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Joe Gacy’s Controversial NXT 2.0 Promo Indicates Possible Rebranding Of 205 Live

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Despite an unsuccessful attempt at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship at WarGames, Joe Gacy is determined to rebrand 205 Live, the show that he says promotes “exclusivity.”

Joe Gacy first began promoting a “safe space” in NXT in September 2021. Despite not falling within the 205lb weight limit to challenge for the Cruiserweight Championship, Gacy challenged Diamond Mine’s Roderick Strong for the title at WarGames, claiming that he wanted to make the title an “Inclusiveweight Championship.”

Speaking about his WarGames defeat on the December 7th episode of NXT 2.0, Joe Gacy claimed that bringing attention to inequality was more important than winning the Cruiserweight Championship itself.

What we did at WarGames was far more important than the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. We ended years of division.

We broke down barriers, and I am currently working on changing the name of a particular show that promotes such exclusivity.

Gacy went on to reveal that Harland, the former Parker Boudreaux, would be making his in-ring debut on the December 14th episode of NXT 2.0.

While Gacy’s comments could be seen as simply part of his on-screen character, they come amidst reports that WWE is considering getting rid of its Cruiserweight Championship altogether.

205 Live first debuted on the WWE Network on November 29, 2016. For the majority of its run, it required that its participants weigh less than 205lbs, with some wrestlers (including former Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy) participating in weigh-ins to show their progress and eligibility for the show.

Since August of 2021, participants of all weight classes have been featured on the show despite retaining its name, and it has also started to include women’s matches which were never a part of the original format.