– The Hurricane Talks About The Problem With 205 Live
During a recent appearance on Pancakes and Powerslams Show, WWE & WCW Veteran The Hurricane talked about the problem with 205 Live show. Below is what he said:
“205 Live doesn’t have the star power that the main roster has. If somebody does get popular in that division they take them out and sending a message to the audience that this division isn’t as important. They never seem to capture the magic of how it happens in MMA and Boxing.
In MMA and Boxing, their biggest stars are 30-40 lbs smaller than me. WWE has struggled with that. I’m not talking about just small guys, usually smaller guys in that division against other guys.
They’ve done great things obviously with myself, Rey Mysterio, AJ Styles, Finn Balor, but imagine how great that 205 Live division would be if AJ and Finn Balor were in it, but it has to be presented as an important division or else AJ and Finn Balor wouldn’t want to be part of it, and I can almost assure you that they don’t.
If it’s presented as second tier then nobody wants to be on the B-Team, on the Junior Varsity; everybody there wants to be on the main side and be viewed as important so WWE has to present it as important. Guys there also have to step up.
There are a lot of guys who look exactly like 40-50 guys on the Indies. There isn’t any standout looks or personalities. Enzo Amore is at least bringing about attention, and that is what this business is about. It’s about bringing on attention.”
Hurricane also commented on 205 Live wrestlers Neville and Austin Aries leaving WWE:
“You only live once, and if they were miserable there then leave. Go somewhere that makes you happy. There is no company in the world that is going to say no to Neville right now. He is incredibly talented, and always has been. If he is that miserable then yeah, why not?
Me, I was there, because I mentioned before, I had a talk with Steve Austin one time and he always mentioned how I was always a happy guy, and I would say, yeah, I just don’t let it get to me. That is just how I am in life. No matter what I will never let things bring me down. I will work my butt off to find that silver lining, but I will find that silver lining.
I will find a way to get to it, and in this business, like any job, your job will piss you off at some point. You have to find a way to make it happen. You have to find a way to make it right for you. That is what it is about. If you are miserable, then change. You can’t expect change to happen for you. You have to be the agent of change.”
– Possible Reason Behind AJ Styles Winning The WWE Championship
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer discussed “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship on this week’s episode of SmackDown Live. Below is what he said regarding the possible reason behind the Title changing hands and the Survivor Series 2017 main event being changed:
“Nobody knew. I mean it definitely was scheduled for Lesnar and Jinder Mahal. There’s ways they can go so I don’t know what that is because literally nobody knows what’s going on exactly right now. The only chance they would have to switch it back would be on next Tuesday’s show.
If they don’t, then it’s gonna be Lesnar and AJ. I know that fans would rather see Lesnar and AJ, it’s a million times better match. As far as Lesnar, if it was his choice and it’s not his choice, but he would want to wrestle AJ because they’re completely different style of matches.
It was all planned, they did all those promos for Lesnar and Jinder. Whatever the reason is that they made the change, I don’t know if it’s just because they felt that people were crapping all over Lesnar and Jinder and not excited about the match. And I know I wasn’t. Lesnar and AJ is a much better match. So I mean one of the reasons…. as far as the match itself.
I mean you could tell by the crowd on SmackDown which was really bad. I mean not reacting wise. It was actually pretty good reacting crowd from what I’ve seen in the show so far. But numbers-wise was really bad. So that probably had something to do with it.
They did have a bad rating last week. But it was Halloween night. I would not put stock in that ring, that doesn’t mean that Vince didn’t, I just means that I wouldn’t.
So anyway, they did have a bad advance for the show. So perhaps that played a part in that. But we’re not in an era where switching a match at a weekend is gonna make a difference in sales for wrestling show. It’s people either go to the show or they don’t.
The matches don’t really make a lot of difference. I mean if they had added a big name to the show like if all of a sudden they put John Cena on the show, maybe they’d have sold a few more tickets at the end.”