2016 WWE draft. Following the premiere of 205 Live, the cruiserweight wrestlers appear on both Raw and 205 Live, as well as making occasional appearances on NXT.

The show premiered on November 29, 2016; the main event of the inaugural episode saw Rich Swann defeating The Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[10]

On November 7, 2017, The United Kingdom Division was invited to 205 Live. This would be the main roster debuts of most of the UK Division with the exception of Pete Dunne, who debuted the previous night on Raw.

In January 2018, Triple H took over the creative side of 205 Live.[11] The first of the changes under Triple H was announced on January 23, with Daniel Bryan announcing that the first 205 Live general manager would be announced the following week.[12] The GM was revealed to be Drake Maverick (formerly known as "Rockstar Spud" from Impact Wrestling). He announced a 16-man tournament for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship, which was won by Cedric Alexander. Once the tournament begun, WWE's cruiserweight division began to wrestle exclusively on 205 Live and ceased to appear on Raw. [13]

In September 2018, due to the second season of WWE Mixed Match Challenge, 205 Live went from a live format airing post-SmackDown to a pre-taped format (being taped before SmackDown goes live) and airing before NXT on Wednesdays at 7:00pm eastern.[7]

On January 15, 2019 the show moved back to Tuesday nights at 10pm and airs live again. [14]


On September 14, 2016, Triple H announced that the winner of the final tournament in Cruiserweight Classic would not only receive a trophy, but will receive a WWE Cruiserweight Championship for the cruiserweight division on the Raw brand. Originally the title was defended exclusively on Monday Night Raw, but on November 29, 2016, 205 Live was launched for the cruiserweight division meaning that the title will defended on both Raw and 205 Live.


On-air personalities[edit]

Authority figures[edit]

Authority figure Position Date started Date finished Notes
Drake Maverick General Manager January 30, 2018 (2018-01-30) present Daniel Bryan announced Maverick as the new General Manager of the cruiserweight division on the January 30, 2018 episode of 205 Live


Commentators Date started Date finished
Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves and Austin Aries November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29) February 28, 2017 (2017-02-28)
Mauro Ranallo and Corey Graves
March 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)
Tom Phillips and Corey Graves March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14) June 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)
Vic Joseph and Corey Graves June 13, 2017 (2017-06-13) August 29, 2017 (2017-08-29)
Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness September 5, 2017 (2017-09-05) April 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)
Vic Joseph and Byron Saxton[1]
September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26)
Vic Joseph and Percy Watson[2] April 10, 2018 (2018-04-10) April 17, 2018 (2018-04-17)
Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson April 24, 2018 (2018-04-24) present
Tom Phillips and Percy Watson
June 19, 2018 (2018-06-19)
Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson and Wale[15]
August 21, 2018 (2018-08-21) (During the first 30 minutes)
  • ^ When McGuinness was absent at the time, he was filled in by SmackDown Live's Byron Saxton.
  • ^ When McGuinness was absent for the birth of his daughter, he was filled in by his fellow colleague from NXT Percy Watson for two weeks.

Ring announcers[edit]

Ring announcers Date started Date finished Notes
Greg Hamilton November 29, 2016 (2016-11-29) present Ring announcer for SmackDown Live


  1. ^ "Hail the Crown". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  2. ^ "Legend". iTunes. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ Staff, WWE.com. "205 Live premieres Nov. 29 on WWE Network". WWE.com. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  4. ^ Atkin, Nicolas. "WWE announces new '205 Live' Cruiserweight show". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  5. ^ Schwartz, Nick. "WWE is launching a weekly cruiserweight division show called '205 Live'". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  6. ^ Namako, Jason. "WWE announces new "205 Live" weekly Cruiserweight show on WWE Network beginning on November 29". Wrestleview. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  7. ^ a b "205 Live moving to Wednesday nights on WWE Network". 15 September 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ http://www.wwe.com/article/wwe-205-live-returns-tuesday-night-wwe-network. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Csonka, Larry. "Triple H Conference Call Report: Discusses 205 Live, NXT Takeover: Toronto, Says HBK Working at the Performance Center and More". 411Mania.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016. He was asked how tough it will be to make a new show in 205 stand out. H said that the talent and style will make it distinctive. He said that you will get to see them showcase their talent there. He referenced the Cruiserweight Classic and he said he would try and give it the feel that it had. He said that WWE does have a lot of programming, for sure.
  10. ^ "Rich Swann def. The Brian Kendrick to become the new and third WWE Cruiserweight Champion". WWE.com. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  11. ^ "Vince McMahon Steps Aside And Puts Triple H In Charge Of 'WWE 205 Live' - WrestlingInc.com". Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  12. ^ "205 Live results: A GM to be announced next week". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  14. ^ http://www.wwe.com/article/wwe-205-live-returns-tuesday-night-wwe-network. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ "WWE 205 Live preview, Aug. 21, 2018 : Noam Dar and TJP look to settle the score". WWE. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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