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From pwtorch.com:

 

USA Network executive Ted Linhart has tweeted today that Raw will become a three hour show each week from July 23rd

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At a USA Network season premiere event in New York City, John Cena revealed on Twitter that Monday Night Raw will expand to a three-hour show, starting with the 1,000th episode on July 23 at 8/7 CT on USA Network.

 

"WWE is proud to celebrate this historic milestone with our partners at USA Network," WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said. “Our new three-hour Raw represents the next generation in interactive television where our fans won’t just watch the show, they will help create it.”

 

Starting with the historic 1,000th episode of Raw on July 23, The WWE Universe will have new ways to get involved in the show through WWE.com and social media by deciding matches, stipulations, Superstar development and more.

 

"The WWE Universe is one of the most socially active and passionate fan bases in all of television," Chris McCumber and Jeff Wachtel, co-presidents USA Network, said. "The powerful three-hour block of live TV truly makes USA the year-round destination for young male viewers on Monday nights."

 

Stay with WWE.com for more on this breaking news surrounding Monday Night Raw.

 

Source: WWE.com

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Guest John Hancock
And so it was that American wrestling continued to have absolutely no idea what it was doing.
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Guest The Beltster

In an ideal world, RAW would be 90 minutes and SmackDown! wouldnt exist. 3-hours is way too much, they cant even fill 2 hours with good ideas let alone 3. I hear TNA is going live too, like thats going to solve their problems.

 

You'd think all these people had never been involved in wrestling before.

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Guest John Hancock
In an ideal world, RAW would be 90 minutes and SmackDown! wouldnt exist. 3-hours is way too much, they cant even fill 2 hours with good ideas let alone 3. I hear TNA is going live too, like thats going to solve their problems.

 

You'd think all these people had never been involved in wrestling before.

 

Or they're just happy with their captive audience (that a recent thread proved will watch no matter how much they hate the product) and have no intention of building on that any more, and now just interested in selling more advertising space, show quality be damned.

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Agreed, I always find the 3 hour 'specials' somewhat of an ordeal as it is, so the extra hour becoming a permanent fixture isn't something I'm looking forward to.

 

Actually, it's now coming back to me just what a bad move this turned out to be when Nitro did it in 1998

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An extra hour each week may be beneficial. NXT and Superstars aren't on TV in the states, really each week on American TV all they get in terms of original content is RAW and SmackDown. It gives an extra hour to get more exposure to more talent.

 

People have been comparing it to the days of Nitro doing the same thing and oversaturating the market, but that's in the days we had Nitro, Thunder, RAW is War, Heat, Shotgun etc.

 

Can't see a problem with it myself

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Guest Dante Spears
If they want to improve ratings they should go back to commercial free raw, not this bs.
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Guest John Hancock
If they want to improve ratings they should go back to commercial free raw, not this bs.

 

But then they wouldn't be able to sell advertising space, and money's clear all they care about anymore.

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Guest HH-Evolution

Then they should just fill up 2 hours of advertising and just take out all of this silly wrestling business...

 

who's watching that anyway, eh? :lol

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Guest Fatherof10minis
I read a post in another thread a few days ago and i agree it fits perfect for this thread as well. Raw doesnt need to be longer, wwe needs to drop all the recaps and replays and promos every segment. We dont need to watch what happened at the beginning of raw during the 2nd hour of raw, it wastes airtime. Wwe needs to book more matches and less bull. The 3 hours specials are loaded with a bunch of bull because they dont book more matches, they book garbage to fill airtime. I agree bad idea.
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Guest The Beltster
An extra hour each week may be beneficial. NXT and Superstars aren't on TV in the states, really each week on American TV all they get in terms of original content is RAW and SmackDown. It gives an extra hour to get more exposure to more talent.

 

People have been comparing it to the days of Nitro doing the same thing and oversaturating the market, but that's in the days we had Nitro, Thunder, RAW is War, Heat, Shotgun etc.

 

Can't see a problem with it myself

Nobody watched Heat, Shotgun or Thunder and the 3-hour RAW's always pull lower ratings than the regular 2-hour shows, that first hour is always a killer. Nah this isnt a good idea at all, at a time wrestling wrestling stinks, talent is thin on the ground and their creative ideas are dog shit, they want to add an extra hour?

 

Good luck with that WWE, the writing staff are already on suicide watch.

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Guest FreeSpirit
RAW is just about bearable at 2 hours. I will get so bored watching 3 hours of it every week, and all the fu**ing commercials as well. Not a good idea by WWE at all.
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Says it all, really. They should introduce a TV title if they're gonna do this. Like someone said, less talk, more wrestling, please.
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Guest Jack

This is a really bad idea, I think. The three hour shows always too long and the crowd are usually dead for the final hour, which is the exact same reaction everyone at home has too. Even if the show is absolutely great, who wants to watch wrestling for 3 hours? It's really not the type of entertainment show which can be stretched out.

 

For me, I'd have RAW being 90 minutes and SmackDown! being one hour, without the brand split. There is far too much wrestling and too many wrestlers around these days. The WWF in 1987-1993 or WWF 1997-2001 would struggle with these plans, never mind the absolute dross they employ now.

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