The last batch of WWE releases last week certainly hit the cruiserweight division the hardest, with the likes of Tony Nese, Ariya Daivari and August Grey all being let go by the company on Friday night.
As a result, many people speculated that WWE could look to outright cancel 205 Live and have all cruiserweight action on WWE NXT, but that doesn’t appear to be in the works right now.
PWInsider‘s Mike Johnson has noted that while some of the higher-paid 205 Live stars were released, there is a lot of talent at the Performance Center who could make their way to 205 Live to replace the released stars.
As such, Johnson explains that he thinks “205 Live will continue to exist”, noting that WWE has been incentivised not to cancel the show as Hulu “pays a nice rights free” to stream the weekly show:
Not necessarily. While they released a number of the higher paid 205 Live talents, let’s not forget they are stacked with talent who have never been seen and are probably being paid less in the Performance Center. We have heard in recent years that Hulu pays a nice rights fee for the series and that is a main factor in keeping it going, so as long as that remains the case, my belief is 205 Live will continue to exist.
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