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Drake Maverick, the former Rockstar Spud. What an awful name. 

Spud books a 16-man tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight champion, with the finals at Wrestlemania (I’m willing to bet on the pre-show). 

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There is no one in England with the name Drake, or Wade for that matter. The return of the WWE random name generator.



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I stopped watching 205 Live months ago when it became clear that they were seriously limiting what what the guys could do in the ring compared to the excellent CWC tournament. And all the horseshit with Alicia Fox.

I know they're going to kick me in the balls for doing this, but I'm going to give the show another chance now with the new tournament.



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Kriss wrote: There is no one in England with the name Drake, or Wade for that matter. The return of the WWE random name generator.
Rugby player Wade Dooley.  I think that's from whom Barratt took his name.

Should have gone Peaky Blinders with Spud.



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Much better show. If I were WWE, I would tape 205 Live in a smaller building. The crowd tried, but they only really got into the matches at the finishes. They showed one shot where you could clearly see that the only people left on the hard camera side were in the front row, and there were people behind them leaving. You just can't get a hot crowd reaction when most people are walking out of the building. A hot crowd of 1,000 or less would make for much better TV. They could do worse than make use buildings like Center Stage or the ECW Arena to shoot 205 Live. They might have to change the name, because it really does not need to be live.



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Kriss wrote: Much better show. If I were WWE, I would tape 205 Live in a smaller building. The crowd tried, but they only really got into the matches at the finishes. They showed one shot where you could clearly see that the only people left on the hard camera side were in the front row, and there were people behind them leaving. You just can't get a hot crowd reaction when most people are walking out of the building. A hot crowd of 1,000 or less would make for much better TV. They could do worse than make use buildings like Center Stage or the ECW Arena to shoot 205 Live. They might have to change the name, because it really does not need to be live.
It's the expense of renting another building, transporting the set, ring, and equipment, and doing a separate TV production.  WWE is in cost-cutting mode, they're not going to do that right now.



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Matt Hardy tweeted the reunion of Rockstar Spud and King Maxel from backstage last night.

This #DrakeMaverick guy seems so familiar, but I just can't place him....

By the way, CPS really needs to investigate this man-bun situation that Matt has given his baby. 

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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Much better show. If I were WWE, I would tape 205 Live in a smaller building. The crowd tried, but they only really got into the matches at the finishes. They showed one shot where you could clearly see that the only people left on the hard camera side were in the front row, and there were people behind them leaving. You just can't get a hot crowd reaction when most people are walking out of the building. A hot crowd of 1,000 or less would make for much better TV. They could do worse than make use buildings like Center Stage or the ECW Arena to shoot 205 Live. They might have to change the name, because it really does not need to be live.
It's the expense of renting another building, transporting the set, ring, and equipment, and doing a separate TV production.  WWE is in cost-cutting mode, they're not going to do that right now.


I'm sure it wouldn't be too difficult to film the day before or after NXT. They could probably sell more tickets to the touring 205 Live shows if they had a hot crowd for the TV shows.



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Dixie Carter with a really nice tweet congratulating Spud.

Oh my sweet @RockstarSpud. So very proud...but OF COURSE I’ve seen this in you all along! ???? Best #BritishBootCamp decision. Best memories as YOUR sidekick, not the other way around. Best @WWE decision. #205Live #SDLive https://t.co/AHwFVgzPmP



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Kriss wrote: Much better show. If I were WWE, I would tape 205 Live in a smaller building. The crowd tried, but they only really got into the matches at the finishes. They showed one shot where you could clearly see that the only people left on the hard camera side were in the front row, and there were people behind them leaving. You just can't get a hot crowd reaction when most people are walking out of the building. A hot crowd of 1,000 or less would make for much better TV. They could do worse than make use buildings like Center Stage or the ECW Arena to shoot 205 Live. They might have to change the name, because it really does not need to be live.
Last night Roderick Strong and Hideo Itami had a killer match, probably the best one in 205 Live history.  It's worth it for people to check this one out.  It was much more like an NXT match than a 205 Live match.  The crowd was dead for it though, other than a handful of fans who tried to get a "This is awesome" chant going that died a painful death.  I'm definitely seeing an uptick in match quality on this show though. 

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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Much better show. If I were WWE, I would tape 205 Live in a smaller building. The crowd tried, but they only really got into the matches at the finishes. They showed one shot where you could clearly see that the only people left on the hard camera side were in the front row, and there were people behind them leaving. You just can't get a hot crowd reaction when most people are walking out of the building. A hot crowd of 1,000 or less would make for much better TV. They could do worse than make use buildings like Center Stage or the ECW Arena to shoot 205 Live. They might have to change the name, because it really does not need to be live.
Last night Roderick Strong and Hideo Itami had a killer match, probably the best one in 205 Live history.  It's worth it for people to check this one out.  It was much more like an NXT match than a 205 Live match.  The crowd was dead for it though, other than a handful of fans who tried to get a "This is awesome" chant going that died a painful death.  I'm definitely seeing an uptick in match quality on this show though. 


They finally seem to have said "fuck it, let them wrestle". I think all four tournament matches have been good so far, with Strong-Itami being great. I like that Drake Maverick is killing all the crap gimmicks one-by-one. I really hope he makes Gallagher wrestle in trunks again. Nothing says "this is fake" more than someone wrestling in a three-piece suit.

I think it's called 205 Live because only 205 people stay to see the matches, though.



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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: Much better show. If I were WWE, I would tape 205 Live in a smaller building. The crowd tried, but they only really got into the matches at the finishes. They showed one shot where you could clearly see that the only people left on the hard camera side were in the front row, and there were people behind them leaving. You just can't get a hot crowd reaction when most people are walking out of the building. A hot crowd of 1,000 or less would make for much better TV. They could do worse than make use buildings like Center Stage or the ECW Arena to shoot 205 Live. They might have to change the name, because it really does not need to be live.
Last night Roderick Strong and Hideo Itami had a killer match, probably the best one in 205 Live history.  It's worth it for people to check this one out.  It was much more like an NXT match than a 205 Live match.  The crowd was dead for it though, other than a handful of fans who tried to get a "This is awesome" chant going that died a painful death.  I'm definitely seeing an uptick in match quality on this show though. 


They finally seem to have said "fuck it, let them wrestle". I think all four tournament matches have been good so far, with Strong-Itami being great. I like that Drake Maverick is killing all the crap gimmicks one-by-one. I really hope he makes Gallagher wrestle in trunks again. Nothing says "this is fake" more than someone wrestling in a three-piece suit.

I think it's called 205 Live because only 205 people stay to see the matches, though.

Rockstar Spud has been great and cut a really strong promo on Gulak and Nese last night.  I don't know how many people caught it, but Spud threw in the line, "That train has left the station.  It's a new 205 Live now."  A clear jab at Enzo and the 'Zo Train which I found hilarious.   



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MAJOR CHANGES BEHIND THE SCENES OF 205 LIVE
By Mike Johnson on 2018-02-07 12:34:00

If you have paid attention to WWE's 205 Live series the last several weeks on the WWE Network, you may have noticed that the series feels far closer in essence to the Cruiserweight Classic tournament that spawned it than what has been the overall presentation of 205 Live itself over the last year.

There is a very good reason for that, PWInsider.com has confirmed. As of last week's episode kicking off the tournament for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight championship, Vince McMahon has stepped aside and is no longer personally putting 205 Live together.

PWInsider.com has confirmed that the series is now being overseen by Triple H, who has brought back many of the hallmarks of the Cruiserweight Classic including the style and presentation of the Cruisers inside the ring. While Vince McMahon had been personally working with the 205 Live stars to bring out their personalities to present them in a certain light, there has been more a focus on the in-ring work and competition under Triple H's vision.

In recent months, there had been talk behind the scenes about why the brand wasn't firing on all cylinders. We are told that McMahon believed that a character-driven show was the best way to get the 205 Live brand over, as seen by his decision to have Enzo Amore shifted there and become the nucleus of the brand, since he was such a strong character.

While Enzo led to an uptick in viewership and interest (before being fired by the company), others in the company still argued that presenting 205 Live similar to how the Cruiserweight Classic was presented was the right way to go. The belief among those who pushed for a return to the CWC presentation was that having smaller talents echoing Raw and Smackdown personalities wasn't going to showcase what made the Cruisers different and unique and it wasn't going to help 205 Live grow beyond being an hour of WWE TV on the Network.

It should be noted that aspects of the CWC were dropped almost immediately from 205 Live after the series debuted, including personality packages that had been produced to introduce viewers to the performers that were almost immediately discarded.

McMahon finally made the decision to allow Triple H to take over as show runner two weeks ago in an attempt to reboot and fix the brand. While there's always a chance McMahon could place himself back in control (it is, after all, his company), the last two weeks of 205 Live have been compared by those behind the scenes to WWE NXT, in that Triple H has been the alpha and omega when it came to being the decision-maker for the product.

The lead writer for 205 Live is currently Jonathan Baeckstrom, who has been part of the company's creative team since August 2013. He's been working for the company as a lead writer since November 2016, coming into the company after working in talent management. Adam Pearce, the former NWA champion who transitioned into a WWE Performance Center Coach before being moved up to a Producer for the main roster, remains the lead Producer for the 205 Live brand.

We are also told that the vision seen the last several weeks is very much in line with the original plans for 205 Live series before Vince McMahon decided to get personally involved with the direction of the product and the nurturing of the 205 Live talents, who may end up being the last generation of talents McMahon worked with on a specific one-on-one basis to groom.

We are also told that 205 Live house shows are not off the table after the two test shows in Lowell, MA and Poughkeepsie, NY last month, but there are no current plans for additional live events at this time. Instead, the focus is going to be building the brand up by presenting strong athletic characters and in-ring competition before taking the brand back on the road for another experimental house show run.

So, if you enjoyed the likes of Hideo Itami vs. Roderick Strong last night, expect more of that in-ring style going forward as Strong was specifically brought up as a way to help freshen up the 205 Live roster and product - and there may be other additions in the weeks to come.



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srossi wrote: Matt Hardy tweeted the reunion of Rockstar Spud and King Maxel from backstage last night.

This #DrakeMaverick guy seems so familiar, but I just can't place him....

By the way, CPS really needs to investigate this man-bun situation that Matt has given his baby. 

Aw, they're the same height.



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Superstar wrote: MAJOR CHANGES BEHIND THE SCENES OF 205 LIVE
By Mike Johnson on 2018-02-07 12:34:00

If you have paid attention to WWE's 205 Live series the last several weeks on the WWE Network, you may have noticed that the series feels far closer in essence to the Cruiserweight Classic tournament that spawned it than what has been the overall presentation of 205 Live itself over the last year.

There is a very good reason for that, PWInsider.com has confirmed. As of last week's episode kicking off the tournament for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight championship, Vince McMahon has stepped aside and is no longer personally putting 205 Live together.

PWInsider.com has confirmed that the series is now being overseen by Triple H, who has brought back many of the hallmarks of the Cruiserweight Classic including the style and presentation of the Cruisers inside the ring. While Vince McMahon had been personally working with the 205 Live stars to bring out their personalities to present them in a certain light, there has been more a focus on the in-ring work and competition under Triple H's vision.

In recent months, there had been talk behind the scenes about why the brand wasn't firing on all cylinders. We are told that McMahon believed that a character-driven show was the best way to get the 205 Live brand over, as seen by his decision to have Enzo Amore shifted there and become the nucleus of the brand, since he was such a strong character.

While Enzo led to an uptick in viewership and interest (before being fired by the company), others in the company still argued that presenting 205 Live similar to how the Cruiserweight Classic was presented was the right way to go. The belief among those who pushed for a return to the CWC presentation was that having smaller talents echoing Raw and Smackdown personalities wasn't going to showcase what made the Cruisers different and unique and it wasn't going to help 205 Live grow beyond being an hour of WWE TV on the Network.

It should be noted that aspects of the CWC were dropped almost immediately from 205 Live after the series debuted, including personality packages that had been produced to introduce viewers to the performers that were almost immediately discarded.

McMahon finally made the decision to allow Triple H to take over as show runner two weeks ago in an attempt to reboot and fix the brand. While there's always a chance McMahon could place himself back in control (it is, after all, his company), the last two weeks of 205 Live have been compared by those behind the scenes to WWE NXT, in that Triple H has been the alpha and omega when it came to being the decision-maker for the product.

The lead writer for 205 Live is currently Jonathan Baeckstrom, who has been part of the company's creative team since August 2013. He's been working for the company as a lead writer since November 2016, coming into the company after working in talent management. Adam Pearce, the former NWA champion who transitioned into a WWE Performance Center Coach before being moved up to a Producer for the main roster, remains the lead Producer for the 205 Live brand.

We are also told that the vision seen the last several weeks is very much in line with the original plans for 205 Live series before Vince McMahon decided to get personally involved with the direction of the product and the nurturing of the 205 Live talents, who may end up being the last generation of talents McMahon worked with on a specific one-on-one basis to groom.

We are also told that 205 Live house shows are not off the table after the two test shows in Lowell, MA and Poughkeepsie, NY last month, but there are no current plans for additional live events at this time. Instead, the focus is going to be building the brand up by presenting strong athletic characters and in-ring competition before taking the brand back on the road for another experimental house show run.

So, if you enjoyed the likes of Hideo Itami vs. Roderick Strong last night, expect more of that in-ring style going forward as Strong was specifically brought up as a way to help freshen up the 205 Live roster and product - and there may be other additions in the weeks to come.

Imagine how good WWE could be if Vince dropped dead tomorrow and HHH took over everything.  Seriously.  In 2 weeks 205 Live completely transformed.  I really hope it gets the views on WWE Network to justify HHH's approach. 



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