WWE 205 Live, also simply called 205 Live, is a live professional wrestling WWE Network series produced by WWE, which features the promotion's cruiserweight division, wherein all participants are billed at a weight of 205 lbs. or less.
The show premiered on November 29, 2016, and airs following SmackDown Live. Talking Smack, which previously held the 10:00pm eastern time slot, moved to 11:00pm eastern following the debut of 205 Live until Talking Smack's cancellation in July 2017. Due to the premiere of the second season of Mixed Match Challenge on September 18, 2018, the show moved to 7:00pm eastern every Wednesday. In January 2019 the show returned to Tuesdays at 10pm eastern.
205 Live was established following the success of the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, to feature those who competed in the tournament and others who have become full-time members of WWE's cruiserweight division. Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE executive producer and wrestler, stated the program is designed to serve as a showcase for the division, with its own distinctive feel and style compared to other WWE programming.
The Raw brand was originally established as the exclusive home of the division during the 2016 brand extension, with all cruiserweights being drafted to Raw during the 2016 WWE draft. Following the premiere of 205 Live, the cruiserweight wrestlers appear on both Raw and 205 Live, as well as making occasional appearances on NXT.
On November 7, 2017, The United Kingdom Division was invited to 205 Live. This would be the main roster debuts of most of the UK Division with the exception of Pete Dunne, who debuted the previous night on Raw.
In January 2018, Triple H took over the creative side of 205 Live. The first of the changes under Triple H was announced on January 23, with Daniel Bryan announcing that the first 205 Live general manager would be announced the following week. The GM was revealed to be Drake Maverick, formerly known as "Rockstar Spud" from Impact Wrestling. He announced a 16-man tournament for the vacant WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
|Mauro Ranallo, Corey Graves and Austin Aries||November 29, 2016- February 28, 2017|
|Mauro Ranallo and Corey Graves||March 7, 2017|
|Tom Phillips and Corey Graves||March 14, 2017- June 6, 2017|
|Vic Joseph and Corey Graves||June 13, 2017- August 29, 2017|
|Vic Joseph and Nigel McGuinness||September 5, 2017|
|Vic Joseph and Byron Saxton||September 26, 2017|
|Vic Joseph and Percy Watson||April 10, 2018 – April 17, 2018|
January 16, 2019
|Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson||April 24, 2018 – January 9, 2019|
|Tom Phillips and Percy Watson||June 19, 2018|
|Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson and Wale||August 21, 2018|
|Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness & Aiden English||January 22, 2019 – September 3, 2019|
|Vic Joseph, Aiden English and Dio Maddin||September 10, 2019 – September 24, 2019|
|Tom Phillips and Aiden English||October 11, 2019 – present|
|Greg Hamilton||November 29, 2016- Present|
|WWE 205 Live|
|Championship||Current champion(s)||Reign||Date won||Days held||Event||Notes|
|NXT Cruiserweight Championship||Santos Escobar||1||June 3, 2020||148+||NXT||Defeated Drake Maverick in the 2020 Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Final Match|