When we started the 205 Live Top 5 last month, we didn’t expect it’d be 3 weeks before we did another one. And yet here we are.
The Top 5 is based on the last 10 weeks of 205 Live TV, plus any PPVs that includes. Points are based on wins, losses, and title matches. Points depreciate, so a win this week is worth more than a win a month ago.
205 Live hasn’t aired since the last episode of Smackdown Live on USA. Things looked up in the air for the purple brand, especially when the WWE Cruiserweight Title was renamed the NXT Cruiserweight Title. Rumors are circulating that 205 Live could be on its way out completely.
Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak defended the title against Raw’s Lio Rush on this week’s NXT and lost. On Sunday, news broke that Drew Gulak had been drafted to Smackdown. 205 Live’s Lucha House Party had already been drafted to Smackdown on Friday night.
What this all means for 205 Live is anybody’s guess. Traditionally, the 205 Live wrestlers toured with the Raw brand, even though the show was taped after Smackdown on Tuesdays.
Everyone was ready to write off 205 Live, but then it ended up airing this Friday, live, after Smackdown. Anybody scratching their heads?
Humberto Carrillo jumps to #1 this week thanks to the loss of Gulak. Carrillo was enjoying Hot Boy Summer all the way to a Triple Threat title match against Gulak, but came up short at Clash Of Champions. Carrillo wasn’t active on this week’s 205 Live. Technically he’s not signed to any brand, but let’s just call him a 205 Live guy until all this shakes out.
Jumping two spots to #2 is Oney Lorcan, who also fell short in a Cruiserweight Title Match back at Summerslam. Lorcan and partner Danny Burch defeated Tony Nese and Gulak in the opener of this week’s 205 Live.
Ariya Daivari makes his debut in the Top 5 this week at #3. Daivari scored a win over newcomer Chris Bey on Friday night.
Tony Nese is up a spot this week to #4. Nese was on the losing end of Friday night’s tag team match, but he’ll climb this week anyway with the loss of Gulak and Lince Dorado.
Finally, The Brian Kendrick makes his Top 5 debut at #5. Kendrick defeated Akira Tozawa in a No DQ main event Friday night. It will be interesting to see if Kendrick, or any of the other Top 5 guys, are drafted tonight on Raw.