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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fletch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/March/2013 at 13:05
Originally posted by John The Baptist John The Baptist wrote:

I wouldn't watch anything for 3 hours straight, especially wrestling.

There is such thing as overkill, hence why I watch only bits of WWE on Youtube now to skip all the filler and CM Punk. I just don't understand how anyone could watch 3hrs of Raw, 2hrs Smackdown and the jobber shows too. Way too samey and repetitive.


Exactly my thinking, I like WWE but there is no way I could sit through around 6 hours of it each week. I normally just watch Raw but do it in two sittings of half each, plus I download it which removes the ad-breaks shortening it to around 2:20. I tend to throw it on when I come home from a night-shift and need some down-time before getting some kip.

In any rate I hope they revert back to 2 hours sooner rather than later, the general thinking is that 3 hours is too much and it's hurting the ratings, the 2 hour shows and occasional 3 hour specials was a good system that worked.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/March/2013 at 16:41
Does it hurt the ratings? Was USA network getting better ratings with a rerun of CSI and 2 hours of Raw? I suppose it's possible, but somehow I doubt it.

I prefer it to be 3 hours personally, I just wish they would use their time wisely and cut the backstage segments, in ring non-wrestling segments, and promos, and recap time down drastically, and use that extra time to have more segments and perhaps an extra 10-15 minute match as well.

I mean, I love the Rock, even still, but he doesn't need 25 minute promos. Give him 10 if you're gonna give him special treatment. Same holds true for Punk & Cena, they don't need 25 minutes for a promo, or non-wrestling in-ring segment with someone. If they're really important give them 10-15 minutes, for everyone else give them 5. They could fit so much more content into their shows by doing that, and reduce to the over exposure.
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Quote Former WWE employee, Jonathan Coachman recently appeared on the podcast Busted Open. In the interview, he said that he believes Monday Night Raw should return to a two-hour format, as the three-hour format overexposes talent, and cutting out an hour would help fix the problem.

“When they decided to go to three hours, now you’re stretching out a bunch of really good talent, maybe using them twice in a show instead of… back when I started, there was The Rock, and Stone Cold, and The Undertaker, and Triple H, and all these big-time stars,” he said. “Guess how many times you saw them in a show, guys. Once and maybe twice if you had an interview and then a main event match, but that’s it, so you were in wait. You were anticipating, ‘man, when I see The Rock, I’d better be tuned in. I’d better be ready.’ And if you could see a guy two or three times, then you’re like, ‘well, I’ll catch him in an hour or two hours later.’

He went on to say, “I think it’s a mistake to do three hours. I think if you go back to two hours, and again, it’s easier said than done because there is a lot of money involved, there [are] TV contracts involved, and I get it. And I know why USA [Network] wants to do it. But for me, for the ability to do the best show possible, I would do two hours on Monday night, then SmackDown Live on Tuesday night.”


Never going to happen even though the broadcasts would not drag as much.

Way too much money would be lost by losing 52 hours of TV a year to broadcasters.

It would struggle even more time wise to make more people relevant.
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A return to two hours would be great as three hours is too much to digest in one sitting and now especially with the roster split it's hard for creative to come up with enough quality booking to fill the time, I nearly always find myself skipping through the random tag matches, Cruiserweights, some Women's matches, low-card rubbish etc. I think a main complaint from many people about WWE these days is there's just too much programming to find time to watch and absorb each week which is probably a top reason for declining ratings. They really should produce some better highlight shows for those who don't have the time to watch it all each week.

Raw will remain three hours due to the extra revenue it generates for WWE through ad and TV money, perhaps they could make the first hour a recap hour or pre-show which people could skip if they just want the main show?
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More time for a show is almost always good. People watch 3 hour sporting events every week without any complaint about time at all.

What WWE needs to do is actually BE CREATIVE. Foley hit the nail on the head years ago when he said back in his day segments were rarely over 10 minutes long with the exception of the main event. This allowed them to fit in more segments which in turn allowed more people time to get over. When was the last time you saw Bo Dallas on the mic? Curtis Axel is on Raw, right? Who else is on the women's roster? Is it just Charlotte, Jax, Banks, Bayley and Brooke?
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I think that there are many people that have seem to forgotten that WWE has proven that they are capable of putting together a quality three hour show, and here are two that stand out in my mind.

June 17th, 2013. This was just an absolutely phenomenal show. Punk turning face by ending his association with Heyman, Cesaro joining up with Colter, Mark Henry with swerve of the decade, the mini Ziggler/Del Rio brawl, which was followed up by a surprise Lesnar appearance, in which he attacked Punk. 

http://network.wwe.com/video/v31363123?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=raw_replays&contentId=68032248&watchlistAltButtonContext=series

July 25th, 2016. Again, a great show. Lots of great wrestling, two great Fatal Four Way matches, Nia Jax squash match, Sasha winning the belt from Charlotte, Braun Strowman squash match in which was the birth of James Ellsworth, and a phenomenal Roman Reigns-Finn Bálor main event.

http://network.wwe.com/video/v1029571883?contextType=wwe-show&contextId=raw_replays&contentId=194653574&watchlistAltButtonContext=series



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Saw a report suggesting that Raw may revert back to a two hour show with the first hour being filled with 205 Live.

I really hope this is true, I've always said three hours of Raw is too much to digest each week and there isn't enough quality programming on the brand to fill that much time, so much of Raw is missable.

WWE would film and air 205 during that first hour giving that show a bigger platform and livelier audience and those who don't want to watch it would simply skip the first hour and watch the two hour Raw.
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