As announced by 12-time world champion John Cena on his Twitter account (@JohnCena), WWE's Monday Night Raw will now have a three-hour broadcast time slot beginning July 23. This certainly explains why Raw tapings were moved back an hour earlier.
Cena's tweet read:
STARTING Monday Night July 23 @USA_NETWORK WILL BE ADDING A 3RD HOUR TO @WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW - PERMANENTLY. #3hourRaw
Other people on the WWE roster, such as Dolph Ziggler, Derrick Bateman, The Road Dogg and David Otunga have also taken to Twitter, also claiming that Monday Night Raw will begin airing for three hours straight on July 23 and every Monday after.
Although this move might be exciting for some viewers, this does not excite me at all. Three hour Raws can get tiresome and boring to watch. This is also eerily reminiscent of WCW, just as it was about to end once and for all.
WWE has also announced on its website that beginning July 23, the WWE Universe will be more involved with the show through their official website by "deciding matches, stipulations, Superstar development and more."
WWE CEO and Chairman Vincent Kennedy McMahon is quoted as saying: “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."
Vince isn't the only major executive to comment on the news, as the co-presidents of the USA Network also stated that "The powerful three-hour block of live TV truly makes USA the year-round destination for young male viewers on Monday nights."
As I said before, I think this can turn out to be a catastrophe for WWE that was probably made out of desperation because of the falling ratings and product. However, everything has its pros and cons, and one of the good things to come out of this news is that WWE can get more of their roster on the show.
However, I believe that in this case, the cons will outweigh the pros once this change takes place.
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