Another week and 205 Live has once again been plunged into chaos. Following accusations of serious sexual assault, WWE first suspended and then released the now former Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore. It really feels like it has been one thing after another for 205 Live. First Austin Aries decided to go and look for greener pastures, then Neville walked out and his WWE status is still in limbo, Rich Swann is still suspended pending a police investigation, and a 205 Live house show had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Now the man who was the purple brand's main attraction is no longer a WWE Superstar.
WWE has a lot on their hands during the week between Raw's 25th anniversary and the Royal Rumble, so having to take care of the Amore situation would have been an added and extremely unwanted headache. Amore was supposed to be defending the Cruiserweight Title at the Royal Rumble on Sunday night but that match has of course been scrapped. Instead of replacing it with a match to crown a new champion though, the title's fate will not be decided until next week. The other big news is that a General Manager will be assigned to 205 Live, and it will be he or she who decides the fate of the title.
It truly is about time that 205 Live got its own leader. Since its inception over a year ago it has been unclear who exactly the decision maker is on the show. When the cruiserweights compete on Raw it's Kurt Angle booking the matches, and on Tuesday nights there is no clear leader. Daniel Bryan made the landmark announcements this week but that is the first time he has been involved with the cruiserweights since acting as the color commentator for the Cruiserweight Classic.
So now the only big question that remains is who exactly is going to fill the role of 205 Live's General Manager. Bryan is probably one of the first names that springs to many fans' minds. Not only is the SmackDown Live GM already in the building for 205 Live every week since it follows the show he already helps run, but as touched upon he has a vested interest in the cruiserweight division. Being a part of the Cruiserweight Classic was the reason Bryan returned to WWE so quickly after being forced to retire from in-ring competition. Someone else with GM experience could also fill the role, especially since a fair few of them were on Raw this past week celebrating the show's 25th anniversary.
What quickly became clear on 205 Live in 2017 is that higher ups at WWE believe the way to fix the problem is to bring new names in. Hideo Itami, Enzo Amore, Neville, all stars that were not included in the CWC but were given the task of trying to raise interest in the brand. That hasn't really worked out so well, so maybe they will select a name from within the cruiserweight ranks to run things. Drew Gulak is one name that would definitely fit the bill and would be damn entertaining if he were allowed to run the show. Noam Dar should also be considered. The Scot is currently sitting on the sidelines with an injury and this would be a great way of giving him something to do while he recovers.
One other thing that WWE has been adamant on is trying to add a female touch to 205 Live. It began with Alicia Fox as, all within the realms of a story line of course, she began dating various members of the cruiserweight roster. Noam Dar, Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, all of them succumbed to The Foxy One's advances. Then more recently there has been the whole romantic angle between Nia Jax and Enzo Amore. That has now come to an abrupt end but Jax's involvement on 205 Live doesn't have to. Her, Fox, or perhaps another Raw female could step in to the newly created GM position on the cruiserweight show.
As you can tell there is a whole list of names that are viable candidates to become the first ever GM of 205 Live. WWE need to make sure that they choose wisely though. The cruiserweight show is running out of chances and sooner or later if they keep running into problems then the purple brand could be scrapped altogether. The General Manager needs to bring something to 205 Live, but not so much that they become the star of the show ahead of the incredibly talented wrestlers that call it home.
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