Somebody else must have done this first. WWE likes to make history, and you’d think they’d be crowing about this unless Live with Regis and Kathy Lee or Saturday Night Live hadn’t already pulled off the trick of pre-taping a show with “Live” in its name.
Maybe 205 Live will shoot some interviews or backstage vignettes as the show airs on WWE Network for the first time at 7PM Eastern tonight (Sept. 19). They definitely filmed the two matches scheduled to air this evening before SmackDown and Mixed Match Challenge - both of which remain live despite only one of them having “Live” in its title - on Tues., Sept 18.
Interestingly, one of them wasn’t Noam Dar vs. Lio Rush, which was announced and promoted on last week’s show and online. There’s even a WWE.com article about it! Is it still happening, or is Rush a Raw Superstar now? Not delivering a big advertised match is a weird way to kick off the move to a new night. It’s also par for the course for WWE’s cruiserweight division.
WWE hasn’t made an announcment about long-term plans for their weekly cruiserweight showcase, but the filming they did in Tulsa confirms they’ll shoot 205 Live’s in-ring action before the blue brand each week. That might make a lie out of its name, but it could lead to more engaged audiences... at least for the stuff they film after when doors are listed as opening.
Here’s some of what we’ll see Wednesday evening, or whenever you pull up the episode, on WWE Network:
TJP def. Lince Dorado via pinfall with a rollup
- Action started at 6:15PM Central; doors were advertised as opening at 6:30PM, so there were a lot of empty seats for this one.
- Perkins unmasked Dorado and pinning him while he was covering his face after about 10 minutes of action.
Cedric Alexander def. Drew Gulak via pinfall after Lumbar Check to retain his Cruiserweight championship
- Match reportedly lasted longer than 20 minutes.
- Crowd was said to be loud and engaged.
Do spoilers make you more or less likely to tune in to 205 Live?