According to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, 205 Live has been cancele to make room for NXT: Level Up, NXT’s B-show. The first ep of NXT: Level Up was recorded before this week’s Vengeance Say episode of NXT 2.0 on SyFy.
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205 Live debuted in 2016 to highlight WWE’s burgeoning Cruiserweight division after the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic. The show shifted away from its initial selling point in 2020. It began to emphasize non-cruiserweights and female talent, owing primarily to multiple mass-layoff waves that decimated the cruiserweight division.
“This is just my speculation, but it seems like Triple H didn’t care about it either,” former 205 Live star Tony Nese said during a recent Insight with Chris Van Vliet interview. “We were in limbo because the show had to be a book, but they were just like, whatever, put whatever on or move on. They were just like, have a great match, and that’s it, no matter how much we fought.”
Few will mourn the demise of 205 Live, or an NXT 2.0 B-show makes a lot of sense. WWE believes in its revamped developmental programming and their NXT 2.0 talent, who all aren’t quite TV-ready.