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 Posted: Sat Aug 24th, 2019 07:42 pm
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Meltzer is reporting that there is huge pressure from FOX to expand Smackdown to 3 hours, with the 3rd hour providing programming for FS1. That seems likely to happen. That will also mean the cancellation of 205 Live, which the wrestlers on the brand have been expecting all year. 205 Live tapes at Smackdown and no arrangements are being made to continue that practice. A 3 hour show pretty much takes that off the table. There was some discussion that with WWE Network losing NXT, they needed to save 205 Live. But the counterpoint is that 205 Live’s views are so low that it’s not worth it. The Cruiserweight title could still be defended on Raw and Smackdown since any semblance of a brand split disappeared 2 months ago, but it also could be retired since Vince isn’t a big fan of weight classes on his regular programming. 

Kalisto and Gran Metalik have been vocal on Twitter about leaving after their contracts expire, counting down the days. AEW has interest in both, especially Metalik, who had a huge reputation in Mexico and Japan and made it to the finals of the Cruiserweight Classic before WWE completely ruined him.  Others talents can be sprinkled throughout the various brands, including NXT which might need more talent since they’re also expanding. But with Cedric Alexander, Buddy Murphy, and Mustafa Ali already being used elsewhere, the only other one that Vince seems high on is Drew Gulak. Meltzer says Vince was a fan from the “Powerpoint presentation” comedic promos and likes his personality as well as his talent. Other than him, Cruiserweights should be worried. 

Last edited on Sat Aug 24th, 2019 07:42 pm by srossi

This thread was great before AA ruined it.