In a recent interview with Newsweek, Triple H clarified the future of WWE 205 Live amid rumors that the brand may be disbanding following SmackDown’s move to Fox and NXT’s move the USA Network.
Here’s what HHH had to say about what the future holds for the purple brand:
“I think it always existed as an island onto itself, a little bit, and it’s become lost in this limbo. You’ll begin to see it move more towards the NXT banner and the talent there. We have a lot of talent. For them to begin to compete either open against anyone or in the cruiserweight division, but have that title sit under the NXT brand is more meaningful. It creates more opportunities for more people.”
205 Live is consistently one of WWE’s best weekly products from not only an in-ring basis, but also in terms of the storylines and programs that run throughout it.
Unfortunately, as Triple H put it, it exists “as an island onto itself”, and rarely gets the exposure it deserves.
We have already seen a number of NXT talents appear on 205 Live. Recently Isaiah Scott, Angel Garza and KUSHIDA have made temporary appearances, whereas Humberto Carrillo and Oney Lorcan have become top guys in the cruiserweight division.
Carrillo in fact is one third of the Cruiserweight Championship three-way match at Clash of Champions. He faces Lince Dorado and defending champion Drew Gulak.
There have also been instances of 205 Live stars appearing on NXT, such as Gulak himself having a few matches recently, notably against Matt Riddle and KUSHIDA.
More inter-brand matches can only be good for both rosters of talent, giving 205 Live stars and the Cruiserweight Title the exposure of the USA Network, and allowing perhaps underutilized NXT wrestlers to showcase their skill on 205.