WWE ran their first 205 Live house show on Saturday night in Lowell, MA. The show was headlined by Bray Wyatt vs. “Woken” Matt Hardy. That match was added because ticket sales were slow. This is likely also why the show in Rhode Island that was originally scheduled for Friday was canceled.
The show on Saturday night, according to one fan estimate, drew somewhere between 1000-1200 people which should be considered a success by WWE. The idea with these shows is to give fans some kick-ass wrestling matches akin to the Cruiserweight Classic. We hope they decided to tape shows from one of these venues because the crowds are hotter when you have a large number of hardcore fans in attendance. People on social media commented on how hot the audience was, and it had the vibe of a hot independent show (like a Bullet Club heavy Ring Of Honor PPV), and it felt different than the 205 Live show that airs on the WWE Network.
Here is a Photo WWE Producer Adam Pierce posted from the event shortly after bell time:
— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) January 21, 2018
And here are the match results:
– Hideo Itami defeated Jack Gallagher
– Gran Metalik and Kalisto defeated Drew Gulak and TJP
– “Woken” Matt Hardy defeated Bray Wyatt. This was the billed main event in advertising, but it did not close the show.
– Akira Tozawa defeated Ariya Daivari
– Mustafa Ali defeated Tony Nese
– Enzo Amore defeated Cedric Alexander to retain the Cruiserweight Championship. Nia Jax was the special referee.
Sir Mitch says: If the CW’s are ever going to get over in WWE’s main roster, the 205 Live model needs to be done away with! When people think of Cruiserweights, they think of incredibly athletic high-flying matches with a less is more approach to the storylines that set said matches up.
This is why the CWC was such a HUGE success (and one of the most watched programs on the WWE Network) and 205 Live is so far the exact opposite!