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    Saturday, November 25, 2017

    Live From the 205 (11/21/17): A Very Zo Train Thanksgiving

    So 205 Live was the only show on WWE programming that really decided to celebrate Thanksgiving this week.

    That's cool and all, because they do it every year and it's usually terrible as holiday episodes tend to be, but they worked a little hard. What I really did like about the show is they had their own little Survivor Series action going on, because they never got their cruiserweights elimination match. The Good Guys went up against the Zo Train all night, and they kept their own score.

    It's a nice little bit of big-picture storytelling, but what I found striking after a week away from the show is how different it really looks from three months ago. The absence of guys like Neville and Austin Aries, and even the diminishing of people who aren't as popular, like TJP and Akira Tozawa, paint the show differently. It feels like the show's lost a big chunk of its soul—the spark of heroes who brought something that looked a little different from how the WWE conducts its business was what kept it afloat despite the second-rate treatment of the cruiserweights.

    Don't get me wrong, Enzo's bringing a whole new spotlight to the show and the division, but without a strong roster of faces to go up against him (especially now that Kalisto's been vanquished for the time being, as is the case with the heel champions this year) the show won't be as inviting. It's time to start building up those waffling around in midcard cruiserweight angles by refocusing everyone into a shot at the title.

    You've solved your exposure problem, but the work doesn't end there. It's time to make this shit as exciting as it could be. (The UK division guys would've been great.)

    205 Live 11/21/17 Grade: I dig the idea of the Zo Train going up against babyfaces all night, but despite an hour of solid wrestling there should've been a little more fanservice, especially on weekly TV. B.

    Short stops

    • I didn't realize Gulak/Tozawa wasn't really over yet, but they repeated the same result they did from a couple of weeks ago. Can we now move on? The PowerPoint decks are now more over than either guy.
    • Does this also mean that Cedric and Swann are done with Jack and Kendrick? The partnerships don't get as far as they could without a tag team division to move around in.
    • I'm telling you, an Ali/Nese main event just strengthens the case for another #1 contendership tournament.

    The Cruiserweight Division Power Rankings (as of 11/9/17)

    We have to recalibrate the Smarkometrics Experience Xtreme (tm) because the UK guys weren't brought back. It'll come back next week.

    Photo from WWE


    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul. He likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.
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    Item Reviewed: Live From the 205 (11/21/17): A Very Zo Train Thanksgiving Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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