Rey Mysterio on why 205 Live isn't more popular Dec 24, 2017 19:34:02 GMT -5 Captain Money Made (BLM) likes this
Post by Dukect on Dec 24, 2017 19:34:02 GMT -5
The ensuing generation of wrestlers; the Daniel Bryans, the A.J. Styles, and the Samoa Joes; adopted and innovated a hybrid style that is highly influenced by lucha style and cruiserweight style of wrestling (along with puro and MMA influences). That is the style that has been headlining wrestling shows now for 10+ years, including Mysterio himself.
In 2017-going-on-2018, I can watch cruiserweights and jr. heavyweights anywhere, and it's much better outside of the WWE umbrella. You could make an argument that 205 live is a third or fourth rate cruiserweight division and maybe worse depending on how you feel about Dragon Gate and NOAH.
In NJPW, it's Will Ospreay, KUSHIDA, Marty Scurll, and Hironmu Takahashi, busting their asses and flying all over the place.
In Lucha Underground, it's Fenix, Drago, Jack Evans, Angelico, and until recently, Prince Puma, doing absurd shit like diving off of balconies.
In PWG, it's Ricochet, the Young Bucks, and all sorts of other invitees in glorious spot fests.
In WWE, it SHOULD BE Adrian Neville, Austin Aries, Chad Gable, Finn Balor, Tyler Breeze, Akira Towaza, TJ Perkins, Mustafa Ali, Johnny Gargano, Pete Dunne, Roddy Strong, Hideo Itami, Tyler Bate, Kalisto, Mark Andrews, and Cedric Alexander working their asses off, taking crazy bumps, working high-paced, adrenaline fueled matches. But instead, it's Brian Kendrick grabbing a headlock, it's heatless Ariya Daivari, it's Drew Gulak and powerpoint presentations, it's TJ Perkins' ice cold debut, it's bad wrestler Enzo Amore as the "biggest star"(who was presented as a worthless chump in the Big Cass feud).
It's an obvious purple tinted glass ceiling, where talent has to work both RAW and Smackdown tapings, yet do not get to work the house shows (costing them money). The way the CWs were treated, and presented, in the CWC vs. how they are treated, and presented, for 205 live are night and day.