Tony Nese Reveals Triple H's Original Plans For WWE 205 Live

It was taken away from Triple H, though

While 205 Live has very much become one of WWE's forgotten shows alongside Main Event, Triple H once had big plans for the cruiserweight series, according to former Cruiserweight Champion Tony Nese. 

Speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, Nese revealed Triple H wanted 205 Live to have win/loss records and a yearly tournament. The show was launched as a main roster series following the Cruiserweight Classic, however, meaning it came under the purview of Vince McMahon, and by the time it was given back to Triple H in 2018, Nese believes the WWE COO didn't care about 205 Live anymore. 

"We would always say that we were in this wrestling purgatory. Even though I was there, when it comes to the company's decisions, I'm on the outside looking in. This is all speculation, but it seemed like they had an idea for the show. It was Triple H's idea, it was his baby. He wanted the show to have a yearly tournament, win/loss records, all that stuff. He wanted it to have a different feel," Nese said.

"As soon as it was announced that the cruiserweights would be a part of Raw, that was where Vince was like, 'No, it's my show now.' All that other stuff went out the window. We even joked about it. We said, 'This is Raw lite.' We got our backs against the wall after all the stars competed. So Vince had control, but after a while, he was like, I'm done playing with this toy. He gave it back to Triple H, who was like, you're Vince's boys now. You are tainted to me," he continued.

"This is my speculation, but it feels like Triple H didn't care about it either. We were in this limbo of the show, it had to be booked, but they were just like, whatever, put whatever on and just move on. No matter how much we would fight, they were just like, have a good match and that's it."

Nese would wrestle on 205 Live throughout his five-year WWE run. He was released by WWE in June of this year and he has since signed with All Elite Wrestling, making his in-ring debut at the latest Dark tapings. 

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