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The way things have been going as of late, the only thing worse than two hours of Raw each week would be three hours of Raw each week! This reminds me of Nitro going three hours right before the end of WCW's glory days. There's was just too many hours of TV per week, plus the pay-per-views. It was overkill and things burned out.
I highly doubt WWE will use that extra Raw hour to actually build up the titles, the tag team division, and the women's division! LOL.. Chances are we'll get even longer promo segments (if that's even possible) and more recap packages of "last week's show" to fill up time.
As far as TNA Impact live. Normally I would tune in for any weekly live wrestling show but this company has zero appeal to me. I'll probably just stick to MLB games on Thursday summer nights. Sting has come back way too many times and Hulk Hogan has been put in charge of the show too many times. How can anybody take it seriously or find it entertaining?
Both groups are in trouble if you get tons of feedback from others feeling the same way as I do! And I'm sure they do!
What a crazy move to "permanently" move Raw to three hours. It's been a couple of years since I have sat through an entire Raw without fast forwarding through parts (or in cases, most.) With my kids up until 9, all this does is gives me (and others) an extra hour buffer to forward through longer angles and commercials. Trying to be objective, I hope this will increase the time on certain matches, some of these 3-4 minute matches of late are comical. Knowing WWE, this will give them an additional 2 times they can bring Ace out to cut more promos. Dear Lord three hour raw. Why not just slot NXT or Superstars from 8-9 and raw in it's normal time slot? I can see it now, a 3 hour RAW with a 20 minute over, hell that's longer than some PPV's. Jesus.
I'm one who thinks the WWE gets way too much criticism. Yeah, their booking is often clownish and doesn't make sense, but I can see most of their reasoning in the sense of economic optimization. Sure, WWE rarely reflects as a serious sport - and that can be alienating to many traditional fans - but their merchandise stream just can't be overlooked (even though the WWE does overdo it). But I cannot see Raw going to three hours as a good move. Will the move be great for getting TV rights fees? Not only will their overall rating be worse, but they have a hard enough time booking 4 hours of TV per week without Smackdown feeling like a rerun of Raw. Their roster is stretched too thin as it is, and WWE is often tedious to watch as it is. Do you see their point of view?
Noël J.-R. Phillips
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