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Why Monday Night RAW needs to go back to two hours

Rating: 4 votes, 3.00 average.

Ever since Monday Night RAW went to three hours beginning with the historic 1000th episode on Monday, July 23, 2012, I was very excited. It meant more matches with more Superstars, or so I thought.

Fast forward to November: a typical episode of Monday Night RAW features more focus on social media (Twitter, Tout, and Facebook), in-ring promos, and of course, recaps on the top storylines and less focus on wrestling and entrances.

It seems that WWE Creative is trying to cram everything in a three-hour episode compared to the days when Monday Night RAW was a two-hour show just like its counterpart Friday Night SmackDown.

Like RAW, SmackDown also features more social media, but seldom features recaps and instead focuses more on in-ring action.

My suggestion: revert RAW ​ back to its two-hour format. That way, RAW can feature more big names such as CM Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus while the likes of Cody Rhodes, JTG, Damien Sandow, Michael McGillicutty, and the Divas can be featured on WWE Superstars​, a show that doesn't feature in-ring segments and social media: just one hour of pure wrestling.
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  1. Marx's Avatar
    I agree to an extent. It's not the three hours that's the problem, it's the fact that the organization has a tough time filling it.
  2. PhEonYx's Avatar
    I may have said this before, but PLEASE, PLEASE!!! ELABORATE on your blogs. I'm not ripping into you, but every time you post, your blogs have absolutely no relevance or any topic worth discussing. Every blog, you follow by posting your very own comment asking others to state their own opinions.

    PLEASE put more effort into delivering something blog worthy.
  3. alcrissam's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cpattersoniv
    Okay so I signed up to this site just so I could respond to this ridiculous blog.

    Yes the ratings are slipping. That's a problem, but RAW is great as is. They've cut back on the social media as of late (when was the last time they had RAW Active?) And they're featuring more wrestling as well. Have you seen the tag team matches as of late? Or any of Sheamus' matches?

    Team Hell No and the Rhodes Scholars are really developing into something special and you want to relegate Rhodes and Sandow to Superstars? Seriously?

    The problem with RAW is the writing. The Cena/AJ/Vicky angle is just awful. I personally can't stand the push Ryback is getting because I think he can't wrestle worth a lick but Punk is brilliant as always.

    They need to get rid of 3MB because seeing Jinder Mahal as a rocker is just odd and they need to develop the talents they have into something more. They're succeeding with Barrett, Ziggler, and Sandow but they're slipping with Team CoBro and 3MB.

    The ratings will go up once Cena starts wrestling full time and hopefully the month he was out opened up some eyes in creative and showed them that they need bigger pulls from Superstars not named Cena or Punk.
    sir, I am glad you signed up.
  4. CM_SUXX_NOT's Avatar
    Why Monday Night Raw does not need go back to 2 hours
    by CM_SUXX_NOT.

    1. It's awesome.

    2. More time for more Superstars to shine. We're beginning to see longer Divas matches, a heavy focus on the tag team division and stars like Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal shining through. (Okay, so the boring idiots in the US crowds might not be letting them get over but I find them hilarious.)

    3. The USA Network pays a lot more money for the 3 hour show, so it wouldn't make sense from a financial point of view.

    I'd rather see them drop one of their extra shows. I'm a Raw and SmackDown guy, but sometimes I wouldn't even watch SmackDown because I knew the focus would be on Sheamus and he'd make a Superman comeback to win with the Brogue Kick. Every match.

    Anyway, thanks for your blog, but this comment contains more content than it so try going deeper next time. (Not the first time I've heard that.)
  5. maar13's Avatar
    Actually like CM_SUXX_NOT said, they are getting a lot of money for that third hour by USA Network alone and it seems the entwork is willing to continue to do so.

    So it is going to stay that way for a while.
  6. cpattersoniv's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by alcrissam
    sir, I am glad you signed up.
    Why thank you. I offered a rebuttal of my own. Hopefully the blog will make it to the front page. I'm not sure how that works.
  7. Rockstar83's Avatar
    RAW for two hours? So YOU do want WWE to lose's going to stay as 3 hours. And if you don't like that I got to words for ya!

    NO WAY!
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