5 205 Live Superstars who should be on SmackDown Live

Not quite Live
Not quite Live
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205 Live has not been very successful.

In fact, it would be rather accurate to state that it has been rather unsuccessful.

WWE made a lot of fanfare about bringing back a revamped Cruiserweight Division, and at first, there was a lot of buzz surrounding it. This was due in large part to the excellent WWE Cruiserweight Classic. The cruiserweights debuted on RAW shortly after with an excellent fatal four-way, but they have struggled to gain much traction since.

The cruiserweights would initially perform on Monday Night Raw, and 205 Live, but were eventually removed from Monday Night Raw. Now, the only place to see them is on 205 Live; and it is not even live any longer. That is not the only change that has taken place. After being removed from RAW, the cruiserweights would no longer interact with any of the RAW and Smackdown Superstars. This has recently changed. 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, is also managing the hulking Akam and Rezar, AOP, on Monday Night Raw. 205 Live stand-out, Lio Rush, is currently managing Bobby Lashley on Monday Night Raw.

This list does not include current cruiserweight champion, Cedric Alexander, because the entire show is currently built around him, and his sudden removal may well be too destabilizing.

However, there is no reason that more members of the 205 Live Roster cannot be on RAW or SmackDown Live.

These superstars have been selected for SmackDown Live specifically for a few reasons. Firstly, any superstar who gets added to RAW will be lost in the shuffle due to the overarching storyline between the Shield, Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler.

Secondly, RAW is full of hulking brutes; these superstars would be more believably competitive if they were a part of the SmackDown Live roster. Thirdly, Smackdown Live is ostensibly the land of opportunity, and what better way is there of proving it, than giving these superstars a chance to shine.

Drew Gulak

Planning a main roster Drewtopia
Planning a main roster Drewtopia

Drew Gulak is an extremely versatile performer.

Inside the ring, he is a brutal technician who tries to rip his opponents limb from limb. He is one of the best wrestlers in the entire company, and incapable of having a poor match. Moreover, his wrestling style makes him a believable opponent for anybody, despite his smaller stature, due to the sheer visceral nature of it.

However, it is as a character that he has truly shined.

He is equally adept at playing an angry, sadistic man who wants to cause everybody bodily harm, and a comedy politician. A feud with R-Truth seems a good way to start; the backstage segments themselves would likely make this feud worth it.

He tried to make 205 Live a better place; maybe it is time he did the same to SmackDown Live? Bring on the PowerPoint presentations.

Mustafa Ali

True blue babyface
True blue babyface

Smackdown Live desperately needs credible babyfaces.

Mustafa Ali is one of the best babyfaces in the entire company.

Even those who had never seen a single moment of 205 Live could not help but support him after watching his vignettes in the lead-up to his WrestleMania Cruiserweight Championship match. He was an extremely relatable, well rounded, three-dimensional babyface character; both believable, and sympathetic.

His in-ring work is excellent due to his unparalleled athleticism, and unique move-set.

He would make an excellent opponent for United States Champion, Shinsuke Nakamura, for at least a pay-per-view cycle.

He has already proven that he is the heart of 205 Live, could he perhaps be the heart of SmackDown Live as well?



Kalisto is an interesting case, as he had already had a degree of success on the main roster as a two-time United States Champion before he was sent to 205 Live to add some star-power to the show.

He has proven what he can to do on RAW, and SmackDown Live, independent of the cruiserweight division.

He has already proven that he can deliver in high-profile situations in feuds with Alberto Del Rio, and Baron Corbin.

It is time that he is brought back to the main roster.

Gran Metalik

Imagine Metalik versus Almas
Imagine Metalik versus Almas

If you haven't watched Gran Metalik wrestle, you have missed out on some truly spectacular wrestling.

Metalik moves around the ring with feline grace, walks the ropes like an acrobat, and has some of the most breathtakingly beautiful offence in the entire company. His lucha-libre background clearly shines through every single time he steps into the ring, and he is absolutely being wasted on 205 Live. You wouldn't know it to look at him in WWE, but he was an absolute STAR in his native Mexico.

A feud with fellow Mexican import, Andrade 'Cien' Almas would be a good way to introduce him. The prospect of a series of in-ring battles between the two is tantalizingly mouth-watering.

The Brian Kendrick

THE newest member of Raw or Smackdown ?
newest member of Raw or SmackDown?

The Brian Kendrick was clearly brought in to 205 Live in order to be a stable veteran hand that could be plugged in wherever needed. His job is to share his experience with others, and make them look good. There is no reason that he cannot do the same on SmackDown Live.

He knows his character inside out, and would make a fine addition to the mid-card, floating around wherever he is needed.

The WWE showed faith in him before when 205 Live was in its infancy; he was trusted with the championship when the TJP experiment failed miserably, and vindicated the company's faith in him.

Brian Kendrick is not going to be the star of the show; he will be a supporting player, but that is an important role, and one that he would excel in.

Edited by Prathik R


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