WWE announced today – or better yet company superman John Cena – that Monday Night Raw will scrap the traditional two-hour show in favor of a three-hour show permanently. The switch won’t begin until July 23rd, giving plenty of time to both the WWE and USA to publicize the move.
This is going to suck; plain and simple. More often than not, the three-hour shows are awful. It’s a bunch of filler nonsense with maybe a half-hour of actual show. And now they are going to do this permanently? Yikes.
There hasn’t been a weekly three-hour wrestling show since Monday Night Nitro from the WCW days, which also involved a lot of unnecessary promos and feuds. Basically, from what I remember, Nitro’s first hour was nothing but promos. I could be wrong, and correct me if I am, but I just remember NWO promos and what not.
I feel the WWE would be better suited if they actually did less show. Whether it be one-hour shows or taking time off during the summer, it would benefit everyone involved.
Let’s face it, the WWE is virtually un-watchable during the summer months. Everyone who is important takes time off, filler feuds happen, and too much time between Wrestlemania and Summerslam allows an increasing amount of staleness. So, of course, the best way to combat that is adding more hours to a weekly show. Ugh.
Monday Night Raw is one of the biggest cash cows USA has to offer. Even if Monday Night Raw’s ratings are sinking, it’s still one of the highest rated shows on the network. So I’m guessing that is one of the major reasons for the move. It also might put an end to the 20-minute run-offs the show has consistently had lately. Shows have been ending around 11:20 a lot, messing up other programming in the process.
The only positives this move brings is maybe, maybe we can see some mid-card feuds that the WWE has lacked for years. Then again, I don’t know if I want to see any of the current mid-carders more than I have to.
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