As we’ve noted, former WWE writer Jimmy Jacobs was recently a guest on Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk Is Jericho, to talk about his time with the company. One topic of discussion amongst the pair was the addition of 205 Live, which focuses around the Cruiserweights of WWE.
Jacobs revealed Vince McMahon’s initial feelings about the new show and also explained why he doesn’t believe it’s worked out thus far. Here’s what he had to say:
“Vince was really excited about 205 Live when it first started, but I really think in a lot of ways, but they were in a really tough position, right off the bat. First off, being on at 10 p.m., after 2 hours of SmackDown without any stars, so it is really hard to create stars from non-stars. You need somebody that people know. I need to know that Noam Dar has at least met Chris Jericho, they are in completely different universes.
“Other thing is that there’s really no demand for the show. Look, this isn’t 20 years ago when WCW at the top of the card was Kevin Nash, Hulk Hogan, Big Show, or Lex Luger; you had Jericho, Rey Mysterio; I mean, the top of the WWE card those guys can go. Seth Rollins does the 205 Live style better than the 205 Live guys do, so where is the demand?
“Now you see smaller guys, lesser stars, doing stuff not really as good as those on the main roster. John Cena is even doing Springboard Diamond Cutters; that style has really permeated on the main roster. It’s a really tough position they are in. I give those guys a lot of credit from the talents to the Writer’s. It was and is a really tough job.”
You can listen to Jacobs interview on Talk Is Jericho by clicking this link here.
H/T to WrestlingINC for the transcribed quotes.