Tony Nese has described where he feels things went wrong for 205 Live and how Triple H’s original idea for the show included win/loss records.
Nese was a mainstay of the 205 Live show since its inception after he joined the company on the back of his appearance in the 2016 Cruiserweight Classic tournament. At WrestleMania 35 The Premiere Athlete ascended to the top of WWE’s cruiserweight division when he captured the WWE Cruiserweight Title from Buddy Murphy.
Speaking on the Insight podcast with Chris Van Vliet, Tony Nese recalled his time on 205 Live and says he thinks began to fall apart for the brand when it was taken out of Triple H’s hands by Vince McMahon:
“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 too. 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 be a different feel. 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 light.’ We got our backs against the wall and after all the stars had 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.”
“This is my speculation, but it feels like Triple H didn’t care about it either. We were in this limbo of the show has 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.”
Tony Nese has recently been seen watching on from the front row of AEW shows as speculation mounts that he is set to sign with the company.