Monday Night, January 7th 2013, will more than likely be deemed as a super prime time night–a blockbuster way to kick off the new year. Traditionally, the first Monday Night Raw of the year is normally a stacked up show full of a great deal of adrenaline. The first Raw of 2013 will have the return of The Rock coming back to the WWE and getting ready for his WWE Championship match against CM Punk at the Royal Rumble. The Rock’s return to Raw should spark a tremendous surge of electricity through the expectations of pro wrestling fans and casual fans overall. However, will this feat will be tough since it is going head to head with the NCAA College Football BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama.
In case anyone has been living under a rock for the past month and a half, Notre Dame is attempting to win their first ever national championship since 1988. In addition, Alabama is looking to cement its legacy as being a college football dynasty under Nick Saban. The WWE does has its hands full by breaking through the first Monday of the new year and leaving an indelible impression on the at home television audience.
Raw will do fine for the first half hour of its show, since the 8pm est 30 min time slot is only pre-game coverage for the game. However, from 8:30pm est on, Raw may struggle since this will be game time for the championship game. This may not have been too much of a concern if Alabama was playing another team. However, Notre Dame does have the national attention of the news media since the school is so widely known and respected. This means many more television sets will stay on the game over Raw, across the country.
Raw’s dedicated and loyal fan base will still remain the same and will not deviate to watch the college football championship. But due to the caliber of this Raw, as sad as it is, WWE is not counting on the loyal fan base in making this show a success. The WWE wants to draw the attention of the casual viewers and the viewers they normally do not have on a weekly basis. However, its those fans that will be unavailable during this blockbuster Monday night. It will be interesting to see what the WWE pulls out of its hat to keep the television audience from flipping the channel from USA to ESPN.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports