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 Posted: Thu Feb 23rd, 2017 12:20 am
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LAF wrote: Everyone that posts Network views seems to credit Meltzer and I'm not sure where he gets it from. I do recall him saying that WWE confirmed to him that they look at VOD views and not just live views when they compile data. 

This was the so-called Top 10 the week 205 Live finished 15th. I'll also add that it finished 3rd this past week

1. Royal Rumble 2017
2. NXT from February 1st
3. WWE 24: WrestleMania Dallas 
4. Elimination Chamber 2016
5. Holy Foley episode 7
6. NXT Takeover: San Antonio 
7. Holy Foley episode 10 
8. Holy Foley episode 8
9. Holy Foley episode 9 
10. Holy Foley episode 6

If this can be believed then it's interesting.  It's also misleading though because of the "Holy Foley" factor that I mentioned earlier (and assumed that was a culprit).  They released the second half of Season 1 on the same day, 5 episodes, and they're counting each episode separately.  So a ton of people clearly binge-watched all 5 episodes that week (which only takes 2 1/2 hours to do), pushing everything else 5 slots down.  That's not the norm though.  It's also interesting that the Royal Rumble, which was a week or two old, still garnered the top spot, even over the recent PPV Elimination Chamber.  And NXT Takeover was still doing great too.    

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I've stopped watching now. It was meant to be something different to replace Superstars, now it's just Superstars with only smaller wrestlers. There was so much potential shown with the CWC, but now all they deliver is bland wrestling with little meaning. Drew Gulak's campaign to make the show less exciting had won before he even started. It's all the same slow-paced WWE style, kick, punch, kick, bounce off the ropes. Seeing the same guys do the same top-rope moves isn't exciting, it's boring.

The boring storylines are probably due to the overstretched writers now having to come up with six to ten hours of live television a week now.

I'm amazed that Triple H has been able to keep NXT to himself. NXT has one hour a week of pre-taped wrestling and the stories are much more compelling that 205 Live, which has its own show, plus two segments on Raw, plus a match on Main Event every week.

I think I'll start watching TNA.



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Whoa whoa whoa...hey, let's not write something you'll regret later

TNA is a dumpster fire of a show



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3setsof10 wrote: Whoa whoa whoa...hey, let's not write something you'll regret later

TNA is a dumpster fire of a show


For all the excitement in 205 Live, they might as well just show an empty ring for an hour.



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More people watched Halloween Havoc 98 on demand than watched 205 Live the previous week. 

Havoc 98 was Tony Schiavone's podcast topic last week and probably led to this surge.

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 Posted: Mon May 29th, 2017 09:14 am
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LAF wrote: More people watched Halloween Havoc 98 on demand than watched 205 Live the previous week. 

Havoc 98 was Tony Schiavone's podcast topic last week and probably led to this surge.

I'm sure Vince will blame the talent instead of the booking.  There's just no reason for that show to exist in its current form.  It had so much momentum coming out of the CWC.



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Any time in the past 20+ years that they have had a show with a different format, it hasn't lasted long until it falls into line as normal WWE B show with meaningless matches. Shotgun Saturday Night, WWECW, the gameshow-era NXT all eventually went this way.

Even the current-era NXT was in danger at one point. They had quite a few main roster rejects like Jinder Mahal, Tyson Kidd and Mason Ryan in the mix for quite a while, and they went a good few cycles of tapings with a main roster star as the focus. The first NXT house show outside of Florida was headlined by Big Show vs Ryback, who were both rightly booed out of the building.

The Cruiserweights could have been used to get people who like wrestling, but not main roster WWE to start watching Raw again, instead, all we have is small guys in boring matches. It's not that the matches are bad, but it's just more of the same, when we know that the guys are capable of putting on much better matches.

I've said this before, but I find it hilarious when people say they want their NXT favorites to go to the main roster.



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 Posted: Tue May 30th, 2017 07:13 am
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Now they've dragged Sasha Banks into 205 Live after burying her, which is a huge kiss of death.



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Couple problems I've seen from watching "205 Live" since the start:

-Too much Alicia Fox. Funny how she and Noam Dar have the body language of 4th graders being forced to be dance partners.

-Too much Mustafa Ali. He's good in small doses, but he seems to be on EVERY week and his matches have become pretty formulaic.

-Rematches. The roster's not huge, but they've had too many (non-storyline) rematches.

-Neville and Austin Aries shot to the top of the card upon their arrivals. Sends a subtle message to the audience that all the "homegrown" CW guys are left on a treadmill until WWE decides to send someone down to 205 live. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if, say, Sami Zayn, suddenly appeared and got a CW title program.

-Dead crowds, for the most part. This is a side-effect of a marathon taping, after Smackdown. Do you tape 205 "Live" before Smackdown?

There's been some good stuff, too. Akira Tozawa vs. THE Brian Kendrick was more entertaining than it had any right to be. Whenever Jack Gallagher gets the microphone, it's usually fun (like his "Gentlemen's Duel" or his segment with Aries a few weeks ago). I also like Drew Gulak's protester gimmick. It could get him a lot of mileage, if used properly.

I still think it's "better than Superstars", but not by much.



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