7 Mistakes WWE Made With The 2019 Superstar Shake-Up

7. 205 Live Gets Nobody


The commentators acknowledged last week that in addition to Raw and SmackDown Live, 205 Live and NXT would be a part of the 2019 Superstar Shake-up as well. This was encouraging to hear, as the SmackDown and Raw rosters aren't the only ones in need of new talent at the moment.

That was, however, until it became apparent that although 205 Live stalwarts Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy are moving on to the main roster, the Cruiserweight division isn't getting anyone from either brand in return.

It's rare for Raw and SmackDown stars to return to NXT on a full-time basis, but 205 Live has welcomed the likes of Kalisto and Mike Kanellis in the past despite them previously being members of the main roster. It would have been nice for more wrestlers to join the Cruiserweight ranks in the Shake-up, especially since there's so many people from both brands who aren't even on television at the moment.

Chad Gable, Rey Mysterio and Xavier Woods would be perfect fits for 205 Live, but WWE opted to keep them where they are instead. 205 Live could really use some fresh faces now that they've lost two of their biggest stars. Akira Tozawa and Tony Nese can have only so many matches together.

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Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.