According to some, 205 Live and the WWE’s Cruiserweight Division was a brand that was meant to have a tour with live events of their own and a following by fans that would draw in a crowd for every city they’d visit. It appears as though that plan might have hit a snag.
In a rumor that poor ticket sales are the reason, one of the upcoming 205 Live shows has been canceled, according to what was posted by the official website for the Ryan Center in Rhode Island. The company didn’t discuss attendance but the WWE made an official statement which read:
“WWE 205 Live Tour scheduled for Friday, January 19th at 7:30 PM at the Ryan Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island has been canceled. All tickets for the Friday, January 19th show at the Ryan Center show will be fully refunded.”
— WrestlingNewsSource (@WNSource) January 5, 2018
WWE called the require cancellation and problem due to “routing and scheduling issues,” but many believe the show was not going to be profitable with the low fan interest and lack of ticket sales. In an effort to boost interest, WWE even added Matt Hardy versus Bray Wyatt and Nia Jax as a special guest referee in the Enzo Amore matches.
Whether this means the other shows WWE was planning on this tour will also be affected is unclear and how low ticket sales affect the events planned in February might be worth keeping an eye on.
Clearly, many of the fans who had planned to attend are disappointed. It also doesn’t speak well for WWE who had hoped by moving Enzo Amore to the 205 Live brand, they could build an audience around his holding the Cruiserweight Title.
So too, with WWE putting a bigger emphasis on Facebook Watch and the Mixed Match Challenge, 205 Live has been bumped from its regular slot. That can’t help when it comes to promoting the brand and getting fans interested in attending live events.
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